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September 27, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's McAdoo Bounces Back Into Top 10

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cameron McAdoo returned to the top 10 on Saturday after a solid 9-8 ride placed him seventh overall at WW Ranch for the Florida National. Pro Motocross' Round 7 was much warmer than last week, but thankfully not like 2019's triple-digit stop. Mitchell Harrison was running right on the top-10 bubble, though a tough second moto pushed him to 13th overall on 11-16 moto scores.

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Following a hard get off last weekend, McAdoo was happy to get back on the bike and out on the track. He didn't get the start he was looking for in Moto 1, coming around the first lap in 16th. With multiple lines and a good number of places to make passes, McAdoo quickly moved forward. By Lap 7, he was into ninth where he would cross the finish at the end of the race.

In Moto 2, McAdoo perfected his start and came around in fourth. He did what he could to hold on and finished the race in eighth. His 9-8 placed him seventh overall, his fourth top-10 of the season.

"It was a good day overall," said McAdoo. "The track had a lot of tricky spots and you had to really be on your game the whole time. It was a nice surprise to see the 9-8 was seventh overall, but I really want to put the team closer to the top. We'll keep working to close out the season with some good racing."

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The day was a little tougher for Harrison who showed speed but wasn't able to reflect it in his results. He started 10th in the opening moto and would battle to keep the spot, eventually finishing 11th to start the day. When Moto 2 came around he started again in the top 10 and was maintaining but had an issue at the end of the race that sent him back to 16th to finish up the day. He finished out the day 13th overall with his 11-16 scores.

"My goal is to stay in the top 10 and I wasn't able to do that this weekend," said Harrison. "I felt like I had the speed to be able to be up there with those guys but couldn't make the moves I wanted to. I'm already pumped to get to Thunder Valley to bounce back and put my Kawasaki KX250 back in the top 10."

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250MX Class Event Results - WW Ranch

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 1-1
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 4-2
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 3-3
4. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 2-5
5. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 7-4
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 5-7
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 9-8
8. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 8-10
9. Carson Mumford (Honda), 10-11
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 13-9

 

13. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 11-16

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 307
2. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 294
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 224
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 218
5. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 217
6. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 204
7. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 200
8. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 165
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 138
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 134

 


 

September 20, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Harrison Tallies Another Top-10 in Minnesota

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Mitchell Harrison raced to his fourth top-10 overall finish of the season at Round 6 of the Pro Motocross Championship at Spring Creek MX Park. His 11-9 moto scores placed him ninth overall for the round. Teammate Cameron McAdoo had a good day going with a sixth in the first moto, but went down in Moto 2 and was unable to return to the race, eventually awarded 14th overall.

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Normally when the riders come to Millville, they are faced with summer storms and hot, humid conditions, but that was not the case on Saturday. The temperatures were a welcomed change and were very fall-like. Harrison started Moto 1 with a good start in the top 10, but fell back to 11th on Lap 6. He maintained and was able to cross the finish line holding that position. In Moto 2, Harrison got another good start in 10th and worked hard to round out the day ninth.

"It wasn't the best day as I couldn't really get into a flow and make any good passes," said Harrison. "Considering I didn't feel great out there, I'll take a top-10. I'm looking forward to bouncing back in Florida."

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McAdoo got the day going with a great start in Moto 1 and raced near the front the whole race, taking the checkered flag in sixth. He was ready to back that finish up in Moto 2 and was on his way with another solid start in sixth. On Lap 3 he went down and after checking in at the mechanic's area, decided it wasn't best to go back out. His 6-38 moto scores placed him 14th overall.

"It's such a bummer when you have a decent day going and it is derailed by a crash," said McAdoo. "I felt good most of the day so I'm hoping we can take the week to recover, take the positives from this race and get back out there in Florda."

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250MX Class Event Results - Spring Creek MX

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 1-1
2. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 5-2
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 4-4
4. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 3-6
5. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 9-3
6. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 2-11
7. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 7-5
8. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 12-8
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 11-9
10. Derek Drake (KTM), 8-12

 

14. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 6-38

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 257
2. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 254
3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 202
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 194
5. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 186
6. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 164
7. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 162
8. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 140
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 123
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 114

 


 

September 8, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Harrison Scores Best Result of the Season at RedBud2

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Mitchell Harrison raced to his best overall and moto finish of the Pro Motocross season, finishing his home track campaign at RedBud with 6-4 moto scores to end the day fifth overall. His teammates overcame adversity at the second of two Michigan races with Cameron McAdoo finishing 11th overall (19-7) and Darian Sanayei, who was still nursing his hurt shoulder, scoring 21st overall (18-19).

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The hometown boy Harrison didn't have the showing he was hoping for on Friday and was more than ready to bounce back on Monday. He changed that by starting off the first moto with a top-five start and held on to finish sixth, tying his best moto result of the season. Harrison's second moto was even better after another great start that put him fourth, the spot he maintained until the end. The fourth in Moto 2 was his best of the season, awarding him fifth overall.

"It was nice to redeem myself a bit from Friday because I felt good, but those results didn't show it," said Harrison. "I am thankful to be able to put it in the top five for the team. They've worked really hard and I want to keep the solid results going for them. It will be nice to get a little break, but I want to bring the momentum to Spring Creek."

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McAdoo came off a good showing on Friday and was feeling more comfortable on the track. He got a top-10 start in the opening moto and was pushing hard with the front runners. Unfortunately, he went down on Lap 3 and had to work his way back up from 31st. McAdoo would make it back into the points to score 19th in Moto 1. In the second moto, he proved he was capable of running in the top 10. He got out to a ninth-place start and continued to push, eventually crossing the line seventh for 11th overall.

"I know I'm much better than the result I had today, but mistakes ended up costing me," said McAdoo. "Knowing I'm able to be up there with those guys is huge for our confidence and lining up each weekend knowing we can be there. We'll take the off-weekend to regroup and keep plugging away at our first podium."

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Sanayei continues to be on the mend and the rough track was especially tough for his injured shoulder. That didn't stop him from going out each time and giving it all he had. In Moto 1, he started in 11th, but a few hiccups on the track pushed him down to 17th. He held on as long as he could and finished the moto in 18th. Moto 2 saw Sanayei start 17th, and he put in a heartfelt effort to finish 19th by the checkered flag, scoring him 21st overall.

