Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing started the Eastern Region Series with a bang. Colt Nichols, who had only been back on the bike for a few weeks, after breaking his arm, took the second podium spot for the night. Nichols, came from a seventh place start and worked his way into second. Teammate Ferrandis had a strong ride in the first heat – taking second place. In the main, he did not get a chance to run up front, as he was taken down in a start crash. He finished nineteenth.
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Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing was down to one rider at the last Western Region round, before the break, in San Diego. Mitchell Oldenburg had injured himself in Oakland, which prevented him from racing and the rookie, Justin Cooper, has been out since the second round. The red plate holder, Aaron Plessinger, finished third in the first heat. He started out tenth in the main then began charging through the field. He was working on a pass for fourth when he crashed in the whoops. With little time remaining, he was unable to make many passes. He ended the night with an eighth-place finish.
BACK TO BACK WINS FOR PLESSINGER
After a dominating performance in Phoenix, Aaron Plessinger scooped up his third win of the season in Oakland. Despite battling a cold, Aaron was a step above the rest. He started out by taking the second heat race win. In the main, he went from a seventh-place start - to running away with the win. Oldenburg had an unfortunate crash at the start of the second heat. He hurt his elbow, which ended his night of racing.
PLESSINGER RECLAIMS THE RED PLATE AT GLENDALE
Aaron Plessinger took his second win of the season at Glendale. Plessinger, who had been working on starts all week, took the holeshot and won the second heat. In the main Plessinger was up there once again on the start – in third. He battled his way into the front and took the main event win. Mitchell Oldenburg’s starts were also on point. He started right behind Plessinger in the heat race and finished up second. In the main, Oldenburg started out in fourth. However, his race began to unravel as he got pushed out on a berm. Later, he went down in the whoops but got back up and finished seventeenth.
There was a new twist to the race program at Anaheim 2. The three-main event format, known as the Triple Crown, was the first out of three scheduled in the series. Last week’s winner, Aaron Plessinger started mid-pack, which made it challenging for him to get by on the one-lined track. He went six-four-seven and finished sixth overall. Oldenburg podiumed the first main, with a third-place finish. He then went on to finish six-six in the last two mains and took fifth overall.