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Cianciarulo Closes Out Season With Fourth Straight Moto Podium

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (August 27, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo earned his fourth straight moto podium at the season finale at Ironman Raceway. His 2-2 moto scores helped Cianciarulo end the Pro Motocross season on a positive note and gave the team its seventh overall podium of the year. Cianciarulo also finished third overall in the championship standings. Justin Hill made a positive return after sitting out several races due to injury, scoring inside the top 10 in ninth with an 11-9 moto score.

Adam Cianciarulo
The day started how it has started many times this season for Cianciarulo, claiming the top qualifier. Cianciarulo shot out of the gate in Moto 1 and took over the lead before the opening lap was complete. He kept his Pro Circuit-powered KX250F out front for over half the race before settling into second where he would end the moto. In Moto 2, Cianciarulo clocked his 39th lap led this season on the opening lap and moved into second on Lap 3. He held off advances from his competitors, but was able to take home second overall with his solid 2-2 moto finishes.

“Winning would have been nice, but it’s a good feeling to be consistently on the podium the past few races,” said Cianciarulo. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard for the team next season and hopefully bring them home a championship.”

Justin Hill
With Hill having sat out the last several rounds due to injury, it was hard to predict how the Oregonian would feel as he ticked off laps at the start of the day. He was in the top 10 during qualifying and came around 12th on the opening lap of Moto1. He had made his way inside the top 10 before ultimately settling for 11th in the first moto. Determined to finish the season with a solid result, Hill put his head down after starting Moto 2 in 15th. He picked off riders and made his way into ninth where he would finish the moto and eventually the overall.

“It was nice to come back and get in the top 10 after spending little time on the bike since my injury,” said Hill. “The conditions were really nice in Indiana, but the track can be brutal. Just glad we stayed healthy and showed some progress.”

250 Class Results (Moto Results)

  1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (1-1)
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (2-2)
  3. Colt Nichols, Yamaha (3-4)
  4. Jeremy Martin, Honda (8-3)
  5. Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha (5-8)
  6. Chase Sexton, Honda (10-6)
  7. RJ Hampshire, Honda (12-5)
  8. Sean Cantrell, KTM (6-12)
  9. Justin Hill, Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Bradley Taft, Yamaha (7-13)

250 Class Points, After 12 of 12 Rounds

  1. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 501
  2. Jeremy Martin, Honda, 420
  3. Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 374
  4. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 337
  5. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 324
  6. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 305
  7. Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 303
  8. Alex Martin, KTM, 296
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha, 279
  10. Shane McElrath, KTM, 248

 

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

 

 

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

Justin Hill stretches points lead with fourth consecutive win

Arlington, Texas (February 11, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill raced to his fourth-straight victory of the season with the win at AT&T Stadium. The win helped propel him a comfortable 21 points ahead of second place in the championship standings. Teammate Austin Forkner bounced back from his tough previous round to score his second career podium as the runner-up finisher.

Justin Hill 
Hill had a perfect day in the Lone Star State, starting with the top qualifier and onto a great heat race battle where he took another win. With a projected long main event, Hill tucked into second on the start and stayed close to the leader. After 15 laps, the leader pulled off with an issue and Hill was able to take over the lead and hold on for five more laps, coming across the finish with his fourth consecutive win.

“I felt great all day,” said Hill. “Fastest qualifier, heat win and topped it off with a main event victory. It’s not exactly how I wanted it but we’ll take it anyway we can. Heading into the break on a win streak feels great.”

Austin Forkner
Forkner gained momentum all day, which turned to an exciting heat race where he led six laps before Hill overtook him. In the main event, he shot out to an awesome start and tucked in behind his teammate in third. He remained close the entire race, only finishing two seconds behind Hill.

“Today went well,” said Forkner. “I felt comfortable all day. I felt like I made huge strides today with my speed and was able to pace the leaders. After last week, it feels great to be able to put it back up on the box.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  4. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  5. Dan Reardon (Yamaha)
  6. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
  7. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  8. Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
  9. Hayen Mellross (Yamaha)
  10. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)

 

Pro Circuit Racing Team Celebrates 250 Wins

Corona, Calif. (January 31, 2017) – Winning a professional Supercross or Motocross event is an incredible accomplishment, and many racers have captured the illustrious “W” under the Pro Circuit team colors. The first win came on January 12, 1991 with Brian Swink, a young Michigan Native racer at the citrus bowl in Orlando, Florida. Soon, Pro Circuit would see more success with riders Jeremy McGrath, Ryan Hughes, Mickael Pichon, Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto and many more. After competing as a professional race team for 26 years, racking up wins and championships, our team was able to add another notch on the belt on January 28, 2017 when Justin Hill earned the team’s 250th event win.

