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April 14, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Back On Top in The West With Cianciarulo's Fifth Win of the Season

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo earned his fifth win of the season after leading the final 15 laps at the penultimate round inside Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The win extended his points lead to eight points going into the final Western Regional 250SX round in a few weeks. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks was forced to race in the Last Chance Qualifier, which he won, but retired from the main event on the opening lap after going down.

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Adam Cianciarulo

The day started out with the riders qualifying in the snow, but that didn't seem to affect Cianciarulo who rode to the top spot. The snow had stopped by the time the night show got underway and Cianciarulo rode to his fourth heat race win of the season.

During the main event, Cianciarulo didn't get the start he wanted but was able to fall into second pretty quickly. With very few places on the track to pass, Cianciarulo had to be smart about when and where he was going to make his move, which happened on Lap 7. With the top competitors also coming through the pack, Cianciarulo took advantage of a clear track to put a gap on the field, coming across the finish line 5.7 seconds ahead of second.

"At altitude, we have to start in first and get up to second pretty quick so the start was tougher than normal for a taller guy like me," said Cianciarulo. "It was hard to find a clean place to pass and I didn't want to do anything stupid. I feel like I'm always at my best when my back is against the wall. We have one more to go and I've had a good record in Vegas. After two weeks thinking about those races, it's a great feeling to get this one off my chest."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks was looking great coming into the evening and was excited to tackle some conditions he's familiar with like the cold and high elevation. Things didn't end up going his way as he had to line up for the LCQ, but easily took the win and headed to the main event. Marchbanks seem to rocket down the start straight from the outside and nearly got the holeshot, but it wasn't meant to be and went down a few turns later. The get off took him out of the race and was tallied with 22nd place.

"It was such an up-and-down day," said Marchbanks. "I felt great in practice and then had to go to the LCQ. Then I won the LCQ and almost got the holeshot from the outside. And then I got sideways and went down pretty hard. I think the biggest bummer is that I was finally starting to feel good and confident there in the LCQ and it came out when the gate dropped. We have one more shot in Vegas to put it back in the top 10, but hopefully better than that."

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250SX Class Western Regional Event Results - Denver, Colorado

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
5. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
6. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
7. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
8. Justin Starling (Husqvarna)
9. Dylan Merriam (Husqvarna)
10. Enzo Lopes (Suzuki)

 

22. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 208
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 200
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 163
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 145
5. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 128
6. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 128
7. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 128
8. Shane McElrath (KTM), 123
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 119
10. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 100

 


 

April 7, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Remains Undefeated On The East Coast With Davalos Victory

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Martin Davalos broke through for his first win since 2016, leading every lap inside Nissan Stadium. The victory also continued the team's win-streak on the east coast and brought the team's total wins this season to 10. Championship point's leader Austin Forkner suffered a crash in practice that forced him to sit out of the night show, but still retains the championship lead by three points with two rounds remaining.

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Martin Davalos

Knowing he was the team's sole representation for the evening, Davalos stepped up and started the night off right collecting his first heat race win of the season. He found a confidence and speed that he was able to translate into the main.

When the gate dropped, Davalos came around the first turn in fifth, but quickly capitalized on a crash in front of him and took over the lead right before the end of the first lap. With a clear track, he was able to ride his own race and developed a gap of over 10 seconds at one point. When he saw the last lane leading to the finish, he slowed a bit seeing his first victory in almost two years and ended up winning by 3.5 seconds.

"I've been going through a lot these past few weeks trying to get some answers on why I've still been in pain in my neck and we were able to make some progress since Indy," said Davalos. "Even though I still have a ways to go, it helped just enough to keep me competitive and get the win. I am really happy to be back on top, especially after a tough day for the team. I'm looking forward to a few more weeks off before finishing out the season."

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Austin Forkner

Forkner started the day finishing in the top spot of first timed qualifying. After going down in that practice he tried to ride the next and final practice, ending up third overall in qualifying. The team eventually made the decision that he would sit out of the night show and see the doctor on Monday to get a more detailed diagnosis and timeframe for returning.

