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Oct 18, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green™ Victorious in Vegas

Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green continued its Monster Energy Cup success, as Seth Hammaker swept the Amateur All-Star class on his KX™250F and Jett Reynolds won the Supermini class on his KX™100. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Josh Grant finished seventh overall, while teammate Eli Tomac did not race after a Race 1 crash.The crowd was on their feet as the Amateur All-Star class launched down the start grate and into the first turn. It was Hammaker who took the holeshot with teammate Lance Kobusch in second place. There was no catching Hammaker in Race 1 as he rode flawlessly to the checkered flag for the race win, with his teammate Kobusch finishing fourth, while Garrett Marchbanks climbed up to 16th place after starting 22nd. Race 2 was all Hammaker again, as he pulled his second holeshot of the night and never looked back finishing 1-1 for first overall. Marchbanks finished fifth in Race 2 for 10th overall and Kobusch finished 12th."I just can't believe it," said Hammaker. "To be here on this stage in front of thousands of fans and sponsors feels amazing. I'm just so grateful to have this opportunity and I can't thank my family and Kawasaki Team Green enough."After qualifying first in the Supermini class, Reynolds felt confident that he could win. When the gate dropped on Supermini Race 1, it was the No. 79 Kawasaki of Reynolds out front. On Lap 3, Reynolds would make a mistake in the rhythm lane and lose the lead. The young star made an incredible push in the final laps to pass for the lead and win in spectacular fashion. Race 2 was just as exciting as Reynolds began his charge to the front after starting in fifth place. By Lap 2, Reynolds had caught the leaders and dove inside to pass for second place, but caught his front brake on another rider and went down. Reynolds would remount in fifth place and charge back through the competition once again to cross the finish line two hundredths of a second behind the leader for a second place finish. Reynolds was crowned the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Supermini Champion with the best score of 1-2, marking the sixth Supermini class win for Monster Energy Kawaswaki Team Green since the event began in 2011. "This is crazy," said Reynolds. "I had such a good day today from practice to the mains, I was loving it! Made a few little mistakes out there today, but still got the job done and get to take home that big trophy." Race 1 of the Cup Class was red flagged and restarted after a crash in the rhythm lane. When the gate dropped on the restart, Sam Boyd Stadium erupted as Eli Tomac took a commanding holeshot. A battle quickly emerged between the first and second place riders as they battled throughout the opening laps. Unfortunately, on Lap 4 Tomac would crash while re-entering the stadium, which led to him deciding to sit out for the remainder of the races for precautionary reasons. Tomac's teammate Josh Grant returned from injury to have a consistent night finishing seventh overall with three Top-10 finishes and Tyler Bowers rounded out the Top-10 on his Kawasaki KX™450F in 10th.

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Oct 1, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Introduces 2018 Roster

After earning the AMA Motocross Manufacturer of the Year Award for the second consecutive time, Monster Energy® Kawasaki will have a team of familiar faces looking to continue their winning ways in 2018. Kawasaki had a successful year in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross in both classes, accruing two championships and 24 event wins, a dominating 41% of the total number of events. For 2018 the Monster Energy Kawasaki roster will feature Eli Tomac and Josh Grant with plans to place both of their KX™450F motorcycles on the podium."Looking into 2018, we have a great team on and off the track," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. "All of our riders have won races and I believe this year will be no different. I'm looking forward to the new season and the success that lies ahead."Fresh off of winning the 450MX Championship, Tomac is looking forward to continuing working with the team and keeping the momentum going for the Monster Energy Cup into the upcoming year. After a few weeks off, Tomac will return to the gate in Las Vegas on October 14th donning the No. 1 plate and look to defend his 2016 Monster Energy Cup Championship. Marking his third year with the team, Tomac relentlessly proves to be a top contender in the premier class after his substantial success in 2017. Along with the Pro Motocross Championship Tomac added nine moto wins in motocross and nine main event wins in supercross to his impressive résumé, and earned an overall podium at MXGP of USA.Grant finished the supercross season in the top 10, confirming he is still a strong contender after 10 years in the premier class. After a solid start to the motocross season with multiple podium finishes, Grant was forced to end his season early after only competing in six rounds due to injury. Grant has since recovered and has been putting in laps as he prepares to join his teammate on the line at the Monster Energy Cup. Returning to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team for 2018 aboard their KX™250F motorcycles are Adam Cianciarulo, Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner. The team also welcomes the return of Martin Davalos to compete in the 250 class. Davalos last competed for Pro Circuit in 2014 where he captured two main event wins and brings over 10 years of experience in the AMA to round out the four-rider roster of championship contenders. The young crew consistently proves they are a force to be reckoned with based on the multiple feats they accomplished this year. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team secured the 2017 250SX West Region Championship, marking the 30th AMA championship plate they have hung on the door of their race transporter."We have a great team for the 2018 season," said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. "I am looking forward to watching our riders and helping them reach their full potential. I have high expectations for them and know they will all do well each weekend." The 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship drops the gate on Saturday, January 5th, 2018 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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Sep 19, 2017

2017 AMA 450 Motocross Champion Eli Tomac Q&A

Q: How does it feel to be the 2017 AMA 450 Motocross Champion?ET: It's pretty unbelievable. It's going to take some time to sink in, but it has been a long time coming. The team and I have been working hard to win a title and it really feels good to achieve one of our goals. I just came in ready and fired up to get it done for the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team.Q: How did this win compare to your 2013 250 Motocross Championship? What are the similarities and differences in your strategy?ET: Winning the championship in the premier class is always something special. We had to overcome some situations we didn't want to be in and we just had to grind through it, which made it that much sweeter. My 250MX Championship meant a lot to me, it was my first professional National Championship, but in the 450MX class you have to work even harder. I have a great team supporting me and my strategy was to just stick to working on myself and trying to be better each week. Q: Was there a specific track you were focused on improving at this season?ET: There wasn't really a specific track you focus on. It is one of the good things about the series and having to race in a lot of different environments. It's really about improving my riding on a weekly basis and making sure to minimize the errors on whatever track we're at.Q: Did you have to make any major adjustments during this season like you did during supercross?ET: Leading up to the Southwick race, we were kind of the dominant guys out there. Some of the other competition like Marvin (Musquin) and Blake (Baggett) really stepped it up in the second half of the season and they pushed me to work harder and to get out front from the start.Q: Next up is Monster Energy Cup, in which you'll be racing with the No. 1 plate as defending champion. Does your training program change much between now and October?ET: After a brief break, we will return to testing and the main difference will be with my KX450F. We'll move into more of a supercross setup, to suit the unique layout they have built in Las Vegas. That really helps the transition to supercross, which is right around the corner.Q: Did the outcome of the supercross season light a fire in you for this outdoor season or did the great performance channel your focus?ET: Well, we always set out to win. We had a great Monster Energy Supercross season and came extremely close to a championship. The championship is always the goal and I'm happy that we were able to bring one home this summer and we plan to keep the momentum going into 2018.Q: Speaking of the 2018 season, how do you feel now that you will be running the No. 1 plate for the first time in your 450 career?ET: It feels great. It's a major boost in confidence, but I also know we will still have to work hard each week. Hopefully it's true what they say, the first one is always the hardest.

