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.

Cianciarulo Wins First Supercross Since 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (March 12, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo ascended to the top step of the podium almost three years to the date of his last supercross win in 2014, leading wire-to-wire in his hometown race at Daytona International Speedway. After recovering from injuries the past three years, Cianciarulo finally felt vindication taking his fourth career victory. The podium celebration was even sweeter as teammate Joey Savatgy made it a 1-2 Pro Circuit domination with the duo crossing the finish line over 10 seconds ahead of the third place.

Adam Cianciarulo
Leading into the main event, Cianciarulo rode consistently as he qualified third in practice and came out of his heat in fourth. When the gate dropped for the 250SX main event, both Cianciarulo and Savatgy jumped to the front with Cianciarulo taking over the lead just a few corners in. He never looked back, rode hard the entire 15 laps and came away with his fourth career victory.

“Getting hurt a few times in a row can make you have those doubts [if you’ll win again],” said Cianciarulo. “It’s hard to come from the bottom and get back to the top. It’s the accumulation of so many people, so many hours of work that have pushed me to get here. It’s hard to describe but it’s an incredible feeling to be back on the podium.”

Joey Savatgy
Like Cianciarulo, Savatgy had good speed as he came into the main event, qualifying second and coming through the pack in his heat race to finish third. When the riders shot out of the gate, it was Savatgy who grabbed the holeshot and led the field around the first turn. After being overtaken by his teammate, Savatgy stayed right on him, not giving him much breathing room as he tried to get close enough to make a pass. He eventually settled for second but made up valuable points in the championship where he now sits just six points back.

“The last few weekends have been tough and it’s really nice to be back on the podium,” said Savatgy. “We gained some good points in the championship and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I try each week to get better and I think this was a good weekend for us.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  4. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  5. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  6. Lorenzo Locurcio (Yamaha)
  7. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  8. Alex Martin (KTM)
  9. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
  10. Dakota Alix (KTM)

Wilvo Yamaha MXGP dominate in Indonesia

The FIM Motocross World Championship marched into Indonesia for the first time in twenty years this past weekend, as the Pangkal Pinang circuit played host to round two of nineteen. The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP duo were braced to tackle some challenging conditions, thanks to some heavy rain, as the circuit resembled a quagmire on Saturday morning.

That fact was taken into account when the promoters elected to run just a single practice session on the first day of the event. Although conditions were far from pleasant, Shaun Simpson and Arnaud Tonus didn’t hesitate when it came to tackling the circuit and reaped the benefits. Simpson, who was hoping to rebound from a luckless outing in Qatar, recorded a time that was so impressive that it secured him pole position for the following day. Arnaud Tonus was just eight spots further back in ninth.

Thankfully the rain held off overnight, so conditions had drastically improved when the riders took to the starting line at midday on Sunday. A handful of sections threatened to swallow up both man and machine, admittedly, but hopes were high when the gates dropped. Although Simpson got pinched off heading into turn one, he managed to hold a tight line and emerge on the cusp of the top five. The Scotsman then wasted no time at all and searched for a way around those who sat between him and the top spot.

It took just one lap for Simpson to dispose of the rider in fourth place, then he quickly broke into the top three. Just two laps after that he was already making a run at the leader and, despite some stiff competition, he made the move and broke free almost immediately. Thanks to some lap times that were almost three seconds quicker than those who trailed him, Simpson established a lead of seven seconds throughout the moto and claimed the sixth MXGP moto win of his career! The victory was also a first for Wilvo Yamaha MXGP.

Whilst that was going on at the head of the field, Arnaud Tonus struggled to overcome a mediocre start and was then restricted by a mistake on lap two. He immediately attempted to make up the ground that he had lost and, despite two more mistakes, made seven passes through the remaining laps whilst en route to fifteenth in the moto. Tonus was eager to rebound in the second MXGP moto, but did not get that chance. Heavy rainfall meant that conditions deteriorated to a point that forced the race director to cancel the final race.

That decision left Shaun Simpson and the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team with the overall victory! In just their second Grand Prix together, the pair garnered maximum points and jumped to eighth in the series standings. Arnaud Tonus sits fourteenth in the championship heading into the third round of the series, which is set to take place in Argentina in two weeks.

Shaun Simpson: “It is one of those things where you have to go out there, race what is there and go with the decisions that have been made. In the first moto I just really gelled with the track, had some really nice lines going and felt comfortable on the bike. After I passed [Tim] Gajser for fourth, I just felt like I was going to win that race. I knew it was going to be that easy and it was! Once I got into the lead for the second time I managed to make it stick. It was a nice moto; I really enjoyed it.”

Arnaud Tonus: “It was a rough moto for me. I had a pretty good start and then a big crash in the second lap. I came back a few positions and crashed two times, but I kept going and finished fifteenth. I will keep grinding. Those kinds of races are a part of the job, so I need to learn from it and come back stronger in Argentina.”

 

Cianciarulo Breaks Through for First Podium of the Season

TORONTO (March 5, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo raced to the podium for the first time this season, giving him the needed confidence boost as the series took over the Rogers Centre in Canada. His efforts helped propel him to a tie for third in the championship standings. Teammate Joey Savatgy was in podium position, but he went down late in the race and that pushed him down the charts to sixth.

Adam Cianciarulo
Cianciarulo returned to the site of his 2014 season-ending crash looking to not only overcome his past, but have his best night of the season. After finishing second in his heat race, Cianciarulo worked hard to get a good start and was aggressive in the opening lap to start in fourth. He minimized his mistakes, which kept him close to the front-runners. When the 15 minutes plus one lap was complete, Cianciarulo finished the night as the runner-up.

“I’ve definitely been through a lot to get back here [on the podium],” said Cianciarulo. “This is a really good step for me. It was a night where I didn’t necessarily feel my best so I’m happy with the end result. I’ve gone through a lot to get back here so I’m stoked and thankful to be here.”

Joey Savatgy
Savatgy showcased his speed throughout the day. He qualified third and then went onto finish fourth in his heat race. When the gate dropped for the main event, it was Savatgy who took the holeshot and raced back and forth for the lead. He settled into second around Lap 7, but with just a few laps remaining, Savatgy miscalculated a rhythm section and went down. He quickly remounted his Kawasaki KX250F and was able to still come across the finish in sixth.

“The biggest thing I need to do is to minimize mistakes,” said Savatgy. “It’s frustrating because I feel like we’re prepared and we come in ready. I’m really looking forward to a little redemption next week.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

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