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May 12, 2019

Clement Desalle A Brave Fourth In Italy

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team narrowly missed the podium at the fifth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship on his return to action after knee surgery. The Belgian had only been able to resume training a few days before the Grand Prix of Lombardy at Mantova and track conditions could not have been more difficult as heavy overnight rain saturated the track, persistent drizzle throughout race day ensuring no respite for the competitors. The start was clearly very important and Clement was able to use the smooth power of his KX450-SR to emerge in fourth position from the tricky opening turns in race one and sixth in race two. After the month-long pause in training on the bike the Kawasaki star knew that it was imperative to retain a consistent tempo to complete each thirty-minute-plus-two lap moto and he successfully maintained his lap times throughout the race distance in each moto. After relinquishing one position in each moto the experienced Belgian was able to control his own race, keeping further potentially over-enthusiastic challengers at bay each time to take the checkered flag fifth and seventh. He was rewarded for his consistency with fourth overall in the GP and the thirty-point championship haul strengthened his fifth place in the world standings; he has even narrowed the gap to fourth as the series looks ahead to five further GPs during the upcoming six weekends. Clement Desalle: "When I saw the track this morning I wasn't so confident as at the moment it's difficult for me to put my leg on the ground if the bike slides. But it didn't change my plan; the goal was to do the best I could and I think I achieved that. I had a good gate pick and got some decent starts in both motos. Fifth in the first race was a good result; I didn't want to crash so I didn't take any risks. The second moto was similar and I finished sixth for fourth overall. It's a positive result if you consider that I couldn't train on the bike for one month. I will continue to work this week physically and maybe get in some riding. This evening I feel some pain in my hands and shoulders but that's normal after so long off the bike and I know that it will be better next week." Benoit Paturel of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki defied the difficult racing conditions to achieve his best result since joining the MXGP series last year as he raced to tenth overall from fifteenth in race one and eighth in race two. The Frenchman displayed persistence after an awkward start in the opening moto to already advance to fifteenth mid-moto before he was forced to stop for fresh goggles and, with clearer vision again, he recovered the positions lost during the stop by the end of the race. He maintained eighth place throughout race two. Benoit Paturel: "It was great to score a top ten result in the second moto. In the first one I slid on the metal plate at the start and later in the race I had to stop for a new pair of goggles; fifteenth was not as good as I had hoped but I had a good feeling with my riding so I was confident for the second race. My start was better, I found a good rhythm and I rode carefully to finish eighth. The conditions were tough today, but we have worked hard with the team during the last few weeks and now we start to reap the reward." Paturel's teammate Alessandro Lupino had an unfortunate home GP; the Italian was one of the victims of the inevitable first turn crash in race one but persevered to finish sixteenth. He again had to race from the tail of the field in race two after a crash at turn four and finished nineteenth. BOS Factory's Tommy Searle raced as high as eleventh in race one before the difficult track conditions cost him a chance of points, but he got some compensation with thirteenth in race two. KRT's Julien Lieber posted top ten starts in each moto but had no luck in the difficult conditions and had to be content with a fourteenth place finish in the opening moto.

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May 12, 2019

Henry Jacobi Retains Series Third

Henry Jacobi retained third place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship in difficult conditions after heavy overnight rain continued throughout race day at Mantova in northern Italy. The F&H Racing Team had high expectations for the Grand Prix of Lombardy after their front-line performances in dry conditions during Saturday qualification but the persistent rainfall created highly unpredictable slippery conditions despite the magnificent efforts of the track crew; lap times were more than twenty seconds slower than the previous day. Both Jacobi and his British teammate Adam Sterry, second in Qualifying, were brought down in a mass collision at the first turn of the opening moto and both Kawasaki's faced a hard race from outside the top thirty when they finally got going. After fifteen minutes each rider had advanced into the top twenty and they both eventually narrowly missed the top ten with Jacobi eleventh at the checkered flag and Sterry twelfth. Rain was still falling as the second race went to the start but Jacobi avoided the first turn confusion this time to quickly settle into fifth position, advancing to fourth after twenty minutes to close down the rider in third until his bike was damaged on the penultimate lap. Despite the difficult day the German retains third in the championship standings. Sterry once again had no luck at turn one in race two but persisted to finish fourteenth to maintain his series top ten ranking. Henry Jacobi: "It was not an easy weekend! I made a good start in the first race but in the first corner many riders came together and someone hit me from behind; I was under three bikes so I was the last to get going again but I made a good comeback to eleventh so I was confident for the second race. I took a good start and passed some people to battle for third but with two laps to go I had some troubles with the bike and stopped." Adam Sterry: "Today was a different story than yesterday ... unfortunately. In the first race I had a good start but there was a big crash in the first corner and I ended up on the ground; I was a long way back but I could come back through to twelfth so I was happy with my riding. In the second race I got a good start but somebody crashed right in front of me and I got stuck; I had to come from behind again to fourteenth. Now we will focus on Portugal to earn the results we deserve." BUD Racing Kawasaki's Brian Moreau, pushed wide by the confusion in the first corner of race one, quickly moved into the top twenty and advanced yet further from seventeenth mid-moto to finish fourteenth, his best result of the season to date. The French teenager was even more unfortunate at the start of race two as he was involved in a crash at the first turn but he again had the speed to advance into the points-scoring positions before several incidents in the difficult conditions pushed him back to twenty-third at the finish.

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May 5, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Dominates the Monster Energy Supercross Season Finale

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (May 5, 2019) – Round 17 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned to Las Vegas, Nevada for the season finale where Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac finished the season on high note with a dominant overall win and once again showed that he is the best in the Las Vegas conditions.As the temperatures in the desert rose so did Tomac's race pace as he rode blistering fast all day long and set the fastest time in qualifying aboard his KX™450. In Heat Race 2, Tomac had a fourth place start with his title contender ahead of him. Tomac quickly made his way into second and began to setting up a pass for the lead when he mistimed a rhythm section causing him to come to a complete stop on the track. Only losing one position, there would be no denying him from getting to the front of the pack, where he went on to win the heat race.In the Main Event, Tomac turned up the heat even further, rocketing to the holeshot and never looked back, going on to win the main event by 12.061 seconds ahead of the competition. Tomac finished the season second overall in the 450SX Championship Points Standings and will now begin to turn his attention to defending his 450 Motocross Championship, looking to mark his place in the records books with a third consecutive title.It was a tough day at the office for the No. 17 machine of Joey Savatgy as his night was cut short due to a crash in practice. Savatgy finishes out the season in eighth place overall and the highest scoring rookie in the championship points standings. Savatgy took home honors on Saturday night as he was named the 2019 Rookie of the Year.Monster Energy® Kawasaki's race semi-truck driver, Brian "Big B" Barnhart was awarded the 2019 SX Transport Driver of the year award. Although an unofficial award, the award is nominated and agreed upon by fellow factory team's semi-truck drivers and team managers in the paddock to acknowledge the hard work throughout the season."Man, what a season that was! Tonight we just gave it the beans and held it wide open all night long. Nights like tonight were just downright fun racing my motorcycle. I am proud of myself and the effort the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki crew put in all season long. We've got my 2019 KX450 dialed in right now, which has me excited to get outdoors started. I am already looking forward to the 2020 supercross season, but in the meantime, I plan to carry this momentum into outdoors and once again defend my title." - Eli Tomac"Honestly, I am pretty darn proud of what the Monster Energy Kawasaki team and I accomplished in my rookie 450SX season. Today was one of those days where I made a minor mistake that caused me to have a pretty hard crash. Luckily it wasn't anything too bad, but I am bummed I couldn't give it a go for the last round here in Vegas. I think we showed a lot of consistency all season long, as well as showing that we belong up front and in the hunt. We accomplished a lot of the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of this season. To be named Rookie of the Year in the 450SX class is a huge honor and I could not have done it without my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team. I am going to take the next two weeks to heal up and get ready for outdoors and once again show everyone what I am capable of."- Joey SavatgyMonster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo came into the final race of the season poised and ready to wrap up the season with a championship with the additional challenges of the combined East/West Showdown format. Cianciarulo set the tone early as he qualified with the fastest lap time in the 250SX Western Region with teammate Garrett Marchbanks in seventh.The Western Region riders lined up for their heat race first as Cianciarulo shot out of the gate in a top-5 position, while Marchbanks was forced to charge from 11th. The teammates went to work aboard their KX™250 machines as Cianciarulo made his way to third before running out of time in the short, 8-lap heat race. Marchbanks was able to make a few passes of his own, finishing seventh.The East/West Showdown Main Event marked Martin Davalos' 101st and final 250SX race in the class. Davalos kicked off the day qualifying third in the 250SX Eastern Region and carried on the momentum into his heat race as he finished second.As the gate dropped on the East/West Showdown, Cianciarulo positioned himself in fifth and started his push toward the front of the pack, while Davalos and Marchbanks were wedged outside the top-10, sitting 11th and 16th, respectively. Just as they approached the halfway point of the race Cianciarulo had made his way all the way up to third before making a costly mistake in a rhythm section, causing him to crash. Due to the severity of the crash, Cianciarulo was unable to ride at race pace and was forced to slowly roll through the rest of the race to finish 20th, finishing second overall in the 250SX Western Region Rider Point Standings. Davalos and Marchbanks rode consistently throughout the race to finish ninth and 10th, respectively.Young gun Marchbanks wrapped up the season with a top-10 overall finish and was awarded Rookie of the Year in the 250SX Western Region, which gives the Kawasaki Team Green alumni some added confidence to come back as a strong contender for 2020. Davalos secured fourth overall in the 250SX Eastern Region Rider Point Standings, just a few points behind his injured teammate Austin Forkner, who managed to still clinch third overall without being able to compete in the last three main events."I was trying so hard to push forward and earn more points in order to earn an overall podium position, but I was also reminding myself that I needed to play it smart and ride at my pace. I'm proud of what I've been able to overcome and recover from in previous years and feel I put in a solid, final supercross season."- Martin Davalos"I survived my first professional supercross season and feel I have learned and accomplished so much within the last few months. It's such an honor to be given the Rookie of the Year award and I can't wait to celebrate that accomplishment with my entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and carry our success into outdoors"- Garrett Marchbanks"I don't really have too much more to say; this one will sting for a while. I'll put the boots back on Monday and get ready for outdoors because that's what we do as riders. I gave it my all tonight and it's just really unfortunate how it turned out. I'll keep giving 110% and chasing a championship title."- Adam Cianciarulo

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Apr 28, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Earns Ninth Podium Finish of the Season in East Rutherford

The Kawasaki teammates kicked the day off with Joey Savatgy qualifying with the third fastest lap time and Tomac fourth. Tomac continued to ride up front, taking second in Heat 1. Savatgy made a mistake that threw him into the track netting in Heat 2, causing him to finish 10th and sending him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Savatgy took care of business as he won the LCQ to move into the main event. The MetLife Stadium crowd was on their feet roaring as Tomac battled for the lead for nearly all of the 450SX Main Event. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, the Colorado native battled for the holeshot on his KX™450 and he made his way to the front of the pack by Lap 3, while Savatgy sat fifth. By the halfway point of the race, Tomac had continued his battle by swapping positions multiple times, but just as he began to build a small gap, he made a mistake in the whoop section and went down. Tomac quickly remounted in fourth as he began to hunt down the leader once again. Tomac put on a strong charge to get back to the rear wheel of the leader but another small mistake would seal his fate as he crossed the checkered flag in third.The 17th and the final round of the supercross season is hosted at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada next weekend on May 4th, where Tomac and Savatgy will look to end the supercross season on a high note, with Tomac still in contention for the championship."I just have to chuckle about it right now. I made the same exact mistake in the whoops twice and although it's pretty frustrating, ultimately, I was still able to land on the podium. I gave it my all tonight and I feel proud of the way I rode my KX450. It's not over, that's why we line up each week; so we'll head to Vegas next week and I'll continue to give it my best effort."- Eli Tomac"It was nice to have the extra week to care for my shoulder, I feel it benefitted me this weekend. I made a mistake in my heat race, which caused me to have to race in the LCQ; it's never ideal to have to do that, but we lined up and got it done. After winning the LCQ, we just got back to our normal routine and I focused on running my race in the main. I chalk everything up as experience in order to continue learning and improving. We had great success at Monster Cup just a few months ago, so I'm looking forward to returning to Vegas and finding that podium!" - Joey SavatgyMonster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner arrived in New Jersey unsure of what would happen or how he would feel while riding with a severely injured knee. After showing great tenacity and powering through the pain throughout the day, he impressively managed to still qualify third on the day as well as finish fourth in the 250SX Heat 2.Martin Davalos rode consistently well throughout the day aboard his KX™250 as he grabbed an early lead in Heat 1, which he maintained for the first three laps before making a minor error and losing a position to finish second.The 250SX Main Event marked Davalos' 100th career 250SX race as he set out to prove he is still a strong contender. Davalos shot out of the gate, almost grabbing the holeshot and quickly took over the lead for the first half of the race; yet again, he made another small error causing him to lose positions but still managed to finish fourth. Forkner lined up for the main prepared to give it his all as he was determined to salvage points and fight for the championship. Unfortunately, he was only able to complete two laps before landing hard after a jump, causing him to pull off the track and out of the race. After controlling the 250SX Eastern Region Rider Point Standings all season by dominating five of the eight races, grabbing six holeshots, leading a total of 82 laps, and looked to be well on his way to winning the title, Forkner ends his season in heartbreak as he will be unable to compete at the final round in Las Vegas next weekend. The rest of the PC Race team will line up in Las Vegas for the final East/West Showdown looking to clinch the 250SX West Championship. "I'm a bit frustrated with my results in the main tonight but only because I know I am capable of winning, and I expect to. I was running up front for nearly the entire first half of the race but I made some errors and allowed myself to get passed. I can't be too down about it though; my entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and I have really made so much progress and made many improvements throughout the season so I'm confident we'll wrap up the season next weekend back on top."- Martin Davalos"Obviously I'm just really disappointed right now. I gave it my all tonight and unfortunately this is something we all have to deal with at some point in this sport. It's frustrating to work so hard all season long and feel confident about the possibility of winning my first 250SX championship and then having that stripped from me because of a small mistake I made in a practice session; we were just so close! The entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and my family has been so supportive and I'm so thankful for them as I start my recovery process. I hope to get back to what I love doing as soon as possible, but for now I will be focused on fully recovering and come back strong." - Austin Forkner

