Cianciarulo Wins East/West Shootout in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (May 7, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo earned his second win of the season in dominating fashion during the East/West Shootout at Sam Boyd Stadium, finishing over five seconds ahead of his teammate and newly crowned Western Regional 250SX Champion Justin Hill. Austin Forkner went down in the first turn and was able to come back for 12th, while Joey Savatgy was hit in the second-to-last turn and pushing him back to a 14th-place finish.

Adam Cianciarulo
It had been an up and down season for Cianciarulo, who broke through for his first race-win at the beginning of March. While that win was sweet after years of injury, his victory in Las Vegas was just as sweet after besting the riders from both regions on a difficult track outside the Las Vegas strip. Throughout the race, he was even in contention for the championship, but in the end his win propelled him into second overall in the Eastern Regional 250SX standings.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do [win the east/west shootout],” said Cianciarulo. “I am going to have to go back and watch the whole race to see all the action that happened behind me but I was in a groove and just tried to keep pace the entire race. It feels amazing to end the season like this.”

Justin Hill
After already taking the championship two weeks ago in Salt Lake City, the race in Las Vegas was more or less a victory lap for Hill. With the temperatures over 90 degrees all day, Hill struggled with minor heat stroke, but was able to pull together for a solid showing once the sun went down. Like Cianciarulo, Hill got out to a great start and was able to maintain his lead-pack pace, ending the season with his eighth consecutive podium finish.

“I am so thankful for everyone that has supported me,” said Hill. “Honestly when I came into the weekend, the championship still hadn’t sunk in. I struggled a little bit with heat stroke today and wasn’t sure if I would be able to race, but came together for the night show and just tried to pace Adam. He rode great and I’m really happy to see him take the win.”

Austin Forkner
Forkner had been very consistent in Las Vegas as an amateur prior to his professional debut in Sam Boyd Stadium. He kept up the fast pace for much of the night, but a first turn crash would force Forkner to start from 20th. Despite the odds stacked against him he still managed to make his way back toward the top-10 in 12th.

“I felt really good tonight and was hoping to get on the podium or even a win,” said Forkner. “It will come, but though I rode well after that hard crash in the first turn. It was definitely tough and really got me excited for the upcoming outdoors season that starts in two weeks.”

Joey Savatgy
As a championship contender, Savatgy put himself in good position on the start, avoiding the pile up in the first turn. He was near the front-runners on the first lap, but had to catch back up again after a bobble following the finish line. He made his way back up to fourth, eventually having some issues that forced him toward the end of the top-10. Savatgy would ultimately be taken out in the final turn and forced back to 14th as he crossed the final finish line of the Monster Energy Supercross season.

“It was a rollercoaster season to say the least,” said Savatgy. “What happened on the last lap I didn’t see coming and should have. I would have probably done the same thing in that situation, but it hurts being on the losing end of a take out.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results (East/West Shootout)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  2. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  6. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  7. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  8. Hayden Mellross (Yamaha)
  9. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  10. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)

12. Austin Forkner (KawasakI)
14. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)

 

Western Regional 250SX Class Points, After 9 of 9 Rounds

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 202
  2. Shane McElrath (KTM), 164
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 163
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 145
  5. James Decotis (Honda), 137
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 114
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 104
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 90
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 77
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM), 76

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Points, After 9 of 9 Rounds

  1. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 173
  2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 171
  3. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 166
  4. Jordon Smith (KTM), 161
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 144
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 97
  7. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 86
  8. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 84
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 82
  10. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 77

 

 

Cianciarulo and Savatgy Finish in Top-10 at MetLife Stadium

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 30, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy both attained top-10 finishes at the penultimate round of the Eastern Regional 250SX championship, ending the night fourth and eighth, respectively. With only one round remaining, Savatgy is just one point off the leader, while Cianciarulo is fourth and 14 points out.

Adam Cianciarulo
For Cianciarulo, the night started out right as he collected his third heat-race win of the season. He was ready for the gate drop in the main event and grabbed his third holeshot of the season. Cianciarulo was riding well, but forfeited a few spots before the checkered flag where he ended up finishing just off the podium in fourth.

