Ferrandis Wins at Anaheim 2 in Controversial Fashion

Dylan Ferrandis goes through the rhythm section on his way to winning Anaheim 2 in the 2020 Supercross 250SX West Championship. Photo by Rachel Schuoler/Kickin' the Tires. Photo by Rachel Schuoler/Kickin' the Tires

ANAHEIM, CA ⁠— In a last lap pass at Anaheim 2 on Saturday night, Dylan Ferrandis wins the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 West main event.

“Crazy night,” Ferrandis said reflecting on his first win of the season. “Got a good start, but we banged bars with Austin (Forkner) in the first turn, and lost a couple places. I found a good rhythm, and came back. Jett Lawrence was pretty far in front, and I was behind Christian. I tried a move on him, and from my point of view, it wasn’t that crazy but obviously we all see what happened.

“After that, I just do like I always do. He (Lawrence) made a small mistake, so that helped me. That last lap was really crazy. I made a pass on the rhythm section before the whoops, and before the last whoop section, he tried to pass me. Then he crashed in the whoops, I think, but just happy to be back on top of the box.”

Jett Lawrence had up to a 12 second lead over the field and had led all but the opening lap. After a crash that eliminated that lead, it came down to a last lap battle between himself and Ferrandis. Ferrandis got alongside Lawrence at the first major triple, beat him in the corner and Lawrence gathered himself together to put one last move back on Ferrandis. Instead, “The Jett” would go over the handlebars at the end of the second whoop section, face first into the final double and fall just a few hundred feet of what would have been his first career win in just his third Supercross start.

The result for the 16 year old phenom was a concussion and a broken clavicle.

“I’ll never settle for second and will always leave everything out on the track,” said Lawrence. “Lucky to only have a broken collarbone. We will get it all sorted tomorrow and get back to the races as soon as possible.”

Justin Cooper held on after a decent start by staying consistent and out of trouble to finish second, holding on to the point lead by 12 points over Ferrandis. Despite finishing 21 seconds off the lead, he has now started the 2020 250SX West championship with three consecutive top two finishes, including the A1 victory earlier this month.

“I felt like I struggled all day,” said the runner-up finisher, Cooper. “A lot of obstacles were thrown at us at this track, it was pretty technical. A lot of the flat turns was pretty tricky, honestly. It was definitely challenging. Felt better and better each time out, just a big struggle for me today. I was able to ride smart, consistent and things kinda went my way, and ended up on the box.”

Brandon Hartranft found himself on the final podium step after the misfortune of competitors, his second third place finish of the season, and holds onto the third spot in the championship running as well.

“Came out to a decent start (in the main),” Hartranft said sharing his night. “Shuffled back to about sixth, and then Craig went down and was fifth behind Justin (Cooper). Just kept following Justin, and a couple other guys went down. About two turns to go, saw I was third on the last lap. That’s the best I felt in a while racing, so it was a really good night.”

The controversy came from an earlier incident with Christian Craig. After winning the second heat race, the Geico Honda rider led his first lap of the season until teammate rider Lawrence passed him to lead the majority of the race. Craig continued to lose ground to the leader, and around the halfway point, fell into the clutches of eventual race winner Ferrandis. The two collided hard just after the landing from the finish line jump, causing Craig to pull off in the mechanics pits, and eventually calling it a night due to mechanical issues.

After finishing third at Anaheim 1 to kick off the 2020 season, this now makes two last place finishes in the main event for Craig after a 22nd place result in St. Louis. Despite the misfortune after winning all three heat races this year, Craig is looking to hold his head high and keep his focus on the long-term goal.

“I can only control what I’m doing on the bike,” Craig shared on Instagram on Sunday after the race. “What happened last night was out of my control. I take pride in being a good role model for this sport so I won’t say anymore. I’m focused and looking forward to next weekend. Thank you to my team and all the fans. The support is real and I’m thankful!”

Austin Forkner won Heat 1, and had a good start in the main event after the gate dropped. However, the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki St. Louis winner had a rough going in Anaheim 2 after crashing in the second whoop section. It appeared that possible issues with the bike kept him from a strong run, as he finished 17th one lap down.

Cooper, Ferrandis and Hartranft lead the points early on. The next race for the west division is next weekend at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on January 25.

1Dylan Ferrandis18 LapsAvignon, FranceYamaha YZ250F
2Justin Cooper+21.013Cold Spring Harbor, NYYamaha YZ250F
3Brandon Hartranft+25.987Brick, NJKTM 250SX-F
4Michael Mosiman+33.616Sebastopol, CAHusqvarna FC 250
5Alex Martin+38.080Millville, MNSuzuki RMZ250
6Luke Clout+45.718Sydney, AustraliaHonda CRF250R
7Mitchell Oldenburg+46.212Alvord, TXHonda CRF250R
8Jacob Hayes+1:05.727Greensboro, NCHusqvarna FC 250
9Jett Lawrence-1 LapAustraliaHonda CRF250R
10Killian Auberson -1 Lap SwitzerlandKTM 250SX-F
11Jay Wilson -1 Lap AustraliaYamaha YZ250F
12Carson Brown -1 Lap Ravensdale, WAHusqvarna FC 250
13Aaron Tanti -1 Lap AustraliaYamaha YZ250F
14Robbie Wageman -1 Lap Newhall, CAYamaha YZ250F
15Logan Karnow -1 Lap Vermilion, OHKawasaki KX250
16Martin Castelo -1 Lap EcuadorHusqvarna FC 250
17Austin Forkner -1 Lap Richards, MOKawasaki KX250
18Derek Drake -1 Lap San Luis Obispo, CAKTM 250SX-F
19Ludovic Macler -1 Lap FranceKawasaki KX250
20Cheyenne Harmon -1 Lap Ovilla, TXHonda CRF250R
21Lorenzo Camporese-2 LapsCampodarsego, ItalyKawasaki KX250
22Christian Craig -10 Laps Hemet, CAHonda CRF250R

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