Star Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis found his debut 450 Supercross race in Houston ‘really difficult’ and struggled to get into the required mental rhythm.

After a tough Heat race, the two-time 250SX West Champion put everything he had into the Main Event and fought his way from 12th to eighth. On the final lap, Ferrandis was able to pass his teammate Aaron Plessinger to improve to seventh.

“My first 450 race was really, really difficult. It was what I expected though. When you’re on the gate with all the top guys and champions, it’s hard to find your place,” said Ferrandis.

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“The first few practices were really bad. I was struggling mentally to get the rhythm, and also with the bike a little bit in race conditions. But we just stayed focused with the team. We changed some stuff on the bike, really small things, and just tried to improve practice after practice.

“I had a so-so start in the Main Event, but I just gave everything I had and it paid off. I think seventh in my first 450 race is good and for sure, after having a small winter season and a small injury also.

“I’m really happy. I did the job and I’m really proud and happy to give that result to my team that works really hard.”

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