TOMAC FINISHES 4TH IN GLENDALE ARIZONA

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac takes home a fourth-place finish at Glendale Supercross

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – February 11, 2024 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Eli Tomac bounced back from a tough round in Detroit to finish fourth last night at Round 6 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Cooper Webb salvaged points with a seventh-place finish, and Justin Cooper was 11th on a track that was difficult to make passes on.  

 

Tomac had a strong start to the day, qualifying third and finishing third in his heat. Although he didn’t get the start he was looking for in the main event in eighth, he quickly made his way to fifth and advanced to third on Lap 3. Tomac rode a smart race and maintained the position, but ultimately was passed with around five laps remaining and rode on to finish fourth. It was a good rebound from a tough weekend at the previous round in Detroit and forward momentum heading into the break. In the hotly contested 450SX title chase, he sits seventh in the point standings and 17 points from the leader. 

 

Webb had a solid start to the day in the hard-packed conditions and qualified fifth. Although the North Carolina rider was unable to find his comfort zone, he finished fifth in his heat and got a solid start in sixth in the main event. Webb quickly advanced to fifth and was fighting to advance his position but was ultimately shuffled back to eighth. He kept pushing and fought his way back to seventh on a track that was difficult to make passes on, salvaging points on a challenging night. Webb heads into the break, trailing the leader by 10 points and fourth in the championship standings. 

 

Their rookie teammate Cooper also worked on finding his comfort zone at State Farm Stadium and qualified 12th. In the night show, the hard-packed conditions continued to present challenges, and he finished sixth in his heat race. Despite a less-than-ideal gate pick, Cooper got a flying start in the main event to the front of the field but was pushed wide in the first turn and shuffled back to 10th on the first lap. He tried to make his way forward but continued to struggle to find his comfort zone and crossed the line 11th. 

 

The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team looks forward to returning after the break as racing resumes at AT&T Stadium on February 24 for the second Triple Crown of the season, Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series.

 

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager
“Today was a good day. All of our riders were happy through practice and qualifying. Unfortunately, the track was not a great race track and was follow-the-leader. So, without great starts in the heat races, none of the guys were in a good position for a good gate pick in the main. We are going to work hard on starts during this break and be ready for Arlington.”


Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #3
“This weekend was an improvement over last weekend. I felt pretty solid in the main event. I was a little bit behind at the start, and for the majority of the race, I was running in third. Then Jett (Lawrence) ended up getting me at the end of the race, but it was an improvement from the weekend before. With the weekend off, I think we’re going to the team test track to try and work on a few things and improve some things. I’ll have two weeks to better myself, too. So I’m looking forward to this weekend off to improve for the next race.”

 

Cooper Webb – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #2
“No excuses. I just struggled all night in Glendale to find comfort and the pace to run up front. Overall, we’re still in a really good spot heading into the break. I am looking forward to one of my favorite stops up next in Arlington.”

 

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #32
“It was a struggle all day for me, really. I’m not really comfortable with the hard-packed conditions, and it kind of got the better of me tonight. I was able to have a solid night, though. I got a really good start in the main event. I just got pushed wide and literally went from first to 10th and finished 11th. I was just trailing those guys and couldn’t make up any time. Overall, it was a quiet night, and I was really uncomfortable all day, so I’m glad to get out of here safe.” 

 

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SMITH COMES BACK TO 4TH IN GLENDALE

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Jordon Smith fought his way back to a fourth-place finish in a drama-filled 250SX West Main Event 

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – February 11, 2024 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Jordon Smith overcame adversity to salvage points with a fourth-place finish at last night’s Round 5 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Unfortunately, teammate Nate Thrasher had a big get-off while leading the heat race and did not line up for the main event. 

 

Smith was on track for another top night, earning fastest qualifying honors and winning his heat race. He got a great start in the main event and was battling for the top spot with his title rival. The duo exchanged the lead, with Smith claiming it on Lap 3, and then started to build a gap up front. Unfortunately, a few laps later, he tucked the front in the slick track conditions but quickly rejoined in third. He put his head down and had his title rival in his sights before an incident on track with the competition had him once again on the ground. At the halfway mark, Smith rejoined in eighth and threw down some fast laps to make his way back to fourth, scoring valuable points on a tough night. The North Carolina rider heads into the five-week break second in the championship and trailing by four points. 