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Event Results - Nashville, TN

1. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
5. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
7. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)
8. Ryan Sipes (KTM)
9. Mitchell Falk (KTM)
10. Alex Martin (Suzuki)

 

DNS - Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 151
2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 148
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 144
4. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 115
5. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 105
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 105
7. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 100
8. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 98
9. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 97
10. Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna), 76

 


 

March 31, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Tackles Final Triple Crown in Houston

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo showcased noticeable maturity during the triple crown format as he was forced to come through the pack in two of the three main events, ultimately finishing fourth overall with a 1-10-3 inside NRG Stadium. Rookie Garrett Marchbanks was able to find the podium in the second main event but after going down on the opening lap of the third race was forced to finish ninth overall. Cianciarulo leaves Texas with a five-point lead in the standings with two races remaining in the Western Regional 250SX Championship.

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Adam Cianciarulo

Cianciarulo started the day first in qualifying and was able to bring that speed into the opening main event, winning the race. At the start of the second main event, Cianciarulo was forced to go off the track in the first turn, dropping him back 10th. As he was moving through the pack, Cianciarulo went down and had to use every last second to make up as many spots as he could, finishing 10th.

With one more main event remaining, the gate dropped and Cianciarulo narrowly missed his teammate going down. Inside the top six, Cianciarulo was focused on moving into the top five when another rider went down right in front of him. This time he was unable to avoid the carnage and hit the dirt himself. He remounted quickly and was picking off riders until the final laps where he passed for third, giving him a 1-10-3 score for fourth overall.

"Tonight was a big test for me," said Cianciarulo. "Yes I lost points and I am not happy about that, but I think I did my best to keep my composure to not make a bad situation worse. It kills me that I made the mistake in the second main, and the third main event wasn't my fault, but I can't dwell on this. I have to learn from it and move on. We get a week off to think about it - not sure if it's good or bad - but we'll be ready when we come to Denver in two weeks."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks qualified ninth coming into the night show. At the start of the main event, Marchbanks had a rough start in 18th but was able to get all the way back up to 10th. In the second main event he got a great start and was able to take back third place on the final lap to take the final podium spot. The race ended before it started in the final main event as Marchbanks went down in the first turn and was forced to retire early. His 10-3-19 was still good enough for ninth overall.

"These triple crowns haven't been very kind to me overall, but it was really great getting on the podium in the second race," said Marchbanks. "I felt so good in that second race and really wish I could have been out there for the final one. I'm definitely glad to get a weekend off and come back strong in Denver."

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250SX Class Western Regional Event Results - Houston, Texas

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-1-2
2. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 3-2-4
3. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 5-4-1
4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 1-10-3
5. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 6-5-6
6. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 9-6-5
7. Justin Starling (Husqvarna), 12-8-8
8. Sean Cantrell (KTM), 11-7-13
9. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 10-3-19
10. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 15-12-9

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 182
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 177
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 142
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 126
5. Shane McElrath (KTM), 123
6. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 112
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 111
8. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 111
9. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 110
10. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 99

 


 

March 24, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo Retains Points Lead with Second Place Finish

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo helped make the conclusion of the 250SX main event a true nail biter as he went after the win in the final corner, finishing just 0.5 seconds behind the winner. His second-place finish helped him keep the red plate and maintain the points lead by 12 with three western regional rounds remaining. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks was showing his confidence and speed throughout the night on a tough and demanding track, eventually overcoming some mistakes to finish 12th in the main event.

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Adam Cianciarulo

The day started with Cianciarulo trying to figure out the toughest part of the track - the whoops. They were some of the hardest the riders had seen all year and giving a lot of them trouble. In the heat race, Cianciarulo raced out to the front quickly and took his third heat race win of the season.

The main event got off to a shaky start with riders going down all around the first and second turns, but Cianciarulo kept it on two wheels and started around fifth. It only took him a few laps to move into second and he tried to go to work on catching the leader. At times he was able to catch him but other times lappers would get in the way just enough to see the lead stretch out again. By the final lap, Cianciarulo had reeled the leader back in at the final turn, tried to make something happen but was forced to settle for second.

"I had a couple sections I was faster and maybe others that were slower," said Cianciarulo. "Right in the middle of the race I got messed up by a lapper and it took me a little bit to overcome that. It was a tough track but I felt like I could have been better overall. We'll go back to the drawing board for next week and hope to have a good triple crown in Houston."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Rookie Garrett Marchbanks has shown improved confidence since his podium in San Diego, even if his results haven't put that confidence on paper. His riding in his heat race proved just that as he was blitzing the whoops and making tough passes. In the main event he started outside the top 10 avoiding downed riders but made quick strides to settle into sixth. Just over halfway, Marchbanks ran into trouble and dropped down to as low as 16th, but didn't give up and made it up to 12th by the checkered flag.