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Apr 14, 2019

Monster Energy Kawasaki Leaves Denver with Mile Wide Smiles

Round 15 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned to the mile high city of Denver for the first time since 1996. Home-state hero, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo both captured victories at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in their respective classes, each earning their fifth win of the 2019 season. With frigid temperatures and snow flurries throughout the day, Tomac kicked the day off by pushing through the snow and qualifying with the fastest lap time while his teammate Joey Savatgy was close behind in third. The Kawasaki teammates came out in front of the pack in 450SX Heat 2 with Savatgy in second and Tomac in fourth. Tomac challenged his title contender as they raced side-by-side for multiple laps until finally the No. 3 KX™450 of Tomac made a clean pass and continued making his move to the front. By Lap 7, Tomac was able to catch Savatgy and pass him for second, where he would go on to cross the finish line. Savatgy fell back to finish fourth.As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Savatgy launched out of the gate to another second position start, while Tomac was not far behind in fifth. Similar to the heat race, there were great battles going on up front where Savatgy held a top-3 position before being passed by his teammate and two others, but still earning another impressive top-5 finish. Meanwhile, the crowd came to life as the Colorado native was riding with confidence, resulting in a dominant performance; nearly three minutes into the race, Tomac had blasted by each rider in front of him and began checking out from the rest of the field. Tomac went on to lead the remaining 23 laps and crossed the finish line with nearly an eight-second margin of victory. Despite the roller coaster weather, over 50,000 Colorado fans filled the stadium and made sure to extend their warm welcome back to the city as they stood on their feet all night chanting "Tomac!" With the encouragement from the crowd, Tomac was able to gain some valuable points and now sits in second place, 18 points out of the top spot in the 450SX Rider Point Standings with two rounds remaining."Wow, tonight was like something I dreamed of; this was the loudest crowd I have ever heard and it was so special for me to kind of repay them with this win. It has been such a great weekend and I mean, it wouldn't be Colorado without some snow! I'm thankful for my entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and proud of all the progress we've made throughout the season. We'll continue to work hard and keep pushing to close the gap on the title for the next two rounds, it's not over yet!"- Eli Tomac"I wasn't sure how this weekend was going to go after hurting my shoulder last weekend, but I was determined to get back out there and give it my all. It wasn't easy, but overall I'm proud to put Kawasaki up front again and thankful for my team's support. I got more experience running up front with the top contenders and I'm still shooting for a podium finish, but another top-5 is good, especially given the circumstances. I'm looking forward to a weekend off and allowing myself to rest up and get ready for New Jersey."- Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders also rode great in qualifying with Cianciarulo clocking the fastest lap time and Garrett Marchbanks with eighth position. Cianciarulo carried that speed into Heat 2 as he started in third, quickly took over the lead by Lap 4 and then went on to take the checkers.The 250SX Main Event saw Cianciarulo running in second, stalking the leader and strategically maneuvering his KX™250 to find his way around. He played cat and mouse for a few laps before making the pass stick and going on to lead the remaining 15 laps. Cianciarulo secured his fifth win of the season and extending his lead in the 250SX Western Region Rider Point Standings with only the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas remaining in the series.Marchbanks struggled throughout the night and was forced to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) after not being able to finish his heat race. He went on to lead every lap and get the job done in the LCQ. Despite a poor gate pick for the Main Event, Marchbanks rocketed off the start and nearly grabbed the holeshot, but unfortunately collided with another rider mid-air before the first lap was complete causing an early end to his night.Cianciarulo and Tomac's win in both 250SX and 450SX classes in Denver give Kawasaki their fifth event sweep of the season."I am so pumped to get this win! I felt so good all day and just synced with my KX250 perfectly tonight, so it ended up being such a good race. Plus, the energy of this crowd here in Denver was incredible throughout the race. I love this type of racing where we're all throwing it out on the line and the crowd is going crazy, especially since we're close in points. Now I just have to get the job done in Vegas." - Adam Cianciarulo"I'm thankful I'm not badly injured and I've got a great team that will help me get back to where I need to be. I know where I belong out there and we've made a lot of progress this season. I've learned a lot, so I'm looking forward to finishing out the season in Las Vegas in a few weeks. "- Garrett Marchbanks

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Apr 7, 2019

Kawasaki Sweeps Monster Energy Supercross in Nashville

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (April 7, 2019) – Round 14 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship hosted its inaugural race in Nashville, Tennessee at Nissan Stadium. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Martin Davalos both captured wins in their respective classes earning Kawasaki a clean sweep on the night.It was a roller coaster day for the No. 3 machine of Tomac aboard his KX™450 as he pulled off his own version of the "Music City Miracle" in Nashville. Tomac started out the day struggling to find his rhythm during practice and would qualify in sixth position heading into the night program. In the first 450SX heat race, Tomac quickly passed into the lead in the opening laps and began to check out, however due to unfortunate circumstances Tomac was unable to finish the race, sending him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Being put into unfamiliar territory by racing in the 450SX LCQ was not going to stop Tomac as he made quick work of the competition and won the LCQ. Regardless of a poor gate position as the result of qualifying through the LCQ, Tomac put himself in a strong position off the start of the Main Event. He quickly began to capitalize on his competitors' mistakes and worked his way into the lead with 12 minutes to go. From there he rode a consistent race, building more than 11-second lead to cross the checkered flag as the first-ever 450SX Main Event winner in Nashville, Tennessee.Joey Savatgy began the day qualifying in fourth position. In the 450SX Heat Race 1, Savatgy found himself near the front and he was able to make a clean pass for the lead and go on to win his second career 450 class heat race. In the 450SX Main Event, Savatgy found himself in similar territory, sitting in second place looking to make another move into first, but he landed off a triple right into a slick spot where he tucked the front in and augured into the ground and ending his night.The King of Supercross, Jeremy McGrath made a special guest appearance at the inaugural race in Nashville, Tennessee where he joined fellow Kawasaki riders Tomac and Savatgy for opening ceremonies. McGrath even put on a show for the crowd by throwing a signature Nac-Nac during the opening ceremonies parade lap aboard his KX450."Man, what a day today was! It was up and down all day long. Being in the lead in the heat race and then getting sent to the LCQ was not something I wanted to do, but to come back and win the LCQ and then go on to win the Main Event was just insane. It has honestly left me speechless. I can't thank my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki crew enough. They worked their butts off all week long with me. Tonight was a true team effort and I couldn't be more proud to get them this win!"- Eli Tomac"Nights like tonight are a tough pill to swallow. We were running great all day. I felt strong and fast in the heat race, and felt like I was in position to do the same in the main event. I just landed off that triple and hit some slick spot and washed the front end. I dinged myself up pretty good and will go get everything checked out on Monday to make sure I am ready to go in Denver."- Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Davalos who found some magic in the music city as he won his first 250SX heat race and first 250SX main event of the 2019 season. This win marked Davalos' fifth 250SX career win as he became the first ever 250SX winner in Nashville and extends Kawasaki's win streak in the 250 SX East Region.Davalos started the day out strong with a second place in qualifying, placing him in the first race of the night in the 250SX Heat Race 1. Davalos nabbed the holeshot and never looked back as he went on to win the race. In the 250SX Main Event, Davalos once again was off to a strong start in third place and by the end of Lap 1, he would capitalize on a mistake from the two competitors in front of him, where he would take the lead never looking back and ride a clean and consistent race, to the finish.It was a tough day for the current 250SX Eastern Region points leader, Austin Forkner, as he suffered an injury from a crash in practice that ultimately sidelined him for the night program. Forkner and the team elected to sit out for the night so that he could be fully prepared for the final two rounds of the championship hunt. Forkner retains the points lead and the red plate going into New Jersey. "Wow! It is just crazy to be up here tonight. It has been a long road to get back up here with my neck and knee injuries last year. The journey has not been easy, so to be up here tonight just means the world to me. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250 was ripping all night. Some of my competitors decided to take each other out in the main event, which left me with a clear track to do my thing and I just rode a consistent race from start to finish."- Martin Davalos"I am absolutely gutted right now. I should have been out there racing tonight, but a mistake in the second practice caused me to crash. We tried to give it a go in the third practice and everything felt fine until I over jumped one of the sections, which aggravated the issue. We still are chasing the championship and the team and I decided to play it safe and take the night off to make sure I am ready to go for the last two rounds."- Austin Forkner

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Apr 7, 2019

Henry Jacobi Misses Podium By One Point

Henry Jacobi of F&H Racing Kawasaki remains third in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship after missing the podium by a single point in the fourth round at Pietramurata in northern Italy. As in qualifying Jacobi had little luck at the first start to emerge fifteenth from the tricky opening turns of the Italian switchback, but the German immediately started his charge up the leader board. Within six laps he had advanced into the top six and continued to make a series of exhilarating passes to eventually come home fourth. A superb start in race two saw the twenty-two year old hold a comfortable third place for eight laps until a single error saw him slip off and surrender three places; the hard-charging German soon regrouped however to regain fifth five laps from the end. His combined total of thirty-five points saw Henry miss the podium by just a single point but he strengthened his hold on a top three series ranking, increasing his advantage over fourth to eighteen points. Henry Jacobi: "We had a tough start to the weekend on Saturday but we turned things around on Sunday with two top five finishes. I'm happy with these results but of course I'm a little frustrated to miss another podium by one single point! Even with a bad start in the first race and a crash in the second I scored a fourth and a fifth position; now I'm looking forward to taking a short rest as I have been a little sick this week." F&H teammate Adam Sterry recorded his best result of the season to date. The Welshman gated top eight in each race and rode solidly to finish eighth in each moto for eighth overall. The twenty-six-point championship score also saw him confirm his ninth-placed series ranking. Adam Sterry: "I struggled to start with on this track but we changed a few things on the bike for Sunday and my starts were good in both motos; I feel I was still missing a little race speed but two times top eight is something to move forward from." Brian Moreau was another not to get a clean ride through the tricky opening turns in race one but the French teenager showed good speed to advance from thirty-first to twenty-first before he bogged in a sticky turn and had to do the hard work again to salvage two points for nineteenth. A superb start in race two saw Brian hold an impressive fourth place until a heavy crash forced his retirement. BUD Racing colleague Mitchell Harrison, so impressive with fifth in qualifying, found himself trapped against the earth bank through the tight opening turns in race one to emerge almost last; a solid ride saw him finish twenty-second after a slip the first time he got close to the points-scoring placings. The series newcomer opened his championship scoreline with seventeenth after another difficult start in race two. Darian Sanayei again shot out of the gate on his Bike It DRT Kawasaki in race one to hold second place until the recent lack of race time saw him drop out of the points; the American was eliminated at the start of race two when he fell and was run over by several rivals. Darian Sanayei: "It's coming a little better with the virus, but it's taking a long time. I've just been riding on talent, going from race to race with no training during the week, but we now have five weeks to the next GP so I'm optimistic I can get back to my regular schedule for the rest of the series." There was further success for the F&H Racing Team in the FIM European EMX250 Championship round where Dutch youngster Roan van de Moosdijk finished sixth and eighth against the local hard pack experts to head to the next round of the series next month in France fourth in the standings.

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Apr 7, 2019

Alessandro Lupino Seventh In Italy

Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki collected a season-best seventh in the fourth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Pietramurata in his native Italy. The twenty-eight year old displayed great resolve all weekend in front of his home fans. He used his sixth-placed gate pick from Saturday qualification wisely to gate top three and run top six throughout the entire first moto to take the checkered flag in sixth position. After a mid-pack start in race two he advanced quickly from fifteenth to twelfth on the opening lap and, riding consistently fast laps to the end, finished tenth to secure seventh overall on the day. He is now fourteenth in the series standings, just eleven points from the top ten. Alessandro Lupino: "I'm pretty happy with this weekend even though I know my riding could be even better. I scored good points, my best GP so far, and this seventh position is good for everyone in the team. We have now five weeks before Mantova to be even stronger. I know that I can be in the top ten regularly, and that is what we will work for. I have an Italian race next week, then I will spend one week with my physical trainer in Belgium and join the team to do more testing." BOS Factory's Tommy Searle rode in a solid fourteenth place until a slip six laps from the end of race one cost him three places; the Englishman was seventh for most of the second moto before dropping a place on the final lap. He is now fifteenth in the standings, just two points back from Lupino. Tommy Searle: "It's good to finish the weekend on a positive note in the top ten with an eighth position before the five-week break. Now we need to use this time wisely to work together so that I can come to Mantova a lot stronger. The start was important here. I have worked a lot on that at home this week; I feel we moved forward this weekend and hopefully it will pay off at the next GPs." Clement Desalle, handicapped by injuries to wrist and knee sustained during recent GPs, battled with great determination to defy the pain to finish twelfth in the opening moto but was forced to withdraw from race two after falling on the opening lap. The Belgian is now sixth in the series standings. Julien Lieber, his teammate in the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, faced two tough races after missing his usual good starts. He advanced from nineteenth to thirteenth in race one and from twenty-seventh to twelfth in the second moto. He is now ninth in the series points standings. Julien Lieber: "It was a tough weekend; both races were difficult as my starts, especially the first one, were not that great. It was difficult to pass on this track due to the rain earlier in the week but my physical fitness gained some positions in the last ten minutes of each race. My second start was better but two riders crashed in front of me in a corner on the opening lap and I lost a lot of time; I was a long way back but I came back to twelfth which was not so bad." Benoit Paturel, making his GP debut for the Gebben Van Venrooy team after an operation on his forearms, showed great promise for the rest of the series with sixteenth- and thirteenth-placed moto finishes after he had made excellent starts to run ninth and eleventh in the early stages of the two races before the lack of recent race practice inevitably saw him relinquish several places in the later stages each time. Benoit Paturel: "It's never easy to be back racing after missing several GPs but I regrouped after my crash in the free practice session on Saturday to have a better Sunday. I got two decent starts; in the first moto I was in the top ten for the first fifteen minutes but then it was tough physically as I have only been back on the bike for two weeks. The second race was better and I have now five weeks to improve my condition. I want to thank the team for their support and belief in me."