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Sep 18, 2017

Darian Sanayei ninth in MX2 finale

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to ninth place in the final round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Villars-sous-Ecot in France to rank eleventh in the series.The US rookie showed great speed through the practices to set fastest time in the first session and third fastest time in the second before rain swept across the hillside track and created conditions which Americans rarely face at home. It was inevitably difficult to get a good start in the GP motos from the twenty-sixth gate pick which he faced after getting stuck on the hillside during the qualification race, but Darian persevered on race day to advance from twenty-second on lap one to eleventh at the finish in race one. Another eleventh-placed finish in race two earnt ninth overall in the GP and the twenty point haul saw him advance one place in the final series standings to be ranked eleventh.Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team immediately showed his liking for the rutted hillside track with eighth fastest time in practice and he earned tenth gate pick from a strong ride in the qualifying race. Further bad weather worsened track conditions for the first points-scoring race and an early incident cost Stephen his initial twelfth place; he then recovered back to nineteenth but was excluded from the results for a technical infringement of the regulations. Determined to make amends in race two he recovered remarkably from an initial twentieth to finish ninth, equaling his best result during his rookie GP season. "The GP started really good with the fastest lap in the free practice and a third position in the timed practice, but then the rain hit the track and it was a mud fest," said Sanayei. "I crashed during the qualifying race and was stuck on the track, so I had the 26th gate pick. In the first race I came back from nearly last to eleventh which was not so bad, and again in the second heat I got an eleventh position for ninth overall." "It was a good weekend for me; I had a good qualifying race on Saturday and I really enjoy riding tracks with deep ruts like we had here with the rain," said Rubini. "Unfortunately I was disqualified in the first race as I came into the pit lane in the opposite direction after a crash. But then I had a very good second moto; I was a long way back after three corners but came back through to ninth with great support from the crowd. I had a strong motivation for this last race. The step between the European 125 series which I raced last season and the MX2 GP is big but I learnt a lot and I want to thank the team and their partners for their support."

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Sep 18, 2017

A Twelfth for Maxime Desprey

Maxime Desprey scored a solid twelfth for the Dutch Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki in the final round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at a muddy Villars-sous-Ecot in eastern France.The French rider took an immediate liking for the hillside track despite the slippery conditions which prevailed as a result of regular showers of rain to earn a creditable sixteenth gate pick for the two GP motos. He used the gate pick well to start in ninth position and even advance to eighth on the third lap and he remained in the top ten until a small crash just after half distance cost him two places to finish twelfth. Race two proved more difficult as the weather deteriorated but Maxime quickly advanced to nineteenth position after an early crash before another crash left him struggling with muddy gloves and water in his goggles, forxing him to retire. Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki showed good pace to record top fifteen times in each practice session but he had to battle bravely to the finish in the qualifying race after stubbing his foot in a nasty rut; with a thought for commitment to the British team in the Motocross of Nations, the annual world team contest which will be held in two weeks' time in the UK, he decided to withdraw from racing in France in view of the slippery conditions."It was a decent weekend for me," said Desprey. "I started well with top twenty results in each practice session and a sixteenth gate pick for the race. The track was already slippery for the qualifying race on Saturday, but it was worse on Sunday due to the rain. My first start was pretty good and I found some good lines on the first lap; I was ninth on the first lap and then eighth but just after halfway through the race I had a small crash and lost several positions to finish twelfth. My second start was not as good as I crashed on the first lap; I recovered to nineteenth but then I crashed again and retired as I had water in my goggles and mud on my gloves."

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Sep 11, 2017

Season-Ending Injury for Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team saw his medal hopes diminished after crashing out of the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Assen.The 28-year old Belgian, a two-times GP winner this summer, had advanced strongly to sixth place until he crashed on the third lap of the opening GP moto at the rugged sand track built in front of the main grandstand of the famous road-racing facility in the northern part of the Netherlands. He was unable to contest the second moto and undergoes medical exams; he is now fourth in the championship standings, twenty-seven points shy of third prior to the season finale in France next weekend. Teammate Jordi Tixier saw his season come to a close. The Frenchman crashed on the first lap of the qualification race on Saturday and aggravated the rib injuries which he initially sustained at the end of July. He could not participate in the Dutch GP and must also miss next weekend's season-ending French GP in order to recover from his injuries.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki rode with great spirit in the demanding Dutch sand to advance from seventeenth to fourteenth in the opening moto; the English rider, who had missed most of the season through injury, inevitably lacked practice in these specialist track conditions. His second race was brought to a premature halt as the rider-less machine of another competitor collided with him at the second corner; he had to withdraw in pain as the bike landed on his ankle, but early medical investigation suggests there will be no long-lasting effects and he hopes to race in France next weekend. "The first race was OK; the result is just average but I knew that it would be difficult as I didn't ride so much in those conditions this year due to my injuries, but I was enjoying this race," said Searle. "In the second one I got hit in the second corner by a flying bike and unfortunately the bike landed on my ankle and I had a lot of pain; I had a check and hopefully there's nothing serious." "On Saturday I crashed during the first lap of the qualifying race, and in the crash I again hit the ribs that were damaged when I was training before Lommel," said Tixier. "I had a lot of pain, and it's impossible to race in that condition; now I need to recover from all my injuries, and I won't be able to contest the final GP next weekend."

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Sep 11, 2017

A Difficult Day in MX2

Kawasaki riders in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship had a difficult day at the demanding wet sand track built in front of the main grandstand at the famous road racing facility of Assen.It was a learning experience for Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki as well as Morgan Lesiardo and Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team as track conditions were alien to anything any of the youngsters had previously encountered during their careers.Sanayei advanced to eighteenth at the finish of the second GP moto after withdrawing from twenty-third in the opening race; he remains twelfth in the series standings. Lesiardo had finished eighteenth in the opening moto after a solid ride from just outside the points-scoring positions but in the second encounter he was forced to pull out of twenty-third after his exhaust was damaged. Rubini moved forward from twenty-fifth to twenty-second in the first moto and had advanced from twenty-sixth to twenty-third in race two until he crashed over the handlebars mid-moto and withdrew with a sore back. "It was difficult coming to a track like this one; after a lot of rain the track was rough on Saturday I was quite a way off the pace, so I just focused on being prepared for race day," said Sanayei. "In the first moto I was way back at the start but I was slowly moving forward and had reached twenty-third until I had to retire. In the second race I had a better start and was able to finish eighteenth. My speed was not so bad, but I never rode on a track like this before; I need to put time and hours in muddy sand during the winter time to improve my riding in these conditions.""I had a bad start in the first moto but found a good rhythm to recover to eighteenth," said Lasiardo. "My start was again not so good in the second race but I didn't give up and rode some consistent laps to come close to the points until I had to retire after the pipe was damaged. Now I'm focused on the final round of the EMX250, and will spend the week training in Italy to prepare for this last race on hard pack.""This was definitively my toughest weekend of the season with a couple of very bad starts," said Rubini. "In the first race I finished close to the points, but then in the second one I had a big crash and went over the bars; when I landed on the ground I had a lot of pain in my upper leg. Nothing is broken but a muscle is sore and we'll see later this week how I feel."

