The 22-year old from Hamilton, Ohio had a monster year in 2018 by winning the AMA Supercross 250SX West and AMA Motocross 250cc championships. He has decided to make the jump full-time to the 450 class and will make his debut heading into the 2019 season. Monster Energy Factory Yamaha announced over the summer that they will sign Plessinger to a multi-year contract to ride in the AMA Supercross 450SX and AMA Pro Motocross 450cc classes. As 2019 approaches, all eyes will be on Plessinger to see if he is truly ready to make the jump to the 450 class for years to come.
Plessinger turned pro in 2015 and followed in the footsteps of his father who is a former off-road champion. He entered his professional career coming off multiple amateur riding championships. In 2014, he was the Monster Cup Amateur All-Stars winner. His off-road competitions enabled him to become an all-around seasoned rider with a unique skillset.
He got off to a remarkable start to his pro career in 2015 by finishing 5th place in the AMA Supercross 250SX West and 6th place in the AMA Pro Motocross 250cc. He captured Rookie of the Year honors in the 250 class in both Supercross and Motocross. He followed up his strong rookie campaign with an even more impressive 2016. Plessinger concluded the Pro Motocross 250cc season with seven top-5 finishes to finish the season in 5th place overall. On the Supercross 250SX East circuit, he would only finish outside the top-5 on one occasion and he captured his first career 250SX win at Indianapolis. He went on to finish the 250SX season in 2nd place, his best finish at that point in his career.
He had strong performances in 2017 as well by finishing in the top-5 of the standings in the 250 classes for Supercross and Motocross once again. He notched one victory at Seattle and earned seven top-5 finishes on his way to a 3rd place finish.
2018 is where Plessinger really hit his stride and had a humungous breakout season which solidified him as one of the best young talents in the sport. He competed in the AMA Supercross 250SX West and captured a career-best four main event victories. He added three additional top-5 finishes to take home his first championship in his professional career. He followed up his 250SX performance with a stellar run in the AMA Pro Motocross 250cc class. Plessinger had an outstanding six victories on the season which included three straight in the middle of the season. He went on to earn his first 250 class championship in Motocross in addition to his 250SX championship earlier in the year.
Plessinger looks to be one of the most outstanding riders in the future of the sport. He is still at the young age of 22 and is coming off one of the best seasons the 250 class has ever seen. Only time will tell if Plessinger will make an impact on the 450 class like he did in the 250 class in 2018. As he makes the full transition, Supercross and Motocross fans will watch closely at his continued development.