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Mar 31, 2019

Kawasaki Earns a Pair of Fourth-Place Finishes at Final Triple Crown

Round 13 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship hosted the final Triple Crown event of the season at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas as Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo both captured fourth-place overall finishes in their respective classes. The Triple Crown race format proved to be a test of endurance as the 450SX class was challenged with three 12-minute plus one lap main events while the 250SX class competed in three 10-minute plus one lap main events.In 450SX Main Event 1, Tomac put his KX™450 inside the top-5 off of the gate, while teammate Joey Savatgy did not get the jump he wanted and followed in ninth. The Kawasaki riders made quick work and began to make passes around their competitors until Tomac made a minor error, falling back to finish sixth and Savatgy right behind him in seventh.As Savatgy grabbed the holeshot in Main Event 2, the race looked to be off to a good start for him but unfortunately fell back to seventh by the end of the first lap; both teammates had their work cut out for them as they were left to charge through the field from mid-pack positions before time ran out and Tomac would ultimately finish in seventh and Savatgy 11th. Despite being sick with the flu all week, Savatgy soldiered on throughout the night and even pulled the holeshot in both the second and third main events before blending into the pack by the second corner; he went on to cross the finish line in ninth place in the final main event giving him a score of 7-11-9 for ninth overall. By the halfway point of the race, the No.3 Kawasaki of Tomac made his way from fourth to second where he would go on to cross the finish line giving him a score of 6-7-2 for fourth overall."We landed just shy of the podium tonight. This quick, back-to-back Triple Crown race format can be challenging, especially when you don't get the starts you're hoping for. I put it all out there tonight; the crew and I will get back to work this weekend and hope to turn it all the way on for these last few rounds. We'll use what we've learned from tonight and apply it to next week's race in Nashville."- Eli Tomac"After battling the flu all week, I definitely feel like I put everything I had out there and feel proud of what we were able to still accomplish. These last few weekends have been some of my best this season, and I feel like my KX450 is just getting better as time goes on. We were able to earn a few more points and I still have four more chances at grabbing that podium spot."- Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Cianciarulo kicking the day off with the fastest qualifying time. Cianciarulo took that speed into Main Event 1 by stealing the lead on the first lap and running away with the victory while teammate Garrett Marchbanks followed in tenth.As the gate dropped on the second main event, Cianciarulo found himself forced off of the track as the 20-rider lineup took on the tight, physical first turn. Just as he re-entered the track in ninth, Cianciarulo made a mistake causing him to crash and remount in 18th; he went on to pass eight other riders to finish 10th. Marchbanks rode impressively for the entirety of Main Event 2 as he got out to a good start in fourth, and quickly moved into third where he would go on to cross the finish line.Main Event 3 saw an incredible come-from-behind charge from 13th to third for Cianciarulo, completing the day with a score of 1-10-3 for fourth overall, just barely missing the podium. Cianciarulo keeps the coveted red plate as he sits five points ahead in the 250SX Western Region Rider Point Standings with just two rounds remaining. Marchbanks finished 19th after having to recover from a first turn crash and finished the night with a 10-3-19 for ninth overall."There's nothing more that I love than a good battle, especially a battle for the championship. We still have a red plate and I felt so good today. My KX™250 is so good and I feel I rode really well, so I'm super happy with where I'm at. Unfortunately, didn't quite go my way tonight, but we have two races to make it happen and I couldn't be more confident in myself. We'll pick ourselves up and come out swinging. Let's do this thing!"- Adam Cianciarulo"The Triple Crown format always makes nights like these interesting, and the track really broke down by the last main. I was so pumped on my third place finish in the second main; it's just too bad I wasn't able to get out front in the other two races. Overall, I'm pretty happy to land back inside the top-10 and looking forward to be heading into the last few weeks of the season healthy and more determined than ever."- Garrett Marchbanks

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Mar 31, 2019

Clément Desalle a Stunning Second

Clement Desalle swept to a stunning second place for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Valkenswaard. In the opening moto the Belgian emerged from the tricky opening S-bend just inside the top ten and quickly settled into a rapid rhythm which would see him move relentlessly up the leader board, eventually taking second place on lap ten of seventeen with an exhilarating move which left onlookers gasping in amazement. Desalle found himself just outside the top ten through the opening chicane of race two but was again in tremendous form as he advanced to fifth place already by the completion of the first full lap; a lap later he moved spectacularly to fourth, a position he held until a strong challenge cost him one place on the penultimate lap. This did not endanger his first podium of the season and the thirty-eight points for second overall on the day sees the Kawasaki leader advance to third in the series standings. Clément Desalle: "I'm really happy as it's not my favorite track and I was not expecting such a good result as I couldn't train as I like during the week after my crash in Great Britain; I had pain in my hand and in my neck. Yesterday I just took it step-by-step and did what I needed to do. Today was different; I got good starts, was feeling good and could come back to second position during the first race. But I hurt my knee during this race; between the motos we had to work with the physio and doctor so I was able to get another top five finish which gave me a first podium this season. We are now third in the championship and I'm really confident for the rest of the season after this podium." Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber also put in a stunning ride in race one as he moved up the leader board to finish sixth with a series of consistent lap times which never varied by more than two seconds throughout the grueling race. The Belgian was initially twenty-second in race two after stalling in traffic but he had moved forward to fifteenth by the end of the opening lap and, again maintaining his lap times for the entire race, continued his charge to take seventh on the final lap for sixth overall and ninth in the series standings. Julien Lieber: "Yesterday was a tough day but I recovered today. In the first moto my start was not really good as I skidded on the metal plate but in the first few corners I passed many guys to come in the top ten; then I passed some more riders to advance to fifth but Van Horebeek passed me at the last corner so I finished sixth. My second start was also not the best and I stalled the engine during the first lap but I came back from twenty-second to seventh, which is good on this track. I knew that I could do better today as the track was rougher and it's nice to go back home safe with a top six result." BOS Factory's Tommy Searle advanced from an initial twenty-eighth to twentieth on lap six before an error cost him four places in race one; another incident early in race two cost him eleven places after advancing quickly to thirteenth but he charged again to salvage three points for eighteenth. It was sufficient to maintain thirteenth place in the series standings. Alessandro Lupino of the Dutch Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki team finished twelfth in moto two after racing leader board throughout and is now seventeenth in the championship.

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Mar 31, 2019

Another Moto Podium for Henry Jacobi

F&H Racing Kawasaki's Henry Jacobi consolidated his second place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings after narrowly missing another overall podium in the Dutch round at Valkenswaard. The German showed great determination to settle a first lap tussle for third place in his favor in race one and, posting a series of error-free fast laps as the KX250 ate up the bumps, stayed with the leaders as the front trio broke significantly clear of the pack. He maintained consistently fast laps until the checkered flag to finish more than a quarter of a minute ahead of the closest chaser. The twenty-two year old again gated superbly in race two to quickly establish himself in third place but he found himself under intense pressure this time, often having to ride defensive lines. He stayed remarkably calm for half the moto, even opening up a gap over his chasers at one stage, but the strain of two hard races told in the end and he had to accept sixth at the checkered flag to miss the podium by just a single point. However, he remains a strong second in the points chase, just twenty-three points shy of the series leader. Henry Jacobi: "I had a super first race as I did the entire moto in third position; at one stage I even made an attack for the second position but I found some lappers in my way. But a podium here was already a good result. I got another good start in the second race; I was second at first but got pushed to third and then I gave everything to keep that position but during the last five minutes I lost my rhythm and a few positions. I missed the podium by just one point but I'm happy to gain some good points for the championship, especially on a sandy track." F&H teammate Adam Sterry also rocketed out of the gate in race one before a first lap error pushed him back from seventh to fifteenth; the Welshman settled into a good pace after that to advance back to eleventh at the finish. A difficult first turn in moto two left the Welshman with a lot of work but he rode a spirited race to advance from an initial eighteenth to ninth at the checkered flag for eighth overall. He is now ninth in the series standings. Adam Sterry: "It wasn't the weekend I was hoping for. I found it tough; maybe it was because the track was dry and so fast but I never felt comfortable. My riding was good again though crashes on the first laps made the day hard work. We improved on starts this weekend though, so I will aim to put it all together next weekend in Italy." Darian Sanayei continued his return from sickness with two solid brave rides to fourteenth in race one and nineteenth in race two. His Bike It DRT teammate Gustavo Pessoa continued the learning curve as he narrowly missed the points with twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth in sandy conditions he had never encountered in his Brazilian homeland.

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Mar 31, 2019

Courtney Duncan Fourth Despite a Crash

A single lapse cost Courtney Duncan victory in the opening round of the FIM World Women's Motocross Championship, but the New Zealander is just five points shy of the championship leader. Hot off her overwhelming victory in the opening moto on Saturday the Bike It DRT Kawasaki teamster needed just two hundred meters to take the lead again in Sunday morning's second race and, after a couple of laps to settle into a good rhythm, she was again showing her strength as she edged clear of her chasers mid-moto; she appeared to be headed for a double victory until a single error four laps from the finish as the Kiwi girl made a front wheel landed in the soft sand on the landing zone of the finish jump and she was cast brutally over the handlebars. It took her more than a minute to rejoin the race, by which time she had been demoted to ninth place, but the gritty New Zealander displayed courage and determination to regain seventh place by the chequered flag; she missed the podium by just a single point and goes to the second round of the series in Portugal on May 18/19 just five points shy of the championship leader. Courtney Duncan: "It's a little bit frustrating to miss the win and even the podium as I really felt easy on the bike all weekend; I felt good enough to win and honestly I don't really know what happened before I crashed on this jump. Anyway I didn't get injured in this crash; I'm healthy and I feel confident before the next round. Now I need to spend time with the team and on the bike, get some fitness back and we've now got six weeks to do that before Portugal." Australian Meghan Rutledge shrugged off a shoulder injury from a crash during the first moto to pilot her BUD Racing Kawasaki to eighth place in the second moto and secure the same ranking overall after she rode strongly to recover from a first lap fall which had dropped her from an initial fifth to twentieth position.

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Mar 24, 2019

Kawasaki Podiums in Both Supercross Classes in Seattle

Round 12 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship featured a slick race track and clear skies over CenturyLink Field as Kawasaki landed on the podium in both classes with Eli Tomac capturing third in the 450SX class, while Adam Cianciarulo grabbed second in the 250SX class. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Heat 2 race, Tomac battled for the lead from start to finish as he got off to a great start and challenged the leader for the entirety of the race. As the checkers flew, Tomac secured the second position, while teammate Joey Savatgy had his own battle going on to finish in fourth.The 450SX Main Event saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450 motorcycles running up front, quickly maneuvering around their competitors into fourth and fifth with Tomac just ahead of Savatgy. Halfway into the race, Savatgy made a minor error causing him to have a small tip over but quickly recovered to power back and finish fifth. Tomac pushed forward, eventually making a pass to put him on the podium in third place. Following a penalty to the race winner, Tomac was able to make up ground on both of the competitors he trails in the points standings. Tomac sits in third, five points out of second and 19 points down to the leader. After another impressive top-5 finish from the 450SX class rookie, Savatgy moves up to seventh in the 450SX Points Standings.While springtime in Seattle usually means a lot of rain and a race that is sure to be a "mudder", this year's Seattle supercross brought warm weather and a stadium filled with roaring fans."I would have loved to be able to take the win tonight, but landing on the podium is always a good place to be. The entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team and I have been working each week to improve on the bike and myself. Tonight's track had a great layout and I was just feeling good all day; there were a lot of fun battles from the heat to the main. We'll build from what we've learned here and apply it to Houston next weekend."- Eli Tomac "I'm feeling good. It's great to place in the top-5 and I hope to just continue on this upward trend we're on. I felt I had the speed and I've had so many learning experiences in the past few weeks that I feel I was able to apply tonight. I'm still shooting for my goal to land on the podium before the season ends and I'll just keep grinding until I get there."- Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Cianciarulo kicking the day off with the second fastest qualifying lap time. Cianciarulo took that speed into the 250SX Heat 1 by grabbing the holshot and running away with the victory while teammate Garrett Marchbanks following in fifth.As the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event, Cianciarulo shot out of the gate in a top-5 position making his way up to second by Lap 4. He would battle for the lead for the entire race but rode smart to ensure his points lead crossing the finish line in second.Marchbanks had a seesaw type of night starting the 250SX Main Event outside of the top-10. He maneuvered his KX™250 forward to pass six riders before making minor mistake and dropping back to finish 12th. Cianciarulo still holds the top spot in the 250SX Western Region Rider Points Standings as well as keeps his red plate with Marchbanks now sitting 10th."Wow, the crowd was amazing tonight! They were cheering so loud, I felt I was carrying that energy with me on the track; it's such a special feeling that never gets old. Overall, I would say this was a decent track layout. It's hard not to feel a little disappointed with not winning, although second is a good position to be in. Once you get that feeling on the top step, it's hard not to want to get there every week. We'll get back to it this week and prepare for Houston."- Adam Cianciarulo"I wasn't sure what to expect here in Seattle since all of these tracks are new to me and I've always heard about the gnarly mudders created from the rain. I felt really good in my heat race and pushed as hard as I could in the main. I made a few errors, which cost me but we're still in the top-10 of the standings. I'll get to work with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and make a plan on how to use this experience and apply them to the next few rounds that we have left."- Garrett Marchbanks