"The track was tough and constantly changing," said Sanayei. "Just when you thought you had a clean line, it wasn't as good the next few laps. I am really happy we get a weekend off to hopefully help my shoulder get a bit stronger before coming back for another go at it."

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250MX Class Event Results - RedBud 2 MX

1. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 2-3
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 5-2
3. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 1-10
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 11-1
5. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 6-4
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 3-8
7. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 7-5
8. Ty Masterpool (Yamaha), 4-13
9. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 8-9
10. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 15-6
11. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 19-7

 

21. Darian Sanayei (Kawasaki), 18-19

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 216
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 207
3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 170
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 166
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 158
6. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 132
7. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 127
8. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 125
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 101
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 95

 


 

September 5, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's McAdoo Back in Top-10 At RedBud

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cameron McAdoo returned to the top-10 after a solid day at the first of two Pro Motocross rounds held at RedBud. He grabbed decent starts and was able to tally 5-7 moto scores on the day. Teammate Darian Sanayei returned to racing after missing two rounds, showcasing great starts on his way to finishing 14th overall with a 10-20. Michigan native Mitchell Harrison didn't have the homecoming he was hoping for, finishing the day 18th (14-37).

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McAdoo has been running with the top riders of the class all season and knew he could take advantage of an unusually edgy RedBud track. The first moto placed him sixth at the start and he continued to work all moto, finishing the 16 lap race in fifth. The second moto was nearly the same start but he had some extra company around him, pushing him back to seventh for the moto, giving him seventh overall.

"It was definitely not the normal RedBud dirt that we are used to here," said McAdoo. "I am happy with how my starts have been going, but just need a little more intensity to keep the front guys from moving too far away in the early parts of the race. I am fully confident in our bike and team, we'll be making any needed adjustments to come out stronger on Monday."

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The No. 157 of Sanayei was back on track after missing a few rounds with a shoulder injury. He felt prepared enough to line up and it was obvious he was happy to be back as he nearly grabbed the holeshot in the opening moto. He tried to stay strong, but knew he had to not overdo it and kept a good pace finishing 10th. In Moto 2, he got another solid start, though found himself outside the top 20 by the halfway mark. He held on until the end and finished 20th for 14th overall.

"This track got very rough as the day went on and it was harder and harder to ignore that I wasn't completely 100 percent," said Sanayei. "I was very happy with my starts. The Kawasaki KX250 was really a rocket out of the gate and I am happy we could put it up front at the start. I'll keep working to get stronger and faster, luckily we get another go on Monday."

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Hometown boy Harrison had high hopes coming into the round that he could potentially put his No. 74 on the podium for the team. While the track felt a bit different from its traditional Fourth of July stop, Harrison was happy to be on familiar territory. He got a decent start in Moto 1 where he started 13th, although at the checkered flag he was unable to move forward and finished 14th. The second moto was leaps and bounds better with a spectacular start, holding onto fourth place for the first five laps. On Lap 6, Harrison went down and was unable to continue, forcing him to score 37th and give him an overall of 18th.

"It was definitely not the day I was hoping for," said Harrison. "I felt good coming into the race, even though there weren't the crazy fans we love to see on the sidelines. My first moto start wasn't good and I wasn't able to make any moves forward. The second moto I was so happy to be up front, but a crash broke some stuff on my bike and I couldn't keep going. We'll regroup for Monday and really strive for a finish my hometown supporters can be proud of."

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250MX Class Event Results - RedBud MX

1. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 1-1
2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 2-5
3. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 8-2
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 7-3
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 6-4
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 4-8
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 5-7
8. Ty Masterpool (Yamaha), 3-13
9. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 9-6
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 11-9

 

14. Darian Sanayei (Kawasaki), 10-20
18. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 14-37

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 181
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 169
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 133
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 130
5. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 128
6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 109
7. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 102
8. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 94
9. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 83
10. Derek Drake (KTM), 69
11. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 68

 

21. Darian Sanayei (Kawasaki), 19

 


 

August 30, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Harrison and McAdoo Work Hard at Ironman MX

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Mitchell Harrison and Cameron McAdoo put in a solid day's work at Ironman MX to finish ninth and 13th, respectively. Both had hard-fought moments inside the top 10 and gained valuable confidence as the series closed out its third round of the season.

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Harrison, the newest team member of the squad, showed he's got his starts dialed as he continued to start at the front in both motos. In Moto 1, he started in third and was trying to find his comfort on the fast track. He stayed in the top-10 for most of the moto but a few mistakes forced him to finish the moto in 11th. Harrison got another great start in Moto 2 and was able to hold on to eighth that moto to finish his day in ninth overall.

"I am really happy with my starts and now I just need to keep some small mistakes to a minimum to help stay near the front," said Harrison. "It wasn't too memorable of a day, but I am already getting excited for two rounds at my home track at Red Bud. We'll see if we can get it on the podium next week."

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It was a tough day for McAdoo, but the day actually showed McAdoo's never-give-up attitude. In Moto 1, he started in 14th and worked the whole moto to climb into the top 10 where he eventually finished ninth. Moto 2 was an uphill battle after going down in a first turn pileup, having to come through the pack on the quick and tricky track. McAdoo gave it his all and was able to finish the moto in 13th.

"I felt good during the day but couldn't make a lot of it work in my favor," said McAdoo. "My starts definitely hurt me a bit and I'll be working to get those more dialed for Red Bud. We still have a lot of racing left and I know I have more to show. Really looking forward to two chances next weekend."

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250MX Class Event Results - Ironman MX

1. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 2-1
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 1-3
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 3-4
4. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 8-2
5. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 4-5
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 7-6
7. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 6-10
8. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 12-7
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 11-8
10. Carson Mumford (Honda), 13-9

 

13. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 9-13

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 135
2. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 131
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 100
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 95
5. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 90
6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 79
7. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 75
8. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 63
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 61
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 61

 


 

August 23, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's McAdoo and Harrison Score Top-10 Finishes at Muddy Loretta Lynn's National

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cameron McAdoo and Mitchell Harrison had a great weekend at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch overcoming intense, muddy conditions to score fourth overall and seventh overall, respectively. With Mother Nature not making Round 2 easy, McAdoo finished the day with 4-5 moto scores, while Harrison grabbed 6-10 finishes. Teammate Darian Sanayei sat out the weekend's racing due to an injury.