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Sep 11, 2017

Livia Lancelot Runner-Up in Dutch Sand

Livia Lancelot goes to the final round of the FIM World WMX Women's Motocross Championship just three away from the points lead after finishing second in the Dutch round of the series at Assen.The 29 year-old Team One One Four Kawasaki owner/rider rode two solid races in tough conditions after heavy pre-race rainfall to finish third and second in the two points-scoring races. After an excellent start in the first moto she held second place for three laps and maintained her speed to the finish to take the checkered flag in third place, more than half a minute in front of her closest rival, after only surrendering a place to a Dutch girl who is used to riding in the sandy conditions. Initially fourth in race two Livia remained calm, taking over third place in lap two and eventually moving into second place, headed only by the Dutch girl, two laps from the end of the race. The two powerful rides have seen her close to within three points of the championship pace prior to the final round of the series which will be held at Villars-sous-Ecot in her native France next weekend. The event will be the final race of her illustrious career which she will be hoping to crown with a third world title in front of her home fans."We worked a lot since Loket to prepare for this sandy round, and to get a second place here is more than I could expect," said Lancelot. "I didn't worry when I saw the rain while I was coming here; I'm used to practicing in tough conditions and I was confident before the race. I got third position on Saturday and today the track was less demanding as the rain stopped but it took me some time to get a good rhythm; after ten minutes I found some good lines and could pass some of my rivals to get this second position. Now we go to the final round in Villars in a good position in the championship; it's close as we are four girls within five points and I'm happy that the title will be decided there as I love this track and have always been successful at the French events. I will not feel any pressure in Villars, even if the standings are close and there will be many fans coming to this race, which will be the last of my career as I've decided to retire from GP racing after this race. As I said after winning my second world title last year, everything I get from now is like a bonus as I have nothing to prove; I will turn 30 next year, I have won world titles, French titles, earned a medal at the X Games. I'm very happy with my career but rest assured that I will give everything next weekend to get another world title!"

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Sep 4, 2017

Race win for Eli Tomac in Florida

Eli Tomac recorded an outstanding race win for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team at the US round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Jacksonville in Florida.One week after clinching the US national motocross title the Colorado resident took time to find the most suitable settings and had to be satisfied with twelfth place during qualification, but he entered the point-scoring motos on race day with renewed confidence after a good training session on Sunday morning. Taking the lead with a sweeping outside pass in the long first turn he immediately set a terrific pace and soon held an advantage of more than ten seconds over the chasing pack; at the finish he was nearly thirty seconds ahead to record his fifth consecutive victory as a wild card entry in the world series. Although through to third after a couple of laps in race two the twenty-four year old soon recognised that it would not be possible to haul in the two riders ahead of him and settled for third position in the moto, a result which secured second place overall.Clement Desalle arrived with his confidence high after a double-race win in his Belgian homeland one week earlier and the KX450F-SR also brought him two excellent starts but he never felt comfortable in the claustrophobic heat and humidity which greeted the competitors in Florida. After holding fourth place early in race one, he eventually finished ninth, and the extreme weather conditions again took their toll in race two as he finished eighth. Seventh overall in the GP, Clement remains fourth in the series standings but is now just one point away from third with two GPs remaining.Jordi Tixier returned to GP action for the first time since July and inevitably he also suffered in the extreme heat. The Frenchman crashed in both motos but persevered to finish eighteenth in race two. Unfortunately his bike was too badly damaged to continue in race two after holding thirteenth position for more than half the race. "Yesterday we just weren't on the pace but the two-day format worked in my favour to have time to feel comfortable with my settings," said Tomac. "The sandy base threw us at first, but we found some solutions this morning; warm-up went well and then I knew that with a good start I could run with them. The first moto I got out front early, put in some fast laps and had a good rhythm. I got to third fairly quickly in race two, but those two guys out front were setting a hot pace and I lost contact; there were a couple of sections where they were doing things I just didn't feel confident with, so third was all I had in me that race." "For sure I was expecting a better result, but I didn't felt comfortable on such a flat track with many jumps and I struggled with the heat and humidity; in the first race I was in fourth position during the first few laps but I couldn't maintain the rhythm until the end," said Desalle. "My second start was even better; I was second in the first long and fast corner but I was on the outside, rode into a soft section and lost four positions. I was sixth for most of the race, not far from Strijbos, but in the last six minutes I struggled with the heat again and lost two positions. I'm still fighting for top three in the series and I'm confident as we go back to Europe for the last two GPs.""It was a very difficult weekend for me," said Txier. "It was not easy to come back to racing after six weeks of recovery in this heat and humidity. I crashed in both motos; all these crashes are frustrating but luckily I'm safe and I will do my best to end the season with some good results."

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Sep 4, 2017

Darian Sanayei twelfth in the Florida heat

Darian Sanayei raced to twelfth position for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki in the US round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship, run in extreme conditions at Jacksonville in Florida.Raised in Seattle and a based in Europe for the past two seasons, Darian found the high temperatures and claustrophobic humidity equally as challenging as all of the visitors. Starting the first moto in the first ten, he could not maintain the pace and finished thirteenth at the close. Determined to make amends in race two he again started in the top ten, but was unable to avoid a fallen rival on the opening lap and crashed over the handlebars; restarting last, he recovered to fourteenth at the chequered flag to secure twelfth overall in the GP and maintain the same position in the series standings with two GPs remaining.Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team rode a strong first moto to advance from seventeenth to twelfth, his second best result of the season, but he had to withdraw from sixteenth in the second race when he started to suffer spells of dizziness in the heat.Teammate Morgan Lesiardo joined the French youngster in the points-scoring positions in the opening moto as he finished nineteenth but he too was forced to withdraw from the second race as the exhaust was damaged as he held sixteenth position. "It was a difficult weekend; with the rain during the week the track was really soft and it didn't go exactly the way I wanted to," said Sanayei. "I didn't felt so good in the heat and I was a little bit off the pace all weekend, three or four seconds down on the leaders. In the first moto I got a pretty good start but right away I started to make some mistakes and made my way to thirteenth. In the second moto I was around tenth position when a rider crashed in front of me on the first lap; I hit him and went over the bars, so I had to make my way back from last to fourteenth." "It wasn't an easy weekend," said Rubini. "On Saturday I had a good result in the free practice session but later in the day it was not as good and I qualified in eighteenth position. I had a good warm up and I rode a strong first moto to finish twelfth; I was happy to score a top fifteen result but unfortunately the second race was not so good. I suffered from dizziness after a few laps and had to stop and they took me to the medical unit to recover. I don't really understand what happened as I pay attention to diet and hydration, but we're not so used to such extreme humidity and heat."

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Sep 4, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac Races to the Podium at MXGP of USA

Fresh off of winning the 450MX AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy® Kawasaki's Eli Tomac persisted through heat, humidity and a rough track to finish 1-3 for second overall at Round 17 of the Monster Energy FIM World Motocross Championship. In three career MXGP starts, Tomac has won five of six MXGP motos.After finishing 12th during Saturday's qualifying race, Tomac knew he had to turn it around on Sunday. As the gate fell on MXGP Moto 1, it was the No. 3 KX™450F leading the field around Turn 1 as Tomac who quickly grabbed the lead. As the laps went on and the temperature rose, Tomac only got faster, setting a pace no one could match. Tomac went on to win MXGP Moto 1 by 28 seconds and captured his fifth straight MXGP moto victory. Moto 2 saw Tomac briefly start back in fifth place and quickly move into third place on Lap 2. Tomac would attempt to catch the leaders, but with the track conditions deteriorating and the Florida heat hitting all time highs, he settled into third place until the checkered flag flew. Tomac finished 1-3 for second overall. "It was a good day," said Tomac. "I got a great start in Moto 1, found my groove early and settled into a nice pace. In Moto 2, I got off to another great start but just didn't have it in me to run the pace of the leaders. I'm just happy to leave here healthy. We've had such a successful year and I'm looking forward to even more in 2018."With the motocross season coming to an end, Tomac looks forward to a well-deserved break from racing. Next on the schedule for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team is the Monster Energy Cup on October 14th at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Eli Tomac will look to defend his 2016 Monster Energy Cup championship and add another win to his impressive 2017 resume.In the MX2 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill rode consistently after starting outside the top 20 to finish 18th in Moto 1. Hill was on his way to another top-20 finish before getting disqualified on Lap 8 for riding off course. Hill went on to finish 22nd overall. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo, was unable to compete after tweaking his knee during Saturday practice. "It was a tough day for us," said Hill. "I felt great at the start of both races, but the heat quickly got to me and effected my riding. I'm glad to finish the season and begin working towards supercross."

