News 14 Oct 2020

Star Racing to takeover factory Yamaha 450 program from 2021

Ferrandis steps up as Martin and Craig join powerhouse 250 class team.

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A three-year partnership that will see Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing become the brand’s factory 450 and 250 class program from 2021 has been made official, also confirming its talent-packed 2021 rider roster.

The announcement confirms that Yamaha will cease its in-house team from next season, as Star Racing becomes one of the most powerful organizations in the sport.

“The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team has had a tremendous amount of success over the years with both their Amateur and 250 Supercross and Motocross programs,” said Jim Roach, Yamaha Racing department manager for Yamaha Motor Corp., USA.

“Beginning in 2021, the Yamaha 450 program in both championships will transition to the Monster Energy Star Yamaha team, as well. The overall goal is to continue the success that the team has had and to work toward winning 450 Championships.

“Having the Amateur, 250, and 450 Supercross and Motocross programs with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team also ensures a smooth transition for riders stepping through the program. It is an exciting time for Yamaha, and we look forward to the upcoming racing season!”

Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha has signed 250SX West and 250MX champion Dylan Ferrandis to step up to the YZ450F alongside the returning Aaron Plessinger, who previously rode for Star Racing with significant success in his 250 career.

“I have worked for Star Racing for six seasons and will be going on my seventh full season of racing with the team,” 450 team manager Jeremy Coker commented. “For the last five years, I was the engine technician and have been a part of a total of 10 championships wins. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to step up and manage the 450 program and look to take Dylan and Aaron to the top step of the podium throughout the seasons ahead.”

Meanwhile, the 250 squad will be made up by another returning former 250MX champion in Jeremy Martin, joined by longtime Christian Craig, Colt Nichols, Justin Cooper and Jarrett Frye.

“Coming off of two championship wins this season, I’m really looking forward to next season with the goal of carrying that success forward into 2021,” said 250 team manager Will Hahn. “We have a great lineup with Colt, Justin and Jarret returning, some great additions with Jeremy and Christian, and a bright future with Nate, Matt and Nick. I can’t wait for the new year!”

In addition, the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 team has more top up-and-coming riders signed, including Nate Thrasher, Matt LeBlanc and Nick Romano. It’s yet to be confirmed when the full-time professional careers of all three will commence.