Cooper Grabs Another Podium, Oldenburg Finishes Fourth in 250SX East at Daytona

Justin Cooper raced his Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing YZ250F to his third 250SX East podium finish of the season on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. His teammate Mitchell Oldenburg was the hard charger of the night as he recovered from an eighth-place start to finish fourth.

With Oldenburg notching a third-place result in heat race one and Cooper winning heat race two, the results portended good things to come in the main event.

Cooper got off to a great start in the main and was in second place out of the gate. Although he lost one position in the early going, he held tenaciously to third place and maintained it all the way to the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, Oldenburg was clearly on a mission as he moved from eighth to seventh in the opening laps, and then he passed rider after rider as the clock counted down. He made it all the way up to fourth and behind his teammate Cooper, which is where he stayed until he crossed the finish line.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team’s 250SX East riders will race again next Saturday, March 16, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wil Hahn

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“Daytona is known for being one of the hardest, most challenging supercross races of the year, so tonight was good for us. Justin landing on the podium again was great result for staying strong in the championship. And for Mitch, coming back after a really hard weekend last weekend was huge and showed a lot of heart.”

Justin Cooper

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“The bike was working really well. We did a lot of testing with the team outdoors this week, so we kind of knew what we had to do coming up today. We were able to get the heat win and bring it home for third tonight. Those guys out front were riding good, but no excuses. I just had a couple mistakes tonight that cost me and you can’t do that out here. The track for sure was tough tonight. It got me a couple times, but glad to get out of here safe and on to the next one.”

Mitchell Oldenburg

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“The night was actually really good for me considering how last weekend went. So I’m stoked to walk away healthy, safe and keep it on two wheels. My bike worked amazing all day and night. I can’t thank the Star Racing Yamaha guys enough for all the work they do in and out each week. The track was a difficult Daytona; gnarly, brutal and really demanding, but my fitness was good tonight and I’m happy with my finish.”

2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Daytona Results

1. Austin Forkner

2. Chase Sexton

3. Justin Cooper

4. Mitchell Oldenburg

5. Alex Martin

6. Brandon Hartranft

7. Kyle Peters

8. Joshua Osby

9. Kyle Cunningham

10. Martin Davalos

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