 

Although Thrasher struggled a bit during the day in the hard-packed conditions and qualified eighth, he came out swinging in the heat race and grabbed the holeshot with his teammate in tow. Unfortunately, a couple of laps into the race, the Tennessee rider had a big crash in the rhythm section, ultimately drawing out the red flag. Thrasher did not line up for the main event and was evaluated on-site by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit. He sought further evaluation at a local hospital and has a concussion and will undergo the concussion protocol. 

 

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s 250SX East team returns to action in two weeks’ time as racing resumes for the series at AT&T Stadium on February 24 in Arlington, Texas, for Round 2 of the 250SX Championship, and Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series. The 250SX West team goes on break and returns at Lumen Field for Round 6 of the 250SX West Championship in Seattle, Washington, on March 23.

 

Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager
“Phoenix actually went pretty well. Nate had a rough one in the heat race. He kind of got weird in a rhythm. We’re not exactly sure what happened. So that was a bummer, but we’re happy that he wasn’t hurt worse.


“Jordon qualified first, won the heat, and was the fastest guy in the main; it just didn’t pan out. He tucked the front early and was fighting his way back up, and another rider checked up on a yellow flag when he wasn’t expecting it to happen and ended up crashing again. He fought his way back up to fourth, and we salvaged some points, which is good. We’re only four points back, and there’s still lots of racing to do. We’ll take these five weekends off for the West Coast and just continue to work. We’re in this championship, and we will fight to the end.”

 

Jordon Smith – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #31
“It was a great start to the day. I qualified first and won my heat race.  I got a good start in the main, made the pass on Levi (Kitchen), and then made a mistake and went off track. He got me back, and I passed him back again. Then I tucked the front in the sweeper after the sand; it was super hard-packed and slick. I got back up and was coming behind Levi after that triple. There was a rider down in the rhythm section, and the yellow lights were flashing, but there was nothing red - no red lights, no red flag, no red cross. It looked like he was committed to jumping it, and at the last second, he backed off and then he also rolled the tabletop. I was already committed to three-on, and there was really nothing that I could do. It was just a bummer deal. I felt like I had that race won. I felt like I was the fastest guy on track tonight, but I’ve got to clean up my mistakes. We’ve got a lot of time now to get ready.”

 

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STELLAR SX DEBUT FOR BENNICK AT DETROIT

 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Daxton Bennick kicks off rookie Monster Energy AMA Supercross season with a podium finish in Detroit

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – February 4, 2024 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Daxton Bennick earned a third-place finish at last night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East opening round at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. It was a stellar start for the 18-year-old from North Carolina, who made a podium appearance at his first pro race in Supercross. Unfortunately, his teammates Nick Romano and Haiden Deegan got collected in a multi-rider pile-up at the start of the main event, with Romano charging back to 14th and Deegan to 16th despite damage to his bike from the crash.

 

Bennick had a strong start to the day, leading the way for the team in qualifying with seventh, and followed that up with a runner-up finish in his heat race. He got a good start in the main event and managed to avoid being collected in the pile-up going into the first turn. After the first lap, he was back in ninth but put his head down and made his way to third with around five laps remaining. Bennick rode on to secure a career-first podium finish, making for an impressive debut and a great start to the season with third in the point standings. 

 

It was a strong debut for fellow rookie Romano, who was sidelined from racing for over a year. The New Yorker worked on finding his flow during the day and ended up qualifying 17th. The 18-year-old found his stride in the heat race and finished sixth. Unfortunately, it was a tough start to the main event after being collected in the multi-rider pile-up, which had him rejoining at the back of the field. Undeterred, Romano made his way to 14th in the challenging conditions.