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Aug 27, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki and Eli Tomac Clinch 450 Pro Motocross Championship

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed a champion's form securing his first 450MX National Championship at the final round of the 2017 AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday. Proving that persistence pays off, Tomac and the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team proudly wore the No. 1 championship shirts as they celebrated on the podium at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.Tomac lined up this weekend composed and prepared to fight until the checkered flag flew. Tomac jumped out front early by grabbing a commanding holeshot in Moto 1 on his KX™450F, but was victim of an untimely crash in the opening stages of the race. Tomac quickly remounted in sixth place and pushed hard to track down the competition. Unable to bridge the gap before the time ran out, the points leader was able to successfully pass one other rider, finishing in fifth place and keeping a 24-point lead.As the final moto of the 12th and final round began, the fans lined the fence roaring for the No. 3 Kawasaki. After being wedged out as the gate dropped for Moto 2, Tomac rounded the first lap in 12th. Acknowledging he needed to play it safe and just finish the race in order to achieve his ultimate goal, Tomac rode smooth as he gradually made his way forward to finish sixth. Tomac finished with a 5-6 moto score and sixth overall for the day, securing his first 450MX Pro Motocross Championship and led Kawasaki to secure the Manufacturer of the Year award."It's pretty unbelievable," said Tomac. "It's going to take a little more time to sink in, but it has been a long time coming! We have had to overcome a lot together and I just came in ready and fired up to get it done for the entire Kawasaki team.""This Manufacturer of the Year Award and championship means a lot to all of us," said Kawasaki Senior Manager of Racing, Dan Fahie. "We do a lot of racing over the year and this weekend we got to bring home a championship. We have a lot of guys on the racing team that eat, sleep and breathe motorcycles as well as support from our entire Executive staff at Kawasaki USA including President, Yoshi Tamura and VP of Marketing and Racing, Chris Brull. We could not of accomplished this without everyone at Kawasaki and I'd like to thank everyone for their dedication."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo finished second overall on the day with a 2-2 score and third overall in the 250MX Championship Standings. Teammate Justin Hill returned for Round 12 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and went on to finish 11-9 for ninth overall. Cianciarulo got off to a second place start in Moto 1 and quickly began pressuring for the lead on the opening lap. Before the end of Lap 2, the race leader would go down, allowing Cianciarulo to take over the early lead. The No. 36 KX™250F machine would lead the field around the Ironman Raceway for eight laps before a mistake over the finish line would drop him back to second place. Cianciarulo went on to finish second in Moto 1, with Hill finishing back in 11th place. The sparks were flying in the opening lap of 250MX Moto 2, as Cianciarulo grabbed the holeshot. The battle would settle after the opening lap and Cianciarulo went on to ride strong for a consistent 2-2 finish for second overall, securing him third overall in the 2017 250MX Championship Standings. Hill rode well to go 11-9 for ninth overall."Overall, it was a great weekend and phenomenal season," said Cianciarulo. "I was off at the beginning of the season, but we turned it around near the end and won some motos and an overall. It feels great to finish a full season healthy and in the Top 3 in points. I can't wait for Anaheim 1.""Today went well," said Hill. "My qualifying times were good and my body felt great all day. I was shooting for a Top 10 finish, but 11th isn't bad at all. I appreciate the whole team for sticking behind me this year and I am looking forward to having some fun next weekend at the MXGP of USA.""This year was good," said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team Manager and Owner, Mitch Payton. "We had some amazing talent under the tent this year and I believe it showed on the track. We picked up a couple wins indoors and outdoors, including a West Coast Supercross Championship and really showcased what the 2017 KX250F is capable of. I'm really looking forward to what the future holds for us and Kawasaki."

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Aug 21, 2017

Clement Desalle fourth in Sweden

Clement Desalle finished fourth in the Swedish round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Uddevalla to close the points gap on the leading three riders in the series standings.Saturday qualification had already proved the importance of a good start and overnight rain emphasized this yet further as it soon became evident that passing would be difficult in the slippery conditions with deep ruts abounding all around the track. After a series of close battles Clement eventually finished fourth in the opening moto and two hours later rode a strong race to again finish fourth. He remains fourth in the series standings but is now just eleven points behind the rider in second place so he goes to the final three GPs with all to play for.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki continued his return to racing after missing most of the season through injury and showed a significant improvement in form since his return to action one week earlier. He persevered despite accident-damaged front forks in the opening race to finish fifteenth and followed this with a strong ride to twelfth in race two. "I realized already on Saturday that the start would be important, maybe even more than on other tracks, and for the last two weekends my starts have not been quite as good as they were earlier this season," said Desalle. "In the first race I was seventh or eighth at the start and finished fourth; I was trying to make some passes earlier in the race but each failed and it was frustrating but thankfully in the last lap two riders made mistakes so I could finish fourth. The second start was a little bit better; I was sixth, then fifth but I lost time to pass Coldenhoff. I was coming back at Paulin but made a small mistake and I finished fourth again. I missed the podium by a couple of points, but I will continue to work as it is now very close from the second to the fourth position in the championship." "I saw some improvements since last week," said Searle. "In the first race I had some troubles when the front fork was damaged early in the race so it was difficult for my hands but I finished fifteenth. In the second race I finished twelfth; I had a better pace than last week, running near the front for the full race distance so I can see a big improvement, which is what I need at the moment. I'm very pleased with the bike and the team."

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Aug 21, 2017

Darian Sanayei Eight in Sweden

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to eighth place in the Swedish round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the demanding Uddevalla track in western Sweden.Incessant showers made racing even more difficult at the rugged track a few miles from the North Sea coastline but American rookie Darian Sanayei defied the conditions to repeat the speed he had shown one week earlier in Switzerland. He raced the two series title rivals throughout the qualifying moto to finish a close third, and was again prominent on race day, even if he was not quite able to repeat the level he had achieved twenty-four hours earlier. Starting sixth, he dropped one position early in the moto but came back strongly at the end of the moto to finish sixth with consistent lap times all moto and followed this up with a ninth placed finish in race two to complete the GP eighth overall. He maintains twelfth place in the series standings despite being forced to sit out a couple of mid-season GPs and has every chance of a final top ten ranking as he scored more heavily than either of the riders immediately before him in the points chase.Morgan Lesiardo, who usually races for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in the European Championship, took the opportunity of a break in the schedule for that series to gain GP experience and admitted after racing that he now appreciates the difference between the two series. He already found himself outside the points-scoring positions at the start of each race and was not surprised by the ferocity of the racing in the early laps of GP motos as he initially lost further ground, but he regrouped defiantly to finish twenty-fifth in race one and miss the points by just five seconds and one position in race two.Teammate Stephen Rubini also just missed the points-scoring positions in twenty-second and twenty-third position at the finish of the two thirty-five minute races after he also started outside the top twenty in each moto. "This weekend was a little bit similar to Switzerland, but I think there were more improvements," said Sanayei. "In the qualifying race I had a good start and ran up front, holding second place for nearly the entire race; it felt really good to have the same speed as these front guys, even if Seewer passed me at the end. Today with the rain the track was becoming slippery; in the first moto I had a good start but made a few mistakes on the first lap and got passed by a couple of guys. I was seventh and finished sixth; it was not a great moto but it was OK. In the second moto I felt good but didn't have the speed compared to the guys in front and finished ninth for eighth overall. Its not a really good result but we're still improving each week and I feel better on the bike; it's positive for the end of season and next year." "It was a tough weekend after the good one in Switzerland," said Lesiardo. "The MX2 GP class is really different to the European series; I'm here racing this weekend to get experience but I was expecting better results. However that's racing. I got two bad starts and then lost some positions on the first lap each time so, even though I passed a couple of riders later in the race, it was not enough to score points. The conditions were not easy with the rain; the track was different every lap so it was difficult for everyone." Stephen Rubini: "It was another difficult weekend and I never felt comfortable on the track except during the warm up. But I learned a lot if we forget the results; my bad starts didn't helped me either, but now I have two more weeks to prepare the next round."