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Mar 24, 2019

Clement Desalle a Spirited Fourth in England

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team rode a spirited second moto to finish fourth overall in the British round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin. The Belgian defied a painful hand injury from the previous day to ride a copybook race to fourth place in the opening moto at the superbly-prepared grassland track in the south of England which inevitably became heavily-rutted at this time of the year. The overall podium looked a distinct possibility as the twenty-nine year old swept confidently through the opening turns in the top six at the start of race two, but fate was to takes its toll as he was involved in a collision which also claimed teammate Julien Lieber as they entered turn three. Rejoining the race last the Belgian had already passed sixteen rivals by the completion of the first full lap and, posting faster lap times in traffic than the rider in third place, he continued to charge relentlessly to the end of the race, his last lap pass for seventh earning him fourth overall on the day. Clement is now fifth in the series standings. Clément Desalle: "It was not an easy weekend as yesterday I injured my hand in the crash and when I woke up this morning it was still painful so I knew it would be a tough day with so many big jumps on the track. My first start was okay from the fourteenth gate and I scored a fourth position, not so bad in the circumstances. My second start was much better, but at the end of the first downhill, in the same corner where I had crashed in the qualifying race, another rider hit my front wheel and I crashed with several other riders including my teammate. From there I came back from last to seventh to save important points. Now I will take care of my hand and recover during the week as we have another GP next weekend." KRT teammate Julien Lieber found himself thirteenth after the initial sort-out in the wide sweeping first turn at the start of race one and he put in a workmanlike ride to take tenth place on the final lap despite a fall the first time he broke into the top ten midway through the race. Joining his teammate in a better start to race two Julien's hopes were soon dashed in the turn three incident. After rejoining the race he persevered to the checkered flag, earning a point with his final pass three laps from the end. The Belgian is now twelfth in the series standings. Julien Lieber: "In the first race I crashed and lost three places the first time I reached the top ten, but I quickly found a good rhythm again to get back to tenth position at the finish so I felt confident for the second race. My start was much better in race two; I don't know what caused the situation but in the third corner Clement's bike hit mine and I was on the ground with Anstie. I hit my elbow, the front wheel was damaged and I had another crash on the first lap so everything was tough and I could only save one point." BOS Factory pilot Tommy Searle's high hopes for his home GP were devastated at the opening 180 degree turn of each race as he was run off the track by other riders. Initially fifteenth in race one, he advanced methodically to eleventh by the close but had to settle for fifteenth in race two. His brave efforts were sufficient to retain his top ten ranking in the series standings. Alessandro Lupino of the Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Team raced to thirteenth place from outside the top twenty in race two after a big crash in the first one.

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Mar 24, 2019

Henry Jacobi Second in England

Henry Jacobi took his F&H Racing Team Kawasaki to second place in the British round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin and is now also second in the series points standings. The German started top five in both GP motos and quickly advanced to second place after just eight minutes of race one. Keeping the leader in sight as the pair maintained a high pace, Henry, breaking his own lap record time and again, increased the pressure in the final four laps, hauling in the leader at a quarter of a second each lap to close onto his rival's rear wheel on the final tour. It was all or nothing with six corners to the finish but the twenty-two year old came up just short and had to settle for a well-deserved second. A tense and hectic opening lap in race two saw the German pushed back to fifth place for a time, but he reacted maturely to retrieve fourth place within three laps and find a solid rhythm before once again showing his physical strength and determination as he posted the fastest laps of the leader board during the closing laps to make a clever pass for third, a move which secured him second overall in the GP. He goes to the third round of the series next weekend in The Netherlands just sixteen points off the series pace-setter. Henry Jacobi: "My first race was pretty good. I had some special lines and I saw that nobody else was taking them so I thought that maybe I could win this race. I went for it, but I started my attack a little too late; I came up short in some corners and I just missed my opportunity. I had hoped to time it better in the second race; my start was OK in fourth or fifth, but then I got stuck a little bit during the first ten minutes as I wanted this podium so much; I put myself under a little bit of pressure and rode too tight during the first ten minutes. But then in the last fifteen minutes I found a good rhythm to pass Vialle and secure the second position overall, which is good for me and for the team. We made some really good steps during the winter; the team has only been in the world championship for a few years but everyone is doing a fantastic job and we had a very good winter preparation. I never had such a professional winter training and the Kawasaki suits me really well; I like the control in the corners and our trainer is so clever and give me such good advice. We are here now, second in the points, and we are determined to stay there !" F&H teammate Adam Sterry had a frustrating home GP as early incidents in both GP motos cost him dearly and left him with a lot of work to salvage eleventh and fifteenth places at the checkered flag. He is now joint tenth in the series standings. Bike It DRT Kawasaki's Darian Sanayei, the after-effects of illness during the winter months inevitably sapping his endurance and encouraging a cautious approach through the early laps of race one, made a charge back to fourteenth place in the opening moto until he had to pull out three laps from the end. The American again held fourteenth place for most of race two before the brave effort inevitably took its toll in the closing laps and he had to settle for nineteenth. Teammate Gustavo Pessoa continues to show the benefit of GP experience; the young Brazilian advanced from seventeenth to fourteenth during the second half of race one for his best result of the season to date. There was further success for the F&H team in the FIM European EMX250 Championship as Dutch teenager Roan van de Moosdijk raced onto the podium in third overall after adding a third place finish on Sunday morning to the sixth place he had scored in Saturday's opening moto. Van de Moosdijk advanced from an initial fifth place to secure third place by half distance of the second moto and rode sensibly to maintain that position to the finish behind the two race-long leaders. BUD Racing Kawasaki's Jimmy Clochet, fourth in the opening moto, added a ninth place in race two to finish the weekend fifth overall. Roan Van de Moosdijk: " I didn't get really good starts in either moto, which didn't help on this track as it was difficult to pass. Yesterday in the first moto I struggled with arm pump; today was a little bit better and I could ride easy and relaxed. We trained a lot on this kind of track this winter. I know this track but at the first round you always feel some pressure; it's not like training but I'm happy to start the season with a podium."

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Mar 18, 2019

Courtney Duncan Joins Kawasaki

With two world titles and a further three medals in the Women's World Championship, Kawasaki is proud to announce that talented New Zealander Courtney Duncan joins the Green family this season to compete in the high-profile five-round series. The fast twenty-three-year-old young lady has been a major protagonist in the series since her debut three years ago, claiming an amazing seven GP victories and fourteen heat wins from just fifteen starts within that short space of time. Twice she was denied the world title through injury and lost the title by just two points on the other occasion. More determined than ever to finally achieve her goal Courtney has made the conscious decision to join the highly-experienced British Kawasaki squad run by Steve Dixon to race a KX250 alongside male teammates Darian Sanayei from the USA and Brazilian Gustavo Pessoa in a truly international squad. Apart from the GPs Courtney, currently in Europe to prepare for the GP season, will also race in her native country with the support of Kawasaki New Zealand. Courtney Duncan: "I'm stoked to announce my signing with the Bike It DRT Kawasaki race team. They've given me an awesome opportunity and I'm very motivated to put them on top in 2019. A fresh start is what I needed and I couldn't be more excited than to do that with Kawasaki. Kawasaki New Zealand have also come on board to support me at home, for which I am also very thankful." Steve Dixon, DRT team owner: "It's ten years since our team was involved in the Women's World Championship with Tarah Gieger, when she even helped Puerto Rico to qualify for the Motocross of Nations, but we have always maintained a keen interest in the series. It was actually a friend who mentioned to me that Courtney was looking around for a competitive ride in this year's GPs; it took some thinking about but Kawasaki were keen, especially since their previous champion Livia Lancelot retired. I confidently expect Courtney to bring Kawasaki the world title." Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe: "The FIM and Youthstream provide a great platform for the women to show off their skills and talent at the highest level within the MXGP environment and so we are very much looking forward to welcoming Courtney into the DRT team in time for round one of the series at Valkenswaard. It is a great opportunity for us as Kawasaki to return to the Women's World MX series and for sure we will again be at the sharp end with Courtney! We believe that she will be a perfect match for our KX250 and the experienced UK-based MX2 team will give her the base to challenge for the 2019 WMX title." Courtney DuncanBorn on the 26th of January 19962018: 4th with five moto wins and two GP victories; missed the last 2 GPs2017: 3rd with four moto wins and two GP victories2016: 5th with five moto wins and three GP victories; missed 2 GPs WMX 2019 calendarMarch 30-31: Valkenswaard (Netherlands)May 18-19: Agueda (Portugal)July 27-28: Loket (Czech Republic)August 17-18: Imola (Italy)September 7-8: Afyon (Turkey)

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Mar 17, 2019

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Continues Hot Streak With Win in Indy

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana played host to Round 11 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship that featured another dominant performance from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner who was able to capture his fifth win of the season and extend his championship points lead to 26 points with his teammate Martin Davalos finishing fifth. In the 450SX class, both Monster Energy Kawasaki riders of Eli Tomac and Joey Savatgy were able to string together consistent results with fourth and sixth place finishes respectively. After qualifying on pole once again, both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders lined up in Heat 2 where it was once again Forkner beating everyone to the first corner, but a miscalculation caused him to get tangled with a tuff block that sent him straight to the ground. Forkner would quickly remount on his KX™ and work his way through the field to a fifth place finish. Meanwhile it was Forkner's teammate, Davalos, who put together an impressive ride where he rode in third much of the race and with two laps to go he passed into the lead, but was passed back on the last lap crossing the finish line in second place. The main event hot streak continued for the No. 24 KX™250 as he once again nabbed the holeshot, led all 20 laps, and took the win in the 250SX Main Event. Forkner's performance was so dominant that he was even able to lap riders all the way up to the ninth place position. After six rounds of racing, Forkner has been the fastest qualifier four times, won four heat races, has six holeshots, won all three Triple Crown main events in Detroit, and won five out of the six races he has competed in. Five for five is how it goes for the No. 73 of Davalos with a fifth overall in the 250SX Main Event and currently sitting in fifth overall in the 250SX Eastern Region Championship Points Standings. Davalos was able to find his stride in Indianapolis as in both his heat race as well as the 250SX Main Event; he was a constant front-runner and podium contender that showed that he has the speed to compete."I am so pumped to be heading into this break with a full race points lead. I got sick this week so I told myself tonight we were going to damage control, and fortunately damage control tonight was good enough for another win. I am going to use this break to let my body rest, do some outdoor testing, and then get a nice base of supercross practice in before we get going again. The only thing on my mind right now is this championship and I would love to wrap it up before Vegas if possible, but regardless I am going to keep doing what I am doing because right now it is working for me."- Austin Forkner"There are a lot of positives for me to take away from tonight's race. I obviously would have liked to get that heat race win and found the podium in the main event. I went to California this past week and we did a lot of testing that pointed us in the right direction. I am kind of sad we have the break because I feel like we are on to something. I am going to do some outdoor testing during the break with my teammates and then get ready for the last three races to finish the season out strong." - Martin Davalos Indianapolis, known for its rich heritage of racing, did not disappoint for the fans packed inside of Lucas Oil Stadium. It was another successful night of racing for the Monster Energy Kawasaki riders of Tomac and Savatgy. The day started out with Savatgy earning his second career pole position in the 450SX class as he qualified fastest into the night show, and was able to leap another position in the 450SX Rider Point Standings by the end of the night where he now sits in eighth place. Tomac kept his championship hunt alive as he was able to finish in fourth place and now sits in third place in the 450SX Rider Point Standings. In 450SX Heat 2, it was Savatgy who once again impressed with the speed that earned him fastest qualifier of the day by getting a top-5 start and chipping away at the competition ahead of him, crossing across the line in second place. Kawasaki teammate, Tomac, also rode well in Heat 1 where he battled the entire race with three other competitors as he grabbed a fourth place. The 450SX Main Event saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450 motorcycles running up front with Savatgy in second and Tomac in third out of the gate. Savatgy would make a costly mistake that sent him to the ground, he quickly remounted and battled his way into a sixth place finish overall. After passing his teammate, Tomac would run in second place for much of the race but after a few mistakes and a wild moment from a competitor that forced the Team Green rider to check up, Tomac fell back to fourth place where he would ultimately finish the race. "Tonight was a tough pill to swallow for me. I rode well tonight but a few couple minor errors on a tricky track ultimately cost me. I am happy to be leaving here healthy and already looking forward to Seattle next weekend."- Eli Tomac "Man, today was just one of those days. I was super pumped to start the day as the fastest qualifier. It gave me the confidence that I needed to know I had the capability to contend for my first 450 podium, which is a bummer we fell short of that tonight. In the main event, I made a tiny mistake in the corner after the finish line jump that made me slide out and shuffled me back from second back to sixth. I tried making my way forward but the lapped traffic was heavy tonight. I'll take the sixth but I am hungry for more now."- Joey Savatgy

