The racing was intense in the Western Regional 250SX Class, with defending champion Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team fighting through the top riders to reach sixteen-year-old rookie Jett Lawrence of the GEICO Honda team on the final lap. The thrilling battle ended with Lawrence crashing just one corner from the checkered flag.
GEICO Honda's Christian Craig grabbed the holeshot in the Main Event, but his rookie teammate, Jett Lawrence, took the lead away on the second lap and pulled an impressive gap on the field. Behind the two Honda riders, Dylan Ferrandis was moving his Yamaha steadily forward after a mediocre start. It took him about six minutes of racing to catch up to Craig, and about a minute to strike with a very aggressive move. The pass attempt contacted Craig's bike hard enough to knock the rear wheel over the berm. Craig high sided over a Tuff Blox while Ferrandis low sided in the corner. Craig's handlebars were badly bent and he was out, while Ferrandis picked up his bike and continued his drive toward Lawrence.
Two laps after Craig and Ferrandis' crash, and with Ferrandis nearly in striking distance ahead of him, last weekend's winner Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Forkner got off line in the whoops (whoop-dee-do’s – long set of evenly spaced jumps) section of the track and crashed hard. Forkner was slow to remount but managed to get back in the race, ultimately finishing 17th. The race order seemed set among the front runners, but with just under three minutes and one lap left, the rookie made a mistake while seat bouncing out of a corner and went down. He remounted quickly without losing the lead. Though Lawrence had ridden composed for most of the race, he had a string of close calls and wild moves, including unintentionally wheel tapping both in the whoops and the dragon's back section of the track.
The champ closed the gap on the rookie, got a wheel under him on the final lap, and finally got by on the third to last corner of the race. Lawrence retaliated heroically, but in the final whoops section went down hard after his bike kicked. Lawrence rode the front wheel out of the section but too much momentum sent him down just one corner from the checkered flag. Ferrandis' teammate Justin Cooper took second, and held onto the points lead, while Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM's Brandon Hartranft followed up the previous weekend's podium with another third place finish.
The series heads to Glendale, Arizona this weekend for the first of the Triple Crown format events when racers compete in three Main Events for each class, with the combined best finishes awarding overall points.
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
2. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
3. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM
4. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna
5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
6. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda
8. Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna
9. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
10. Killian Auberson, Winchester, Calif., KTM
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (72)
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (60)
3. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (58)
4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (50)
5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (50)
6. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (46)
7. Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (44)
8. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (41)
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (38)
10. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (35)