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Aug 20, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo Claims His First Overall Victory at Budds Creek

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo brought home an overall win from Budds Creek, four years after making his professional debut at the same track, while Eli Tomac fought hard to win the second moto and finish third overall holding on to his points lead in the 450 class. The second to last round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held right outside of the nation's capitol brought unbearable heat and humidity, but did not stop the Kawasaki riders from powering forward.After setting the second fastest time in qualifying, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac lined up determined to keep his red plate. Just as the gate dropped for Moto 1, Tomac had to put his KX™450F to work after being wedged out of a top-10 position. Not willing to give up any more points to his contenders, Tomac battled tenaciously to pass eight other riders to get to seventh place, where he remained for the rest of the moto.As Moto 2 began, Tomac was back in contention after a much better start off the gate. Tomac was eager to get back on the podium, which led him to take chances and maneuver from fifth to first in no time at all. Although incomparable to the prior weekend's weather, multiple days of rain in Mechanicsville, Maryland left Tomac running through 21 tears-offs before crossing the finish line due to all of the mud. Despite the limited vision, Tomac kept his eyes on the prize to finish first in the moto and third overall. Tomac retains a 28-point lead, and command on the season standings going into the final round. "I'm really happy that I was able to turn things around in the second moto and to be on the podium today," said Tomac. "I felt great today but had a rough start in Moto 1. Going into Moto 2, I knew I had to put myself in a better position and everything came together. There's no slowing down now and we're going to continue to battle at Ironman next week."Adam Cianciarulo was the lone Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider to line up at the gate after teammate Joey Savatgy suffered an injury in a crash during qualifying earlier in the morning. Cianciarulo never looked back as he took the holeshot in Moto 1 and rode his KX™250F flawlessly to seize his first career moto win. After getting a taste of sweet victory, nothing was going to stop Cianciarulo from getting on top of the podium. AC got off to another great start but unlike Moto 1, he had to work to get around the competition. Fist in the air as the checkered flag waved, Cianciarulo left it all on the track and pushed forward to finish second in the moto and secure his first professional 250MX overall win."It feels so good to be able to repay everyone that has stood by me with a win today," said Cianciarulo. "Since I made my rookie debut here in 2013, I've had to really work hard with some ups and downs but I'm feeling like everything is coming together. I'm looking forward to finishing the season strong and carrying the momentum into supercross."

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Aug 14, 2017

Third Consecutive Podium Finish for Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy paddled through the mud and rain to finish second overall and earn his fourth overall podium of the year, while Eli Tomac's charge forward was cut short by a red flag in Moto 1 bringing his KX™450F to a ninth place finish at the Unadilla National.As the riders in the first 450 moto lined up, cloud cover kept temperatures cool and manageable. On the first lap, Tomac dropped into the iconic "Gravity Cavity" in 13th place and would pass his way up into 10th place before the skies opened up and lightning began to strike, causing a red flag on the race with two minutes and two laps remaining. With over 20 minutes of the race complete, the moto results were determined by the riders position on the track when the red flag was waved and Tomac was scored in 10th place.After a two hour and 30 minute delay for severe thunderstorms, the bikes lined back up to play in the mud. In 450 Moto 2 Tomac started seventh and quickly raced his KX™450F into the top five where he'd remain until the checkered flag. Tomac finished with a 10-5 moto score for ninth overall and retains his lead in the AMA Pro Motocross 450 Point Standings by a 27-point margin. "I'm glad to get through today," said Tomac. "The weather was crazy and made conditions extremely sketchy. I'm just happy to be in once piece and holding the red plate."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy and his KX™250F started the weekend off right, qualifying on pole, with teammate Adam Cianciarulo qualifying third. Cianciarulo led Moto 1 before unfortunately tipping over in a corner just after the halfway point, which handed the lead over to Savatgy. Savatgy took the lead and went on to win the first moto along with setting the fastest lap of the race. Cianciarulo recovered to finish in fifth. The 250 class was the first to hit the track after the weather delay and the track conditions were treacherous. By Turn 2, every rider from second place back was painted head-to-toe in mud. Savatgy made several passes early on in the moto to move up to fourth, while Cianciarulo was held up further back in race traffic. Savatgy held on to finish fourth in the moto giving him a 1-4 moto score for second overall. Cianciarulo would battle through the competition and conditions to finish eighth in the moto and sixth overall."I had fun today," said Savatgy. "I felt great on my KX250F all day. Unfortunately, the weather here is very unpredictable and it got the best of us. All in all, we made it work and I'm looking forward to keeping this ball rolling to finish the season strong.""Today didn't go as planned, but there are still positives to take away," said Cianciarulo. "I had another lead in the palm of my hands and I let it go, but it felt good to lead some laps and ride in some clean air. I learned a lot from today's race and conditions and I'm confident we can get a win before the end of the year."

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Aug 14, 2017

Weekend to forget for Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team had his most frustrating weekend of the season in the Swiss round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Frauenfeld.The Belgian's weekend of woe began at the first turn of the qualifying race as he was involved in a collision and had to chase through the pack to earn even twelfth choice of gate for the GP motos. A poor start in the opening GP moto saw him storm the leaderboard to finish tenth in the high-quality field and hopes of better fortune in race two as he round the first turn fourth were soon dimmed as he inadvertently touch the gear shift a few corners further, selecting a false neutral and again finding himself at the back of the pack. By the checkered flag he had advanced to eleventh. He remains just three points away from third in the championship standings with four rounds of the series remaining.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced for the first time this year in a season devastated by injury and came through the baptism of fire with flying colors to twice score points in sixteenth and fifteenth position at the end of two tough 35-minute GP motos. After such a long time out of racing it was inevitable that he could not immediately run the pace of the leaders all moto, but he made two top ten starts to run with the factory riders for several laps before riding to two secure finishes. "Nothing went as I would have liked this weekend, but that's part of racing," said Desalle. "In the qualifying race I was involved in a crash with some other riders at the first turn and could only get the twelfth gate pick. In the first moto I had a bad start but recovered from seventeenth to tenth; it's never easy to pass, and even more difficult now to come back into the top ten with so many good riders in the class. My second start was much better; I was in the top five but in one of the first few corners I touched my gear change and selected neutral so everyone passed me! I was nearly last but came back to eleventh; when you're in the pack like that it's tough as you can't really choose the best lines and you can't find your rhythm. It's a weekend to forget." "It was a tough weekend, but also a good one for my comeback racing," said Searle. "I knew that it would be tough and wasn't expecting great results; I don't really feel ready to race as I have only practiced for two weeks before coming here. It's probably the least ready that I have been for years; after my knee injury I was feeling good on the bike until I broke my hand. I have only been able to ride a few times before coming here but I scored an eleventh yesterday in qualification, then a fifteenth and a sixteenth today with some good starts. That's not so bad. The team has been working hard; I believe I'm not too far off and I'm still one of the guys who has a good speed so it gives me confidence that we're working in the right direction."