"Tonight I wanted to come out and ride hard, but the track made that even more challenging," said Marchbanks. "If you got too aggressive, the track would come back and get you. Even the leaders proved that a little bit. I felt good for the most part but need to minimize mistakes, especially on a night like tonight where everyone was making them and I could have capitalized. It makes me more excited to come back next week and race."

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250SX Class Western Regional Event Results - Seattle, WA

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
3. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
4. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
5. Chris Blose (Husqvarna)
6. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
7. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
8. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
9. Enzo Lopes (Suzuki)
10. Justin Starling (Husqvarna)

 

12. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 163
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 151
3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 123
4. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 121
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 103
6. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 99
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 98
8. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 94
9. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 94
10. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 85

 


 

March 17, 2019

Forkner Makes it Eight Straight for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner overcame a tough heat race to charge out to the main event holeshot and lead every lap inside Lucas Oil Stadium, extending the team's win streak to eight. Forkner's fifth win puts him 26 points ahead of second in the championship with three races remaining. Teammate Martin Davalos had another great start in the main event and kept up the pace to finish fifth as the eastern regional riders get a break from action until April when they reconvene in Nashville.

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Austin Forkner

Forkner started the day back on top of the qualifying, looking to take another heat race win. As he got out to the front in his heat, he made a mistake and went off the track, but quickly remounted and came back from last to fifth.

With some wondering how that mistake would affect him in the main event and being slightly under the weather, Forkner quickly proved his heat race finish did nothing to his mental state as he launched out of the gate to grab another holeshot. He rode at a high pace the entire race to finish 6.2 seconds ahead of the runner up.

"I have been really confident with my starts that it didn't matter my gate pick," said Forkner. "No matter where I was, I was going to get to the first turn first. I was side by side with someone and made the pass stick right away. It helped me ride really smooth laps, which I wasn't able to do in my heat races. I'm thankful I was able to ride my own race and not have to get too crazy. I'm thankful that I get some time to not have to travel and get better to close out the season."

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Martin Davalos

Davalos wanted to get back up to the front after a 10th place in Daytona and with his great start in the main event, he was able to do just that. He got out to a third place start and settled into the pace there for the first half of the race. Toward the end of the race, two riders were able to get by but Davalos held on to fifth to score his third top-five of the season.

"The track broke apart a lot in the main event and you had to try new lines throughout the race," said Davalos. "I felt good at the start and just wasn't able to keep the speed when it started to break down. I am happy to get back to where I feel like I at least should be at, but I'm still gunning for my first podium when we get back from our break."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Event Results - Indianapolis, IN

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
5. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
6. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
7. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)
8. Josh Osby (Yamaha)
9. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
10. Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 151
2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 125
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 123
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 92
5. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 89
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 88
7. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 82
8. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 81
9. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 79
10. Jordon Smith (KTM), 70

 


 

March 10, 2019

Forkner Extends Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Win-Streak to Seven

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner brought his win count up to four for the season as he helped extend his team's win streak to seven at historic Daytona International Speedway. The dominating win increased Forkner's points lead in the Eastern Regional championship to 23 as the season reached the halfway mark. Teammate Martin Davalos was showing his own speed on the unique race track, finishing fifth in his heat race and then he overcame a fall in the main to finish 10th.

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Austin Forkner

Forkner has always done well when racing at Daytona, but had to settle for a podium finish last year. This year, he was focused on keeping his mistakes to a minimum and it paid off with a heat race win and eventually the main event victory. While he grabbed the holeshot when the gate dropped in the main, he settled into second for the first two laps before making the pass and ultimately finishing ahead of second by 5.9 seconds.

"It feels amazing to win at a place like Daytona," said Forkner. "I've always loved coming here even from the amateur days. The track had some really tricky parts and it broke down a bit so I just tried to maintain a good pace and try to not make any mistakes. It's great to give another win to the team. They've worked so hard to get us all where we need to be."

