Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasakis Cianciarulo and Marchbanks Ride Through Rain in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 6, 2019) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Garrett Marchbanks rode through a downpour in the main event to finish the season opener in fifth and sixth, respectively. What is normally a dry and slick track was transformed into a rain-soaked, muddy track inside Angel Stadium. Cianciarulo has great moments from the day to build on including a heat-race win, while Marchbanks didn’t let his rookie nerves show when the rain came down.
The day started dry, but quickly turned wet when the boys went out for the final qualifying session of the day. Cianciarulo put in the fastest qualifying time during that session, placing him into the second heat. He overcame a small mistake at the start of the heat to take the win.
In the Main Event, Cianciarulo got a good jump at the start, but went off the track in the opening lap to come around 12th. He quickly made his way through the pack and was up to fifth by Lap 5. Cianciarulo was attempting to pass for fourth but was pushed high and went down, eventually settling for fifth
“I’m pretty disappointed I wasn’t able to contend for the win tonight, but with the conditions and going down, we’ll take what we can get,” said Cianciarulo. “It makes me want to win that much more when we get to Phoenix. I want to win, but we also have to think long term.”
The resident rookie Garrett Marchbanks was forced to face tough conditions during his first professional supercross race. The Utah native wasn’t intimidated by the bright lights of supercross or the muddy track, qualifying straight to the main event from his heat race. In the main, Marchbanks kept his KX250 on two wheels and started the race in seventh. He maintained his good position throughout the race, making his way up to sixth by the checkered flag.
“Being able to be a part of this team and lining up for my first supercross race has been a dream come true,” said Marchbanks. “With the conditions, I was focused on staying up and keeping it on two wheels. It’s nice to get a race under my belt, and we’ll see how it goes in dry conditions next weekend.”
In addition to all the racing excitement, there was a moment of recognition for Pro Circuit’s own Jim “Bones” Bacon during the night show. The long-time suspension guru was honored with the Mickey Thompson Award of Excellence surrounded by family and friends.
To find out more about Pro Circuit products, visit www.procircuit.com. Don’t forget to follow the Pro Circuit race team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @pcraceteam.
250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - Anaheim, CA
1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
5. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
6. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
7. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
8. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha)
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna)
10. Jess Pettis (KTM)
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 26
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 23
3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 21
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 19
5. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 18
6. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 17
7. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 16
8. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha), 15
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 14
10. Jess Pettis (KTM), 13
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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