Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Bring Both Red Plates To Atlanta for East - West Showdown
CORONA, Calif. (February 27, 2019) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner, Adam Cianciarulo, Garrett Marchbanks and Martin Davalos head into a heated battle of the coasts with the first of two East/West Showdown races happening this weekend inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Forkner and Cianciarulo come in as the statistical riders to beat with both Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders sporting the red plate as leaders of their respective region. Between the two riders, the team has collected six wins and is on a five-race win streak. Marchbanks comes off his first career podium finish a month ago, while Davalos has enjoyed two consecutive top-five finishes.
Forkner undoubtedly comes in with the most momentum, having just completed a sweep of the Triple Crown last weekend in Detroit to continue his undefeated streak. He’s led 80 of 81 laps this season and has also collected two heat race wins. Last year, Forkner earned the overall win in Atlanta’s triple crown race and is ready to keep his Atlanta and season win-streak alive.
“I’m looking forward to Atlanta and seeing the whole team together,” said Forkner. “It’s so awesome for our team to have both red plates. It would be great to get a win and keep the streak alive.”
Cianciarulo will be one of Forkner’s greatest competitors when the gate drops on Saturday night. Like Forkner, Cianciarulo has also collected three wins this season, leading 49 of 94 laps in the first five rounds of the Western Regional championship. After a month off, the Floridian is eager to get back behind the gate to prove he’s got many more wins under his belt.
“Having time off is good and bad,” said Cianciarulo. “You feel rested and more eager to get back out there, but the other riders have gained some momentum, so we’ll see how it shakes out. In the end, I want to win and maintain the red plate for the team.”
The young rookie Marchbanks is ready to get back on his KX250 and make another push for a podium. Having already started gaining ample knowledge of how to approach a supercross event, Marchbanks has only run outside the top 10 once in the first five races.
“Coming off the podium was huge for me,” said Marchbanks. “I like that I’ve been able to be consistent, but once you get on the podium, you don’t want anything else. It would be nice to get out front and see what we can do.”
Davalos has put in a strong showing so far during the first three rounds of the Eastern Regional series, collecting two top-five finishes. He’s run up front and narrowly missed out on a few holeshots. Coming to his home state race will give him an additional confidence boost and hopefully help land Davalos his first podium of the season.
“I always love coming to Atlanta and racing in front of friends and family,” said Davalos. “Last year it was a Triple Crown and now it’s a showdown. There is always something exciting going on in Atlanta and I’m ready to go after my first podium of the season.”
The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders will be signing autographs on Friday, March 1 from 6 - 7 p.m. at Mountain Motorsports in Marietta, Georgia.
Saturday’s race broadcast from Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be LIVE on NBC Sports starting on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. ET.
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About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.
Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 30 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.
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