 

Deegan started his sophomore season with a solid qualifying effort in eighth and then charged to a runner-up finish in his heat race. Like Romano, he was collected in the multi-rider first-turn crash in the main event. Unwilling to quit, the 2023 250SMX Champion rejoined the race and fought his way up to 16th despite a bent handlebar from the crash. 
                                     
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 West team returns next weekend for Round 5 of the 250SX West Championship and Round 6 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the SuperMotocross World Series on February 10 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Racing resumes for the 250 East team on February 24 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 
 
Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager
“The heat races went well. Dax was second, Haiden was second, and Nick qualified. So we were pumped going into the main. Everything was good, and then the main obviously didn’t start out so well. There was a big pile-up going into the first turn and took out like half the field, and we ended up having two guys on the ground - Haiden and Nick. Dax got a pretty good start though, and fought his way all the way up to third and ended up on the podium in his first race. So we’re super proud of Dax. He’s been putting in the work, and we’re happy to see that hard work pay off. 

 

“Haiden’s handlebars got a little twisted up in that crash, but he didn’t quit and fought his way up to 16th. Romano had a solid first race. It’s tough to start dead last like that and get too far up, especially on this track tonight. So, all in all, it was a good night. We’re going to keep fighting for this championship.”

 

Daxton Bennick – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #59
“The day didn’t start very well, but we turned it around in the heat race. We came out with a good start and got second. For the main event, I knew it was going to be long, so I went in at a good pace. I started reeling in (Max) Antsie and thought maybe I was going to get second, but man, I’m happy with that. I can’t believe that in my rookie season, my first race, I got a podium. I’ve checked that box. I’m so pumped!” 

 

Nick Romano – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #511
“That first supercross race was definitely wild. I struggled to find a flow in practice but was feeling more like myself in the heat race and finished sixth. I was feeling good going into the main, and then there was a brutal first-turn pile-up that I got caught up in. That’s racing. I’m definitely a little bruised up after that one. I’m just thankful that I was able to get up and do the laps. The night could’ve gone a little better, but I’m just happy to get a Supercross race under my belt after missing all of last year. I look forward to racing again in a few weeks in Texas.”

 

Haiden Deegan – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #38
“With what I’ve dealt with these past few weeks, the day was actually pretty good. I was first in free practice, then the first qualifying was alright, and the second qualifying, I was on the board, so I was happy with that. In the heat race, we had plenty of speed. (Cameron) McAdoo and I were the fastest out of everyone, so I wasn’t worried about that. Then after the start of the main event, someone on the inside just sent it into everyone, and we all went cartwheeling. It happens. We got some points, and we didn’t quit. Now we’ve just got to go and tick off some wins and gain these points back.”

 

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WEBB CHARGES BACK TO 4TH IN DETROIT

 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb overcame adversity to score a fourth-place finish at Detroit Supercross

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – February 4, 2024 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb charged back to a fourth-place finish last night in Detroit, Michigan, scoring valuable points at the fifth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship. Justin Cooper and Eli Tomac joined him in the top 10, finishing ninth and 10th, respectively, on a challenging night at Ford Field.

 

On the heels of his first victory of the season at Anaheim 2, Webb got off to a good start in practice and qualified second. He then grabbed the holeshot and led the first heat race, which had all three Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing riders. Unfortunately, the North Carolina rider had a tip-over, rejoined in eighth, and came back to fifth. With a less-than-ideal gate pick for the main, Webb didn’t get the start he was hoping for and found himself back in 12th after the first lap. He put his head down and made his way up to fourth on a track that was difficult to make passes on, scoring valuable points in the title chase. Webb heads into next weekend fourth in the point standings and six points behind the points leader.

 

Cooper had a solid start to the day, qualifying sixth, and followed that up with a great start in the heat race behind his teammate Webb. The New Yorker rode on to a second-place finish for a career-best heat race result in the premier class. Unfortunately, he did not get off the gate as he had hoped in the main event and was 16th after the first lap. Cooper kept pushing and made his way up to ninth for his third top-10 result during his rookie season. 

 

Tomac had a good qualifying result in fourth, but unfortunately didn’t get the start he was looking for in the heat race and was 14th after the first lap. The Colorado rider put his head down and finished sixth, and although he didn’t have an ideal gate pick for the main event, he got a great start in third. He did what he could to maintain the position but was not comfortable on the bike and ultimately crossed the line 10th to salvage points on a tough night at Ford Field. Tomac heads to Arizona next weekend sixth in the standings and 16 points behind the red-plate holder.