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Aug 14, 2017

Darian Sanayei Eighth in Switzerland

Darian Sanayei secured eighth place in the Swiss round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Frauenfeld-Gachnang with two top ten finishes aboard the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki.The American took an instant liking to the man-made track adjacent to the local sugar factory to post fourth-best time in both the practice and the qualifying race, thus earning a good choice of gate, but he found himself ninth after the initial sort-out in race one and advanced to eighth before losing two places in the closing stages. He initially moved forward to ninth in race two also, but lost two places before regrouping in the final stages to regain ninth place. This gave him eighth overall in the GP and he has consolidated his hold on twelfth place in the series standings. After qualifying fifteenth Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team made an excellent seventh-placed start in the opening GP moto and maintained a top ten ranking for six laps before riding errors gradually saw him lose places to finish sixteenth. His second start was even better and Stephen held fourth place for three laps before gradually losing his rhythm to again finish sixteenth. "I think that this weekend was a big improvement; we're moving in the right direction," said Sanayei. "Saturday was a very good day, I got good results in the practice sessions and got a fourth in the qualifying race as I passed Olsen in the last lap of the race. My speed was really good; I was really happy coming into the weekend and my problem today was that I used too much energy on Saturday and didn't save enough for race day. I felt I could have done better but I gave everything I had in my body. I finished eighth overall. I wanted better but today I was not as good as yesterday at the starts; we remain positive for the next GP." "It's good to have a pretty good weekend, the best one for a few weeks," said Rubini. "I had a good result in the free practice session and then qualified fifteenth. Today I got some good starts, including a top four at the second moto, and I was able to maintain the pace for ten to fifteen minutes, but then it was more difficult and I lost positions to finish sixteenth each time. In the second race I had some good battles and that's how you improve. I know that I must continue to train hard so I will be able to do even better; the track was fast and rough, it was tough physically."

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Aug 7, 2017

Clement Desalle Fourth at Lommel

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team swept to fourth place in the Belgian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship to maintain his top three series ranking.The Belgian's home round of the series at the Lommel sand track is a tough affair for all of the competitors and Clement displayed his professionalism to ride securely and confidently all weekend in the tough conditions. Initially seventh in the opening moto, he persevered to finish sixth and followed this with an even stronger ride in race two when he held down third position for several laps before a small error pushed him back to fifth at the checkered flag. He now holds third place in the championship standings and has increased his advantage over the chasers. Teammate Jordi Tixier was unfortunately absent as he suffered a broken rib during an incident when he collided with the abandoned machine of a local amateur whilst practicing at Lommel one week before the GP."I came here with a top five result in my mind," said Desalle. "I achieved what I wanted but I was also looking for two top five moto results to maintain consistency; in general though it was not so bad and I was happier with the second moto in terms of my riding. There is not too much to say; I had some better times and some slow laps to finish sixth. In the second moto I was third at the start and tried to follow the two guys in front but they were really fast. I also had a crash, losing some time and two positions. When Jasikonis crashed I was back to fourth and I focused on my rhythm and during the final two laps I just took care to finish fifth. A podium would have been so cool today but it's a positive weekend. In the last two weeks I tried a few things to improve myself in the sand and some small tests on the bike to help me on race day; I think we made a small step and that's good. We'll stay positive for the coming races. The track was difficult like every second moto in Lommel!"

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Aug 7, 2017

Two Gusty Riders for Darian Sanayei

Darian Sanayei put in two gutsy points-scoring rides for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki in the Belgian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the legendary Lommel sand track.The racing conditions encountered at Lommel are unlike anything encountered anywhere in the USA and was the scene of a devastating defeat for the Americans in the world team championship five years ago; it to Darian's credit that he was able to adapt as well as he did to the tough track. He already showed his resolve by posting the eleventh best time in a rain-affected timed session, but that quantum luck was missing during the races. Midfield starts made racing difficult; but Darian advanced from twenty-fourth to fifteenth in the opening moto before losing the rhythm so necessary for success at this track in race two. He was seventeenth in the race and the GP overall to secure his twelfth placed ranking in the championship standings.Teammate Marshal Weltin inevitably found it even more difficult to master the conditions in this, his first season racing in Europe, but he persevered to finish twenty-fourth and twenty-seventh in the two points-scoring races. Morgan Lesiardo and Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team encountered similar difficulties in the strange conditions; the Italian missed the points by the narrowest of margins each time as he finished twenty-first in each moto, but the French youngster was unable to start the second moto after taking a heavy blow to the thorax in race one when he crashed as he held down nineteenth position. "In the first practice session on Saturday I tried to get a good feeling with this new track and it wasn't too bad, but some heavy rain fell during the timed practice period and we had to make a quick lap early in the session," said Sanayei. "I posted the eleventh best time before a big storm came in. The track was strange with so much water on it during the qualifying race; it was a little crazy, I fell and couldn't restart my bike. In the first moto I had to come back from around 13th to 15th,which was not so bad. In the second race I was around 15th at the start; I caught some guys in front of me but when Jonass and Paturel passed me they broke my rhythm a little bit and then I just tried to survive and finish the race. It's definitively one of the toughest race I ever did in my career." "Lommel was probably the most difficult race I did in my life, but I wanted to do it as it was a great opportunity for me during this first season in Europe," said Weltin. "I wanted to take the opportunity to race here and it's incredible to see how difficult the track is; I wasn't really racing this weekend, it was just so extremely demanding. I want to thank the Dixon team who gave me this opportunity to race two GPs; their bike is great and the team is a great one. Next weekend in Switzerland I will be back in Team Bud Racing for the European series; I hope to get some good results there and I'm excited to be back racing with them."