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Martin Davalos

Davalos has produced some good results at Daytona in the past and always looks comfortable in the tricky sand sections. His night started off with a rider going down in front of him in the heat race, forcing him to overcome a last place start to finish fifth in his heat.

In the main event, he slotted into a sixth and was pushing hard to make his way forward. He was running in sixth when he went down in a rhythm section, quickly remounting and keeping his KX250 in the top 10.

"I wish I could have been able to finish higher but I went down late in the race and didn't get a chance to catch the guys in front of me," said Davalos. "I love coming to Daytona and feel it is sort of an equalizer, but we couldn't make it happen tonight. Thankfully we're healthy and ready to take on another weekend."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Event Results - Daytona Beach, FL

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
6. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
7. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
8. Josh Osby (Yamaha)
9. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)
10. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 125
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 102
3. Chase Sexton (Honda), 102
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 78
5. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 71
6. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 71
7. Jordon Smith (KTM), 70
8. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 69
9. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 65
10. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 62

 


 

March 3, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo Comes Out on Top at First Showdown

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.

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Adam Cianciarulo

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."

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Austin Forkner

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."

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Martin Davalos

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."

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Garrett Marchbanks

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

 


 

February 24, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Wins Three-In-A-Row with Perfect Triple Crown Race

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner rose to the occasion of a challenging Triple Crown format to come away with a 1-1-1 overall victory inside Ford Field. The sweep was the first of the new format and increased Forkner's win-streak to three - and the team's to five straight. After three rounds, Forkner has led all but one lap and now holds a 13 point lead in the Eastern Regional standings. Teammate Martin Davalos matched his best finish of the season with a fifth, scoring 5-7-5 on the night. Davalos continues to move up the standings, now sitting eighth.

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Austin Forkner

Forkner entered the night as the man to beat, but the change in race format left room for others to hope he would lose some momentum. That would not be the case as the No. 24 found the front of the pack in each start, allowing him to take all three wins.

In Main Event 1, Forkner came around in second and quickly took over the lead on Lap 2. He wouldn't look back and came across the finish line a whole 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In Main Event 2, it was a similar story with Forkner at the front, this time moving into the lead right away. He led every lap on the way to a victory margin of 6.2 seconds.

The final race would be one of endurance having already completed two 14-lap races. Forkner grabbed the holeshot and worked his way through a deteriorating track, making adjustments and finishing 2.9 seconds ahead of second.

"This format is tough because you have to change up how you normally approach a race," said Forkner. "From eating and warming up, there are enough changes that it could affect you, but the team I have behind me put me in the best position tonight and I'm really thankful I could repay them with a win. It's going to be fun next week battling with my teammate from the west coast when we're in Atlanta."

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Martin Davalos

Davalos entered the weekend with a solid result to build upon in Detroit. In Main Event 1, he got a great start and was in the mix at the front, eventually finishing fifth. In Main Event 2, Davalos got a decent start and was keeping pace, coming across the finish in seventh. The final main event proved the Pro Circuit-backed machines were on point with Davalos coming around in third. He held fourth for much of the race before taking fifth at the checkered flag. The 5-7-5 was consistent enough for fifth overall.

"A triple crown format is a lot of racing and the starts are very crucial," said Davalos. "I'm really happy with the starts we had tonight and it put us in a good position to fight up front. The East/West showdown is going to be a fun race and hopefully our whole team can finish up front."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Detroit, Michigan

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 1-1-1
2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 2-2-4
3. Chase Sexton (Honda), 4-4-2
4. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 3-5-3
5. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 5-7-5
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 10-3-6
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 6-6-8
8. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 11-8-7
9. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 8-11-10
10. Blake Wharton (Honda), 9-10-16

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 78
2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 65
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 63
4. Chase Sexton (Honda), 60
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 51
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 50
7. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 44
8. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 43
9. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 43
10. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 41

 


 

February 17, 2019

The Streak Keeps Rolling for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki with Forkner's Win in Texas

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner put together another perfect weekend at Round 2 of the Eastern Regional 250SX class as he took the top qualifier, heat race win and main event victory inside AT&T Stadium. With his win, he maintains the red plate and extends his point's lead. Teammate Martin Davalos bounced back from a result outside the top-10 to finish fifth overall in the main event.

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Austin Forkner

Forkner started the day putting his No. 24 red plate to the top of the qualifying charts. He went on to win his heat race, setting him up for a good gate pick in the main event.

