Ferrandis Finishes Second Overall at Tough Unadilla
Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis returned to the podium with a strong second overall finish in challenging conditions at yesterday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York. The 450 class points leader maintained his podium streak and scored some valuable points in the title fight. Christian Craig had another solid performance inside the top 10, ending the day seventh overall. Unfortunately, Aaron Plessinger’s day ended early with a big get-off in the first moto while fighting up front.
Ferrandis got a good start from the fifth gate pick and was third after the start behind Plessinger. From there, he rode a smart race comfortably in that position and then advanced to second after his teammate crashed out of the race, scoring his 13th moto podium of the season. He got another good start in the second moto in fourth and was quickly on the heels of the third-place rider. The Frenchman passed him on the outside to take that final podium spot, but the front runners had already amassed a comfortable gap. From there, Ferrandis rode a smart race to finish third, securing second overall and leaving with a 39-point lead in the championship.
Qualifying eighth, Craig didn’t get off the gate as he hoped in the first moto and found himself back in 13th after the first lap. He put his head down and quickly made his way inside the top 10. With three laps to go, he closed the gap on the battle for fifth but ultimately had to settle for seventh. The Californian got a much better start in Moto 2, slotted behind his teammate and battling for fifth. In sixth place, he managed his race in the tricky conditions to maintain the position and end the day seventh overall.
Plessinger got the day off to a great start, earning a career-best qualifying result in the premier class in second. After the gate drop, he slotted into that runner-up spot. The duo up front pulled away from the rest of the field, and the Ohio native ran some fast laps to keep the leader in sight. Just after the halfway mark, Plessinger had a big crash and was unable to rejoin the race. He was evaluated by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit and sent to the hospital for further evaluation, where he was cleared. Plessinger will be evaluated again before next weekend’s round at Budds Creek Motocross Park, and an update will follow.
Next up for the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team is the Budds Creek National, Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Mechanicsville, Maryland, on August 21.
Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager
“We had a very up and down day at Unadilla. Practice went well, and the first moto started great with Aaron and Dylan up front, and Christian charging through the pack. Aaron was putting on a very good ride up front but unfortunately had a big crash that ended his day. Dylan rode great to bring home a solid second overall on a tough track. Christian had a great ride as well and put together two strong motos. Aaron went to be checked out and was cleared from the hospital, and we’re hoping to have him back very soon!”
Dylan Ferrandis – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“I came here to win, but second overall was the best I could do today. The track was just wild! It was so technical and so hard to ride and go fast. We didn’t have the pace, and Ken (Roczen) was way too strong, so congrats to him. We’ve been on every podium so far this season, and I’m really happy about that. We will keep working to be back on the top step.”
Christian Craig – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“It was a decent day for me at Unadilla. We struggled in practice trying to find a flow but I was able to put in some good laps in both motos. The track was treacherous, so I''m glad to get out of there healthy and move on to Budds Creek!”
Aaron Plessinger – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“We were having such a great day, and I was feeling really good, so it’s such a bummer, but I’m glad it wasn’t worse. We’re going to take it day by day and get checked out again before Budds Creek, and hopefully be right back out there.”
2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class Unadilla Results
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