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Aug 6, 2017

Kawasaki Team Green™ Riders Prevail at Loretta Lynn's National Championships

The elite Kawasaki Team Green™ roster wrapped up the 36th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with much to celebrate. Collectively, Team Green left the ranch with an astonishing seven championships along with Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green rider Garrett Marchbanks earning the coveted AMA Amateur Rider of the Year award. Familiarly known as "Loretta Lynn's", the week at the Ranch gives a glimpse as to who will become the future of the sport.Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds would start Team Green off on the right foot after capturing his first championship on Friday in the 85cc (9-12) class, followed closely by teammates Ryder DiFrancesco in second overall, Chance Hymas fourth overall and Nick Romano rounding out the top five. This marks Reynolds' third consecutive year of winning on his KX™85 motocross bike with an impressive total of nine Loretta Lynn's national championships. The podium sweep continued in the 85cc (9-11) class with DiFrancesco capturing first, Hymas in second, Romano third and Acevedo fifth."It feels great to take home another title at Loretta's this year," said Reynolds. "We came up just short of a second championship, but I'm so grateful for alI of the support from my team and everyone who helps me out." After dominating the first two motos in the Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) class, Reynolds was the title favorite but a crash on the start of Moto 3 forced him to charge through the competition and pass 38 riders in two laps before ultimately running into issues on lap four that forced him to retire from the race. The Supermini classes saw both Team Green riders Dilan Schwartz and Stilez Robertson battle it out for a podium position. Schwartz, who was flying with the fastest lap time in Supermini 1 (13-16) powered to the front after a rough start and finished second overall with teammate Robertson taking fourth. Robertson rode flawlessly to finish second overall in the Supermini 2 (13-16) Class, with Schwartz in fourth place. Nate Thrasher finished on the podium with third overall in the Mini Sr. (12-14) class "I felt good on the bike and put it all out there this week," said Schwartz. "I was happy to get two moto wins this week, but it's tough to come that close to a championship. We'll learn from it and be ready to take one home next year."Marchbanks was untouchable this week at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, claiming two titles in the 250 B and Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C classes. After grabbing a Moto 1 victory, Seth Hammaker went on to finish second overall in 250 B and fourth in Schoolboy 2. Lance Kobusch finished sixth overall in both 250 B and Schoolboy 2. "I had fun on the track this week," said Marchbanks. "We won all but one moto and I couldn't have done it without a great team who always have my back."Kawasaki rider Joey Crown rode well to finish off the week with a third place overall in 250 A and a second place overall in Open Pro Sport. Hannah Hodges continued her winning ways and was crowned the Women 12+ class champion. Following her win, Hodges continued to race throughout the weekend in WMX alongside teammates, Kylie Fasnatch and Shelby Rolen, Kawasaki dominated the class with Fasnatch first (1-1), Hodges second (2-2) and Rolen third overall (4-2).John Grewe would once again win the Masters 50+ championship with Team Green teammate Earl May in third. Grewe also placed his KX™450F in second overall in Senior 40+, while Team Green rider Taylor Painter captured the victory in the Vet (30+) class."Loretta's is always a good time," said Grewe. "I had fun on the track and the weather was awesome this year!"Team Green had four additional achievements over the past six days. Taylor Painter captured first in Vet (30+), Ryan Smith placed second in 250 C Limited and in College (18-24), teammates shared the podium with Felix Lopez taking second and Scott Meshey in third."It's always great coming to Loretta Lynn's," said Team Green Manager, Ryan Holliday. "I enjoy catching up with so many of our Kawasaki racers and families. We strive to give them the best experience and support that our Team Green staff can provide."The track is only in use a few weeks out of the year at the ranch and it's that time once again when horses will replace the motorcycles. It has been a long week for all of the riders competitively as well as a long car ride home for many, but the Team Green triumphs make it all worthwhile. Kawasaki rider championships and podium finishes from Loretta Lynn's AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship:AMA Amateur Rider of the YearGarrett MarchbanksWMX1st – Kylie Fasnacht 2nd – Hannah Hodges 3rd – Shelby Rolen Open Pro Sport2nd - Joey Crown 250 A3rd - Joey Crown 250 B1st - Garrett Marchbanks2nd - Seth Hammaker250 C Limited2nd - Rylan Smith450 C3rd - Matthew KretzlerCollege (18-24)2nd - Felix Lopez 3rd - Scott MesheyVet (30+)1st - Taylor PainterSenior (40+)2nd - John Grewe Masters (50+)1st - John Grewe3rd - Earl May 85cc (9-11) Limited1st - Ryder DiFrancesco2nd - Chance Hymas 3rd - Nicholas Romano85cc (9-12)1st - Jett Reynolds2nd - Ryder DiFrancescoMini Sr 2 (12-14)3rd - Nate ThrasherSupermini 1 (12-15)2nd - Dilan SchwartzSupermini 2 (13-16)2nd - Stilez RobertsonSchoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C1st - Garrett MarchbanksWomen (12+) Amateur1st - Hannah Hodges

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Jul 31, 2017

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‘s Joey Savatgy Earns Second Straight Overall Win

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy raced his way to his second consecutive overall victory, while Eli Tomac rode his KX™450F to another podium finish at the Washougal National.When the gate dropped on 450MX Moto 1, Tomac started fifth and quickly passed his way into third place before the opening lap was complete. On Lap 3, Tomac passed into second place and began to gain time on the race leader. After making contact while trying to pass for the lead, Tomac lost time on the leader and was unable to improve on his runner-up position.Moto 2, saw Tomac start inside the top five and begin his charge towards the front again. By Lap 5, the No. 3 KX450F had made the move into second place and continued to race forward. Tomac went on to finish 2-2 on the day for second overall, earning his fifth overall podium finish of the season and extending his points lead to 32."Overall, it was a good day," said Tomac. "I got off to two great starts and felt strong for both motos. Hats off to Marvin on his ride. We'll go into the break with a few more points and plan to be back on top the podium."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo continued his pole position streak, once again qualifying fastest in the 250MX class. When the gate dropped on Moto 1, Cianciarulo came around in fifth, while teammate Joey Savatgy sat back in seventh. Cianciarulo was on the move and by halfway had positioned himself into second place, where he'd remain until the checkered flag flew. After a crash, Savatgy remounted and rode hard to gain as many positions as possible, finishing the moto in seventh place.Savatgy came out swinging in Moto 2 by grabbing the holeshot and the early lead with Cianciarulo not far behind in third place. It wouldn't come easy for Savatgy, as he lost the lead on Lap 4, but he fought back and regained the lead on his KX™250F just passed the halfway mark. From there, Savatgy led the way to the checkered flag and went on to win the moto and the overall victory with 39 points. Cianciarulo went on to finish with a 2-5 moto score, which put him in a three-way tie for second overall, but placed him in fourth overall as the second moto finishes act as the tie breaker."This track was not easy," said Savatgy. "After a tough first moto, I put myself in a great position off the start in Moto 2 and I knew if I just put my head down and ran my pace for 30 minutes plus two, I had a good shot at winning. Thanks to the whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for supporting me this year and all the work they've done. I think we've really found a good spot to finish the season strong.""We were so close," said Cianciarulo. "I felt great all day today and I think it showed, finally. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite put it all together at the end, but I'm confident we can get a before this year is done."

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Jul 24, 2017

Clement Desalle second in Czech Republic

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his second place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship after finishing runner-up in the Czech round at Loket.The Belgian faced a tough race to eighth in qualification after getting caught up in the awkward first turn, but the power of his KX450F-SR got him out of the gate ahead of the pack on race day for two superb top three starts. Overtaking is always difficult on the twisting Czech raceway and Clement maintained second place throughout the opening moto with the leader always in sight to establish the basis for his podium result. Initially third in race two Clement moved into second place again on the seventh of nineteen laps to rank second overall on the day, just a single point shy of victory. The result has consolidated his second place in the championship standings as he outscored each of his closest rivals and the Belgian goes to his home GP in two weeks time with renewed confidence.Teammate Jordi Tixier made a surprise comeback as he bravely shrugged off the injuries he sustained three weeks earlier in Portugal. Despite only two days of practice he immediately found his known speed and, joining Desalle in the top six at the start of the opening moto, he maintained that position for ten minutes and continued in the top ten for more than half of the race before the training deficit inevitably took its toll and he crossed the line thirteenth. He again started in the top ten in race two before the discomfort from his three-week-old injuries forced him to quit the race mid-moto. "It was a strong day with two second place finishes," said Desalle. "I'm happy that I was able to turn my weekend around in a positive way as I didn't qualified so well on Saturday. We knew that the start would be one of the keys; I got the holeshot in the first moto and I had another good start in the second one. It was a positive day, even if I don't win the GP, and I enjoyed my riding today. I take it race by race; I want to do the best for me and the team. Lommel is coming and we have some good things to do there as I also like riding the sand." "It was not easy this weekend," said Tixier. "I was unable to walk for ten days after my big crash in Portugal and I could only ride my bike before coming here. The speed was there and I also got some good starts but in the first race I spent a lot of energy to stay in the top six for ten minutes, then in the top ten for a further ten minutes before finishing the race thirteenth. I knew that I had used a lot of energy; with all my injuries since Argentina I haven't been able to train normally and in the MXGP class you must be fit. But we'll keep the positives and continue to work to recover for the next races."