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While Round 2 was at the same location, it felt like a completely different race track thanks to rain that soaked the area before and during the race. McAdoo knew that the key to getting a good finish was to start upfront and he did just that in Moto 1. He filed in just behind the leader and took over the lead on Lap 2. As he did his best to keep it on two wheels, McAdoo eventually crossed the finish line in fourth.

Moto 2 was just as treacherous and McAdoo got another great start in fourth. Using all his strength and skill, he kept it on two wheels to come around fifth for the moto and score fourth overall on the day.

"Those races are pretty intense because there are a lot of factors you have to think about," said McAdoo. "Not wanting to go down because getting back up is so much harder than normal and picking good lines when you're getting roosted are just a few things we think about. I was fortunate enough to get good starts, which made a world of difference today."

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As the newest member of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, Harrison has been out to prove that he has what it takes to be competitive in the deeply talented 250MX class. He bounced back big on Saturday with a great start in Moto 1 to steadily race inside the top 10 and finish the moto in sixth. He had a bit more of an uphill battle in Moto 2 when he came around the first lap outside the top 20, but despite the tough conditions still made it up to 10th to round out the day in seventh overall.

"The first moto was not bad thanks to a good start," said Harrison. "I was able to keep it on two wheels and bring it home in sixth. I really wanted to back up that finish in the second moto, but found a sinkhole on the first lap. I can't believe I was able to get out, but had a lot of ground to make up. So 10th in that moto wasn't terrible, all things considered. Ironman (the next round) has been known to be muddy in the past, but hopefully we can get in a dry race next weekend."

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250MX Class Event Results - Loretta Lynn's National 2

1. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 3-2
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-4
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 7-1
4. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 4-5
5. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 8-3
6. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 1-18
7. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 6-10
8. Stilez Robertson (Husqvarna), 12-7
9. Lance Kobusch (KTM), 16-8
10. Carson Mumford (Honda), 5-20

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 90
2. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 84
3. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 71
4. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 70
5. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 69
6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 61
7. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 40
8. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 38
9. Carson Mumford (Honda), 32
10. Mason Gonzales (Yamaha), 32

 


 

August 16, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's McAdoo Races to Seventh Overall in Season Opener

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cameron McAdoo started the Pro Motocross season off inside the top 10 with a seventh-place overall at the first-ever Loretta Lynn's National. New teammates Mitchell Harrison and Darian Sanayei had solid moments, ultimately scoring 15th and 18th overall, respectively. The riders had to deal with changing conditions throughout the day as the area experienced torrential downpours throughout the week leading up to the event.

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It has been a long time coming for the riders to finally see a gate drop and it was a day of learning for the team. On the Moto 1 start, McAdoo started 10th but had an issue on Lap 2 that dropped him down to 18th. He regrouped and started making his push to the front and was able to get back into the top 10 to finish ninth. Moto 2 was much better for McAdoo who started eighth and kept it steady in the top 10 to finish sixth. His 9-6 scored him seventh overall on the day.

"The ruts were pretty crazy and each time you went out it felt like a different track," said McAdoo. "It was a lot about managing but also wanting to push forward. It will be nice to be able to come back and try it again next week to see if we can do even better."

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Having minimal time on the Kawasaki KX250, Harrison looked very comfortable on the machine throughout the day. A solid eighth-place start helped Harrison showcase his speed near the front, eventually battling for fifth before a small mistake made his bike stall and took some time to get it going again, resulting in 23rd that moto. Harrison put Moto 1 in the rearview mirror and bounced back for a great Moto 2 result where he finished in the top 10 in ninth. His 23-9 moto score placed him 15th overall.

"Without that mistake, I was going to be able to put it in the top 10," said Harrison. "It's such a bummer, but I also look at it as a positive that I know my speed is there and I just need to minimize the mistakes. I am so thankful for the opportunity and I want to showcase how great this bike and team really is."

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Sanayei started the day with a 12th-place start in Moto 1. He went down to 18th at one point in the race, but pushed hard to make up spots, finishing the moto in 14th. His start in Moto 2 was even better in 10th and was in the top-15 before an issue forced him to retire early, scoring him 34th in that moto for an 18th overall score.

"It wasn't the day I had hoped for to start the season, but we have some positives to take with us into next week," said Sanayei. "The track was pretty rough and I think I'll be able to manage it a little better next week, knowing what to expect out."

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250MX Class Event Results - Loretta Lynn's National

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 1-1
2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 3-2
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 2-3
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 4-4
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 5-5
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 6-7
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 9-6
8. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 10-8
9. Mason Gonzales (Yamaha), 8-12
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 16-10

 

15. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 23-9
18. Darian Sanayei (Kawasaki), 14-34

250MX Class Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 50
2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 42
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 42
4. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 36
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 32
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 29
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 27
8. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 24
9. Mason Gonzales (Yamaha), 22
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 16

 

15. Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki), 12
18. Darian Sanayei (Kawasaki), 7

 


 

August 6, 2020

Harrison and Sanayei Join Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Race Team for the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team welcomes Mitchell Harrison and Darian Sanayei to race the K250 for the recently announced nine-round 2020 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series scheduled to begin August 15th at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. With the recent injuries to Austin Forkner, Jordon Smith, and Garrett Marchbanks during the Monster Energy Supercross season, the team has added two strong riders to join Cameron McAdoo under the prestigious Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent.

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"We are in a unique situation with Cameron McAdoo being our only healthy rider at the moment," said team owner Mitch Payton. "We weren't exactly sure when racing would resume but we knew whenever that was, we needed to be ready so we had Darian and Mitchell tryout our KX250 and they both rose to the challenge. We have worked with both of them previously through the Kawasaki Team Green program. We're familiar with who they are and how they ride, and it was an additional bonus that they have both been riding Kawasaki motorcycles for quite some time now. We are ready to get back to the races and to see the team back on the track."

