Confidence continues to build in breakout 450 season.
As the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series took to the track in Lakewood, Colorado for round two of the series, Dylan Ferrandis continued what has been a breakout season in the 450 class.
In what he considered to be one of the best moto’s of his career, Ferrandis battled with Ken Roczen (Team Honda HRC) and Adam Cianciarulo (Monster Energy Kawasaki) in the opening gate drop.
He looked set to take the moto win, but an issue with the rear brakes on his Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F cost him late, going on to finish second.
“I felt like the first moto was one of the best moto’s of my career,” Ferrandis explained in an interview with Swapmoto Live. “Being behind two great riders and passing both with really clean and good moves I was really stoked on that. And then yeah my brake issue, glad I didn’t finish less than [second].”
“It’s cool I never expected to finish that good in the second moto, when I saw that I was really [far] back in the pack, but yeah I gave everything and the team and I worked really hard, the bike is great, we made it a little better for moto two and we’re on a really good pace right now.”
Ferrandis went on to explain that despite riding at the front of the premier class, he admits it’s been intimidating to be racing with the top riders, but he’s finally feeling like he’s a part of the front group with two consecutive podiums in 450MX action.
“It might look [like I’m not intimidated], but I’m intimidated by all these guys,” he continued. “Before I was riding MXGP, Roczen was winning there, so he was the guy to watch.
“And then Tomac, when I was in 250s, was the guy. So all these guys, I’m like a fan, I love all these guys. But when it comes to racing, I try not to look at who is around me and I give everything.
“In Supercross it was more difficult for me, it took me time to [become] part of this group of really strong riders and it was hard, I felt really intimidated.
“But I mean now, I feel two races in a row, I kind of feel like I belong to this group so it’s cool, it’s really cool.”
The series now takes a weekend off before heading east to Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania for round three of the series at High Point raceway.