 

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing heads back west to Glendale, Arizona, for Round 6 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series at State Farm Stadium on February 10.

 

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager
“The day was going great, and the night started off well, unfortunately Cooper had a crash in the heat race and gave us not quite the gate pick we wanted. So we had a bad start for Cooper in the main, but he rode really well to get back to fourth. Eli had a great start but was not comfortable on the bike in the main and salvaged points in 10th. Justin had a great start in his heat race and was second, but did not have that for the main. He rode well, though, and made his way back to ninth. We’ll go back to work this week and bounce back next weekend in Glendale.”

 

Cooper Webb – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #2
“Today actually went really well for me. I rode great all day, and practice went well. In the heat race, I got a great holeshot and was leading. Everything was great, and then I just tucked the front and had a crash. I didn’t have the best gate pick for the main and got a really bad start. I think I was about 15th around the first turn. The track was really hard to pass on tonight, and I knew that wasn’t going to cut it, but I charged hard and got back to fourth. I felt like I rode really solid, but I also felt like I left a podium and maybe a win out there. So I was a little bummed, but we’ll have another good week this week and come back in Arizona swinging.”

 

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #32
“It was a really good day again. I qualified sixth and had a really good start in the heat. I was able to finish second there, which is my best finish so far in a heat on the 450. I took it to the main and didn’t get off the gate that well. This class is tough. I started about 12th or 13th and finished ninth. That’s really all I could do. I felt like I rode well all day. I just wish I had that heat race start in the main.”

 

Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #3
"It was a frustrating race, and I struggled in the main event. We’ll do our best to rebound next week."

 

WEBB TAKES 1ST 450 WIN OF 2024!

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac score a stellar 1-2 finish and strengthen championship bids at Anaheim 2 Supercross

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – January 28, 2024 –Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb earned his first win of the season with a 2-2-5 score on a wild night of Monster Energy AMA Supercross Triple Crown racing in Anaheim, California. Eli Tomac dominated the third main event and ended the night with a 5-7-1 tally to give the team a 1-2 finish at Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship. The stellar night at Angel Stadium helped strengthen both riders’ title campaigns as Webb closed the gap to six points from the leader and Tomac to 10 points. Rookie Justin Cooper also had a good outing with his first 450 fastest qualifier honors and finished eighth overall (10-5-6). 

 

Qualifying eighth, Webb got a great start in the first race of the Triple Crown and quickly made his way to second, where he would finish. The North Carolina rider got an even better start in race two and grabbed the holeshot. He was shuffled to the runner-up spot but kept cool under pressure and maintained the position to head into the final race of the evening with the event points lead. Although he didn’t repeat the first two starts and was sixth after the first lap, Webb advanced to fifth, securing his first win with the team aboard the YZ450F. The victory also strengthened his position in the hotly contested 450SX title chase, moving him to third in the standings and trailing the leader by six points.

 

Tomac qualified just ahead of Webb in seventh, but unfortunately starts made for a challenging first two races of the evening. Undeterred, he put his head down and made his way from eighth to fifth in the first race and then charged back from 11th to seventh in the second race. After the final gate drop of the evening, Tomac got a great start to take the lead and set a blistering pace to remain unchallenged and take the victory. His 5-7-1 score secured a spot on the podium and ultimately resulted in a second-place finish after the competition was assessed with a penalty. Tomac’s second runner-up finish of the season advanced him to fifth in the rankings and within 10 points of the leader. 

 

Cooper hit the ground running at Angel Stadium and was the fastest 450 qualifier. Unfortunately, in race one, he got caught up in the first turn and found himself back in 11th after the first lap and would finish 10th. In race two, the New Yorker got a better start in fourth and went on to score a top-five finish. In the final race of the evening, he slotted behind Webb in seventh and crossed the line sixth to end the night eighth overall with his 10-5-6 score. 

 

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing heads east to Motor City for Round 5 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on February 3.