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Both riders will be returning to their roots as they grew up riding for the Kawasaki Team Green racing team throughout their amateur careers. In their professional careers, both Harrison and Sanayei have competed in Europe in the MX2 class for Kawasaki supported race teams with Sanayei on the Dixon Kawasaki MX2 team and Harrison competing for the Bud Racing Kawasaki MX2 team. After reaching the age limit in Europe, Sanayei returned home to the United States to contest in the 2020 Arenacross for the Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki team as well as competing in the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East Region class. Due to the global pandemic, Harrison was forced to close the chapter on racing in Europe for now and looks forward to racing again back in the United States.

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"Everybody knows that this is easily the best team in the paddock, just look at the wall of championship plates hanging on the door," said Sanayei. "This is a huge opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to making the most of it. I've had the chance to ride the bike a couple of times now, and all I can really say is wow. I've been on a Kawasaki pretty much my entire pro career and this KX250 really has it all. I am usually a pretty good starter so with the power of this bike and the support of this team, I believe I can put myself in a good position to be battling up front."

"Man, I cannot tell you how excited I am for this opportunity," said Harrison. "Right away, I gelled with the bike and felt right at home on the KX250. Up until recently, I have been racing in Europe on a KX250 for Bud Racing for the past year or so and I also grew up racing for the Team Green amateur race team, so I have felt super comfortable from the get-go. This year has been unique for everyone in our sport, especially for myself since I'm from the U.S. but have been racing in Europe and have been dealing with all of the travel restrictions; that's why it was a no brainer when this opportunity came up. I want to be here racing with the best of the best. I have podiumed at races in the past here and I believe with where I am at this stage in my career and with this bike I can be a threat each weekend."

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The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team aims to add its 12th AMA Pro Motocross 250 title to the wall of champions as the gate drops on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane mills, TN and wraps up on October 10th in Southern California at Fox Raceway.

 


 

June 22, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Closes Out Season With A Tough Outing

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cameron McAdoo and Austin Forkner didn't have the day they were looking for at the final Supercross round of the season, finishing 11th and 21st, respectively. The team will now get almost a month off before the start of the Pro Motocross Series on July 18 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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The day started well for McAdoo who claimed a fourth-place in the Western Regional heat race leading into the Showdown Main Event. The main event ended up having a full restart following a red flag and McAdoo grabbed a great start in fourth. He was running with the front pack but fell back a few spots to seventh before going down on the final lap and regrouping to finish 11th.

"This wasn't really how we wanted to end the season, but this year has already been filled with highs and lows and it's all a part of the process," said McAdoo. "If we didn't have the hard days, we wouldn't know how to get better. I'm ready to finally start focusing on outdoors and see where that season goes for us."

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Coming into the final race, Forkner had collected four wins on the season and was out to prove he is a leader in the class. He mathematically had a chance at the championship and put himself in a good position after a third-place finish in his heat race. Unfortunately, he went down a few laps into the main event and was unable to finish the race after going down. Forkner was taken to a local hospital for observation.

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250SX Class East/West Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 17

1. Chase Sexton (Honda)
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
3. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
5. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
6. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
7. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
8. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
9. Derek Drake (KTM)
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda)

 

11. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)
21. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 200
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 180
3. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 176
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 158
5. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 139
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 124
7. Derek Drake (KTM), 120
8. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 109
9. Luke Clout (Honda), 106
10. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 97

 

12. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 79

 


 

June 15, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Takes Back-To-Back Wins At Penultimate Western Regional Round

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner made a statement at the penultimate round of the Western Regional 250SX with a come-from-behind win to capture his fourth win of the season. His win inched him closer in the points to place him just seven points back of the leader with one round remaining. Teammate Cameron McAdoo also had a solid night aboard his Kawasaki KX250, finishing just off the podium in fourth.

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The night started out a little tough with Forkner having to come back in his heat race after getting tangled up just after the first turn. He was able to get back up to fourth and still have a decent gate pick for the main event.

In the main, he found himself fourth on the start and quickly making a charge to the front. By Lap 5 he was into second and started to close the gap to the front. He was patient and while the track was very one-lined, he was able to find his opening for the lead on Lap 15 and held on until the checkered flag.

"After a few rounds where I was caught and passed by Dylan, it was my turn to catch him and get around him," said Forkner. "It felt totally different to chase him down and there really weren't a lot of places to make a move since everyone was running pretty much the same lines. I had a small opportunity and I knew I had to take it. I know he would have done the same thing, and has done the same thing. It's awesome to be in conention for the championship as we head into the final race next week. We'll see what happens."

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McAdoo continued to prove his place at the front of the pack in Salt Lake City. He was running really quick in his heat race - where he finished second - which translated into the main. He tucked in behind his teammate at the start and came around fifth after the opening lap. McAdoo had made it up to third at one point but was battling to maintain position. He eventually finished the 15 minutes plus one lap main event in fourth place, just one second back of the final podium spot.

"It was tough to see that podium finish slip away because we've been working really hard to be up there every time we hit the track," said McAdoo. "I know I have been riding well and I will take that with me to the final race, but another podium finish would have been sweet to push through the week. Now we'll have to get back at it and make sure we come out ready to fight for it next Sunday."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 15

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
4. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)
5. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
6. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
7. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)
8. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
9. Derek Drake (KTM)
10. Christian Craig (Honda)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 181
2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 174
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 164
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 141
5. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 118
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 117
7. Luke Clout (Honda), 106
8. Derek Drake (KTM), 106
9. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 96
10. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna) 89

 

14. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 67

 


 

June 11, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Earns Double Podium with Forkner Taking The Win in West's Return

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner kicked off the Western Regional 250SX return with a big win inside Rice-Eccles Stadium. Joining him on the podium was teammate Cameron McAdoo with his first podium finish of the season. Forkner's win pushed him into second place in the standings, 10-points back of the leader with two rounds remaining, including a race on Sunday and the showdown a week later.

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Forkner had spent 123 days looking forward to lining up again and his hard work during the downtime paid off. He showcased speed during qualifying, won his heat race and shot out to the lead on the opening lap of the main event. Even as his rival pressed towards his Kawasaki KX250, he turned up the speed and was able to cross the finish line with a 3.1-second advantage.

"We've been working hard at the track during our break," said Forkner. "To be honest, this is the hottest race we've had and you add in the altitude, it's not easy. It was definitely the toughest race we've had all season. Which makes it that much sweeter. I think we learned a lot tonight that we can continue to build on for the race on Sunday."

