When he hoisted the Gary Jones Cup as the newly crowned Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, the entire nation of France shared in the elation of Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis. In becoming the sport’s newest AMA National Champion Ferrandis broke the proverbial curse for a country that despite such a rich motocross history had never celebrated this achievement.
As hard as it is to believe, no Frenchman had ever won a title in the 46 years of 125cc and 250cc competition. Some came so, so close, only to have the championship slip away in the most excruciating way possible. A knee injury for Stephane Roncada, engine failure, and then a shoulder injury for Christophe Pourcel in back-to-back seasons, and a blown motor for Marvin Musquin. Those ghosts of motocross past were certainly on Ferrandis’ mind when he came into the season-ending Fox Raceway National in Southern California, but like he’s done each of the past two seasons in Monster Energy Supercross Ferrandis rose to the occasion and successfully erased the demons that had seemingly haunted French riders in the smaller displacement for decades.