Poor starts prove costly throughout Triple Crown main events.
Finishing runner-up in 250SX West at Glendale left defending champion Dylan Ferrandis disappointed, but it was still a vital result that saw him close further on the red plate.
It’s been a frantic opening portion of the season for the Monster Energy Star Yamaha rider, who is now only three points outside of the series lead.
Glendale’s fourth round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross marked the first Triple Crown of the year, just one week after the topical clash between Ferrandis and Christian Craig at Anaheim 2.
Despite difficult starts, Ferrandis went 2-2-2 for second overall and narrowly missed the overall by a single point to Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki).
“I can’t say it was a bad day because it could’ve been much worse,” reflected Ferrandis. “I’m a little disappointed to miss the win. I feel like the bad starts cost me the win tonight, but the speed was there and I made a lot of passes.
“I was really stoked with my physical feeling because I was not tired at any point, my riding was really good and the bike was awesome – we just need to improve on the starts.
“I don’t understand why I’m struggling with the starts right now, but we are working with the team and have made some changes. Now we are three points from first place in the championship – that’s the big goal.”
While Ferrandis was at his consistent best at round four, Yamaha teammate Justin Cooper managed to hold onto his championship lead after recording a ninth-place finish on Saturday night.