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The night show started with a heat race that showed McAdoo was here to race, nearly earning the win but finishing third. He tucked in at the front on the start of the main event and had raced into second at one point before settling into third. He maintained his speed and finished two seonds ahead of fourth place. His third-place finish was his second career podium.

"We worked really hard in the off time and it wasn't always easy to keep it going when we didn't know when we were coming back racing," said McAdoo. "But this is what it's all about - seeing the hard work pay off. I've really tried to stay focused on knowing that the work I was doing would get me results and I'm really happy to be up on the podium."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 14

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)
4. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
5. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
6. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
7. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
8. Christian Craig (Honda)
9. Derek Drake (KTM)
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 158
2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 148
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 147
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 126
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 115
6. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 100
7. Luke Clout (Honda), 94
8. Derek Drake (KTM), 92
9. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna) 89
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 85

 

16. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 48

 


 

June 8, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Marchbanks Ends Night Early

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks started Round 13 with a solid heat race finish inside Rice-Eccles Stadium, but the tricky track conditions due to rain collected the Utah native and forced him to end the night early. Marchbanks was sent to the hospital for evaluation on his ribs and will now have a week and a half off before the Eastern Regional 250SX championship resumes on June 17.

"Garrett was riding well and had a good heat race so it was tough to see him get hurt. He stayed overnight in the hospital for observation on a bruised lung and will hopefully have some good news soon." - Zach White, R&D Manager

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 13

1. Chase Sexton (Honda)
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
4. Pierce Brown (KTM)
5. Kyle Peters (Honda)
6. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna)
7. Chris Blose (Honda)
8. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha)
9. Jace Owen (Honda)
10. John Short (Honda)

 

22. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 166
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 163
3. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 119
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 105
5. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna), 91
6. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 89
7. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 81
8. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 80
9. Pierce Brown (KTM), 73
10. Kyle Peters (Honda), 69

 


 

June 4, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Marchbanks Bounces Back to Top Five Finish

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks rode through the pack on a rare Wednesday night main event to score his fifth top-five finish of the season. Marchbanks maintained his third-place position in the championship standings with three Eastern Regional 250SX races remaining.

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Garrett Marchbanks

With only two off days between races instead of the regular week, Marchbanks and the crew had a quick turnaround to be ready for Round 5 of the Eastern Regional 250SX class. In his heat race, he got into second early and earned himself a good gate pick for the main event.

The main event was a different story as Marchbanks was forced to come through the pack after funneling around the first corner outside the top 10. He made quick work of his competitors and before halfway, made it up to fifth. With the riders spread out at that point, Marchbanks maintained his position and collected another top-five finish on the year.

"My start in the main didn't do me any favors trying to get up to the front," said Marchbanks. "I was way back and had to manage to get through the pack. I'm thankful that we were able to get through pretty quickly, but the pace at the front is really high and if you're not there at the start, it's hard to close the gap. Everything else feels great, I just need to get up there so I can challange those guys from the start. We get another try in a few days (on Sunday)."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 12

1. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
2. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
4. Chase Sexton (Honda)
5. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
6. Kyle Peters (Honda)
7. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna)
8. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
9. Chris Blose (Honda)
10. Pierce Brown (KTM)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 140
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 140
3. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 118
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 105
5. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 80
6. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 77
7. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna), 74
8. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 66
9. Jordon Bailey (Honda), 64
10. Pierce Brown (KTM), 54

 


 

June 1, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Marchbanks Races To Podium Finish in Salt Lake City

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks was the sole representation for the team on Sunday as racing resumed following an 85-day break. He made his team proud with a hard-fought podium finish in hot and dry conditions inside Rice-Eccles Stadium, finishing third. Marchbanks now sits third in the points, 14 points back of second.

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks started the day with a solid fifth-place in qualifying. The riders only got to see the track twice and didn't get a track walk, so with the different conditions it was a good way to get the day going.

The riders knew it was going to be a long main event with a short, dry track testing them at altitude, so once Marchbanks pulled into third in his heat, he maintained a good pace and lined up with a good gate selection for the main event.

Once the gate dropped for the main event, Marchbanks was ready to get back on the podium. He started fourth, but quickly found his opportunity to make a pass for third and did so on the fourth lap. Marchbanks made some pushes to the front, but ended the day with a solid podium finish.

"There was a lot that could have gone against us today with the track being so dry and still adjusting to the altitude and heat," said Marchbanks. "And after so much downtime, it was hard to anticipate what to expect. With all those factors, we'll take a podium, but that's not where we want to be. I'm really glad we don't have to wait very long to line up again. We'll be ready to improve on Wednesday."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - SLC Round 11

1. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
5. Pierce Brown (KTM)
6. Kyle Peters (Honda)
7. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna)
8. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha)
9. Jace Owen (Honda)
10. John Short (Honda)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 121
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 114
3. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 100
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 84
5. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 80
6. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 66
7. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 62
8. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna), 58
9. Jordon Bailey (Honda), 53
10. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 48

 


 

March 8, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Marchbanks Races To First Career Win

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks celebrated a night of firsts as he earned his first career heat race win on the way to his first-ever main event win at Daytona International Speedway. The Utah native became the first racer from his home state to take a supercross win. Teammate Jordon Smith was following right behind his teammate in the main event before going down and was forced to retire early.

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Garrett Marchbanks

It was a night to remember for Marchbanks, who continued to show speed in his sophomore supercross season. It all paid off at the historic 50th running of the Daytona Supercross, where he not only took his first-ever career main event win but started the night off with a heat race win.

When the gate dropped for the main event, it was Marchbanks on his KX250 leading the way and grabbing the holeshot. He immediately put in several fast laps that helped him enjoy a cushion over second place. Every push made by the riders behind him was met with Marchbanks matching pace, proving he was capable of handling the pressure that comes with leading races. With his win, Marchbanks maintains his fourth-place spot in the championship standings, now just one point out of third.

"I'm on cloud nine right now," said Marchbanks. "I've thought about this for a long time - what it would be like to win - and it's better than I could have imagined. It's especially cool to get a win at Daytona. It's such a historic race. I'm thankful that the team has been so supportive and knew I had what it takes. I finally got a great start and can't believe we went wire-to-wire."