“The day started pretty good and I’m always happy to get a heat race win,” said Cianciarulo. “I really wish I was able to hold on to the lead in the main, but the track was tricky and there were certain sections that if you didn’t get it just right, you lost time. I have one more round to get that second win and we’ll be trying our hardest.”

Joey Savatgy
Savatgy was focused and ready to tackle the tough track in New Jersey. He finished fourth in his heat race and started well in the main event. After settling into third, Savatgy went down, but remounted quickly. He crossed the line in third, but eventually was assessed a penalty and was pushed down to eighth. With his decent sized lead entering the round, he sits only one point out of the lead with the final round taking place next weekend in Las Vegas.

“I don’t give up and after barely losing last year, I won’t go down without a fight,” said Savatgy. “This week, we’ll keep our heads down and work hard to come to Las Vegas at our best.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  3. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  5. Christian Craig (Honda)
  6. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  7. Luke Renzland (Suzuki)
  8. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  9. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
  10. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)

250SX Class Points, After 8 of 9 Rounds

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM), 160
  2. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 159
  3. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 159
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 146
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 126
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 97
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 84
  8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 80
  9. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 77
  10. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 74

Beursfoon KTM Team: 3 riders on European Championship podium

The Beursfoon KTM team made a clean sweep of podium spots at the second round of the Motocross European Championships on Kolding, Denmark. Ivano van Erp and Kay de Wolf won the 65cc and 85cc classes respectively, and Scott Smulders was second in the 85cc class.

The incessant rainfall leading up to the race forced the organisers to cancel Saturday’s  schedule. A shortened qualifying schedule was arranged for Sunday.

Ivano van Erp posted the pole time in the 65cc class. He was in sublime form and claimed both holeshots on his Hannamax KTM. He brooled no opposition  and won both heats comfortably.

In the 85cc class, Kay and Scott posted the fastest and second fastest times respectively.

In the first heat Scott’s Prox  clutch did its job, and he was third off the line. Kay had a lesser start, holding ninth initially. Scott bided his time and pounced for the lead when the opportunity came. He  fought hard, but finally  claimed second. Kay recovered to fifth, which kept his hopes of a good result alive

Both teammates got away well in race two, being first and second into the first corner. Kay flew into the lead and never relinquished it again. Scott held second for a while but a number of mistakes dropped him to sixth. The joint scores were enouh to reward Kay with the victory and Scott with second spot.

The next round of the European Championship will be held in Finland on 21 May.

Tonus secures maiden MXGP podium

Arnaud Tonus and Shaun Simpson, of Wilvo Yamaha MXGP, descended on the scenic venue of Pietramurata this past weekend, as the Italian circuit played host to the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Tonus, a race winner in his homeland seven days prior, arrived at the hillside with some momentum in his corner.

The Swiss pilot put that to good use in the two practice sessions on Saturday morning, as he recorded lap times that put him inside of the top three each time. That, unfortunately, did not quite translate to a great start in the qualifying heat, as he rounded lap one on the cusp of the top fifteen and with a considerable amount of work to do.

Recording lap times that were competitive with the leaders, Tonus carved through the field with some elegant riding and secured the ninth pick of the gate for the following day. Shaun Simpson, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Although he started outside of the top ten, he made some quick moves to advance to ninth almost immediately. ‘24’ was competitive in that position until a small crash curtailed his efforts and left him in eighteenth at the chequered flag.

A brilliant start in the first MXGP moto left Arnaud Tonus inside of the top three at the end of lap one and right with a pair of former champions. Tonus shadowed his competitors in a calculated manner through the first half of the race, then pounced on the rider in the runner-up position on lap twelve of nineteen. Tonus then started to erase the deficit between himself and the race leader, but ran out of time. Just two seconds separated him from the eventual winner at the end of the thirty-minute moto!

Tonus was restricted by a mediocre start in the second outing, but again showed good pace whilst edging closer to the top five. After spending a majority of the encounter in sixth, he eventually crossed the line in seventh and secured third overall on the weekend. The thirty-six points that he achieved also saw him jump to eighth in the series standings.

