Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols led every lap of the 2019 AMA Supercross season opener inside Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, to grab his first 250SX class main event win of his career. Nichols heads into the second round with the point leader’s red plate.
“It’s really an indescribable feeling to win at A1,” Nichols said. “The conditions were far from perfect, but I was able to stay focused and ride my laps to take the win. [It felt like] the longest race of my life. My mechanic gave me five to go, four to go, three to go. You’re kind of talking to yourself a little bit to get through it. I just tried to stay consistent. I really didn’t know how big of a lead I had and who was in second at the time, so just tried to keep the focus forward. I knew if I tried to relax a little too much, I’d probably make a big mistake and crash. So I just kind of tried to keep it moving and it ended up working out for me.”
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis finished in the runner-up spot in the 16-lap feature race.
“The track was difficult with the rain, but I got a good start and tried not to make many mistakes,” Ferrandis said. “I was able to come back for a good result, some good championship points, and leave Anaheim healthy.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath ran in second place for a majority of the race, but was passed by Ferrandis with three laps to go and finished third. Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the top five, respectively.