The historic win came during round four of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship where Justin Hill rode to victory at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Teammates Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner contributed to this milestone with a combined eight event wins during the 2016 season in both the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

The team’s success can be accredited to more than riders alone. Pro Circuit founder and team owner Mitch Payton assembled highly skilled engine and suspension technicians throughout the years that have assisted with the team’s achievements. The team has been privileged to work with many of the best brands and companies in the industry to help keep our bikes running and looking great. The very same superior equipment that has snagged 250 checkered flags is the same equipment we offer to our customers, including; exhaust, engine and suspension services, engine parts and bike accessories. We race what we sell, and if 250 event wins is any indication of the quality and performance of our products we offer, it’s safe to say we know what we’re doing.

Pro Circuit would like to sincerely thank all current and past racers, staff, sponsors and friends for their commitment and support in helping us reach this amazing feat! Undoubtedly, when the next victory emerges, it will be a victory for all involved.

Double Podium in Phoenix

Corona, Calif. (January 29, 2017) – Prepared for another exciting round of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, Justin Hill and Austin Forkner arrived in Arizona fit for battle. Motivated by last weekend’s positive results, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has been busy on and off the track dialing in their rides and prepping for battle. Their hard work paid off and both riders landed on the podium. Justin Hill’s victory marked the team’s 250th win and Austin Forkner’s 3rd place finish marked the rookie’s first professional Supercross podium.

Justin Hill 
It was another great weekend for Justin Hill. In the day’s qualifying, he set the fastest lap times and kept the momentum going. In Heat 2, he easily took the number one spot and looked forward to the night’s final race. In the main event he stayed smooth lap after lap. In the final minutes, Justin made his move on the points leader, moving past him and taking the lead. Holding his position, he crossed the checkers in first for back-to-back podiums!
“I pushed hard and around the halfway mark. I knew I was inching up on the leader, I was hitting my marks and riding well. My mechanic was doing really well at getting me my times and keeping me up on where I was at. I dropped the lead down to about four seconds and then the leader tangled with a couple lappers and I reeled up on him and I thought, this is it, I’m going to do it! Even after the race I was talking with my family and still couldn’t believe I did that. I did it, it was so cool!”

Austin Forkner 
Week after week, Austin Forkner continues to impress. The rookie rider was off to a good start in Heat 1. He took the holeshot and battled for the lead, and finished the heat race in second. In the night’s main event, he and his KX250F once again took the holeshot and competed for the number one spot. Throughout the evening, he stayed within the top three and pushed himself to remain there. At the checkered flag, Austin finished in third and experienced his first professional Monster Energy Supercross podium!

“The race was good. I rode a lot better than I have been, more consistent and didn’t make mistakes. I was really confident in my starts, back to back weekends I’ve earned both holeshots in the heat and main. With starts like that I knew I was going to be up there and thought if someone gets by I just need to relax, figure out what they’re doing better than me and use it to be better. I knew I needed to not make mistakes like I did in the heat where I cased the triple trying to pass someone back. I tried to ride smooth and fast, I’m really happy with how I opened the race and I held the lead for a few laps which is definitely the best I’ve done so far.”

250SX Phoenix Main Event

1.Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 25
2. Shane McElrath, KTM- 22
3. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 20
4. Aaron Plesssinger, Yamaha- 18
5. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 16
6. Dan Reardon, Yamaha- 15
7. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna- 14
8. James Decotis, Honda-13
9. Phillip Nicoletti, Suzuki- 12
10. Cole Martinez, Yamaha- 11

250SX West Overall Championship Point Standings

1. Shane McElrath, KTM-92
2. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 88 
3. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 82
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 70
5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 67
6. James Decotis, Honda- 55
7. Dan Reardon, Yamaha-47
8, Jeremy Martin, Honda- 40
9. Phillip Nicoletti, Suzuki- 38
10. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna- 37

Round 5:
February 4
Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA

 

Justin Hill Wins at A2

Corona, Calif. (January 22, 2017) – Round 3 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship brought the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team back to Anaheim this past Saturday. Having experienced wet weather for much of the week, the sun came out and welcomed the team back to Angel Stadium. Quickly setting the pace for the day, Justin Hill and Austin Forkner got to work during qualifying and carried the momentum into the night’s heat races and Main Event. At the end of the evening, Justin Hill led the 250 class and found himself on top of the box.