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Mar 9, 2019

Daytona Dominance for Monster Energy® Kawasaki

Round 10 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship featured the unique race in the series at Daytona International Speedway, which played in Kawasaki's favor as Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac and Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner captured the win in their respective classes, sweeping the top step of the podium at the World Center of Racing.In 450SX Heat 1, Tomac kicked off the night show with a phenomenal start and leading all seven laps to victory and giving him first gate pick for the main event. Kawasaki teammate, Joey Savatgy, also rode well in Heat 2 as he grabbed third place when the gate dropped, holding the position all the way to the finish line.The 450SX Main Event saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450 motorcycles running up front with Tomac in second and Savatgy in fifth out of the gate. Tomac wasted no time maneuvering his way to the front on Lap 4, leading the remaining 15 laps of the race to earn his third win of the season. The No. 17 followed suit with an impressive ride, capturing a top-5 finish.The technical track, unusual paddock setup in the Speedway garages and the Florida sunshine brought great energy to Team Green, as Tomac became one of only five riders to win the Daytona Supercross three times. Tomac moves into second in the 450SX Rider Point Standings, while Savatgy has moved up to ninth. "Man, what a good night! It feels great to be back up here on top of the box in Daytona. This round is such a unique race and I'm always pumped when we can come in and get a win in front of this crowd. I was able to get a good start in the main tonight, which was so crucial. This win is pretty special to me and I'm honored to be one of the five riders to have won here three times. I'm excited for Indy next weekend and ready to keep this momentum going." - Eli Tomac"It's nice to be back in Daytona, especially since it was close enough to drive to and have somewhat of a hometown crowd come out and support me. I felt comfortable all night and our speed and consistency has been showing every weekend. The unique track layout here really emphasized our strengths, so I'm feeling pretty good. I'm pumped on a top-5 finish and to earn some more points." - Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Forkner, who remained undefeated this season against his Eastern Region competition. As Forkner captured his fourth win of the season, increasing his championship points margin to 23 points, teammate Martin Davalos balanced out an up and down day with a 10th place overall.The ever so fast Forkner kept his dominant streak alive as he once again ran away from the competition on a track that was extremely demanding. The gate selection in Daytona played a huge roll in deciding who would likely start up front and the No. 24 Kawasaki was able to qualify second fastest on the day to earn the first gate pick in Heat 1. He took the inside gate, grabbed the holeshot, and never looked back finishing a remarkable 17-seconds ahead of the next rider and earned the top gate pick for the Main Event.In the 250SX Main Event, Forkner grabbed the holeshot, but was shuffled back and forced to make some quick passes. On Lap 3 he made the pass for the lead, dropped the hammer and checked out from his competition for his fourth victory this season. Forkner has now led an astonishing 62 out of 64 main event laps raced this season in East Region competition.Every time the rider from Ecuador, Davalos, lines up to race at Daytona, he draws a massive crowd of fans from his home country, cheering on the No. 73 rider. The day started strong as he qualified seventh coming into the night program. In Heat 2, Davalos rocketed out of the gate for a top-3 start but was taken out by a competitor in Turn 2. From the last position in his heat, Davalos would remount to an impressive charge that would see him crossing the finish line in fifth place. In the 250SX Main Event, Davalos once again with another stellar start, found himself inside the top-5, where he would run for more than half of the race before fading back to finish in 10th."This is like a dream come true to win Daytona supercross! The track and fans here are so unique and unlike anything else. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250 was once again a rocketship that allowed me to run up front all day and night, from qualifying to my heat race win, to being out front early in the main event and set my own pace. Tonight was a night I will remember forever, as I have never gotten to do a burnout on the pavement. I was just holding it wide open as the crowd was cheering me on!" - Austin Forkner"I love coming to Daytona. I always get to see a lot of my Ecuadorian fans and it has just always been a special place for me to come and race. I'm a little bummed with tonight's result, but overall I am happy to be leaving here healthy because the track was gnarly tonight. I rode really well in the second heat after getting taken out and ran over in that second corner crash. I was pumped to come from last to fifth place in the heat. In the main, I just got tight about halfway through and struggled a little bit. We will work hard this week to be better prepared to put together a strong performance in Indy next weekend." - Martin Davalos

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Mar 5, 2019

Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green's Josh Strang Podiums at Sprint Enduro

Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ lined up this past weekend for the second round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at Moccasin Creek in Blackshear, Georgia. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the overall podium in second place. Consistency was the key to Strang's success over the two days of racing. He was able to win a test on each day of racing, and never finished outside of the top-3 in any of the 10 other tests. After two rounds of racing, Strang currently sits in second place overall in the points standings. Jordan Ashburn joined his teammate by riding well, scoring fifth overall and placing two Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki KX™450 machines in the top-5. The Tennessee native scored a fourth and a sixth place finish over the course of two days. Josh Strang – 2nd Place"It was another fun weekend of racing on my Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green KX450 as we were able to nab another second place overall against a deep field of competition. I am in a really good spot physically and mentally right now and ready for the start of GNCC next weekend!"Jordan Ashburn – 5th Place"I put together a good ride on Saturday where I was just half a second back from a podium position. On Sunday, I struggled a little to adapt to the track changes but was happy to finish the weekend with a fifth overall. We are moving in the right direction, and I can't wait to kick off the GNCC series next weekend in Florida."

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Mar 3, 2019

Double Podium for Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at East/West Showdown

Round 9 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship marks the halfway point to the series, hosting the first of two 250SX East/West Showdown races. The teams traveled south to Atlanta, Georgia where the Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders placed their KX™250 motorcycles on the podium as Adam Cianciarulo captured the victory and Austin Forkner grabbed third place. Both Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Joey Savatgy finished in the top-10 of the 450SX class in sixth and ninth, respectively. Cianciarulo kicked the day off by qualifying with the second fastest lap time in the 250SX Western Region and teammate Garrett Marchbanks in ninth. The team showed why they are leading the point standings from coast to coast as Forkner answered back by qualifying third in the Eastern Region and then going on to win the 250SX Eastern Region Heat race with Martin Davalos capturing third. As the gate dropped on the 250SX East/West Showdown Main Event, it was Forkner who captured his fourth holeshot of the season, only to be challenged for the top spot by fellow Kawasaki rider and West points leader, Cianciarulo. The two red plate holders battled for multiple laps until Cianciarulo found a way to make a clean pass around his teammate to take over the lead midway through the race; he went on to take the checkers as Forkner fell back a position, but still landed on the podium in third. Davalos finished eighth, while Marchbanks took 20th after a minor crash towards the end of the race. Between Cianciarulo and Forkner, the Kawasaki riders led all 20 laps of the showdown and leave Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosted this year's Super Bowl, as the points leader in each region. "What a night, man! It felt good to be back on the bike and being able to race with all of my teammates this weekend. This win feels so good, especially when you consider how stacked the competition was. I'm proud of my teammates and our success, it's just a testament to how good our KX250 is this season and how dialed the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has it. We put in so much work so it's great to see it pay off. We'll keep it going for the next few weeks and get ourselves ready for Seattle."- Adam Cianciarulo"It was fun being able to race with the West Coast riders this weekend, and it definitely provided a unique challenge out there. I'm pumped to get another heat win and podium finish under our belts and maintain the points lead heading into Daytona. I had a few tip overs in practice today, so my main goal tonight was to ride consistently and be patient going into the night show. It's not another win but we'll take it!"- Austin Forkner "It felt really good to be back in Atlanta, especially since some of my best finishes have been earned here. The bike felt good all night and I felt that my speed was there but with the shootout format and all of the riders in the mix made it a little more difficult. There is a lot of great talent out here so I'm proud of a top-10 position, but I'm always looking to improve. We'll get back to work and be ready for Daytona."- Martin Davalos"I caught a bit of bad luck in the main event tonight, but that's how racing goes sometimes. I'm glad I'm not injured and I was able to gain a few points still. We learned a lot this weekend and will make sure that we're ready to go for the next West Coast round."- Garrett Marchbanks In the 450SX Class, the Monster Energy Kawasaki riders also rode well in qualifying with Tomac clocking the fastest lap time and teammate Savatgy fifth. Both Kawasaki riders contended in Heat 2 alongside each other until Tomac, unfortunately, collided with another rider, setting him back to finish eighth. Savatgy was able to capitalize and maneuvered his way to finish fourth. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, the 22-rider field was off to an aggressive start as both Kawasaki riders were wedged out from the front, forcing them to start outside of the top-10. Tomac wasted no time as he had already passed five competitors going from 13th to eighth halfway into the race. Tomac charged the field to finish sixth before running out of time, while Savatgy crossed the finish line in ninth. "I was feeling great all day, especially with the fastest lap time in qualifying. I made a few errors in my heat race but still felt confident heading into the main, I just wasn't able to get out in front off the gate and it really cost me. I'm glad we were able to make up some positions and wrap up the first half of the season healthy. I'm really looking forward to Daytona next weekend, it's definitely one of my favorite tracks and a great one to kick off the second half of the series."- Eli Tomac"Another top-10 finish for my rookie year. I'm still learning quite a bit and adjusting to the longer, full season in the 450SX class. Obviously, I would like to be up on that podium but it's all about progress and I feel that's exactly what we continue to do each week. I'm looking forward to another round close to home and I've always loved racing Daytona, so I feel we have a real shot at a podium next weekend!"- Joey Savatgy

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Mar 3, 2019

Henry Jacobi Joint Third in MX2 Points Standings

On his debut for the F&H Racing Team Henry Jacobi completed the opening round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Villa La Angostura in Argentina joint third on points.The twenty-two year old German repeated his qualification performance in the opening GP moto as he rode with great determination to advance to second and keep the defending champion in sight through the early stages of the race. He was eventually pushed back to third fifteen minutes from the close but stayed calm and concentrated to comfortably maintain that position to the chequered flag. After two great starts Henry had little joy at the start of the second GP moto and found himself initially way back in sixteenth place; posting lap times little slower than the leaders as he charged through traffic Henry had advanced to fifth by the finish to end the day equal on points with the two riders ahead of him in the moto, but their higher placing in race two resolved the tie in the overall result and he had to be content with fifth overall, the time lost on the opening lap costing him the podium. Henry Jacobi: "I think it was a really good weekend for me, especially as you never know where you really are before the first GP. To start the season like this is really good. I'm OK with the result, even if I am a little bit disappointed after the race to miss the podium so narrowly; we were all close in the points but we have still eighteen rounds to get podiums. I'm happy with the entire weekend; I was so close here, even though I don't particularly like this tricky track. I was just surprised in race two when the gate dropped so fast; usually I count to three when they show the five seconds board and then focus on the gate, but after three the gate was already down. After that I was actually riding better in the second race than in the first one, but I lost too much time at the start." F&H teammate Adam Sterry had a solid ride in eighth or ninth place throughout race one to eventually claim eighth place at the finish; the performance gave him confidence to push more strongly in race two as he advanced from an initial ninth to hold fifth place until a fall ten minutes from the end pushed him back to ninth. The Brit also holds ninth in the series standings headed to his home GP later this month. Adam Sterry: "The weekend was solid and I'm quite happy how it went but the results don't really show what I was capable of this weekend. I made a few mistakes, but we showed we have good speed and it's the best first round I ever had since I started racing GPs. I'm just happy to fly back home safe. We showed that we can get good starts with this bike and that's positive; the racing was good but I rode tight in the qualifying race yesterday. I battled with my teammate in the second race but had a crash and it was tough to finish the race as the bike landed on my arm but luckily I could finish ninth." A poor gate pick after an unfortunate qualification cost the Bike It DRT riders after a good start to the weekend when Darian Sanayei had posted second fastest time during practice. The American salvaged a twelfth place after a strong charge from outside the top twenty in race one, while young Brazilian teammate Gustavo Pessoa, who battled as high as fourteenth at some stage of each moto, finished sixteenth in each race in his first full GP campaign.

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Mar 3, 2019

Clement Desalle Fourth in Argentina

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team charged back from a first corner fall in the opening round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship to narrowly miss the podium.The Belgian was one of a four-man breakaway in the opening race at Villa La Angostura in the shadow of the Argentinian Andes as all of the top riders in the championship made a clean getaway. Desalle quickly settled into third place, even closing down the front two at times as each of the front four found different sections of the track to their liking but he was never quite able to mount a pass and was eventually pushed back to fourth, which he maintained to the finish, following a risky move by a rival. The intensity of the battle was confirmed by the fact that Desalle's best lap time was within a tenth of a second of the eventual winner. His very realistic hopes of ending the day on the podium suffered a setback at the first corner of race two as he was thrown to the ground and rejoined the race in last position. Within ten minutes he had thrust his KX450-SR to twelfth place and soon after broke into the top ten; his unrelenting charge right to the end of the thirty minute plus two lap race saw him make one final pass on the last lap to cross the finish line sixth and claim fourth overall on the day. Clément Desalle: "It was a solid weekend and it was great to be back racing GPs as you can't find these conditions when you train. We saw that we have a great new bike and Julien proved the performance at the starts. I scored a fourth position in the first moto; the rhythm was really high and I finished not so far from the top three. I'm just disappointed with the second start; I had a good jump off the gate but they ripped the ground in the first corner and I was surprised in a rut and touched handlebars with another rider. I was last but I came back to sixth, which is not so bad as my front brake lever was bent in the crash. It's good to be going back home fourth in the series; we now have three weeks to work on small details we have learnt at this first GP." KRT teammate Julien Lieber once again showed the power of the new KX450-SR as he swept through turn one ahead of the pack in both races to claim the holeshot award each time. The intensity of the racing at the front saw him gradually pushed back during the opening laps of race one as the established stars pounced, but the Belgian, in only his second season in the premier class, regrouped to put in a series of solid laps to retain seventh to the chequered flag. Two incidents during the opening lap of race two, the second of which saw him fall, saw him lose many places but he showed great spirit to regain eight places before the end of the race. Fourteenth place in the moto gave him eleventh overall. Julien Lieber: " I got two more great starts today to take the holeshot award each time. In the first race several riders passed me quickly and I secured a seventh position. At the second start I got another holeshot, but Gajser was inside me and pushed me to the outside so I lost several positions; then during the first lap Anstie braked hard in a tight corner and I hit him and crashed. I was a long back when I restarted and I came back right behind Seewer, who was eleventh at the finish, but I couldn't find a way to pass him and lost my rhythm. Of course I'm disappointed with this second race, but overall it was a good weekend."Tommy Searle also made a great impression in his first GP for the BOS Factory Team. The Englishman advanced from seventeenth to thirteenth place in the opening moto before capitalising on a strong top six start in race two to hold fifth place for most of the moto, narrowly losing a top six finish only on the final lap when he was edged back to seventh by Desalle. The placing was sufficient to also earn seventh place overall. Tommy Searle: "It's been a really good race for me and I can go home happy with my performance. I got a bad start in the first race and ended up just riding round comfortably but I wanted to leave my mark on the second race. I pushed hard, I felt good, and I was really impressed by the BOS suspension set-up; it's the first time we raced properly with it and we actually didn't need to make a single change all weekend. I was impressed, now we need to work on the engine as we raced with a stock one here so we'll go back and work hard to be even stronger in England." Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki showed character after a winter programme interrupted by injury to narrowly lose the holeshot in race one to Lieber before putting in a solid ride to twelfth, and in race two he confirmed his stamina with another strong ride to thirteenth for fourteenth overall. Evgeny Bobryshev, the second member of the BOS team, practised on Saturday but decided overnight that his recently injured wrist was not yet strong enough to risk two GP length motos.

