Christian Craig (Yamaha YZ250F-Monster Energy Star Yamaha) signed an exemplary and courageous Saturday for the first of two meetings at Orlando. Author of the best qualifying time ahead Colt Nichols (Yamaha YZ250F-Monster Energy Star Yamaha), the #29 crashed heavily in his qualifying heat, while he was in the lead. Victorious in the draft, while riding with a broken right hand, the California will afford the 3e place in the final and his 6e podium this season after riding decrease!
Winner of his ‘Heat’ ahead of Japanese Jo Shimoda and Texan Grant Harlan, Colt Nichols started in the final in the wheel of Jett Lawrence and in front of his teammate. The three men will thus roll together during the first three laps before Craig lifts the foot, leaving Lawrence and Nichols do battle. 1 second separated the two leaders after 6 laps but the driver Yamaha made a mistake and lost 1 big second. Time for the pilot to Murrieta to react, Lawrence was already more than 3 seconds away.
4 minutes from the end of regular time, Colt Nichols reduced the gap to 2.5 seconds and then to 1.4 on the next lap for the long-awaited final duel! The pace of the two leaders was such, that Craig already conceded more than 10 seconds and Shimoda more than 17! Nichols seemed to give up control with 1 minute of regulation time but on a last jump, the pilot Yamaha reduced the gap to 1.1 seconds on the finish jump. Jett Lawrence signed a 2e success this season ahead Colt Nichols who offered a 7e podium on 7! Christian Craig finished 3e at 19.4 with his fractured hand in front of Jo Shimoda at 33.1 and Mitchelle Oldenburg 4e at 47.6 seconds.
Before the truce ‘East Coast’, Colt Nichols consolidates its leadership in the provisional with 8 points ahead of Christian Craig and except rebound, the title will be played between the two pilots Yamaha. Shimoda est 3e 28 points ahead of Lawrence at 38 units. Yamaha still in command of the classification Builders with 30 points ahead of Honda, 34 over Kawasaki and 65 over KTM.
Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha YZ450F-Monster Energy Star Yamaha) signed the best performance Yamaha in the final on Saturday night. 11e qualifications, theAmerican clinched the Top 8 in his ‘Heat’ before finishing 6e and final.
In the final precisely, Zach Osborne tore the holeshot in front of Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton<span class="gl_jst" title="Pilote américain de motocross et supercross, Justin Brayton voit le jour le 14 mars 1984 à Fort Dodge dans l’Iowa. Il débute sa carrière professionnel en Arenacross à l’âge de 18 ans et rapidement démontre son potentiel en s’appropriant le titre de Rookie of the Year au terme de la saison 2002-2003 qu’il conclut à la 4e place…”/>. Malcom Stewart (Yamaha YZ450F-Monster Energy Star Yamaha) point 7e in front of Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha YZ450F-Monster Energy Star Yamaha) 10e and Aaron Plessinger 15e. While in front of Brayton took the advantage, Dylan Ferrandis fell without gravity before being struck by Adam Cianciarulo. The French rang was leaving for the first time this season. After 4 laps, Cooper Webb took the lead ahead of Roczen, Justin Barcia and Osborne. Eli Tomac came back like a bullet on Malcom Stewart and whispered the 7e square. Meanwhile, Joey Savatgy would fall and let Tomac go and Malcom Stewart. In front, Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen are in the fight with Barcia and Osborne in chase. Stewart got his 7e place in front Plessinger 11e.
10 minutes from the checkered flag, Malcom Stewart his position was blown away by Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin. The pilot Yamaha is 9e in front of Aaron Plessinger which wins a place (10e) in front of Cianciarulo. Two laps later, Plessinger defeated his teammate then successfully attacked Brayton to take the 8e place behind Musquin. The pilot Yamaha made short work of the French on behalf of the 6e up and headed for the finish after Webb’s victory ahead of Roczen and Osborne. Malcom Stewart finished 9e.
In the provisional, Ken Roczen is still at the top of the standings after 7 events and now precedes Cooper Webb by 13 points. Eli Tomac is still 3e 29 units from the leader in front Malcom Stewart, premier Yamaha, 7e 1 point from Marvin Musquin. Aaron Plessinger gains a position (9e) in front of Dylan Ferrandis who loses 4 (10e).
Next event, Saturday February 20, 2021 still at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida for the 450SX (8/17). The 250SX ‘East Coast’ riders will return to the track at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on April 24, giving way on Saturday to the ‘West Coast’ riders (1/9).
1) January 16 NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas) – East Coast
2) January 19 NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas) – East Coast
3) January 23 NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas) – East Coast
4) January 30 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana) – East Coast
5) February 02 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana) – East Coast
6) February 06 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana) – East Coast
7) February 13 Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) – East Coast
8) February 20 Camping World Stadium (Orlando, FL) – West Coast
9) March 06 Daytona International Speedway (Florida) – West Coast
10) 13 mars AT&T Stadium (San Francisco) – Côte Ouest
11) 16 mars AT&T Stadium (San Francisco) – Côte Ouest
12) 20 mars AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) – Côte Ouest
13) April 10 Atlanta Motor Speedway (Atlanta) – West Coast
14) April 13 Atlanta Motor Speedway (Atlanta) – West Coast
15) April 17 Atlanta Motor Speedway (Atlanta) – West Coast
16) 24 avril Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Côte Est
17) May 01 Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, Utah) – East-West Coast
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