Ferrandis Podium Interview Gets Cut After Stadium Erupts in Boos

Dylan Ferrandis celebrates on the podium after winning the 2020 Supercross 250SX Main Event. Photo by Rachel Schuoler/Kickin' the Tires Photo by Rachel Schuoler/Kickin' the Tires

ANAHEIM, CA — Winning the AMA Supercross 250SX West Main Event at 2020 Anaheim 2 didn’t come without controversy for Dylan Ferrandis, and the crowd made sure he knew it.

Ferrandis didn’t get a great start, but made his way up quickly through the field. Early in the race, a late move after the finish jump caused both himself and Christian Craig to crash. Ferrandis was able to quickly continue, but Craig was slow to get up and eventually pulled off a couple laps later to suffer a DNF.

In the final lap, Ferrandis closed in on Jett Lawrence and almost repeated his similar move on Craig. He did pass him cleanly after the first major triple before entering the first whoop section, and Lawrence overrode in the second whoop section, crashing into the face of the double before the checkered flag.

“It was too fast,” Ferrandis said describing his incident with Craig. “From the pictures my team showed me from my angle, I feel like I crashed first because I tried to escape from (Craig), from the contact. I washed the two wheels and came into him.”

But the biggest statement wasn’t made by Ferrandis, Craig or Lawrence. It was the crowd sitting inside Anaheim Stadium.

When Supercross Live started their interview with the main event winner, not a single person was missing the opportunity to boo and heckle Ferrandis. It was difficult to hear the interview over the loud speakers. And when the big screen showed the replay of the Ferrandis-Craig crash, the heckling just got louder. What happened next was volitionlessly compelling.

Supercross cut the live interview.

It wasn’t out of disrespect; no one at the stadium could hear the interview on the loud speakers over the enormous boos. Once the eruption calmed, they restarted the interview. The heckling resumed, but not as loudly, to allow the podium interview to finish.

“(It threw me off) a little bit,” Ferrandis said after his interview was cut the first time. “I was a little bit surprised. In Supercross, this happens all the time, and I crashed too. When you try to pass somebody, you don’t want to crash. I was a little bit surprised that the people acted like this, but maybe on the TV’s they saw a different angle.

“It’s a little bit disappointing. I know I’m foreign, and to be here against the American rider, it gets to me a little bit. It’s not scary, but it’s a weird feeling.”

But for Ferrandis, he doesn’t want to race that way. He openly admitted the mishap during the post-race press conference, understood why the crowd may have been displeased and seeks to find more permanent solutions to change his approach to better his appearance, both to the fans and his fellow competitors.

“I don’t wanna be that guy,” said the Monster Energy Star Energy Yamaha defending West champion. “I don’t ride to get fined or whatever. I don’t want to be the guy that nobody likes. I don’t know what to say, so I hope for the next few rounds to ride more cleaner and don’t make any actions like this, and to show that I wear this number one plate for a reason.”

For now, he may just have to watch his back until things simmer down, both on the track and on social media. How does he plan to move forward on the track to defend his title?

“Just put my head down, back to the program and the training; that’s all.”

9 Comments

  1. Ralph Pickering

    January 19, 2020 at 10:16 am

    What a joke, AMA, by not penalizing Ferrandis for his take out move on Craig you are just giving the green light for this type of passing to continue!!! He obviously used Craig to slow his momentum enough to make the turn, if Craig wasn’t there he’d have never made it, he was way too hot coming in! Im very disappointed in the AMA’s decision to not penalize. Ferrandis ran a dirty race, his passes were all questionable! I did like him as a racer, but not after last night!!

  2. Tim

    January 19, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Dylan, you were booed because of your bogus pass attempt. Not because you’re a foreigner! I suggest you don’t start that crap. Americans have no issue supporting Roczen, Musquin, Reed, Lawrence’s, etc, etc.

  3. Chuck

    January 20, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    We dont race that way Dylan thats dirty congrats you are now the one that will be the bad guy you earned it.. and AMA not suspending, dont be surprised if dirty racing will stay on the track that wasnt a bump or a push it was a deliberate take down… BOOOOOOO

  4. WashOut Really

    January 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Dylan you shouldn’t of been allowed the win,, plain and simple.. Team Blue may not have any followers if they don’t show the fans this isn’t a acceptable riding style for a sponsored riders.

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  6. DJ

    January 20, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    AMA and Yamaha are a disgrace for letting this bs go. Maybe we can start having fights at the races is that what the AMA wants???????? Funny how all the fans can see the problem here but the AMA is too ignorant to see it??????? AMA needs to pull their head out and get this kind of crap stopped before it starts. The fans like good races and do not want to see people taken out of contention by stupid moves like this.By the way i picked Ferrandis to win so no i am not biased.

  7. Scott W Dunlap

    January 20, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Total B.S. takeout pass. I had a lot of respect for Dylan until that happened.
    The same thing happened a few years ago when Zack Osbourne took out Joey Savagty at the Vegas final, and AMA did nothing to fine him. I lost all respect for him.
    I long for the days of Charmichael and Windom who could smoke by someone clean instead of all this T-boning crap going on today.

  8. Danny Badran

    January 22, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Hell, Barcia has been doing this for years, where’s the outrage for that…..
    Amazing how fans pick and choose depending on who they favor…

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