Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis is on the verge of clinching his first career 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title in his first year in the class. He currently leads Ken Roczen by 50 points, so if he beats or ties Roczen in points this Saturday at Fox Raceway 2, he’ll clinch the title a round early and in the process become the first Yamaha rider to win a title in the premier class in Pro Motocross since Grant Langston in 2007.
Ferrandis was the fastest qualifier on Saturday and while he expressed he does like the Ironman track, he was not a fan of the wood chips.
“I want to use this TV time to show a message to everybody… every person who works on the track. You guys really need to stop putting wood chips on the track because its so bad for us as a rider,” he said on the broadcast. “I’m kind of a little disappointed that put it on the start. It’s so slippery. But other than that, this place is so fun.”
Following his 1-2 finish and second overall behind Eli Tomac, Ferrandis was asked about the wood chips again in the post-race press conference. And again, he’s not a fan.
“I just hate wood chips,” he said. “Honestly, it seems bad for the racing. They didn’t put that everywhere on the track, but if you look, I think the section where they put the wood chips, I think nobody ever passed someone in that section. So, it just makes the track not racy at all when there’s wood chips. But lucky they didn’t put everywhere on the track.
“I don’t understand why many tracks they start to do it more and more. It’s really bad for the sport because for us as riders, it just makes us uncomfortable. You cannot trust where you put your wheel. It’s my opinion. I was just unhappy for that because Ironman especially is one of the favorite tracks of the circuit for many riders. The past few years have been great, and this year there is a lot of wood chips, so I was surprised and not really happy about that. Anyway, the track was good. We were able to have good racing. But I think if you look more closely, every section where they put those wood chips was just not racy at all.”
Ferrandis is going to clinch his first career 450 title very soon and he’s also NOT a fan of wood chips. There you have it.
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