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Jordon Smith

The day started out well for Smith who qualified sixth and went on to finish second in his heat race. In the main event, Smith tucked in right behind Marchbanks on the start at the front. A few corners later, he collided with another rider, going down and tweaking his knee. Smith was forced to call it a night, but is hopeful the tweak isn't serious and will be evaluated this week.

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Daytona Beach, Florida

1. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
4. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
5. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
6. Pierce Brown (KTM)
7. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
8. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha)
9. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna)
10. Cedric Soubeyras (Husqvarna)

 

22. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 98
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 88
3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 80
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 79
5. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 65
6. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 60
7. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 51
8. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 48
9. Josh Hill (Yamaha), 43
10. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna), 42

 


 

March 1, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Smith Earns Best Finish of the Season in Atlanta

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Jordon Smith enjoyed a solid race back in the top five with a fourth place inside the Mercedes Benz Stadium. As the closest race for the North Carolinian, he felt the impact of having friends and family cheering him on and earned his best finish of the season. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks was also on pace to finish just behind him, but an issue late in the race pushed him back to seventh.

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Jordon Smith

The home race for Smith was just what he needed to bounce back from his ride in Arlington. The familiar Georgia clay was a welcomed sight for the rider who also trains in the Peach State. Smith got a good start and settled into fifth behind his teammate. He waited for the right moment and was able to get around. The front runners had charged already at that point, but Smith came away with a solid ride and his best of the season in fourth.

"It felt good to be so close to where I train and grew up," said Smith. "I was ready to breakthrough and have a race track that I was meshing with. I wish I could have kept the front guys closer, but we'll take it one step at a time and make our way onto that podium."

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Garrett Marchbanks

Marchbanks showed speed all day and was excited to run after another top five finish, if not more. He settled into fourth on the start of the main event before Smith got by and pushed him back to fifth. Marchbanks stayed close but near the final laps of the race, he had an issue that pushed him back to seventh.

"Seventh wasn't what I felt like I had to give today, but sometimes that's how racing goes," said Marchbanks. "We've been making good progress testing during the week and I'm really looking forward to the outdoor style track next weekend in Daytona."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Atlanta, Georgia

1. Chase Sexton (Honda)
2. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
3. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
4. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki)
5. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
6. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha)
7. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
8. Nick Gaines (Yamaha)
9. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna)
10. Josh Hill (Yamaha)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 75
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 70
3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 61
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 53
5. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 47
6. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 44
7. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 44
8. Josh Hill (Yamaha), 41
9. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 36
10. Joey Crown (Yamaha), 31

 


 

February 23, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Marchbanks Makes It Back-to-Back Top-Five Finishes

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks earned his second top-five finish of the season inside AT&T Stadium as the Supercross series hosted its second Triple Crown format this year. Marchbanks showed speed in all three main events, finishing the night with a 6-4-5 score. Teammate Jordon Smith had plenty of bright moments, but ultimately luck was not on his side and finished 13th with a 4-20-14 score.

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Garrett Marchbanks

The track hadn't been very forgiving to many of the riders throughout the day, but Marchbanks was riding well and ready for action. Marchbanks had an inspiring first main event after starting 14th in which he made quick work of his competition to make it up to sixth in a shorter 10-minute race.

His start was better in Main Event 2, putting him sixth on the start. Marchbanks was able to put in his best finish of the night with a fourth during the second race. He faced another uphill battle in Main Event 3 after starting just outside the top 10. With an ever-deteriorating track, Marchbanks made sure to hit his lines and was able to end the final race of the night in fifth, giving him fifth overall.

"I was hoping to battle more with those guys at the front, but I didn't put down the best starts and had to work my way up," said Marchbanks. "Even coming through traffic I was able to get in some really good lap times, so I need to make it easier on myself and try to get some clear laps at the front. It will be good to get back to a normal schedule and go after another solid finish next week."

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Jordon Smith

Smith had his fair share of run-ins with other riders that resulted in him on the ground or nearly there. In the end, his results don't show how well he was riding. In Main Event 1, Smith nearly grabbed the holeshot and was riding solid where he would eventually take his best finish of the night in fourth.

His Main Event 2 start wasn't what he was looking for and was outside the top 10 for the first five laps. As he was making progress, Smith and another rider came together after the finish line, putting him at the back of the pack. Ready to make up for the tough second race, Smith had another good start and was running fifth. He was able to make it up to third before another rider bumped him to the ground. Smith remounted but wasn't able to keep up the same pace and finished 14th in Main Event 3.

"To say I got beat up out there today would be an understatement," said Smith. "There were things that were just accidents and then there some that seemed to be intentional. If I took away the time on the ground, I was happy with my speed and had two out of three good starts. I can't dwell on the bad, but I can learn from it. We'll be ready for Atlanta."

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

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-1-2
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 3-2-1
3. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 1-6-3
4. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 5-3-4
5. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 6-4-5
6. Josh Hill (Yamaha), 9-7-6
7. Joey Crown (Yamaha), 7-5-10
8. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 8-8-7
9. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna), 10-12-9
10. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 14-10-8

 

13. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 4-20-14

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Chase Sexton (Honda), 49
2. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 49
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 40
4. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 38
5. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 37
6. Joey Crown (Yamaha), 31
7. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 28
8. Josh Hill (Yamaha), 28
9. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 26
10. Enzo Lopes (Yamaha), 19

 


 

February 16, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Starts East Coast Campaign with Top Five Finishes

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Garrett Marchbanks and Jordon Smith were treated to a technical, hard-packed and sandy track to open their Eastern Regional 250SX season inside Raymond James Stadium with both riders emerging with top-five finishes. Marchbanks started the season with a fourth-place finish, while Jordon Smith ended up right behind his teammate in fifth.

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Garrett Marchbanks

Sophomore supercross rider Garrett Marchbanks had high expectations entering the 2020 season and was able to start off on a good note. He finished second in his heat race, giving him a good gate pick in the main event. Marchbanks didn't get the start he was looking for and came around the first lap in 11th. It didn't take him long to push to the front and was into fifth by Lap 5. He moved into fourth when his teammate had an issue and remained steady in that position until the checkered flag.

"I was really hoping for a podium this weekend, but I made things a bit hard on myself when I started outside the top 10," said Marchbanks. "Starts are going to be crucial next week with the triple crown so we'll look to work on those this week to come better prepared. Overall still a good night and glad to be in the top 10 on such a tough track."

