Jan 13, 2019
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Adam Cianciarulo Dominates the Desert
After an unusually damp opening round in Anaheim, the 2019 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship resumed for action in the covered State Farm Stadium of Glendale, Arizona. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo, dominated the day by taking his 250SX Heat race from holeshot to checkered flag and would replicate that performance in the 250SX Main Event to capture his first victory of the season. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac, finished the night in fourth, holding his third-place position in the 450SX Point Standings and gaining a valuable point on the series leader.
As the gate dropped on the 450SX Heat 2, Tomac was clipped from behind in the first rhythm section forcing him slow down and inspect for damages to his KX™ before continuing the race. Tomac managed to pass seven of his competitors before running out of time, finishing 10th and forced to compete in the Last Chance Qualifiers race, where he would finish first and advance to the Main Event.
After qualifying eighth on the day, Joey Savatgy's night came to a sudden end after crashing in the 450SX Heat 1 race. Savatgy's small mistake caused him to sit out the rest of the night due to the strict concussion protocol being enforced for the 2019 season.
"I was feeling confident coming into the weekend and felt good in qualifying. The track was massive and different from most of the tracks in the series. It's never ideal to have to go to the LCQ but we got it done and stayed focused on the Main Event. We'll be focusing on our starts this week and look to apply that practice to the race next weekend. We're still third in points and in a really good position so we'll come out swinging for the second go-around in Anaheim." - Eli Tomac
"I was feeling really comfortable on the bike all day. The team and I were prepared to redeem our results from last week, but unfortunately, I made a mistake in my heat race, which caused me to sit out the rest of the night. It's only the second round of a long season and I'm looking forward to using the experience and improving each week." - Joey Savatgy
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team impressed once again for Round 2 of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series with Cianciarulo riding flawlessly all night and his rookie teammate Garrett Marchbanks capturing another top-10 overall finish.
Cianciarulo delivered Kawasaki their first main event win of the season as he grabbed the holeshot in the 250SX Main Event and never looked back. He now sits second, just five points behind the leader in the 250SX West Championship Points Standing.
The No. 61 of Marchbanks showed no signs of slowing down as he finished eighth in the 250SX Heat 2 race. As Marchbanks shot out of the gate in the 250SX Main Event, the rookie showed his strength and determination by climbing from 17th place all the way to finish ninth, continuing to show improvement each time he's on the track.
"We did it! My team crushed it and I'm glad I was able to repay their hard work with a win. We'll be back to work this week and we'll come out swinging next weekend when we return to Anaheim. This win feels so good and I really feel I'm on the path I should be on. We're already off to a great start to the season, let's go!" - Adam Cianciarulo
"Round 2 is done and I'm proud of our ninth-place position. I'm still learning each week, working on my starts and building my confidence. I'm so grateful for all the hard work my team has put in and all the support they continue to provide me with. This track was a lot different from the others I'm used to but I'm using everything as experience and applying it to each round." - Garrett Marchbanks