The gate pick paid off, nearly getting the main event holeshot and quickly moving into the lead just after a few turns. The young Missourian never looked back and was able to complete another wire-to-wire main event win aboard his Kawasaki KX250. The win helped extend Forkner's points lead to eight heading into Round 3.

"The tough thing for me is to try and ride my own lines," said Forkner. "I found my focus about five minutes in, but have plenty of stuff I can work on this week heading into Round 3. I felt like I struggled a little bit and still won so I'm ecstatic. It's nice to know what we can go into the week and work on. I can't wait to get back next week even better."

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Martin Davalos

Davalos was eager to get back on the track after a weekend that left him with a result that didn't showcase his true speed. He quickly put in the work, qualifying third overall in timed practice. The same speed worked well in his heat, where he finished third.

The main event put Davalos up near the front at the start of the 15 minutes plus 1 lap race, coming around the first lap in seventh. He chipped away lap by lap to eventually make his way up to fifth. His solid race result pushed him into the top-10 in the championship standings.

"This race was one I wanted to get through healthy and I was able to do that," said Davalos. "It was great to show that I'm capable of being up with the front runners and bounce back. I would love to get a better start next weekend and really contend for a podium spot."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Arlington, Texas

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
3. Chase Sexton (Honda)
4. Jordon Smith (KTM)
5. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
7. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
8. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
9. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
10. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 52
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 44
3. Jordon Smith (KTM), 42
4. Chase Sexton (Honda), 39
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 34
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 34
7. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 29
8. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 29
9. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 29
10. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 25

 


 

February 10, 2019

Forkner Continues Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Win-Streak in Minneapolis

Austin Forkner brought the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki win total to four and kept the team's win-streak alive with a dominating victory inside U.S. Bank Stadium to kick off the Eastern Regional season. With the opening round win, Forkner holds the points lead and will showcase the first red plate of the season next weekend. The team also holds the red plate on the West coast with Adam Cianciarulo claiming the point's lead last weekend. Teammate Martin Davalos had an up and down night, eventually restulting in 16th in the main event.

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Austin Forkner

At the start of the day, Forkner's excitement to be back racing could be felt as he rode to the top of the leaderboard in qualifying. He was able to translate that speed to his heat race where he picked up the win.

In the main event, Forkner shot out of the gate and got to the first turn of the long start straight first to pick up the first holeshot of the season. He immediately took advantage of the great start and was extending his lead each lap. When the checkered flag flew, he finished six seconds ahead of the runner-up.

"At the start of the day I was really pumped to be back racing and I was making some silly mistakes in practice," said Forkner. "We were able to talk and get me a little more under control and I felt great there in the heat race and main (event). I felt good the past few weeks at the test track, but you never know how that will stack up at the first race. I'm so pumped to have the red plate and I will do what I can to keep it."

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Martin Davalos

The day started out decent for the veteran Davalos, qualifying seventh overall. In the heat race, he got out to a great start behind his teammate. After going down, he remounted quickly and made it through in sixth. When the gate dropped for the main event, Davalos was once again just behind his teammate around the first turn and was holding second throughout the first few laps. On Lap 5, Davalos was hit and went down. He was shuffled back and had trouble getting going again, eventually finishing 16th.

"It was a bummer to be riding well at the start of the main event and then get hit," said Davalos. "I felt good all day, just had to overcome a few mistakes here and there. The rest of the field is riding well and you have to limit those mistakes, which I'll be working on this week. Next week will be a bit different because the dirt is a lot more hard packed, so we'll see if we can get back up to the front."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Minneapolis, MN

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Jordon Smith (KTM)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
5. Chase Sexton (Honda)
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
7. Kyle Cunningham (Honda)
8. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
9. Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna)
10. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)

 

16. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 26
2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 23
3. Justin Coooper (Yamaha), 21
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 19
5. Chase Sexton (Honda), 18
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 17
7. Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 16
8. Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 15
9. Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna), 14
10. Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 13

 

16. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 7

 


 

February 3, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Go 1-2 In San Diego As Cianciarulo Takes Over Points Lead

Adam Cianciarulo and Garrett Marchbanks made it a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 1-2 inside a rain-soaked Petco Park with Cianciarulo getting his third win and the rookie Marchbanks getting his first career podium in second. The win propelled Cianciarulo into the points lead as the Western Regional riders head into a four-week break. Marchbanks broke back into the top-10 and sits eighth in the championship standings.

