Corona, Calif. (June 27, 2016) – The Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki Team arrived at Muddy Creek ready for Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Adam Cianciarulo set the tone for the day in early morning qualifying with fastest lap times in both the 250 and 450 classes. For the fourth time this season, rider Joey Savatgy found himself on the podium once again. Looking forward, the entire team is ready for RedBud and Joey is ready to continue to defend the red plate!
Savatgy Remains Points Leader
In the first moto of the day, Joey Savatgy pushed himself and his KX250F to the front of the line and took the lead. He led the pack across the checkers and added another moto victory onto his race towards the title. Some spills in the second moto pushed him back a few spots. Not one to give up, he put his bike to work and began making his way back to the front of the line. His 1-7 for the day resulted in 2nd overall and he remains the 250 points leader!
“My first moto was great and I’m very happy with the result. In the second moto I made a couple minor mistakes that ended up costing me more than I’d like. I tipped it over two times and both times I spent a lot of energy trying to make sure I didn’t stall the bike. The couple minor mistakes I made need to stop in order to keep the championship with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, I know it’s something we can do and with a 1-7 on today a second place is good. We know what to do, now it’s time to go home and get it done so we can come out at RedBud swinging.”
The Momentum Continues for Forkner
At Round 5, Austin Forkner put in another solid race this weekend. Not getting the start he had hoped for in the first moto, he did not give up. Instead, he put his head down and finished the race strong. In the second moto, he was off to a better start and showed off his impressive speed. He quickly made his way to the front of the pack where he would remain throughout the race. Leaving Tennessee, Austin finished in overall 7th.
“This weekend was another good race. I didn’t feel as strong as I would have liked in the first moto due to a poor start, but my lap times were pretty good. In the second moto I got off to a much better start and was able to ride my own race. I brought it home in the second moto for a fourth and I’m just going to keep building on these results. I’m looking forward to RedBud!”
Progress for Tonus
Arnaud Tonus continued to show progress in both of Saturday’s motos. In the first moto, he stayed consistent as he made his way throughout the track. As he became more comfortable in the second moto, including an improved start, he found himself among the leaders throughout the race. Arnaud would finish the day within the Top 10, earning him his best results of the season!
“After my start it took a lot to get up through the pack in Moto 1. It took a little while to get a rhythm but I’m pretty happy with the 12th all things considered. In the second moto I had a great start and had my best moto of 2016. My speed was there, I spent some time with the leaders and I’m going to keep building off this momentum.”
Cianciarulo Remains Postitive
Showcasing his speed, Adam Cianciarulo grabbed another holeshot this season during Moto 1. Throughout both motos, he experienced a few setbacks, but he did not let this stop him. He continued to press forward throughout both of the motos and finished the day in an overall 16th. With everything coming together for Adam, he is more than ready for Round 6!
“Being fastest in qualifying was great. In the first moto I had the holeshot and was able to lead a few laps. The speed, the confidence and all the other pieces are coming into place and it feels good. In the second moto I was taken out pretty bad by another rider and fought as hard as I could for the rest of the race. I ended up 11-22 on the day for 16th, which isn’t what we wanted, but I didn’t give up today and I’m proud of that.”
250MX Results From Muddy Creek
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 47
2. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 39
3. Shane McElrath, KTM- 38
4. Jordon Smith, Honda- 33
5. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha- 31
6. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna- 31
7. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 29
8. RJ Hampshire, Honda- 24
9. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 22
10. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 22
16. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 10
250MX Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 205
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 193
3. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha -173
4. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 158
5. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna- 152
6. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 138
7. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha -131
8. RJ Hampshire, Honda- 103
9. Jordon Smith, Honda -100
10. Shane McElrath, KTM- 69
12. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 82
13. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 80