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Feb 24, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Motors to Triple Crown Sweep in Detroit

Racing returned to the Motor City this weekend for Round 8 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, where Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner stole the show by winning five out of the six Triple Crown Main Events. Forkner's teammate Martin Davalos brought home another top-5 finish overall in the 250SX class. In the 450SX class, Tomac's teammate Joey Savatgy was in contention for another top-5 finish but a tip over in the third main event set him back to eighth place overall. The last time the supercross series stopped in Detroit, it was the No.3 Kawasaki of Tomac who dominated the competition and was in the middle of one of the hottest streaks of his career winning five races in a row. On Saturday, it was no secret early on that he was once again feeling that dominant, as he was the fastest in all of his qualifying sessions. In Main Event 1, Tomac was a man on a mission who was not going to be stopped as he put his head down and passed 10 riders on his way to victory. In Main Event 2, Tomac made quick work of the competition and once again found the checkered flag first. Going into Main Event 3, Tomac had a six-position cushion, but after a bad starthe quickly found himself on the outside looking in on an overall podium position. Tomac once again charged forward where he would pass up to sixth place, and finished on top of the podium with the Triple Crown victory. This marks Tomac's third career win in Detroit and third career Triple Crown overall victory.The Detroit track layout played favorites to good starters, which is something Savatgy has proven to be. Savatgy started his day off by qualifying in fourth heading into the night show. Gate pick would be crucial for each Main Event of the Triple Crown race format. Savatgy did not get the jump he wanted in Main Event 1 but in the other two main events he put his KX™450 inside the top-3 off of the gate. In the second main event Savatgy held off the competition and joined his teammate Tomac on the podium with a third place finish. However, a late crash in the third main event would drastically alter Savatgy's overall points position on the night. Savatgy finished with a 8-3-11 score which gave him eighth overall. Ford Field located in downtown Detroit, Michigan is not set up for the traditional pit party that is usually featured at most supercross rounds, so the teams lined the street and set up in an unconventional format. Furthermore due to it being a Triple Crown race most teams sent two bikes through tech inspection making it even more difficult to house the spare race bikes in the confined area. The Monster Energy Kawasaki crew opted to pit off the back of the semi's loading gate, while the Monster Energy/Pro-Circuit/Kawasaki team elected to move inside the stadium into a storage area along with many other privateers."Today was just one of those days where everything clicked. Starting in practice and qualifying with having the fastest times in both sessions. In the main events, I was able to go forward through the pack the whole time which was good and other than my start in the third main event, my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team and I put in a lot of good work this week and it paid off. I am really pleased with how tonight went. We gained some valuable championship points and will continue to keep charging forward." - Eli Tomac"Tonight's overall result doesn't reflect how great I felt and my riding today. I qualified pretty good and in the first main, I just didn't get out of the gate quick enough which put me in a hole. I was pleased to bounce back in the second main and get on the podium with a third, and at one point in the third main event I was challenging for an overall podium but a small mistake ended up costing me. We will regroup this week and come out swinging in Atlanta which is kind of like a home-town race for me." - Joey SavatgyIn the 250SX class, it was another near perfect day for the No. 24 of Austin Forkner as he went three for three in winning each main events of the Triple Crown format in Detroit. For the first time this season Forkner was not the fastest qualifier of the day though he was just a tenth of a second behind the pole winner, and he led every lap of every main event except for one. Davalos showed flashes of being able to run with the leaders and would eventually once again finish the night fifth place overall. Mitch Payton and his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will have a full house next week in Atlanta at the East/West shootout, and both Kawasaki's of Adam Cianciarulo and Austin Forkner will sport the red plates on their KX™250 machines.The 250SX Triple Crown Main Events once again saw Forkner out front early and often in each race. Forkner was able to lead 41 out of the 42 laps raced on the night. Forkner and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team retain possession of the red plate and extend their points lead as they head to Atlanta, Georgia next week. Consistency was the name of the game for the No. 73 machine on Saturday night inside Ford Field as he was able to string together 5-7-5 finishes for fifth overall. This consistency paid off as it bumped Davalos up two positions in the championship points standings where he now sits in eighth place."Three for three baby! I am obviously pumped on how today went and that I was able to continue to extend my points lead. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250 was once again a rocketship that got me out of the gate and up front in each main event, which was crucial to winning the races. I am looking forward to having some fun in Atlanta next weekend and mixing it up with the west coast riders as well." - Austin Forkner"Overall I'm happy with this weekend's result, but I would have liked to challenge for the podium a little more tonight. We have two back-to-back top-5 finishes, so we are moving in the right direction. We will get back to work this week to clean up a few minor things but it's going to be important to bring our "A" game next week as we race the west coast guys as well." - Martin Davalos

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Feb 24, 2019

Satisfactory Final Shakedown for KRT

The Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team enjoyed a confident final preparation for the FIM World Motocross Championship when Clement Desalle displayed podium speed at Lacapelle Marival in France. The Belgian team leader sped to fourth fastest time in morning qualification before taking a confident holeshot in the opening MX1 moto to confirm the team's hard work during the winter. Aware of the need to avoid the risk of injury just one week before the opening GP he wisely decided not to resist as an energetic rival cast caution to the wind but was still a solid second until his path was blocked by a lapped rider on the final lap and the rider holding third place until then was able to sneak past. With the sun already low on the horizon for the second moto and the Super Final vision was impaired at many places around the track; a fall as his front wheel found an unseen hole pushed Clement back to ninth in the second MX1 race and he was content with sixth place in the Super Final. Clément Desalle: "I had a good feeling in the first race and took the holeshot, but somewhere in your brain you know that it's a pre-season race and you don't want to take too many risks just before the first GP. In the first moto I knew that Paulin was determined and he passed me. I was second until we came up on some lappers during the last lap; one of them was on my line and Febvre was able to pass me in the penultimate corner. The feeling with the track was not that great in the second race and with the sun coming down I didn't see a hole before a jump and crashed. The vision was still a problem with the sunset in the last race, but overall I felt comfortable on the bike and it was a good training before Argentina." KRT teammate Julien Lieber needed time to settle during practice and could only salvage thirteenth gate pick on the final lap of the final session. This cost him any chance of a good start during the racing and the Lacapelle track is notoriously difficult to pass on, but Julien remained concentrated all day to advance all day and record eighth, seventh and ninth places during the three races. Julien Lieber: "I was tense during the timed practice session and didn't got a good lap so I was outside on the gate. We changed some settings on the bike for the races but my starts were not so good from my gate pick; it was not easy to pass but my speed was good and we learnt a lot this weekend. It was good to have a race before the first GP; now we're ready for Argentina!" Bud Racing Kawasaki's Brian Moreau showed tremendous speed all day to lap within half a second of pole during MX2 qualification and he set the second fastest time during racing as he pressurized the eventual double winner during the early laps. The teenager's relative inexperience came into play during the later stages of each race as he tensed up and slowed with stomach cramps to finish seventh and sixth but the world series debutant can fly confidently to the opening GP secure in the knowledge that he has the speed to succeed. Brian Moreau: "It was a decent day and a good training before the first GP, even if I know that I still have some extra work to do. My speed was good and I was fighting with Watson in the second race but physically I'm not ready yet to keep that speed for the entire race; I posted the second fastest lap time, but later in the race I got stomach cramps. Overall I'm happy with the result as this track is not an easy one; in the Super Final it was difficult against the 450 as they shower us with stones." Bos GP's Evgeny Bobryshev decided not to risk racing after recently hurting a wrist and his teammate Tommy Searle took no risks to secure a fourteenth place in MX1. Brian Hsu, the second rider at Bud Racing, was absent due to a back injury.

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Feb 17, 2019

A Texas Conquest for Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner with Back-to-Back Victories

Following a dominant performance in the opening round of the 250SX Eastern Region championship of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner was determined to continue his winning ways in Arlington, Texas. Proving that he intended to keep the red plate on his KX™250, Forkner delivered a back-to-back victory and an encore performance by posting the fastest qualifying time, winning his heat race, and winning the 250SX Main Event, while teammate Martin Davalos ended the day with a respectable fifth place finish. In the 450SX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy rode to another top-5 finish in fifth with Eli Tomac placing 12th due to a tip over while battling for the lead. After qualifying fastest on the day, Forkner kept the momentum going in the 250SX Heat 2 race as he shot out of the gate up front in second with his teammate Davalos in tow. This marked the first time Forkner had to follow anyone this season, he was motivated to make the pass and by Lap 5, he did just that. Forkner went on to take the win, while Davalos rode consistently throughout the heat race to finish third. The 250SX Main Event once again saw Forkner out front right out of the gate. Forkner went on to lead all 19 laps before crossing the finish line with his number one finger pointed in the air. Forkner and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team retain possession of the red plate and extend their points lead as they head to Detroit, Michigan next week. Davalos showed tremendous improvement from last weekend at the opening round of the 250SX Eastern Region championship in Minneapolis as he rode consistent all day. After finishing third in both timed qualifying and his heat race, Davalos proved to have shaken off the first round jitters. Davalos sat in seventh after the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event and wasted no time to make moves. By Lap 5, he was able to pass two other riders to find fifth place, where he went on to finish. "Man, this weekend felt good! I felt great all day but I struggled a bit in the main because I was so focused on what I needed to fix from my heat race that the first five minutes I didn't really breathe. I got a bit winded after about halfway, but I was able to bounce back and create enough of a gap to pull off another win though. We're two rounds in and I'm stoked on how well our program is doing. Back-to-back wins is exactly how you would want to kick off the season, and you can bet that we'll roll into Detroit ready to go and to defend this red plate."- Austin Forkner"After a tough start to the series last weekend in Minneapolis, I'm really happy with this weekend's result. I know what the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is capable of, what I am capable of, and I'm going to do everything in my power to get us there. Mitch has put a lot of faith in me and I don't want to let him down. Two rounds down and I'm ready to continue improving and moving forward with better results."- Martin Davalos Savatgy jumped out to a great start in the 450SX Heat 1 in third place, which he would battle to maintain until reaching the checkered flag. Tomac also found success in his heat race as he too got off to a great start in third but quickly made a pass for second and reeled in the leader, only to run out of time and finish 0.6 seconds behind in second. In the 450SX Main Event, Tomac tucked around the inside of the first corner and took command of the lead by the end of the first rhythm section with Savatgy close in fourth. Tomac led the first quarter of the main, posting some of the fastest laps of the night until tipping over in a rut while pushing the pace. Tomac would lose multiple positions on the fast-paced track but managed to finish 12th and salvage points. Savatgy fought off several riders to finish respected fifth. With another top-5 finish, the No.17 KX™450 continues to steadily climb back up in the 450SX Points Standings after a couple of setbacks and now sits 12th, while Tomac now sits fourth. After surviving the subfreezing temperatures the previous weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the cold weather followed the series to Texas for Round 7. The entire Kawasaki crew was thankful to be inside the fan-packed AT&T Stadium, which happens to be the largest domed stadium in the country with the capability to host over 100,000 people. "Back-to-back top-5 finishes feels great. I know I belong running up front and earning these results. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team has my KX450 dialed, and I feel like it can only get better from here. We'll keep aiming for that podium finish and will continue this momentum into Detroit."- Joey Savatgy"Tonight is a tough pill to swallow. I know the team and I expect better results but I am grateful to be leaving Dallas healthy and without injury, especially after my tip over in the main. This is part of racing, some things are out of my control and other things are completely manageable as well as fixable. We'll get back to work this week and work on those things as we head into the halfway point of the season. I still have a lot left in me and I plan on proving that, starting next week in Detroit."- Eli Tomac

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Feb 17, 2019

Unveiled- 2019 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team

After a highly successful 2018 campaign, the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team is proud to unveil its 2019 squad which will contest the FIM MXGP Motocross World ChampionshipFor its twenty-sixth season of competition in the championship the team retains the same line-up as 2018; Belgian Clement Desalle, who has won at least one GP every year since joining KRT in 2016, will be team leader for the fourth year in a row after securing the bronze medal in the rider's championship of the highly competitive MXGP class last season as well as leading the team to second place in the manufacturer's championship. Clement's fellow countryman Julien Lieber will be his teammate for the second consecutive year, and both will campaign the new Kawasaki KX450–SR which they have developed jointly throughout the winter together with team and factory support. The team will make its first appearance of the 2019 season on February 24th in the French International motocross at Lacapelle Marival and a few days later will fly to Villa La Angostura in the Patagonia region of Argentina for the opening round of the world championship series which encompasses nineteen worldwide events from South America to Asia.