 

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager“I think the results show how good the day was. Honestly, it started off amazing. Justin Cooper was the fastest qualifier, which was really cool for him and the team, and for us to go 1-2 overall on the night with Cooper and Eli is pretty awesome. I think it’s a step in the right direction. Cooper is within six points of the lead, and Eli is within 10 points. We’ll keep working towards the big goal - the championship.”

 

Cooper Webb – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #2“It was a great day. Qualifying wasn't that good, but we turned it around for the night show. I got two great starts in the first two and ended up second in both of those, which was awesome and put us in a good spot for the third one. Then I just rode a consistent and solid race in the last one. I knew the points and just kind of cruised her in. Man, it feels great to get our first win of the season. It’s awesome for myself but also really awesome for the team.”

 

Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #3“This was an important race for us to get on the podium. In the first two motos, I actually struggled a little bit on the starts and put myself back, but I knew I had good speed and never gave up. Then I just executed a much better start in the third moto and was able to ride out front with some good clean air. I had some good rhythm combinations and also jump combinations through the whoops, and I felt like that gave me a good edge and a good gap on the field in that last moto.”

 

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #32“Overall, it was a really positive day. I started out the day with the fastest qualifier, which was awesome. I got the perfect lap at the end of the session and followed it up with three good starts. Unfortunately, I got caught up in the first turn in the first moto, which hurt my overall, but I was a top-five guy all night, so we will take the positives and move on to the east!”

 

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THRASHER RETURNS TO PODIUM AT A2!

 Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Nate Thrasher scores second-consecutive 250SX podium with third overall at the first Triple Crown of the season 

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – January 29, 2024 –Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Nate Thrasher won the final 250SX race at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Triple Crown event to secure third overall with a 3-10-1 score. Series points leader Jordon Smith put in a championship ride on a tough night at Angel Stadium, overcoming adversity to earn a 4-8-4 result. The North Carolina rider’s fifth overall finish scored valuable points to keep the red plate and leave Anaheim, California, tied for the lead in the 250SX West Championship. Amateur rider Gavin Towers battled for top honors at the opening Supercross Futures round and ended the night with a runner-up finish.

 

Coming off of a win in the mud at the previous round in San Diego, Thrasher had a solid start to the day in dry conditions, qualifying fifth. He then got a good start in the first race and finished third. Unfortunately, he and his teammate got caught up in an early race crash, and Thrasher had to battle his way from the back of the field to a top-10 finish. The Tennessee rider came out swinging in the final race, got a great start, and rode to victory to secure third overall. Thrasher’s second-straight podium moves him to eighth in the 250SX West points standings. 

 

Smith also had a solid start to the day, qualifying fourth, but unfortunately, it was a challenging night having to come back from a tough start in all three races. In Race 1, the North Carolina rider executed an impressive charge from the back to fourth in the 10-minute-plus-one-lap race. He then had to mount another comeback after that crash at the beginning of the second race, and was making his way forward but went down again. Undeterred, the red-plate holder kept fighting and crossed the line eighth. In the final 250 race of the evening, he got a much better start and was eighth after the first lap, making his way to another fourth-place finish to secure fifth overall and keep the red plate with a tie for the lead in the championship.

 

Round 4 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium also marked the opening round of Supercross Futures. Towers had a solid start to the day in the slick conditions, qualifying fourth. In the main event, he got a good start in the top three and claimed the lead on the second lap. He was passed a couple of laps later, but Towers fought to the finish, ultimately finishing second. The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 team heads to Motor City for the kick-off of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship on February 3 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Racing resumes for the 250SX West Championship on February 10 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager“It was an up-and-down night, but overall, a good night for the team. Anything can happen at these Triple Crowns, and unfortunately, that second moto hurt us with both guys going down early. Nate had a solid first moto and won the last one for third overall and his second podium in a row, which is great. It was a good first Futures race for Gavin. He put in a good fight and finished second on a tough track. Jordon had a tough night, but he never gave up and came back to finish fifth overall and salvaged some points to keep the red plate. We will keep working and fighting for this West Coast championship. Now it’s time to head east and see what our guys can do at the East Coast season opener in Detroit.”

 

Nate Thrasher – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #57“I felt pretty good all day, and when the track got rougher, I felt better. I just let that second main get away from me there after the start. I went down in that pile-up, but besides that, it was good racing overall. We’ll go back to work and be ready for the next main event and hopefully get another win.”

