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Colt Nichols Retains 250SX West Championship Lead With Second-Straight Podium

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Colt Nichols Retains 250SX West Championship Lead With Second-Straight Podium
A win and a second sees Colt Nichols retain his number one plate as the 250SX West championship heads back to Anaheim this weekend. Photo: Yamaha Racing
Following his stellar win at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season opener Yamaha's Colt Nichols rode a smart race to hold onto his championship lead with a solid second-place finish at Glendale, AZ, on the weekend.

Nichols got the night off to a great start with a heat win aboard his Yamaha YZ250F. He was hoping to repeat that in the main, but the track conditions tested a rider‰Ûªs patience and the 24yr old made a few mistakes trying to push for the win. At the end of the day, Nichols was rewarded with an important points haul, giving him a five-point lead in the 250SX West title chase.
Colt Nichols Retains 250SX West Championship Lead With Second-Straight Podium
Colt Nichols has a five-point lead in the 250SX West title chase: Yamaha Racing
‰ÛÏThe bike was great. It felt really, really good all day," the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing rider said.

"We made a few changes to the suspension before the night program and that helped a lot. The track was just so dry and you had to be really, really patient. I was trying not to rush everything, but sometimes I kind of rushed it and made a few little mistakes. That‰Ûªs all right though. I still salvaged a second, so I‰Ûªm really happy to leave with the points lead and will get ready for next weekend.‰Û
Colt Nichols Retains 250SX West Championship Lead With Second-Straight Podium
Colt Nichols celebrates old school. Photo: Yamaha Racing
Unfortunately for his teammate Dylan Ferrandis, the challenging conditions made for a disappointing round two. The Frenchman started the day looking like the man to beat, showing a lot of speed and topping the time charts in qualifying. Ferrandis got a decent start, but had a big crash that ended his hopes of a repeat podium finish. Still, he never gave up and fought his way back to sixth to score valuable championship points.

"The track was slippery but it was a good layout. The bike was awesome," Ferrandis said. "I felt I had the speed for a good result, but I crashed hard in the race. I worked hard to regain some points in the championship, but it was a disappointing night. I‰Ûªm not happy with sixth.‰Û
Colt Nichols Retains 250SX West Championship Lead With Second-Straight Podium
Dylan Ferrandis spun out in the opening lap of the main event while running top three and dropped to 16th, from there the Frenchman had a hard fight back to 6th. Photo: Yamaha Racing

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