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Feb 13, 2019

Kawasaki Off-Road Teams Podium from Coast to Coast

The Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki team made its off-road racing debut this weekend at the opening round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series at the GTR Complex in Gaston, South Carolina. Defending series champion, Josh Strang took on the 12 different tests over the two days of racing and was able to land on the podium in second place overall.On the first day of racing, Strang finished out the day in fourth place and on Sunday he was able to edge out his closest competitor by four seconds giving him the overall on Sunday. His combined scores from Saturday and Sunday put him in second place overall on the weekend. Jordan Ashburn also made his debut this weekend on his new KX™450. Ashburn finished three minutes off of first place which resulted in seventh place overall in the Pro class. Also new for 2019 is Team Green amateur supported off-road racer, Grant Davis, competing in the Supermini class aboard his KX™100. Over the two days of racing, Davis scored a 2-1 overall result, which resulted in second place overall for the weekend in the Supermini 12-15 class. Josh Strang – 2nd Place (Pro)"The first round went well, it's always hard to tell where you stand speed wise until we go race. I started a little unsteady on Saturday but felt good in the afternoon and then all of Sunday. My Babbitt's Online/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki KX450 was working good all weekend long. I am really happy with the setup and to get second overall is a great start to the year."Jordan Ashburn – 7th Place (Pro)"I was so excited for my first race on the KX450. The Babbitt's Online team and I learned a lot from this first round and we're looking forward to applying that to the next round. We're all excited for this season and can't wait to show off our progression throughout."At the second round of the AMA National Grand Prix Championship this weekend in Taft, California, all three Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki Team Green riders found the podium in their respective classes. Zach Bell led the way by winning the Pro Main Event, with teammate Blayne Thompson joining him on the podium in third place. Young gun Clay Hengeveld finished second overall in the Pro 2 Main Event. Bell didn't waste any time getting out to an early lead on Sunday's Pro Main Event and never looked back. Bell finished in first place with nearly a two-minute gap over second place. Thompson aboard his KX450 rocketed off the line to a third place start. Thompson lost time during the race to his teammate Bell and another competitor but was able to close the gap on second place just before entering the pits. After an extremely successful pit stop, Thompson had closed in within 10 seconds of second place. However, an unfortunate crash would eventually set the Kawasaki rider back. Thompson remounted on his bike and managed to hold on to a podium position for third overall. An early downpour made for an eventful race in the Pro 2 Main, which wreaked havoc on the riders vision, forcing Hengeveld into the pits twice for goggles. The Team Green rider was able to recover from the nearly one-minute deficit at the halfway point to move inside the top-3 and make a last lap pass, just two corners before the finish line. The pass moved Hengeveld into second place overall and finished just 11 seconds behind the leader. Zach Bell – 1st Place (Pro)"The conditions were perfect all weekend. I got a good jump off the start, but was forced to go outside before banking off the wall and then shoot back down to take the lead on the first tabletop. It was pretty smooth sailing from there!"Blayne Thompson - 3rd Place (Pro)"The weather created a perfect course, which was nice and tacky. Overall, I felt like I rode pretty well. I got off to a third-place start and then had a small crash, but I was able to get back up and finish with a third."Clay Hengeveld - 2nd Place (Pro2)"The track was a little bit different than previous years, it was a bit tighter, which kept the racing close. I got off to a pretty good start and came to the first corner in third. Later, I ran into some issues with my goggles and had to pull into the pit to get a fresh pair, but the rest of the race went pretty well. I'm glad to leave Taft with a second."

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Feb 10, 2019

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Wins Opening Round of 250SX Eastern Regional Championship

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner came out swinging at the opening round of the 250SX Eastern Region championship at Round 6 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Forkner had a perfect day by posting the fastest qualifying time, winning his heat race, and with the win, he sits in first place in the 250SX East Region Point Standings, where the red plate will adorn his KX™250 next week in Dallas, Texas. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider, Joey Savatgy showed he has the speed that is necessary to contend for race wins week in and week out after leading over half of the 450SX Main Event and finishing fourth while his teammate Eli Tomac finished sixth to stay in the championship fight.Savatgy, a former 250SX winner at Minneapolis, had a phenomenal day from start to finish. For the first time in his young 450SX career aboard his KX™450, the rookie was able to qualify fastest heading into the night program. Savatgy continued to carry that momentum into his heat race where he finished third. In the 450SX Main Event, Savatgy rocketed out of the gate and was second around the first corner but quickly made easy work of the competition and moved into first place. Over the next 14 laps, Savatgy had pressure the entire time from his competition and was able to gain valuable learning experience as he led more than half of the 26 laps raced. Savatgy battled all race and was able to cross the finish line in fourth place overall. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team looked dominant during the day in qualifying as teammates Savatgy and Tomac qualified first and second place respectively heading into night show. In Heat Race 1, Tomac instantly joined a three-way battle for the lead that would ensue the entire race and was able to finish second. Tomac was forced to make up positions as he came out of the gate in the 450SX Main Event outside of the top-10. Tomac maneuvered his way to the front throughout the race and was able to secure a sixth place finish and stay in the hunt for the championship. Tomac now sits in third just two points out of the lead in the 450SX Points Standings. "Championships are won on your bad days and today we managed everything thrown our way. The positives are that it is a long season and we leave Minneapolis healthy and only two points outside of first place. I'll get back to work with the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and continue to improve each week." – Eli Tomac"Man today was just awesome. Of course I would have liked to win the main event, but we learned so much. You have to start somewhere with getting the experience of leading laps and tonight we accomplished that. My KX450 was a rocket ship all day long and helped me get the day started properly as we qualified first and then got third in the heat race. In the main event, I got a great jump out the gate and was able to make a quick pass into first. I need to clean up a few mistakes but tonight was a big step in the right direction." – Joey SavatgyFor Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner the day of racing could not have gone any better as he completed what some would call a "perfect day" in the racing world. Teammate Martin Davalos had a rollercoaster day of racing, but leaves Minnesota healthy and already looking forward to next week's race in Dallas. It may have been snowing and negative degree temperatures outside, but Forkner brought the fire with him from start to finish. Forkner kicked off the day by qualifying fastest in practice. In Heat 2, Forkner captured the holeshot and jumped out to an early lead to run away from the competition, crossing the finish line in first place. Forkner continued his hot streak heading into the Main Event by once again holeshotting the race and asserting his dominance by checking out from the rest of the field of competitors. Forkner heads to Dallas with a three-point lead in the standings and the red plate. Davalos, a seasoned veteran came into the first round of the 250SX eastern region looking to fight for podium positions, but unfortunately suffered from a day of bad luck. In Heat 2, Davalos had a minor tip over when trying to make a pass that would knock him back; he was able to recover for seventh overall heading into the main. In the 250SX Main Event, Davalos jumped out to an impressive second place start behind his teammate Forkner, however bad luck struck again when another rider hit him on the dragonback right before the mechanic's area. Davalos would remount, but struggled to find a rhythm after that and ultimately crossed the line in 16th place. "Today was like a dream come true. You put in a lot of work all off-season and you come to the first round never sure of where you will stack up compared to competition. I would have never believed you if you told me I would come here today and be fastest in qualifying, holeshot my heat race, win my heat race, holeshot the main event, and then win the main event. It's just crazy and I can't thank my whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for giving me the best possible equipment to accomplish what we did today. I am excited for Dallas and ready to keep this train rolling!" – Austin Forkner"I was feeling good and the bike was good all day, but just struggled to connect the dots tonight. Unfortunately, things happen in racing and stuff like this happens to the best of us. I'm happy to get the first round jitters out of my system and proud of my entire team. We'll get back to work and just keep grinding." - Martin Davalos

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Feb 3, 2019

Kawasaki Sweeps Monster Energy Supercross in San Diego

Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship resumed this weekend at Round 5 of the 2019 season in downtown San Diego, California under wet and muddy conditions. However, these conditions would not slow Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac from capturing his first 450SX win of the season that catapulted him to the 450SX championship points lead. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team rider Adam Cianciarulo led a Kawasaki sweep of the top two positions as Cianciarulo won his third race of the year and rookie Garrett Marchbanks rode to his first career podium finishing in second. The win for Cianciarulo also secured the points lead for him in the 250SX Western Region championship standings. Unique to San Diego, all Kawasaki also riders paid tribute to the U.S. Military by sporting special livery on their KX™ motorcycles and riding apparel.Monster Energy Kawasaki's Tomac used San Diego Supercross to exert his dominance against the rest of the field. All riders were limited to just one qualifying session on the day due to the nasty weather conditions, Tomac was able to qualifyfastest heading into the night program. In Heat 2, Tomac quickly maneuvered his way to the front to capture the heat race win. With the muddy track drastically changing, Tomac used his gate pick wisely for the main event, where he was able to tuck inside on the first corner for a second place start. He would quickly make a pass into first place, and ride a smart and consistent race, leading every lap, and building a gap as high at 20 seconds to win the main event. Tomac leaves San Diego with the red number plate as the new 450SX points leader and a four-point gap over second place. San Diego Supercross would prove to be an extremely positive night for Monster Energy Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy as adversity was thrown at the rookie from every direction, and he handled it like a seasoned veteran. Savatgy jumped out to a great start in the 450SX Main Event aboard his KX™450, but a first lap crash would see him buried at the end of Lap 1. Savatgy put his head down, passing his competitors one by one, and was able to cross the finish line seventh place overall. "Man, what can I say? Today was just insane with the weather conditions and the sloppy mud. For me, today was one of those days where I just felt on all day long. I had a few hectic moments in the main event, but we survived the mud, got our job done, and now we are leaving with the red plate which feels good. I am looking forward to racing back underneath a dome next week on a dry track in Minneapolis." - Eli Tomac"There were a lot of positives for me to take away from this weekend. I got third in my heat race, which gave me a good gate pick for the main event, which is so important on a night like tonight in these muddy conditions. I got a good jump out the gate, but the mud got me on Lap 1. I didn't know what place I was in so I just put my head down, stayed calm, and tried to catch one guy at a time. I am already looking forward to next weekend." - Joey SavatgyIt proved to be a night to remember for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad as their riders went 1-2 in the 250SX Main Event. Cianciarulo captured his third win of the season and is now the current 250SX points leader heading into the 250SX West Region break. The rookie, Marchbanks charged to his first ever career podium with a second place overall. The team last went 1-2 overall during Justin Hill's championship season with Cianciarulo and Hill in 2017.Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo kicked off the evening with a fourth-place qualifying time. In the 250SX Heat 1, Cianciarulo was able to avoid all the carnage around him on the race track and secure a second place finish. As the rain began to subside for the main event, Cianciarulo knew that he would need a start in order to run up front and survive the mud, and he did just that by capturing his second holeshot of the season. Cianciarulo went on to win the main event, marking the first time in his career that he has won back-to-back supercross races, leading every lap along the way. Cianciarulo heads into the break with the points leading red number plate and an eight-point lead over second place.The rookie Marchbanks had an evening of career firsts at this year's San Diegosupercross. Marchbanks scored his best ever qualifying position in third going into the night program. A first turn crash in Heat 2 race would send Marchbanks to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he would go on to win the first Monster Energy Supercross LCQ of his career. In the 250SX main event, Marchbanks found himself inside the top-10 off the start and began to quickly charge forward. However, due to the muddy conditions, Marchbanks struggled with vision coming through the field and was forced to remove his goggles, which was extremely risky in the muddy conditions, but Marchbanks soldiered on and fought up to second place behind his teammate. This marked Marchbanks first ever career podium and currently sits in eighth place in the 250SX points standings."What a night! It has been an up and down first couple weeks of racing for me, but to get the win tonight is huge. It eases my mind going into the break with points lead and the red background plate, although I can't wait to see it on my KX™250. I also want to give a shout out to my teammate Garrett Marchbanks on his first ever podium. It was awesome to have the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team go 1-2 tonight." - Adam Cianciarulo"Tonight is a night I will never forget. I felt good all day as I qualified in third place and I got a good jump in my heat race but then another rider took me out off the start and I wasn't able to recover. In the LCQ, I knew I needed to just get out front which I did. I didn't have the best gate pick so I knew I just needed to send it off the start. By Lap 2 I couldn't see out of my goggles and just ditched them, and once I was able to see I was able to make some passes into second place. I can't thank my whole team enough, it feels so good to put my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki up on the podium!" - Garrett Marchbanks

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Jan 27, 2019

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Adam Cianciarulo Captures Second 250SX Win of the 2019 Season

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo became the first repeat winner in the 250SX class of the 2019 season at Round 4 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship in Oakland, California. With the win he takes over second place in the 250SX West Region Point Standings, moving up to just three points behind the leader. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider, Eli Tomac, tackled the fast track at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum finishing fourth overall and maintaining a top-3 position in the 450SX Point Standings.The Monster Energy Kawasaki team looked dominant as the night show began when Tomac lined up for Heat 1 to take the win by 2.85 seconds, while teammate Joey Savatgy followed up with his first 450 heat race win in Heat 2. Tomac was forced to make up positions as he came out of the gate in the 450SX Main Event outside of the top-10. Tomac maneuvered his way to the front throughout the race and was able to secure another top-5 finish in fourth place and stay in the hunt for the championship. After qualifying third overall on the day, Savatgy continued to show brilliant speed aboard his KX™450 as he grabbed the Heat 2 win and became the first rookie to win a heat race this year. In the 450SX Main Event, Savatgy rocketed off the line and just as he moved into second place looking to grab his first podium finish in a main event this season, but he ran into an issue and had to cut the race short finishing the night in 21st."We're in a good position, not only in the point standings but also for the season. I'm healthy and consistently finishing in the top 5. I'll get back to work with the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and continue to improve each week. It's all a process and I feel good about this season." - Eli Tomac"I was feeling good and the bike was great all day. It was so exciting and such a good feeling to win my first heat race in the premier class. I was a little squirrelly off the gate in the main but managed to recover quickly and stay in front. Unfortunately, things happen in racing and stuff like this happens to the best of us. I'm proud of my entire team and we'll have and just keep grinding." - Joey SavatgyAs Cianciarulo captured the victory in the 250SX Main Event, the KX™250 became the winningest motorcycle in the 250cc class in Oakland. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has won in Oakland four times in the last nine years. Garrett Marchbanks bounced back from a rough week in Anaheim as he showed incredible improvement qualifying and finishing in the top-10 for the night. In 250SX Heat 2, Marchbanks looked like anything but a "rookie" as he finished seventh, just four positions behind his teammate Cianciarulo. Marchbanks continued the success in the 250SX Main Event securing eighth overall."We got it done tonight and it feels so good. I wasn't feeling the best throughout the day, but I was able to turn it around for the main and make it a solid night. I'm so grateful and proud of the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we're all looking forward to keeping this momentum going." - Adam Cianciarulo"I'm happy to return to my goal of finishing in the top 10. Last week was a tough one so the team and I knew we needed a good comeback this week. I've put in a lot of work this week and continue to improve. I'm learning a lot and continue to apply that each week. We're looking forward to San Diego!" - Garrett Marchbanks

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Jan 20, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Finishes on the Podium at Triple Crown