 

Jordon Smith – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #31“It was a rough night. I fought hard from the back of the pack in all three races. I’m not happy with the results, but we live to fight another day and hang onto the red plate. I’ll regroup and get ready for Glendale!”

 

Gavin Towers – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #15“We got those first-round jitters out of the way. It was a pretty good day at A2, but it could have been better. My free practices were really good. Then, the two qualifying sessions were not what we were looking for, but we learned from that. I had a good main event and a good battle up front and ended up second. I wanted that win, so I’m a bit disappointed, but we’ll learn, progress, and move on.”

 

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THRASHER HEADS ALL-YAMAHA 250 PODIUM AT SAN DIEGO

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing enjoys a superb night in San Diego, with Nate Thrasher returning to the top and Jordon Smith expanding his points lead with a third-place finish 

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – January 20, 2024 – For the second weekend in a row, the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team celebrated victory, with Nate Thrasher taking top honors this time in muddy conditions at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California. His teammate, Jordon Smith, joined him on the podium yesterday, charging to a third-place finish in the tricky conditions and strengthening his lead in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Championship. It was a stellar night for the all-new YZ250F, with Garrett Marchbanks finishing second to make it a Yamaha sweep of the podium at Round 3 of the 2024 season. 

 

Once again, Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the track, with rain arriving during the first qualifying session and canceling the second session. Thrasher was 12th in the combined times and had a solid fourth-place finish in his heat. He found himself sixth after the first lap of the main event, but the Tennessee rider put his head down and made his way to third on Lap 6. Thrasher claimed the lead with three laps remaining and rode to his fifth career victory in the 250 class and his first this season aboard the all-new YZ250F.

 

Fresh off of his first victory with the team at least weekend’s mud race in San Francisco, Smith hit the ground running in San Diego. He topped both sessions before the night show and earned a career-first fastest qualifying honors. The North Carolina rider got a good start to his heat race but went off track in the tricky conditions and came back from fifth to finish second. In the main event, he had a good start and made his way to third but went off track again and was shuffled to fifth. Smith regrouped and found some good lines on the slick, rutted track and advanced to third on the final lap. His third podium of the season expanded his points lead to eight points as the Western Regional 250SX class prepares for one more round before heading into a break. 
                                                    
Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing returns to Angel Stadium next weekend for Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship and the opening round of Supercross Futures on January 27 in Anaheim, California.
 
Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager
“It was another great night. Obviously, the mud makes for long weeks, but this pays for it right here – a 1-3 finish. It’s great to see Nate back with a win. It was a tough first two rounds, but he bounced back tonight and rode great in these tough conditions. Jordon had a great night for the championship and kept his podium streak going. It definitely wasn’t easy out there, but he did what he needed to do and added to his points lead. We’re looking forward to next weekend in Anaheim.”

 

Nate Thrasher – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #57
“It was a good night. I felt good in the heat race, but I was a little too timid there trying to put it in the main event. Once I got in the main, I got a terrible start, but I felt like my speed was good and I just started clicking off laps and ended up getting the win. I felt good tonight in the rain. Normally, I’m pretty good in the rain. I had a bad weekend last weekend, but it was a different race track. It feels great to get back on top. Let’s carry the momentum into next week.”

 

Jordon Smith – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #31
“The day started out really well. The track was a lot of fun, one of the more fun supercross tracks that I’ve ridden. I was fastest in free practice, and then in Qualifying 1, it started raining on the line.  I got off to a good start and put in a really quick lap early. It was my first time ever qualifying first, so I was really pumped about that. I got a good start in the heat but made a little mistake, went off track, and ended up second. I was happy with that, to just get in the main in those conditions. I didn’t get off to the best start in the main, and then I had an off-track excursion and got passed by Nate (Thrasher) and Garrett (Marchbanks). I just kind of put my head down and tried to regroup and put in some good laps. It was really tough out there. The track was really rutted, really slick, and it was hard to hit your marks. It was great to get another podium and a good night for the championship. I’m looking forward to next weekend in Anaheim.”

