Championship Duo Leads Star Yamaha 450 Class Effort in 2022

Monday, December 13, 2021 | 4:00 PM

Note: Christian Craig will make the transition to the 450 Class for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to round out a three-rider lineup.

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis and Eli Tomac are ready for the highly anticipated start of the 2022 AMA Supercross season on January 8 in Anaheim, California. The team has been hard at work at their new facility in Cairo, Georgia, and looks to build on this year’s successful premier class debut.

Ferrandis is fresh off a stellar rookie year on the YZ450F, securing his first premier class title at the penultimate Lucas Oil Pro Motocross round in Pala, California. The Frenchman also enjoyed a great start to his 450SX debut earlier in the year, scoring his first podium at the second Supercross round in Houston, Texas. He looks to keep that momentum rolling into the new year and fight for another number-one plate.

Dylan Ferrandis - Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“Our off-season has been going great. We have been working really hard on and off the bike. We still have one month left to prepare for the 2022 Supercross season, but I’m pretty excited for my second season on the 450 and can’t wait for A1!”

Dylan Ferrandis will carry the #1 plate as the reigning 450 Class Champion.
Dylan Ferrandis will carry the #1 plate as the reigning 450 Class Champion. Yamaha Motor Corp. USA

In addition to Ferrandis securing the title a weekend early, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., earned Manufacturer of the Year honors, and the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team was named Team of the Year. The series also awarded Jeremy Coker Team Manager of the Year and the 450 Mechanic of the Year went to Ferrandis’ mechanic, Alex Campbell.

Joining the team for 2022, Tomac is eager for that first gate drop aboard the Yamaha YF450F at the series opener at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Coloradan is a proven title contender, adding the 2020 AMA Supercross 450SX Championship to his resume after his impressive three-peat (2017-2019) in the Pro Motocross 450 Class Championship. He is also the winningest rider currently active in the premier class and aims to reclaim the throne in 2022.

Eli Tomac - Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“December riding at the Star Racing facility in Florida alongside my teammates has been great preparation. We've all been pushing for the next level and are ready to go for the 2022 Supercross season!”

The addition of Eli Tomac places Star Yamaha a pair of 450 Class Champions under the tent.
The addition of Eli Tomac places Star Yamaha a pair of 450 Class Champions under the tent. Yamaha Motor Corp. USA

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Parts Unlimited, CWI, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Pro Taper, Excel, Vortex EK, Vortex ECU, D’Cor, Braking, Neken, ARC, Mettec Titanium, Motion Pro, Lightspeed, G2 Ergonomics, Antigravity Batteries, Matrix Concepts and Boxo Tools.

Jeremy Coker - Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager

“This off-season has been one that I will never forget. We moved the team across the country and have a new addition with Eli, so it’s been a lot of long hours to prepare for the season, but it’s very exciting. Dylan and Eli have been working very hard and look amazing. Hard work pays off, and we saw that last year. I think 2022 looks to be even better!”


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