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Adam Cianciarulo

The story to start the day might have been about the rain, but by the end of the night it was all about Cianciarulo. After scoring second in his heat race, Cianciarulo rounded the first turn of the main event out front to take his second holeshot of the season. He quickly was gapping the field as the rest of the riders struggled to keep it on two wheels. Cianciarulo had a comfortable lead as he crossed the checkered flag of the shortened race eight seconds ahead of his teammate Marchbanks to claim his ninth career supercross win.

"This feels so good because the mud brings in added stress and you never know what will happen," said Cianciarulo. "I just visualized the win, getting through the first turn first and focused on staying in control. My team made a great call going to the Dunlop paddle tire and it helped get me out front. I've never won two in a row before so that feels great."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks showed his speed early with a third in the only timed qualifying practice. After finishing 17th in his heat, Marchbanks was forced to go to his first LCQ where he took the win. The extra track time seemed to help keep Marchbanks comfortable and confident for the main event. He started in the top five and kept pushing toward the front, moving into second at the halfway mark. When the checkered flag flew, the rookie was second but was unaware of taking his first career podium finish amidst the muddy chaos.

"I didn't even know what place I took until after I crossed the finish," said Marchbanks. "The whole race I kept pushing, trying to make passes. Maybe not knowing took the pressure off me, but I love this feeling and repaying the team for all their hard work. I would love to see it happen again this year."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - San Diego, CA

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
2. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
3. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
4. Shane McElrath (KTM)
5. Jess Pettis (KTM)
6. Martin Castelo (Suzuki)
7. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
8. Mathias Jorgensen (KTM)
9. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
10. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 114
2. Shane McElrath (KTM), 106
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 104
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 102
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 75
6. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 73
7. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 72
8. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 71
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 70
10. Jess Pettis (KTM), 66

 

 


 

January 27, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo Back On Top in Oakland

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo took advantage of a very demanding and physical track inside Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and put his KX250 back on top of the podium. The two-time winner now sits only three points back of the championship leader after four rounds. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks bounced back from a tough Anaheim race to finish once again in the top 10, ending up eighth.

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Adam Cianciarulo

While the schedule was back to normal and the skies were blue, the track in Oakland was drastically different from the circuit Cianciarulo faced in Glendale for his first win. After his heat race where he finished third, Cianciarulo was focused on getting out front early - and he did just that. The No. 92 was in the lead after just a few corners of the opening lap and pushed as hard as he could. Even with pressure coming from behind, he managed to keep the lead until the checkered flag.

"The track was so demanding and kept your heart rate up the whole time," said Cianciarulo. "There wasn't any place to get a break and that whoops section kept deteriorating. To come out on top of this one makes me feel really good - proud of myself and my team. We have one more before the break and I want to make it count."

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Garrett Marchbanks

The rookie Marchbanks came to Oakland looking to put his Anaheim race behind him and he did just that. He finished with a decent result of seventh in his stacked heat race to transfer straight to the main. When the gate dropped, Marchbanks was mid-pack and came around the first lap in 10th. Despite experiencing one of the toughest tracks of the season, Marchbanks kept pushing forward and finished the night eighth.

"This race was a great learning experience," said Marchbanks. "The track was difficult but it allowed for me to see where I could improve. It was easy to make mistakes and I think I kept mine to a minimum. After being able to tackle this track, I'm really looking forward to getting back out there in San Diego."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - Oakland, CA

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
4. Shane McElrath (KTM)
5. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha)
6. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
7. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
8. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna)
10. Sean Cantrell (KTM)

 

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 91
2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 88
3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 87
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 86
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 67
6. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 58
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 58
8. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha), 55
9. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 55
10. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 52

 

11. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 48

 


 

January 20, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo Salvages Top Five After Wild Triple Crown in Anaheim

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo showcased his speed at the first Triple Crown race of the season, overcoming mistakes to finish fifth overall with 4-14-2 race finishes. The different race format saw the riders compete in three main events with Cianciarulo finishing on the podium in the final race of the night. He's in the championship hunt, only eight points back from the leader. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks finished 21st overall after a tough night.

