Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasakis Cianciarulo Comes Out on Top at First Showdown
ATLANTA (March 3, 2019) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam CIanciarulo took top honors on a night that was all about which coast is best, giving a notch to the Western Region and extending the team’s win streak to six. Austin Forkner grabbed another heat race win on the way to third in the main event, increasing his point’s lead to 18 at the halfway mark of the Eastern Regional championship. Hometown rider Martin Davalos rode a solid race in front of familiar faces as he crossed the line in eighth. Garrett Marchbanks raced in his first-ever east/west showdown and was making his way forward after a tough start when he went down, settling for 20th.
After watching the races from home for the past month, Cianciarulo was eager to get back on the track, especially running the red plate for the first time this season. He qualified second and had a tough heat race but came through to third.
The main event saw Cianciarulo push through to start third. As the track was deteriorating, Cianciarulo was able to put in some fast laps and catch the front two riders. He passed for second on Lap 8 and it wasn’t but two laps later that he got around his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate Forkner for the lead. It was then all Cianciarulo as he pushed through every lap and finished almost five seconds ahead of second. His win moved him 15 points ahead of second.
“I learned a lot throughout the day, kept a positive attitude to not let the bad moments of the day get to me,” said Cianciarulo. “This is the best Pro Circuit bike I’ve ridden and I think it shows with both Austin and I leading laps. My team never stops pushing for the best and I’m very grateful to give them another win. It’s crazy because I never even had two wins in a row and now I have three. It feels great.”
Forkner was carrying the momentum of a three-race win-streak into Atlanta and remained perfect with his third heat race win. As the riders rounded the first turn of the main event, it was Forkner that was out front and trying to put a gap on the rest of the field. He maintained a fast pace, but with Cianciarulo a little faster in some sections, relinquished the lead to his teammate. After moving back to third, he saw a big gap to fourth and put it on cruise control and finished on the podium for the fourth time this year.
“The pace was definitely elevated this race and the track was tough, especially in the main event,” said Forkner. “I’d struggled with the whoops throughout the day so I wanted to make sure I didn’t have a big moment in the main event and made sure I got through there safe each time. The track was pretty soft and broke down a lot so once I got into third, I settled in and - in my mind - won the east coast race.”
While from Ecuador originally, Davalos has called Georgia home since moving to the U.S. His hometown crowd gave him the needed boost to endure a high-pressure event like the east/west showdown. Davalos got a mid-pack start in the main event and worked hard to make sure the competition stayed at bay, finishing eighth on the night.
“The pace was definitely fast tonight and it was a tough track,” said Davalos. “That makes it even tougher to find a rhythm and move forward. It was a good night overall and I’m happy to leave Atlanta healthy.”
In his rookie season, Marchbanks has already experienced his first Triple Crown and now he’s got an east/west showdown under his belt. The night didn’t go to plan after getting pinched out on the start and having to work extra hard to move forward. With less than three minutes remaining in the race, Marchbanks was collected in a crash before the whoops and it took a while to get back going, resulting in a 20th place finish.
“This wasn’t how I wanted the night to go, but I’ve learned something from every experience - good or bad - and I’ll take away new lessons from this showdown,” said Marchbanks. “We do get a little bit of time off before we head to Seattle so we can get to work and come back stronger.”
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250SX Class East/West Showdown Main Event Results - Atlanta, Georgia
1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
4. Chase Sexton (Honda)
5. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
6. Shane McElrath (KTM)
7. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
8. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
9. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
10. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
20. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 99
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 81
3. Chase Sexton (Honda), 79
4. Jordon Smith (KTM), 70
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 60
6. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 58
7. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 54
8. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 51
9. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 50
10. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 46
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 140
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 125
3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 123
4. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 120
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 86
6. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 80
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 80
8. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 79
9. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha), 77
10. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 74
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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