250 Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team
Founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Bobby Reagan, Star Racing built a reputation as one of the top privateer teams in the sport of Supercross and Motocross. In 2005, that reputation ultimately secured the support of Factory Yamaha.
Together with Yamaha’s superior YZ250F, Star Racing is one of the most sought-after teams for the sport’s top up-and-coming riders. The team has a history of success, claiming 14 support class titles in the professional ranks, including six Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 divisional championships over the past five seasons.
Cooper Webb took home back-to-back Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West titles for the team in 2015 and 2016, followed by Aaron Plessinger in 2018. The Ohio native also went on to take the AMA 250MX Championship that season before graduating to the premier class. Dylan Ferrandis carried on that winning momentum and took home back-to-back 250SX West Championships in 2019 and 2020, and was also crowned the 2020 250MX AMA Pro Motocross Champion.
In 2021, the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing squad became the first team in nearly a decade to claim both 250 class titles in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, with Justin Cooper taking the 250SX West Championship and Colt Nichols the 250SX East Championship. Last year, Christian Craig kept the team’s title streak rolling by securing the 2022 250SX West Championship at the season finale in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The team heads into 2023 looking to reign supreme once again with a talented five-rider line-up for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 class divisional championships. New to the squad next year are Stilez Robertson and Jordon Smith, who are both eager to go supercross racing aboard the championship-winning YZ250F. Together with returning members - Nate Thrasher, Levi Kitchen, and Nick Romano - the team looks to add to their tally of eight 250SX number-one plates and an impressive run of four consecutive years at the top of the 250 class.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Racing, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, bLU cRU, Yamaha Bicycles, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Alpinestars, 100%, Toyota of Escondido, Light Speed, ARC Levers, Race Tech Titanium, Mechanix Wear, Boxo Tools, Antigravity Batteries, CWI, Neken, D’cor Graphics, Vortex ECU, Vortex EK, Braking, Matrix Concepts, ProTaper, Excel and G2 Ergonomics.
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Rider Profile
Levi Kitchen #43
Another one of the team’s fast up-and-coming riders, Levi Kitchen returns with the team for his second full season. The young rider from Washington State capped off his amateur career with a pair of titles at the 2021 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s and was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner. He then made his pro debut at the Pro Motocross RedBud National and showed speed straight away, scoring some solid results inside the top 10.
Although his 2022 season was interrupted by some injuries, Kitchen showed a lot of speed as a rookie, winning his first 250MX moto at Thunder Valley. He also enjoyed a solid supercross debut with a top-10 finish at the 250SX East season opener in Minneapolis but, unfortunately, was sidelined after a crash in the following round. The Washington State rider is ready to return to racing and looks to keep building on his forward progress.
Date of Birth 02-16-2001
Place of Birth Washougal, Washington
Nationality United States
Height 6’ 
Weight 155 lbs
Hobbies Fishing, Golf and BMX


RACING HIGHLIGHTS
2022 Scored his first moto win at Thunder Valley, 11th Overall in AMA 250MX Pro Motocross Championship
2021 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner, Made AMA 250MX debut at RedBud
2020 2 Top-10 finishes in AMA 250MX Championship


Rider Profile
Stilez Robertson #40
Stilez Robertson joins the team for 2023 and is one of the sport’s top up-and-coming riders. Although it’s been a roller coaster start since his pro debut in 2020, with injuries that have sidelined him from a complete season, the 20-year-old has shown speed up front. Over the past two seasons, he notched a pair of runner-up finishes at the challenging Daytona Supercross and earned his first outdoor overall podium at the 2022 RedBud National. Back to full fitness, Robertson is eager to get back on track and battle for top honors with the bLU cRU.
Date of Birth 6-04-2022
Place of Birth Bakersfield, CA
Nationality United States
Height 5’ 9”
Weight 155 lbs
Hobbies Drag Racing


RACING HIGHLIGHTS
2022 13th Overall in AMA 250SX East Supercross Championship, 12th Overall in AMA 250MX Pro Motocross Championship
2021 13th Overall in AMA 250SX West Supercross Championship
2020 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner, made pro debut in AMA Pro Motocross Championship


Rider Profile
Nate Thrasher #49

Nate Thrasher joined the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team in the Fall of 2020 and raced the final two rounds of the Pro Motocross 250MX Championship. He made his Monster Energy AMA Supercross debut in 2021 and turned a lot of heads by scoring two convincing 250SX wins on a very physically demanding track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway tripleheader. The young Tennessee rider ultimately ended the season seventh in the points standings but, unfortunately, was sidelined during the outdoor season with an injury.
2022 was a building year for Thrasher as he continued to make forward progress. He ended the supercross season on a high note, winning the East-West 250 Showdown at the final round in Salt Lake City, Utah, and securing a top-five finish in the 250SX West points standings. 

Date of Birth 12-9-2002
Place of Birth Livingston, Tennessee
Nationality United States
Height 5’ 9”
Weight 145 lbs
Hobbies Playing golf, going to the lake, watching American football and Xbox


RACING HIGHLIGHTS
2022 Won the East-West 250 Showdown at the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season finale, 5th Overall in AMA 250SX West Championship, 8th Overall in AMA 250MX Pro Motocross Championship
2021 Scored two 250SX wins to finish seventh in the standings during rookie AMA Supercross season
2020 Pro Motocross debut at the penultimate round, finished 11th and 13th


Rider Profile
Jordon Smith #58
Also joining the team in 2023 is Jordon Smith. The North Carolina rider has three wins and multiple podiums in the 250 supercross class and took the runner-up spot in the 2018 250SX East Championship. Although it’s been a tough few years being sidelined with injuries, Smith is reenergized and healthy. He trained with the team during last year’s outdoor season and is eager to line up behind the gate and fight for a championship.
Date of Birth 02-05-1996
Place of Birth Belmont, NC
Nationality United States
Height 5’ 10”
Weight 165 lbs
Hobbies Golf and Cornhole


RACING HIGHLIGHTS
2022 6th Overall in AMA 250SX East Championship
2018 2nd Overall in AMA 250SX East Championship, 10th Overall in AMA 250MX Championship
2017 4th Overall in AMA 250SX East Championship
2016 9th Overall in AMA 250SX West Championship
2015 Turned Pro


Rider Profile
Nick Romano #54
Nick Romano also returns with the team in 2023 and is excited to make his Monster Energy AMA Supercross debut. Named the 2021 Amateur Rider of the Year, the multi-time amateur champion is one of the sport’s rising stars. The New Yorker joined the pro ranks last year for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and although he too was sidelined with an injury, the 17-year-old showed strength and earned a career-best fourth-place finish in the first moto at his home race at Unadilla.
Date of Birth 03-09-2005
Place of Birth Bayside, NY
Nationality United States
Height 5’ 8”
Weight 150 lbs
Hobbies Golf


RACING HIGHLIGHTS
2022 Made AMA Pro Motocross debut
2021 AMA Amateur Rider of the Year