 

2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX San Diego Results

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WEBB SCORES RUNNER-UP FINISH AT SAN DIEGO

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb strengthens his 450SX Championship bid with a second-place finish in the rain 

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – January 20, 2024 – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Cooper Webb took home a runner-up finish despite challenging conditions yesterday at Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac put in another championship ride, charging his way back to ninth to salvage points after getting caught up in a crash early in the race. Rookie Justin Cooper got a flying start and grabbed the holeshot, but unfortunately, he also went down at the beginning of the race and fought his way back to 12th in the tricky conditions at the Snapdragon Stadium.

 

Riders and the teams were once again presented with challenging conditions as rain arrived at the start of the first qualifying session and fell harder during the afternoon, canceling the second session. Webb qualified ninth and finished third in his heat race. The rain returned for the main event, but the North Carolina rider got a good start in the top five and was fourth on the second lap. Before the halfway mark, he advanced to the runner-up spot and had the leader in his sights. Webb kept pushing but went on to secure a second-place finish and leave San Diego in a three-way tie for fourth, trailing the leader by 11 points. 

 

On the heels of his strong second-place finish last weekend in punishing conditions in San Francisco, Tomac got off to a great start in San Diego. He led the way for the 450 team, qualifying second, and went on to win his heat race. The Colorado rider didn’t get the start he was looking for in the main event and found himself ninth. Then, unfortunately, he came together with another rider and rejoined in 20th. Undeterred, Tomac fought his way back to a ninth-place finish despite the challenging conditions and scored valuable points in the hotly contested 450SX title fight. He leaves the third round of the championship seventh in the point standings and 12 points behind the leader. 

 

Cooper continues to make progress in his first full season in the premier class. He had a solid qualifying in eighth place and a good start in his heat race but was shuffled back early and finished sixth. The New Yorker came out swinging in the main event and grabbed the holeshot. In the thick of a multi-rider battle up front, he got shuffled to fourth and then, unfortunately crashed on the second lap and found himself 19th. Cooper put his head down and made his way to 14th despite the worsening conditions.

 

The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team returns to Angel Stadium next weekend for Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the SuperMotocross World Series in Anaheim, California, on January 27.

 

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team Manager
“It’s been a crazy first three rounds of the season. Cooper rode great and finished second. Eli put in one hell of a ride to come from the back to ninth, and Justin had some great starts and the holeshot. We’re going to keep working and keep fighting for this championship. We look forward to Anaheim 2 and hopefully dry conditions after these two tough rounds in the mud.”

 

Cooper Webb – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #2
“Round 3 in San Diego was an up-and-down day. The weather was a little bit wet for us again, and qualifying didn’t go great. In the heat race, I got a terrible start but actually rode really well. The main event overall was a good race. I got a pretty good start around fourth, made some good passes, and got into second. I was trailing AP (Aaron Plessinger), made a good charge, and got close there. It was kind of a weird ending, you know, with the lapper situation. It was definitely interesting, but we were all dealing with it. It sucks to be that close and not get our first win with the team, but AP is one of my good friends. So, as mad as I am right now, I am stoked for him. It’s good to get some points back and have some momentum rolling. I’m looking forward to Round 4 and hopefully get our first win of the year.”

 

Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #3
"It was a tough weekend. I got tangled up with (Christian) Craig down a rhythm section, and that set me way back early in the race. I had a decent recovery, though, and I look forward to racing on a dry surface sooner rather than later."

 

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing #32
“I had two pretty good starts tonight. In the heat race, I got bumped around in the first rhythm and ended up sixth. In the main event, we ripped a really good start and got the holeshot. I couldn’t be more happy about that. I’m just a little bit bummed we went down on Lap 2. I got a little bit cross-rutted and a little bit off balance and went into the hay bales. So, that kind of did it for me. I was on the plywood, and because it was so early in the race, I went back to 20th. I think I was in a good spot to go with that lead pack. I’m not saying I would’ve beaten them, but I just wanted to be there in the fight, and that’s where I was. If we could’ve stayed up in that position, I think we could’ve gone away with those guys. We’ll move on to next weekend and not get too down about it and try to get another great start.”

 

2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX San Diego Results
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