Monster Energy / Star / Yamaha Racing

Star Racing was founded in 1999 by Bobby Regan to compete in the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships as a full privateer effort, and in 2003, the team won the Supercross Privateer of the Year Award. Building off that success, Star Racing became an official Yamaha bLU cRU support team in 2005 and is now one of the most sought-after teams for top contenders and young riders looking to advance their careers.

Monster Energy, a long-time sponsor of Yamaha’s racing teams around the globe, will continue on as a title sponsor for Star/Yamaha Racing’s supercross and motocross team for 2020.

Monster Energy / Star / Yamaha Racing Team, riders for 2020 will be Dylan Ferrandis (#14), Colt Nichols (#13), Shane McElrath (#12), Justin Cooper (#32) and Ty Masterpool (#41)

The Companies We Keep

Racing is a proven vehicle for marketing brands, gaining exposure, and developing new products and services. At Yamaha Racing, we are proud that the following partners have put their confidence in us, and have provided their ongoing support as sponsors of our Supercross and Motocross Teams. Team partners who share our passion for racing are a vital component in today’s racing environment, we value these relationships.

Monster Energy
Yamaha’s partnership with Monster Energy goes all the way back to 2007, when the two joined forces with Graves Motorsports to compete in the AMA Supermoto series, winning three championships and an X Games Gold in a two-year span.

After a brief hiatus, the partnership renewed in 2011 when Monster Energy became the title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike team. Adding another championship in 2018, together Monster Energy and Yamaha have won seven Superbike Championship titles.

In 2013 Monster Energy became involved with Yamaha’s 600 program and in the 1st season Cameron Beaubier won the Daytona 200 and the AMA Daytona SportBike Championship. When MotoAmerica introduced the Supersport class in 2015, Monster Energy and Yamaha continued their winning ways with consecutive MotoAmerica Supersport titles in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2016, the successful partnership between Monster Energy and Yamaha extended to Supercross and Motocross when Monster Energy also became the title sponsor of the Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross/Motocross team.

In 2018 Monster Energy advanced their support with Yamaha by adding the Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing Supercross/Motocross 250 team to the Monster Energy-Yamaha Motorsports family.

Team rider Aaron Plessinger appeased everyone by winning the AMA Supercross West Lites and the AMA 250 Motocross Championships This success along with Justin Barcia’s 450 class efforts earned Yamaha the “Manufacturer of the Year” in AMA Motocross. Both Aaron and Justin were also selected to represent the USA on the 2018 Motocross of Nations Team.

This winning partnership will introduce new liveries for our teams in 2020, while continuing to showcase the iconic Monster Energy ”M”. With a solid team and motivated partners like Monster Energy, 2020 has the potential to be remarkable!

Monster Energy is way more than an energy drink. Led by its athletes, musicians, employees, distributors, and fans, Monster Energy is…A LIFESTYLE IN A CAN! View all the Monster Energy products and activities at

Yamalube formulates the only oil “built around” the unique demands, operating characteristics, and applications of the various motorsports engines that Yamaha produces. Whether it’s Yamalube four-stroke or two-stroke oil, all of the races and Championships that Yamaha’s U.S. factory teams have won in motocross, supercross, off-road racing, and road racing over the years have been accomplished with Yamalube in the engines.

Yamalube also makes lubricants, quality care products, maintenance products, fork oils, fuel additives, and adhesives.

Rider Profile - Dylan Ferrandis, #14 (1w)

Date of Birth: 5/31/1994
Home Town: Avignon, France
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5' 8'
Weight: 156 lbs.
First Race: Pernes-les-Fontaines, at 4 years of age
Year Turned Pro: 2009
Favorite Track:
Home Track
Favorite Food:
French Food
Favorite Music:
Training: Mountain Biking, Cycling, Weight Training, Running
Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Skating, Surfing

2019 AMA 250SX West Champion –Runner-Up in 250MX Championship
2018 Winning MXON team for team France. Also even with coming into the Nationals late, won two overalls at South Wick and Unadilla.
2017 5th Overall in AMA 250SX West, 6th Overall in AMA 250MX
2016 7th Overall in FIM Motocross World Championship (7 podiums, 1 win)
2015 9th Overall in FIM Motocross World Championship (4 podiums, 1 win)
2014 4th Overall in FIM Motocross World Championship (5 podiums), Represented France at Motocross of Nations

Rider Profile - Colt Nichols, #13

Date of Birth: 3/22/1994
Home Town: Muskogee, OK
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5' 11'
Weight: 160 lbs.
First Race: Ascot MX Park (Dora, OK) at 4 years of age
Year Turned Pro: 2015
Favorite Track:
Reynard Raceway, Wellston, OK
Favorite Food:
Favorite Music:
Training: Gareth Swanepoel
Hobbies: Playing basketball, attending sporting events, cycling

2019 3rd Overall in AMA 250SX West
2018 Finishing on the podium in the final race of the series in Motocross.
2017 15th Overall in AMA 250SX East, 7th Overall in AMA 250MX
2016 5th Overall in AMA 250SX West (2nd at Oakland SX), 21st Overall in AMA 250MX
2015 14th Overall in AMA 250SX

Rider Profile - Justin Cooper, #32

Date of Birth: 8/31/1997
Home Town: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 150 lbs.
First Race: 2002
Year Turned Pro: 2017
Favorite Track:
Favorite Food:
Favorite Music:
Hip-Hop, Rap
Training: Cycling
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Basketball, Cycling

2019 2nd Overall AMA 250SX East, 3rd Overall AMA 250MX
2018 Finishing 3rd overall in the Motocross season in his rookie campaign. Winning a Moto at Denver.
2017 Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award Winner, AMA Arenacross Lites East Champion
2016 Thor Winter Olympics Dunlop Silver Tire Award Winner
2015 2015: Two AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championships

Rider Profile - Ty Masterpool #41

Ty is an addition to the summer racing program and officially part of the Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha pro motocross team. Fresh off the Amateur MX bLU cRU scene, Ty has claimed two National Titles during the 37th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s in August of 2018, we’re really excited to see what this young talent will be bringing to the table come May 18th for the start of the Hangtown Pro Motocross National in Northern California.

Date of Birth: 11/08/2001
Home Town: Fallon, NV
Nationality: United States
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Fishing, Rally Car Racing
Class: AMA MX 250
Pro Number:

2019 Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
2018 Two Loretta Lynn’s Amateur MX Championship Titles
2017 Two Supermini Class Loretta Lynn’s MX Championship Titles

Rider Profile - Shane McElrath, #12

Date of Birth: 11/08/1994
Home Town: Canton, NC
Marital Status: Married
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 167 lbs.
First Race:  
Year Turned Pro: 2013
Favorite Track:
Home Track
Favorite Food:
Favorite Music:
Training: Cycling
Hobbies: Go-karting Audio Tech

2019 1st Place 250SX WestRND 3 (Triple Crown Winner)