Monster Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis put one hand on the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title at Ironman, taking second place behind Eli Tomac.
The Frenchman extended his lead over rival Ken Roczen to 50 points which means only disaster at the final two outings can give the Honda man any hope.
Ferrandis set the pace straight away at Ironman, topping both qualifying sessions to earn the fastest qualifier honors in the premier class. He got a good launch off of the gate and took the number-one spot before the start of lap two.
Although he was passed shortly after, he reclaimed the lead at the end of the lap. He tried to build a gap, but it was a heated three-rider battle up front. He held up to the pressure, and as the clock was winding down, he started to pull away, ultimately crossing the line with a four-second lead for his sixth moto win of the season.
In the second race, Ferrandis grabbed the holeshot, but he was shuffled to third early in the race. Ferrandis put his head down and once again made the pass before the start of lap six. From there, he managed a smart race in the challenging conditions to keep his podium streak rolling with a second-place finish for second overall.
“Today was a hard day, and I didn’t have the power to push deep. It was just gnarly physically, so to get that first moto win was awesome,” said Ferrandis.
‘Then in the second moto, I said it’s time to get the holeshot, and I did, but Eli was on it today, so congrats to him, he deserved this win.
“Second overall was a good result for today and good for the championship. The bike was awesome all day; we didn’t touch anything, which was great.”