Hill Scores Second Place To Keep Double Digit Point’s Lead

SEATTLE (April 9, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill rode a consistent race on a continually changing track inside CenturyLink Field to finish second, allowing him to retain his double digit point’s lead with two rounds remaining. Hill’s teammate Austin Forkner did not race after enduring a hip injury in practice leading up to the event. He’s being evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

Justin Hill 
The day was nearly perfect for Hill who collected the top qualifier and another heat race win on a cold night in Seattle. Hill, who is from Yoncalla, Oregon, looked unfazed by the challenging track and let that confidence shine in the main event.

Because of the conditions the main event was knocked down to 12 minutes and after working his way up into the top five, the main event was red flagged for an injured rider. The racers were forced to complete a full restart, but it benefited Hill who started a bit better and quickly made his way into second by the second lap. He would be challenged for the position, but would ultimately settle into the runner-up spot and ride a smooth race to finish second on the night.

“I just fell into the groove and tried to ride safe because the track was just unreal,” said Hill. “I did what I could do to ride solid and not throw it away. I would love to have won, but didn’t feel like I needed to do anything that would cost me points.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  2. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  3. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  5. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  6. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  7. Hayden Melross (Yamaha)
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
  10. Justin Hoeft (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 7 of 9 Rounds

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 160
  2. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 142
  3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 129
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 124
  5. James Decotis (Honda), 106
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 90
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 82
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 73
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 64
  10. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 55

Joey Savatgy Retains Points Lead Going Into Break

ST. LOUIS (April 2, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy kept the Eastern Regional 250SX points lead heading into the short break after collecting his fourth-straight runner-up finish at The Dome at America’s Center. His teammate Adam Cianciarulo finished sixth and is 18 points back of his teammate in the standings.

Joey Savatgy
The day as a whole was really encouraging for Savatgy who came into the night event as the top qualifier. He captured another heat race win aboard his Kawasaki KX250F and put himself in good position for the main. During the crucial main event, Savatgy got a great start and charged into the lead not long after the start. He encountered some mistakes, but despite going off the track and getting hit by a lapper he managed to charge at the leader until the end, finishing just 0.6 seconds back of the winner.

“We are leaving here healthy and have the red plate so that is always good,” said Savatgy. “The little mistakes are frustrating but the speed is there. The starts have been there, which is encouraging, so we’ll see what we can do after the break.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Cianciarulo was proving his speed both during the day’s practice and the night show. After collecting third in his heat, he got a nice start in the main event to put him in the top-five. He battled and didn’t give up the entire 15 minutes plus one lap main event to finish sixth on the night.

“I had a pretty good crash in second practice and I feel like it hindered me when we went to the night show,” said Cianciarulo. “I couldn’t get in a grove and the track was challenging so it didn’t turn out how I wanted. We have some time off and we’ll regroup.”

The riders on the East Coast will get a short break before returning to action on April 29 for the penultimate round of the season. Justin Hill and Austin Forkner return to action next weekend in Seattle.

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Christian Craig (Honda)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  7. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  8. Gannon Audette (Kawasaki)
  9. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  10. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 7 of 9 Rounds

  1. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 146
  2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 140
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 134
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 128
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 104
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 81
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 70
  8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 69
  9. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 66
  10. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 62

Joey Savatgy Regains Points Lead in Detroit

DETROIT (March 26, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo were main players in one of the wildest races this season, with Savatgy earning his third-straight runner-up finish while Cianciarulo was third. In addition to grabbing his fourth podium of the season, Savatgy regained the point’s lead and sits nine points ahead of second. Cianciarulo moved to fourth in the standings and is 11 points back of his teammate.

Joey Savatgy
Coming into the evening, Savatgy clocked in the second-fastest lap time in qualifying on the slick and tricky track. He rode through the pack in his heat race to finish second. In the main event, Savatgy got a great start and was in the hunt for the lead, taking over the top spot on Lap 3. He ended up going down but got going again in third, staying with the front pack. Savatgy traded positions with second and third a few times before finishing less than a second behind the winner. Savatgy ended the night claiming the coveted red plate and a nice cushion between him and second place, nine points back.