Justin Hill 
Having nearly taken the win last weekend in San Diego, Justin Hill was more than ready to takeover this weekend. He and his KX250F had no problem setting the fastest time during qualifying. After a top three finish in Heat 1, the Main Event was looking better and better for number 46. He charged through the pack in the main and in Turn 1 he snagged the lead. Maintaining his position, he captured his first win of the season!

“The weekend ended great. It’s funny because I started the day feeling off, but when the main comes around and there’s points on the line, it’s go time. I let it all hang out on the track and I was able to do it confidently. When I took over the lead I didn’t expect to get it at that time, it came faster than I thought and I just went with it. I’m excited about the rest of the season and about right now.”

Austin Forkner 
Demonstrating constant improvement, Austin Forkner arrived in Southern California fit for battle. In Heat 2 he grabbed the lead and rode aggressively to maintain his spot. Keeping an impressive pace, the rookie Supercross rider experienced his first heat win! Austin blasted past the compeition in the main and took the holeshot. Staying solid all day, he finished just outside of the top three and remains eager and enthusiastic for a podium finish!

“I was charging pretty hard in the first lap. I was stood up a couple times and then made a mistake in the whoops and went back to fourth. Most of the race all happened in the first couple laps for me. If I was able to get the first few laps clean I would have had a better result. After I started riding smoother, I was able to match the pace of the riders in front of me and I feel really confident moving forward.”

250SX Anaheim 2 Main Event

1. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 25
2. Aaron Plesssinger, Yamaha- 22
3. Shane McElrath, KTM- 20
4. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 18
5. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 16
6. James Decotis, Honda- 15
7. Dan Reardon, Yamaha- 14
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha- 13
9. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna- 12
10. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 11

250SX West Overall Championship Point Standings

1. Shane McElrath, KTM-70
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 64
3. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 63
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 54
5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 47
6. James Decotis, Honda- 42
7. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 40
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha -33
9. Dan Reardon, Yamaha-32
10. Phillip Nicoletti, Suzuki-26

Next Race:
January 28
University of Phoenix Stadium
Phoenix, AZ

San Diegeo Supercross 2017

Podium for Justin Hill (Pro Circuit)

Corona, Calif. (January 16, 2017) – This past Saturday the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team arrived in San Diego fit for battle. The team entered round two determined to land on the podium and quickly got to work on this goal during the morning’s qualifying sessions. With seemingly effortlessly ease, Justin Hill set the fastest lap times aboard his KX250F. Justin took the win in the second heat race and teammate Austin Forkner took third. The team carried this momentum into the main event where Justin fought his way to a podium finish!

Justin Hill

Fueled by the day’s achievements, Justin Hill entered the main with his sights on the podium. While riding among the leaders throughout the race, he waited until the final laps to really make his move. Making valuable passes, he pushed his way to the front of line, just seconds behind the leader. Justin crossed the checkers in second and found himself on the podium for the first time this season.

“My KX™250F was fastest though qualifying and I won my heat. I didn’t get a great start in the main but pushed for the entire race and earned second. It feels great to be back on the podium and after tonight, I know I can win.”

Austin Forkner
Austin Forkner entered Petco Park ready for anything that may be thrown at him. He displayed great riding in qualifying and during the second heat race. In the heat, he took the holeshot and rode among the top three throughout the race. Austin finished the heat in third and was fired up for the main. In the night’s main event, he fought to maintain his position. Never giving up, Austin Forkner crossed the checkers in fifth and remains motivated for the next round.

“We got a lot faster as the day went on. A few changes to the bike throughout the day lead to being able to loosen up and ride better. In the heat we got the holeshot and raced really hard for third. In the Main Event we had a great start but tangled with another rider and dropped back to eighth. I felt a little tight but made some solid passes and overall rode well. The lap times were competitive and we’re making progress, so we are happy so far.”

250SX San Diego Main Event

 

1. Shane McElrath, KTM- 25
2. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 22
3. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 20
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 18
  5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 16
6. James Decotis, Honda- 15
7. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 14
8. Phillip Nicoletti, Suzuki- 13
9. Hayden Mellross, Yamaha- 12
10. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna- 11

250SX West Overall Championship Point Standings

1. Shane McElrath, KTM- 50
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 42
3. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 38
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 38
  5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 29
6. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 29
7. James Decotis, Honda- 27
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha -20
9. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM-18
10. Dan Reardon, Yamaha-18

 

Next Race:
January 21
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, CA