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Adam Cianciarulo

The riders took to the gate for the first Triple Crown race of the season with conditions the complete opposite of the opening round two weeks ago. Cianciarulo started the day on a positive note, qualifying second overall under blue skies. When the first gate dropped for the opening main event, it was Cianciarulo that rounded the first turn ahead of the field. He was putting in a great pace, but went down on Lap 4. He remounted quickly in sixth and was able to get up to fourth.

The second main event start forced Cianciarulo to come through the pack after starting ninth. He had made his way into the top five when he went down, eventually getting back up and crossing the line in 14th. In the third main event, he was out for redemption and found it as he led the opening laps of the race. He would eventually move into second, but kept pace to finish on the podium in the final race. His 4-14-2 placed him fifth overall on the night.

"It was a rollercoaster night to go from being out front to falling to finishing on the podium," said Cianciarulo. "I really want to put the mistakes behind me and I think with three races, I was able to show that I could still be up front even on an off night. We are still in the hunt and will be working hard to make sure we get back on top."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks was experiencing his very first Triple Crown format and the day started on a good note, qualifying 10th. The rookie had a decent Main Event 1 going and was about to make it into the top 10 when he got tangled with another rider and went down. It took a while to get back going and finished 17th. In Main Event 2, he again was making progress toward the top 10 when he went down and was forced to retire early from the race. He decided to sit out the final main event and was eventually awarded 21st overall.

"It was a tough day after seeing some progress in practice," said Marchbanks. "I felt good after getting in a rhythm in the first race, but after going down it was tough to get going again. I felt pretty banged up and we decided to sit out the final race. After a day like that, it makes you look forward to bouncing back so I'm looking forward to getting back to the normal format next week."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - Anaheim, CA

1. Shane McElrath (KTM), 3-2-1
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-1-3
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 1-3-4
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 5-4-5
5. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 4-14-2
6. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 9-5-6
7. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha), 6-7-9
8. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 10-6-7
9. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 8-8-8
10. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 12-9-11

 

21. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 17-21-22

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 70
2. Shane McElrath (KTM), 68
3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 63
4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 62
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 57
6. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 44
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 44
8. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda), 41
9. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 39
10. Jacob Hayes (Yamaha), 37

 

12. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 33

 


 

January 13, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo Earns First Win of the Season in Glendale

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo took the wire-to-wire victory inside State Farm Stadium to secure his first victory of the season. The win shot him up from fifth to second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks continued to learn and put in a great effort to finish the night inside the top 10, earning ninth.

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Adam Cianciarulo

After winning the final race of the season in 2018, Cianciarulo has won two of the last three consecutive races and isn't looking to stop any time soon. The Floridian qualified second on the day before taking his second-straight heat race victory of the season.

When the gate dropped for the main event, Cianciarulo's Kawasaki KX250 rocketed down the longest start straight of the season to take his first holeshot of the year. He immediately started pushing to try and put a gap on the riders behind him. At the checkered flag, Cianciarulo had won by 9.5 seconds.

"My team has put in so much hard work to help me get to this point," said Cianciarulo. "It's amazing to be able to repay them with a win. I was thankful to get an okay finish last week in the rain because it put me in a good position moving forward. Now we are just five points out of the championship lead."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Garrett Marchbanks enjoyed the first dry race of his career and kept his top-10 streak alive. The rookie got pushed back on the main event start, but used the 15 minutes plus one lap to work his way up from 14th to finish ninth.

"That was a much different start compared to the first race which is something I'll be learning this year," said Marchbanks. "Starts are very important with how quick the guys out front can get away in the first few laps. We'll be working on starts and continue to build so we can keep racing inside the top 10."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - Glendale, AZ

1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
2. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
5. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
6. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
7. Chris Blose (Husqvarna)
8. Sean Cantrell (KTM)
9. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
10. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 49
2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 44
3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 42
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 40
5. RJ Hampshire (Honda), 38
6. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 34
7. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 31
8. Chris Blose (Husqvarna), 30
9. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 24
10. Jess Pettis (KTM), 24

 


 

January 6, 2019

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo and Marchbanks Ride Through Rain in Anaheim

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.

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Adam Cianciarulo

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."

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Garrett Marchbanks

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."

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Jim "Bones" Bacon

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.

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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

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