Star Yamaha Introduces 2020 Rider Lineup
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is pleased to announce a powerhouse lineup on the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team in 2020, with Shane McElrath joining teammates Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper, and Colt Nichols. The four will battle for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship aboard the Yamaha YZ250F.
Last year, Ferrandis proved to be a fierce competitor when he prevailed to capture the 250SX West Region title for his first championship on U.S. soil. He also made an impressive run in the Pro Motocross 250 Class, taking four wins to finish second overall. The tenacious Frenchman looks to build on his success with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing crew in 2020 and go for another title aboard the Yamaha YZ250F.
The newest team member, McElrath, brings a wealth of experience to the team as a proven front runner. Over the course of six full time seasons of Pro Motocross competition, the North Carolina native has captured a pair of overall victories to go along with six podium finishes. Healthy and ready to go with his new team, McElrath aims to seal the deal on his first title.
Cooper enjoyed a standout year in 2019, where he took his first overall win at the Florida National and scored nine podiums to end the year third overall in the 250 Class standings. With more experience under his belt, the 22-year-old aims to build on his 2019 success with more wins and a number-one plate.
Nichols came out swinging in 2019 and continues to show more progression in Pro Motocross, where he enjoyed a second career podium finish and a solid season until an injury cut his summer short. The 2020 campaign marks his fourth season with the team as he looks to achieve even more success.