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Jordon Smith

The track itself was oftentimes the biggest opponent for the riders in Tampa. Smith never gave up pushing back against its efforts to try and bring him down. He finished third behind his teammate in the heat race and got a great jump on the main event start, coming around the first lap in second. Smith was running well, but had a tip over in the sand section that pushed him back to fifth where he would eventually finish.

"This wasn't exactly the finish I had in mind when we made our preparations for the start of the season, but I have to look at the positives and we are out of here healthy," said Smith. "Sometimes that's half the battle when you face a track that is tough. After so much time away from a race track, it's great to be back and we plan to make the most out of the triple crown next weekend."

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results - Tampa, Florida

1. Shane McElrath (Yamaha)
2. Chase Sexton (Honda)
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda)
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki)
5. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki)
6. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna)
7. Kyle Peters (Honda)
8. Joey Crown (Yamaha)
9. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki)
10. Jo Shimoda (Honda)

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings

1. Shane McElrath (Yamaha), 26
2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 23
3. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 21
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 19
5. Jordon Smith (Kawasaki), 18
6. RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna), 17
7. Kyle Peters (Honda), 16
8. Joey Crown (Yamaha), 15
9. Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 14
10. Jo Shimoda (Honda), 13

 


 

February 9, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Collects Second Straight Podium Finish

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner enters the six-week break for the western regional riders with his second consecutive runner-up finish. The track inside Petco Park was tight and fast with the fans being treated to a great race. Teammate Cameron McAdoo still has been managing his injuries but showed good speed all day before having to retire early with an issue, finishing 22nd.

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Austin Forkner

To start the night, Forkner won his fourth heat race of the season. He continued his trend of good starts and came around the first lap of the main event in second. By the fifth lap, Forkner had moved into the lead. Before reaching the halfway point the riders started to encounter lapped riders, adding in another challenge on the tight and technical track. After Lap 16, Forkner was pushed wide and was forced off the track, moving him back to second. With it being late in the race, Forkner ran out of time to put in a charge, finishing in second.

"Second is obviously not where I want to be," said Forkner. "I've been leading laps and know the speed is there, but have missed it the past two weeks by just the tiniest little bit. I know I led more laps this week. It still doesn't take away from wishing things had gone differently. We have a chance to regroup for a few weeks and see if there are any places that we can improve to make the outcome different. Because you can always improve."

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Cameron McAdoo

McAdoo has turned heads with his tenacity to line up despite not being 100 percent. He's been able to run up front, taking second in his heat race in San Diego. McAdoo put himself in a good position in the main after a solid start but had to finish the race on the sidelines when he came across an issue. Despite the setback, he still walked away with positives from the night.

"It's a bummer that I wasn't able to see if I would have been able to get inside the top 10 tonight, but things happen," said McAdoo. "If anyone is looking forward to the break it's me. I'm ready to get back to 100 percent so I can prove that I am able to run up front with my teammate and those guys. I've had a lot of positives that will keep me motivated in the off-weeks."

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

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
5. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
6. Luke Clout (Honda)
7. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna)
8. Carson Brown (Husqvarna)
9. Derek Drake (KTM)
10. Alex Martin (Suzuki)

 

22. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 135
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 128
3. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 122
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 110
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 98
6. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 89
7. Luke Clout (Honda), 83
8. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 82
9. Derek Drake (KTM), 78
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 72

 

20. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 27

 


 

February 2, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Rides To Podium Finish in Oakland

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner came out swinging inside RingCentral Coliseum, taking home a runner-up finish on the night. The podium finish pushed him into third overall in the championship standings, 10 points behind the leader and seven behind second place. Teammate Cameron McAdoo rejoined the team in Oakland after sitting out with injury the past three rounds, coming back to win his heat race and eventually finishing the night 14th.

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Austin Forkner

After a larger football stadium last weekend, the riders were back inside a baseball configuration, which has been notorious for being tight and technical. Forkner started the night with a heat race win and a great gate pick for the main event. On the start, Forkner came around third, but was quickly into second and after only one lap made his move for the lead.

Forkner maintained the lead until just after halfway when he made a mistake in the whoops that allowed the rider behind him to overtake as a lapper slowed Forkner. He kept a solid pace for the remainder of the night, finishing second and almost 13 seconds ahead of the next rider.

"Tonight I felt pretty solid," said Forkner. "I was happy with my speed and fitness. I just happened to make a mistake right as I was getting caught, which cost me because everyone was so close in lap times. I'm happy with the race, but obviously wish I could have gotten the win."

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Cameron McAdoo

McAdoo had been eager to make his return to the races and it showed with his first gate drop resulting in a win in the heat race. In the main event, he got a good start but was pinched off and came around in eighth. McAdoo moved into seventh on the third lap and maintained his position for several laps before a miscue sent him down and he remounted in 13th. When the checkered flag flew, McAdoo earned 14th for the night.

"It was really good to be back lining up for the team," said McAdoo. "Getting the heat race win felt awesome. I got a decent start in the main and was holding a top 10 but made a mistake and went down. The track was technical and still not being quite 100 percent cost me a little bit in the end. It was great to get out there and see where I was at because I just didn't know until I did it."

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

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
5. Luke Clout (Honda)
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda)
7. Derek Drake (KTM)
8. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
9. Aaron Tanti (Yamaha)
10. Martin Castelo (Husqvarna)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 109
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 107
3. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 99
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 92
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 85
6. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 73
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 72
8. Luke Clout (Honda), 66
9. Derek Drake (KTM), 64
10. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 63

 

20. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 26

 


 

January 26, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Makes Up Ground in Championship Standings with Second Win of the Season

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner put together an impressive ride inside State Farm Stadium to climb back to the top of the podium for the second time this year. His Triple Crown win (1-1-3) earned him maximum points on the night, pulling within 10 points of the championship leader.

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Austin Forkner

With three gate drops that would determine an overall winner, it was of great importance to get good starts. Forkner took full advantage of this as he found the front right away in Main Event 1 and led wire-to-wire. In Main Event 2, Forkner was with the front pack at the start and once the riders in front made a few mistakes, he was able to pass for the lead and take the win.