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (January 20, 2019) - The third round of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship resumed action in Anaheim, California at Angel Stadium, with a triple crown racing format with combined scoring from three main events on the night replacing the typical single main event format. It was Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac who continued to find success in the format finishing the night on the podium in third place overall in the 450SX class and closing in to only two points back from the series points leader. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo finished the night in fifth overall, and only sits eight points back of the leader in the 250SX West Region Point Standings. Coming into the night, Tomac had never finished outside of the top five in any of the nine Triple Crown main events and on Saturday evening he kept that streak alive by going 4-4-1 for third place overall. Grabbing the holeshot and leading every lap on his way to the win in the third main event marks the third race win for the Cortez, Colorado rider in this racing format. Since the inception of the Triple Crown format in 2018, Tomac has earned 94 out of a possible 104 maximum championship points available in the Triple Crown series, making him currently the most successful Triple Crown racer. Consistency was the key coming into the weekend for the No. 17 Monster Energy Kawasaki of Joey Savatgy. After an up and down start to the season, Savatgy, who is known as a good starter, looked to use the Triple Crown format to his benefit to achieve the results he has been looking for. In the three main event format, Savatgy was able to surge out front in nearly all three races, which helped him score 8-13-8 results to capture eighth overall. "In the first two main events I didn't do myself any favors off the start but I was happy that we were able to charge forward both times into fourth place. The third race was awesome because I was able to get out in clean air and just ride. The track tonight was technical and even sketchy in some parts, but I am happy to be leaving here healthy and only two points back in the championship." - Eli Tomac"It has been a shaky past two weeks for me, so to bounce back from last weekend and land inside the top 10 tonight is something we'll take. We set out to be consistent today and we did that for the most part, so overall I am happy with where we are. We will clean up a few things this week and come out swinging in Oakland." - Joey SavatgyThe Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team was looking to carry momentum following Glendale and it was the crafty veteran Adam Cianciarulo who made the best of the challenges that were thrown at him in all three races and was able to cross the finish line with a fifth place overall. Cianciarulo's rookie teammate, Garrett Marchbanks suffered a few tip-overs and finished in 21st place on the evening. Cianciarulo once again showed flashes of speed and brilliance as he was able to be a front runner in all three main event races, however, setbacks hindered his night. In Main Event 1, he rocketed out to the holeshot and held on to an early lead before a small slide out cost him positions and he recovered to finish fourth. In Main Event 2, he crashed while charging his way to the front of the pack causing him to finish in 14th place. In Main Event 3, he sprinted out to an early lead, but would ultimately cross the line in second place. Cianciarulo finished the night in fifth place overall and currently sits in fourth place in the 250SX West Championship points standings.The No. 61 of Marchbanks had one of those "rookie" nights as he struggled with consistency on the technical track. A string of crashes in all three main events forced Marchbanks to retire early from both the second and third races, finishing the night with a 17-21-22 result giving him 21st overall. "Nights like tonight are frustrating as a racer because we did everything right, but ultimately some small mistakes cost us. We qualified fastest again and in the first race we got out to an early lead but unfortunately I tucked the front end. In Main Event 2, I had a big get off which really hurt my overall score, but I was happy I was able to bounce back in the third race and come away with a second place. Overall, we are healthy and only eight points back in the championship. We've got work to do, but this Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is coming for you Oakland." - Adam Cianciarulo"Round 3 is done and over with. Tonight is a night that I am just going to put behind me and focus on being prepared for Oakland." - Garrett Marchbanks

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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 SavatgyThe 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

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Jan 6, 2019

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Finishes On the Podium at Season Opener

Monster Energy® Kawasaki came into the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season opener in Anaheim, California feeling strong and confident. Eli Tomac came out swinging, picking up where he left off from the Monster Energy Cup, showing great speed on his KX™450 and perseverance all night. Despite the unusual weather and muddy track conditions, Tomac started the season strong on the podium with a third place finish. After months of build-up to the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium, not even a rare California rainstorm could turn away thousands of racing fans from all the exiting live action of the opening night. Joey Savatgy proved to be a strong contender in his 450SX debut after qualifying directly through his heat race. Savatgy showed true grit as he was caught up in a first turn crash but continued to fight for a 16th overall finish. Tomac raced to a brilliant come from behind performance where he charged from mid-pack to finish third overall, marking Tomac's career-best, season-opening finish. "There were tricky track conditions due to the unusual amount of rain for Anaheim, but I managed to stay in good enough condition to keep jumping most of the lanes and pushing forward. I remained patient and controlled my pace throughout the Main Event, and although we're always shooting for the top spot, I'm happy to kick off the season on the podium. The team and I are already looking forward to Glendale, let's get this season rolling!" - Eli Tomac"I've been working so hard this off-season and feel really comfortable on the bike, but the weather made quite the challenge for us. I had a tip over on the bike and some issues with my goggles in the rain, but I remained focused on finishing the race to my best ability. We have a long season ahead of us, I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing to grow and improve." - Joey SavatgyThe Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Adam Cianciarulo and Garrett Marchbanks came out charging in the sloppy conditions on Saturday evening at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California at the season opener of the 2019 supercross series.Despite the unusual rain showers, the veteran of the team Cianciarulo looked calm, cool, and collected all day long and showed that he has what it takes to fight for the 250SX West Championship. Meanwhile, the rookie Marchbanks made his supercross debut and quietly strung together an admirable performance for his debut ride.Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo kickstarted the day by capturing the fastest lap time in qualifying, giving him the first gate pick in the heat race. Cianciarulo followed up that performance by going out and winning his first heat race of the season, which would once again give him the best gate pick coming into the Main Event. In the Main Event, Cianciarulo was off to a top-five start and began to mount an attack on the riders in front of him, unfortunately after he passed into fourth place the battle continued and he went down. Cianciarulo would remount and finish in fifth place on the night. The No. 61 of Marchbanks started out his 250SX debut by qualifying in 11th place position. He then entered the second 250SX heat race of the night where he got his feet wet and raced to a sixth place finish. Marchbanks was able to get a solid start in the main event which allowed him to follow some of the lines of his veteran teammate, and would ultimately finish in sixth place overall."For me, there are a lot of positives to take away from today's race. The day started out great as we were able to secure the fastest qualifying time in practice, which gave us first gate pick to start the evening races. In my heat race, I got a little squirrelly off the start but I was able to save it and charge to the front and get my first heat race win of the year, which was awesome. The main event is a tough one to swallow because I know I should have been on the podium. It is unfortunate that I came together with another rider, however, I am happy I was able to remount and safely walk away from Anaheim 1 with some decent points. I am already looking forward to next weekend in Glendale." - Adam Cianciarulo"Coming into my first ever supercross race I was both excited and nervous as I did not know where I would fit into the picture compared to all the other racers. To finish 6th overall in my first supercross race in the mud is something that gives me a great building point to move from the rest of the season. I know I have the speed to be in top five each week and contest for podiums. I am really excited about getting back on the bike this week to work on a few things and improve on this result next week in Glendale." - Garrett Marchbanks

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Dec 17, 2018

Kawasaki Team Green™ Returns to West Coast Off-Road Racing with Chaparral Motorsports Precision Concepts Race Team

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to announce the Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki Team Green™ effort that will field three riders 2019 WORCS and Sprint Hero Series. With this effort, Kawasaki will continue a successful racing relationship with Precision Concepts where they captured 11 professional off-road championships since inception in 2009. Robby Bell, a former three-time WORCS champion and longtime Kawasaki Team Green racer will lead the charge serving as team manager. During the off-season, the team signed former Kawasaki Team Green amateur rider and one of off-road racing's hottest prospects, Zach Bell. Returning to the team for 2019 are Blayne Thompson and recently crowned West Coast GP Pro 2 champion Clay Hengeveld. Zach Bell and Thompson will both pilot the all-new 2019 KX™450 motorcycle in the Pro Class; while young-gun, Hengeveld will be aboard the 2019 KX™250, contesting the Pro 2 Class."I'm ready for this opportunity and cannot wait to swing a leg over the all-new KX450," said Zach Bell. "My racing career began in motocross where I rode for Kawasaki Team Green back in the day, and as I have transitioned into off-road racing over the past couple years it is coming full-circle back to where I started. I have big goals for 2019 and with some hard work, a little bit of luck, and this team I think we have the recipe to achieve them."In addition to the Precision Concepts racing effort, Kawasaki Team Green will have plenty to offer off-road racers, including $1.7 million in the Team Green Racer Rewards program. The Team Green trackside support crew, featuring technical assistance and parts sales for customers will attend several rounds of the 2019 WORCS and the AMA National Grand Prix Championship (NGPC) series, as well as other off-road racing events across the country. To further support our customers, racers can visit their Kawasaki Team Green dealer to earn up to a $1,500 rebate for the purchase of a new 2019 KX model. Kawasaki Team Green dealers have until February 15, 2019 to submit Racer Support applications."We have been working hard to re-establish our presence in the off-road segment," said Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday. "Being able to increase our role with the Precision Concepts team and having Zach Bell, Blayne Thompson, and Clay Hengeveld on board gives us confidence to be a championship contender in 2019."The Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki Team Green race team along with the Team Green trackside support crew kick off the season at the Sprint Hero season opener in San Bernardino, California on January 5, 2019.Visit https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency to view the complete lineup of 2019 Off-Road events offering Racer Rewards.For the opportunity to earn a Kawasaki Team Green™ Racer Rewards payout, visit www.Kawasakisalesrewards.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Enrolled racers who earn Racer Rewards will enjoy the following benefits: Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is acceptedRacer Rewards funds credited when results are approvedOnline account balance and account tracking (24 hours)Easy profile updatesATM Access (Pro riders only)Toll-Free customer service support from MasterCard at 1-866-535-2544 All racers who are currently enrolled in the Kawasaki Racer Rewards program must re-activate their account each racing year beginning in January 2019. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency

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Dec 2, 2018

Kawasaki Team Green™ Establishes Off-Road Racing Effort with Babbitt’s Online Motorsports

Following the team introduction at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) banquet, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is pleased to introduce the Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green™ effort that will field two XC1 class riders in the 2019 GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. With this effort, Kawasaki will continue a long and successful racing relationship with Team Babbitt's Online where they captured eight of the last nine AMA Arenacross Championships from 2010-2018. Joining the team aboard his all-new KX™450 motorcycle will be former GNCC XC1 Champion and current Full Gas Sprint Enduro Champion Josh Strang."I'm very excited for the opportunity to ride the all-new KX450," said Strang. "It's exciting to join a team like Kawasaki, who believe in the potential of my riding and my results. I rode Kawasaki's in Australia for many years before moving to the U.S. to race, so it's really gone full circle for me. I can't wait to get back on a brand that helped start my career and continues to provide support, which is a big part of succeeding."In addition to the Team Babbitt's Online racing effort, Kawasaki Team Green™ will have a lot to offer off-road racers, including a $1.7 million racer rewards program with $427,700 dedicated to the GNCC series. The Team Green trackside support crew, featuring technical assistance and parts sales for customers will attend seven rounds of the 2019 GNCC series as well as other off-road race events across the country. For GNCC events where the Team Green trackside support crew is not present, the Team Babbitt's Online semi will have a supply of OEM parts to assist KX™ customers in need. To further support our customer, racers can visit their Kawasaki Team Green dealer to earn up to a $1,500 rebate for the purchase of a new 2019 KX model. Kawasaki Team Green dealers have until February 15, 2019 to submit Racer Support applications."We have been working hard to put these programs together and re-establish our presence in the off-road segment," said Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday. "Having the opportunity to continue our successful relationship with Team Babbitt's Online and be involved with the GNCC series was an easy decision for us. The combination of having a great new KX450 model, experienced riders and the knowledge of our team staff gives us the potential for success right away."Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Team Green along with the Team Green trackside support crew will take on the treacherous terrain of the Big Buck GNCC season opener in Union, South Carolina on February 24, 2019.Visit https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency to view the complete lineup of 2019 Off-Road events offering Racer Rewards. For the opportunity to earn a Kawasaki Team Green™ Racer Rewards payout, visit www.Kawasakisalesrewards.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Enrolled racers who earn Racer Rewards will enjoy the following benefits: Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is acceptedRacer Rewards funds credited when results are approvedOnline account balance and account tracking (24 hours)Easy profile updatesATM Access (Pro riders only)Toll-Free customer service support from MasterCard at 1-866-535-2544 All racers who are currently enrolled in the Kawasaki Racer Rewards program must re-activate their account each racing year beginning in January 2019. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency

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May 6, 2018

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Riders Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos Out for 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos will miss the 2018 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.Cianciarulo will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, an injury that has plagued him for more than a year. Despite the injury, he has been competitive through all 10 rounds of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, including a win Saturday night in Las Vegas, finishing second in the 250SX Western Region rider point standings."I'm very disappointed that I won't be out there doing what I love and competing this summer," said Cianciarulo. "At the same time, I'm excited to get this behind me so I can be at my very best going into next season and many seasons to come."Davalos suffered multiple injuries to begin the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season that ultimately lead to him missing five rounds of the 250SX Eastern Region series. Davalos will undergo knee surgery as well as recover from a neck injury forcing him to miss the AMA Pro Motocross Championship this year. "This season has been very tough for me," said Davalos. "After multiple evaluations and doctor visits, I've decided I will need the time to recover and get back to feeling healthy while doing what I love most. I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with the entire Pro Circuit Kawasaki crew again and thankful for all of their time, efforts and support throughout this whole process.""This was a difficult decision, but I support Adam and Martin taking care of themselves," said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team Owner, Mitch Payton. "I'm proud of what Adam has been able to accomplish this year and I look forward to seeing what he can really do once he's back to being 100% healthy. It is a shame that Martin never had a chance to show what he was capable of this season. Our athletes work hard all year long and put a lot of stress on their bodies for this sport. It's important to listen to what your body is telling you and take the necessary time to recover." The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will be represented by Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner and newcomer Garrett Marchbanks during the AMA Pro Motocross Championship as the team looks to claim its 11th motocross championship in 2018.

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