Ferrandis wins 450 season championship, Cooper second in 250
The 2021 AMA Pro Motocross series wrapped up on September 11 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic track in the town of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, and the overall winners were Lake Elsinore Dylan Ferrandis and Justin Cooper from Menifee.
Ferrandis won the 450cc class and Cooper took first place in the 250cc class. Both ride for the Monster Energy / Star Racing Yamaha team.
“It’s nice to see and I really enjoyed it. It was a good way to end the season on a positive note, ”said Mitch Covington, senior vice president of sports marketing for Monster Energy.
Ferrandis was also the 2021 season champion for the 450cc category. He accumulated 531 points during the season. Colorado runner Eli Tomac was second with 458 points. Christian Craig of Temecula, who is also part of the Monster Energy / Star Racing Yamaha team, was sixth with 292 points.
“The championship Dylan won was really special. We at Monster Energy know how difficult it is to win a championship, ”said Covington. “This is fantastic news for Monster Energy and the entire Monster family.”
Cooper finished second in the 250cc standings. He had 491 points while Jeff Lawrence of Florida won the championship with 497 points.
“Justin continues to perform at a championship level, and we are very proud of Justin and all of his hard work,” said Covington. “He came so close to winning a championship and represented himself and the team.”
The Monster Energy / Star Racing Yamaha team also includes Murrieta rider Colt Nichols, and Menifee’s Jo Shimoda is a Monster Energy ProCircuit Kawasaki rider. Shimoda accumulated 340 points to finish fifth in the 250cc class. Nichols missed the last five races and also failed to finish the second race on July 24 at Washougal Motocross Park in Washougal, Wash. Where he was injured but still finished 14th in the season standings with 172 points. .
Qualifying positions are based on a rider’s fastest time in either qualifying session. In the first 450cc session on September 11, Craig had a fast lap of 2: 13.808 for fourth time and Ferrandis clocked his fastest lap of 2: 14.742 for eighth. A quick time of 2: 12.994 made Ferrandis the fastest qualifier in the second session while Craig’s fastest time in the second session 2: 17.597 who placed seventh. Overall, Ferrandis qualified fourth and Craig fifth.
Each motorbike lasts 30 minutes plus two laps. The first 450cc motorcycle was 16 laps. Ferrandis placed first and was 12.022 seconds faster than second-placed Ken Roczen of Florida. Craig was fifth, 36.958 seconds behind Ferrandis and 2.146 seconds behind Tomac, who was fourth.
The second 450cc motorcycle did 15 laps. Tomac won this race with Cooper Webb of North Carolina finishing 5.800 seconds behind. Ferrandis took third place and crossed the finish line 16.519 seconds after Tomac. Craig followed Tomac by 26.104 seconds and was fourth in his last race of the season. Finishing first and third gave Ferrandis the top spot in the overall standings. Tomac was second overall, Webb third and Craig fourth.
In the first 250cc qualifying session, Cooper led all drivers with a quick lap of 2: 13.418. Shimoda was sixth in the first qualifying session with a first lap of 2: 15.846. Cooper was the second fastest qualifier in the second session with a time of 2: 17.753 while Shimoda clocked a fastest lap of 2: 19.459 for ninth place. Cooper’s time in the first session made him the fastest in qualifying overall while Shimoda was sixth.
The two 250cc motorcycles from September 11 completed 15 laps and Cooper won both. In the first run, he finished 3.570 seconds ahead of RJ Hampshire of Florida and 7.724 seconds ahead of Hunter Lawrence of Florida, third. Shimoda was fourth and 17.334 seconds behind Cooper. Shimoda was second in the second heat, 3.024 seconds after Cooper and 6.602 seconds before Jeff Lawrence’s third place. Finishing fourth and second gave Shimoda second place overall.
Ferrandis and Craig raced Yamaha YZ450F models for the season. Cooper and Nichols were Yamaha YZ250F riders. Shimoda competed on a Kawasaki KX250F. This year’s AMA Pro Motocross season began on May 29 at Fox Raceway in Pala, four weeks after the end of the AMA Supercross season.
“It was another great season,” said Covington. “I just want to congratulate all the riders on having had a good season, and we are looking forward to the Supercross around the corner.”
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