In the final main event, Forkner continued his streak of good starts and once he moved into third, put it on cruise control and finished the night with the overall victory.

"I came into the night with last week fully behind me," said Forkner. "We worked hard this week and knew it was going to be about starts. In the end, I am really happy to not only win, but to start digging myself out of the hole. 10 points is a whole lot better than 22 points. We'll keep working hard to stay up front and plug away at the lead."

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

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 1-1-3
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-2-2
3. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 4-4-6
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 5-6-4
5. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 6-5-5
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 7-7-7
7. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 8-8-9
8. Derek Drake (KTM), 10-3-13
9. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 17-9-1
10. Luke Clout (Honda), 13-12-8

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 86
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 83
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 77
4. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 76
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 66
6. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 62
7. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 62
8. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 55
9. Luke Clout (Honda), 48
10. Derek Drake (KTM), 48

 

20. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 17

 


 

January 19, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Puts Anaheim in Rear View After Tough Night

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner had a good night going for him at Angel Stadium during Round 3 of the Monster Energy Supercross series, though the end result of 17th wasn't what he had hoped for. With seven rounds left, Forkner has plenty of time to bounce back and make a run at the points leader.

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Austin Forkner

After taking the heat race win in dominating fashion, Forkner was confident he could translate that speed to the main event. He managed to squeeze through the first turn and start the main event in third. While holding a good pace for a majority of the race, Forkner caught an edge of one of the whoops and went down. He didn't give up and remounted to finish out the race, resulting in a 17th for the night. He is currently fourth in the standings, 22 points out of the lead.

"It was a tough one to take tonight after being in good postion the whole race," said Forkner. "The track was changing a lot during the race, getting slippery and the whoops broke down a lot more than we expected. Moving forward, I know I will do everything in my power to make sure I'm getting maximum points and go after the red plate. Next week will be interesting with the Triple Crown so we'll see how that changes things up."

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

1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
4. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
6. Luke Clout (Honda)
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda)
8. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna)
9. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
10. Killian Auberson (KTM)

 

17. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 72
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 60
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 58
4. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 50
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 50
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 46
7. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 44
8. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 41
9. Mitchell Oldenburg (Honda), 38
10. Luke Clout (Honda), 35

 

19. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 17

 


 

January 12, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner Returns to Top Step of the Podium with Home State Win

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner proved he was back and capable of winning with a dominating performance in front of his home state inside The Dome at America's Center, earning his second straight main event holeshot and taking the wire-to-wire win. Teammate Cameron McAdoo posted fast times in practice, but after going down in the second timed qualifying session it was decided that he should sit out for the night to focus on returning next weekend.

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Austin Forkner

Forkner had a chip on his shoulder coming into the second round after he was forced to relinquish his podium last week due to a mistake on the track. As Team Owner Mitch Payton pointed out, Forkner was shaking off some rust but showed improvements every time he was on the track.

With a race under his belt, Forkner was determined to prove he was ready to get back to the top and did so by winning his heat race, then going on to grab the main event holeshot and leading all 18 laps. He moved into second in the championship standings, five points back from the leader.

"I'm really happy to get back up here (on the podium)," said Forkner. "I started to ride tight halfway after I got to think about it. It's been a long time coming with physically healing from the knee and mentally getting back knowing I can win. I could hear the fans and they pushed me through. I love being able to win in front of my home crowd."

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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results - St. Louis

1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
4. Alex Martin (Suzuki)
5. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
6. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna)
7. Luke Clout (Honda)
8. Mitchel Oldenburg (Honda)
9. Carson Brown (Husqvarna)
10. Derek Drake (KTM)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 49
2. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 44
3. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 37
4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 34
5. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 32
6. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 32
7. Jacob Hayes (Husqvarna), 29
8. Derek Drake (KTM), 28
9. Christian Craig (Honda), 22
10. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 22

 

14. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 17

 


 

January 5, 2020

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Forkner and McAdoo Match 2019 Finishes in Anaheim

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner and Cameron McAdoo made it through the opening round with positive takeaways after finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, at Angel Stadium. The first round of the season always brings nerves and uncertainty, but the duo still managed to show speed on the very technical track. In the end, the pair ended up with the same finishing positions as their counterparts in 2019, which still resulted in a championship fight.

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Austin Forkner

After two seasons competing on the east coast, Forkner made his return to Anaheim where he made his professional supercross debut. The rider from Missouri was ready to get back out on the track after taking the whole summer off to rehab a knee injury. With no main event gate drops since April 27, 2019, you wouldn't have known it with Forkner nearly taking the holeshot in the main event.

He quickly made his move into the lead and kept the pressure from second at bay. With roughly five minutes left in the race, Forkner went into a Tuff Block and was forced off his bike. He rejoined the race in third where he would finish, but was eventually docked two positions for cutting the track and finished the night in fifth.

"It was a split-second decision to be as safe as possible," said Forkner. "That's what they always tell us to rejoin safely and with me pointed backward and slightly left, I thought that after the next rider went by I would be fine. I didn't gain any position by doing what I did. It's a bummer they (the officials) didn't feel the same way. After knowing I was able to put a good pace out front, I'm more fired up than ever to get back out there next weekend."

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Cameron McAdoo

McAdoo was making his team debut in Anaheim and was excited to start racing aboard his new Kawasaki KX250 machine. McAdoo didn't get the start he wanted in the Main Event but raced into the top 10 after the first lap. By Lap 5 he was in sixth position, keeping pace to come across with a solid result in his first outing with the team.

"After so much preparation, it's nice to finally get on the track and get a finish under my belt," said McAdoo. "We took away a lot of good from this round that I'm hoping we can work on this week to go after an even better result. I would love to be challenging for the podium and proving to these guys that I am able to run up front."

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

1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
3. Christian Craig (Honda)
4. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna)
5. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)
7. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)
8. Derek Drake (KTM)
9. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
10. Alex Martin (Suzuki)

250SX Class Western Region Points Standings

1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 26
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 23
3. Christian Craig (Honda), 21
4. Michael Mosiman (Husqvarna), 19
5. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 18
6. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki), 17
7. Brandon Hartranft (KTM), 16
8. Derek Drake (KTM), 15
9. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 14
10. Alex Martin (Suzuki), 13

 


 

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