“The points lead is good, but frustrated for sure because that win was within my grasp,” said Savatgy. “In the main, I put myself in position and had a little gap in the lead and made a mistake. Once I got back into my groove, I caught back up and almost won. So my speed there is encouraging and we’re really happy to leave with the points lead.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Like Savatgy, Cianciarulo was able to charge the track in practice and come away with third in qualifying. He won his second heat race of the season in impressive fashion. The good gate pick helped him shoot out to the main event holeshot, leading the first few laps before briefly going down. He remounted in fourth and started his race back to the front. Even with a time gap, Cianciarulo charged and passed for the podium spot with two laps to go.

“I feel good with the result after not getting much riding in this week with my knee injury last week,” said Cianciarulo. “I put myself in a good position tonight and coming out of here we are optimistic as we closed the points gap. Couldn’t be more excited to have a shot at the championship and it’s looking like this thing will go down to Vegas.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  6. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  7. Christian Craig (Honda)
  8. Gannon Audette (Kawasaki)
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
  10. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 6 of 9 Rounds

  1. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 124
  2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 115
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 114
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 113
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 86
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 65
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 61
  8. Alex Martin (KTM), 60
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 58
  10. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 52

Savatgy Remains In The Hunt With Indianapolis Runner-Up Finish

INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy earned his second consecutive runner-up finish, helping him stay in the hunt for the championship after five of nine rounds. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo overcame an issue in practice to rebound for a fifth in the main event and still holding on to third in the championship standings.

Joey Savatgy
Savatgy came into the night event as the top qualifier ready to showcase his speed in the heat and main event. He raced well in the heat race where he finished third. When the gate dropped for the main event, it was another Pro Circuit holeshot as Savatgy led the field around the first corner, settling into the lead. He maintained the top spot until he was basically hit and passed around the halfway point of the race. Savatgy didn’t give up and narrowly missed the top spot, finishing just 2 seconds back of the winner.

“We made some progress tonight, but I didn’t feel like I got into my groove until later in the race,” said Savatgy. “I got a little tight and after Zach (Osborne) went by, I got into a better rhythm and did my best to find an opportunity. We still have three big races left in the season and I’m ready to push until the end.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Cianciarulo came into the round with newfound confidence, but was forced to overcome adversity after going down in second practice and finding himself with less track time going into the night show. He was able to ride to a solid third-place finish in his heat, putting him in good position for the main event. He stared the 15-minute main event in sixth and as the leader pack rode away, Cianciarulo was able to move into fifth. He put in a solid effort, and finished the night in fifth.

“The day was decent considering how it started with the mishap in practice,” said Cianciarulo. “Overall the result – I don’t like getting fifth place, but considering the circumstances and not feeling 100 percent, I feel like we salvaged a lot of points.”

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  4. Alex Martin (KTM)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  6. Christian Craig (Honda)
  7. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  8. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
  10. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)

Justin Barcia won his Heat Race

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 12, 2017) – Daytona International Speedway was host to round 10 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Fox Sports Two broadcast the event live in its entirety. The Daytona International Speedway held the first ever round of the series in 1974 and is the only venue to remain part of the tour since the inception of Monster Energy Supercross 44 years ago. It also has the distinction of hosting Joe Gibbs Racing’s four-wheel race teams during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup events.

Jake Weimer continues to substitute for Weston Peick while he recovers from injury, and Kyle Cunningham rode for the recently re-injured Matt Bisceglia in the 250SX East Series.

Justin Barcia won his Heat Race transferring directly to the Main Event. The win, his first since Jan. of 2015 gave him an interview to the crowd, and the Fox Sports Two audience. Weimer made the Main Event through Semi One. A first turn crash in the Main Event had Barcia starting in the rear of the field with Weimer inside the top-10. Barcia moved forward to finish 11th, and Weimer was 17th at the finish.

In the 250 SX East Class Cunningham transferred to the Main Event through Heat Race One. He started the Main Event in fifth position. On lap eight he lost two spots but held seventh place to the finish.