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Jul 24, 2017

A Strong Return for Darian Sanayei

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki made a strong return to GP action with a stunning seventh place in the second moto of the Czech round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.Despite a month out of racing the American quickly settled down to qualify a superb fifth on Saturday and he again showed tremendous speed on race day. An unfortunate start, followed on lap five by a crash as he moved forward through the pack, forced him to withdraw from the opening moto, but a better getaway in race two saw him run top eight all race and finish seventh after advancing to sixth at one stage until the lack of recent bike time inevitably took its toll. Darian remains twelfth in the series standings.Fellow American Marshal Weltin joined him and the European Championship regular acquitted himself well on his GP debut. He advanced strongly from an initial fifteenth in race one to finish eleventh and followed this up with a similar ride in race two to again finish eleventh after starting fourteenth. That earned ninth overall, a highly creditable GP debut.Morgan Lesiardo of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team was another to take advantage of a break in the EMX250 schedule to taste GP action and the Italian also broke into the points scorers in race two as he converted an initial seventeenth into fifteenth at the checkered flag. He had also moved forward from a twenty-first placed start in the muddy opening moto to hold eighteenth before being forced to take off his goggles and eventually retire. Starting seventeenth in race two, he had a solid ride to finish fifteenth. Teammate Stephen Rubini had a frustrating weekend. The French teenager was forced to ride strongly from dead last to twenty-second in the first moto after another rider had pushed him off the track at turn one. He again rode strongly in race two to advance from nineteenth at the start to fifteenth place with a handful of laps remaining before blisters caused him to slacken his pace in the final two laps to finish nineteenth. "As I missed Portugal after my crash in Ottobiano," said Sanayei. "I had one month to recover and I didn't ride so many times, just enough to feel good on the bike. Saturday was good; I was eighth and ninth in the practice sessions and qualified in fifth after fighting at the front of the pack which was good. We had some heavy rain before the first moto and I got a bad start, then crashed and finally retired. My start was much better in the second race; I was in the top ten and fought hard to finally finish seventh. I pushed really hard to try to catch Lieber, but I couldn't keep pushing at that speed until the finish. But everything this weekend went well, except the first moto." "For my first GP it was not so bad with a ninth overall which is pretty good," said Weltin. "I was a little bit too aggressive on this track when I needed to be a little smoother but it was the first time I raced with the DRT Kawasaki which is a different bike to the one I race in the European series. I could take the third gate from the inside and was in the top fifteen at each start. For sure the level is higher in the MX2 than in the EMX250, but I'm delighted with this experience and hope to have another chance soon." "On Saturday I struggled to find a good feeling on this slippery and hard track, and couldn't qualify better than 22nd. Sunday was much better," said Lesiardo. "I started twice in the top twenty but in the first moto I had to take off my goggles and then had to retire. The second race was much better; I had fun and improved my riding to finish fifteenth after some good fight with regular MX2 GP riders. Now we move to Belgium, for some hard training to prepare for Lommel." "It was another tough weekend for me," said Rubini. "Saturday, I struggled too much with the track and the grip and qualified only in twenty-ninth position. At the start of the first race another rider hit me and pushed me out of the track; I came back on the track last to finish twenty second. The second race was better. I was in the top twenty at the start and moved forward to fourteenth, but I had to slow down in the last few laps and lost several positions; I crashed hard last week in the Italian championship so I couldn't train all week and had pain in this race with big blisters on both hands."

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Jul 23, 2017

Back On Top

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac continued his podium presence and extends his points lead at round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a third overall finish overcoming the challenging track conditions. After wrapping up on the podium in Millville, Tomac extended his points lead and will keep the red plate.The Spring Creek National delivered humidity and a muddy track after early morning showers for the start of Moto 1. Tomac started towards the back of the top 10, but rode his KX™450F aggressively, taking lines away from the competition to move forward. Unfortunately, it was not until halfway through the moto that Tomac made his way into second place and by that time the leader had built an insurmountable gap. After starting Moto 2 at the front and moving into second, Tomac ran into a bit of tough luck crashing not once, but twice early on due to rutted downhill sections. He was able to remount fairly quickly, but was sitting in 14th place. Tomac was all over the other riders and quickly began his charge back to the front. Determined to salvage his podium opportunity, Tomac snagged fifth at the finish line ending the day with a 2-5 and third place overall."I made a few mistakes today," said Tomac. "Starts weren't bad, I just had some tough luck and made some errors on my end. I went down twice in Moto 2 and just kept pushing to get back to the front. We will work on some things, but glad I could leave with a place on the podium and salvage some points."Adam Cianciarulo kicked off the weekend in Millville qualifying with the fastest lap time for the second round in a row, but it was teammate Joey Savatgy who stole the show. Moto 1 immediately started with a battle when a fellow competitor edged Savatgy out for the holeshot, but it did not take long for the No. 17 green machine to make a move and take the lead. Never looking back, Savatgy led the pack for 15 laps, building a seven-second lead at the finish line. Cianciarulo was not far behind, with a top 10 finish in sixth. Unfortunately, teammate Justin Hill suffered a wrist injury earlier in the day and was unable to compete in either moto.The moment the gate dropped for Moto 2, both Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders, Savatgy and Cianciarulo, rocketed to the front. Savatgy continued riding flawlessly, holding on to the top spot for nine laps before settling into second. Keeping his eye on the prize, he finished the day back on top of the podium with a 1-2 and first overall, moving him up to fourth in point standings. Cianciarulo fought hard and continuously exchanged places with a few other contenders for the entirety of the moto and ultimately took another sixth place finish for an impressive fifth overall. "I had fun riding today," said Savatgy. "We were able to go back to the drawing board over the break and apply it to the track today. Our lap times in qualifying were good and I think it really set me up for a great start in Moto 1. I felt good and I'm glad we were able to get back on the podium. I'm looking forward to keeping this momentum!""I really enjoyed the track today," said Cianciarulo. "I felt like I was riding well and started the day off right. We're happy with a fifth overall finish, but I expected to be on the podium at the end of the day. We'll work on a few things this week, but I'm looking forward to Washougal."

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Jul 20, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Out for Spring Creek National

Austin Forkner suffered a crash while riding this week and sustained a concussion that will force him to miss round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National on Saturday in Millville, Minnesota. He will take the weekend off to recuperate and return to racing as soon as possible. Forkner currently sits eighth in the 250MX Championship standings.

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Jul 14, 2017

Josh Grant Undergoes Successful Knee Procedure

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Josh Grant underwent arthroscopic procedure to his left knee on Wednesday. Grant injured his knee at the Southwick National. He entered the race weekend ninth in the point standings and finished a strong 11th in the first moto. Grant will begin therapy immediately and return to riding as soon as possible.

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Jul 10, 2017

Eli Tomac Extends Win Streak at Southwick

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac extended his winning streak to five moto wins by placing his KX™450F atop the podium with another impressive 1-1 finish. Teammate Josh Grant would retire early from competition after injuring his knee during Moto 1.The opening moto for the 450MX Class saw Tomac swing around Turn 1 in sixth place, with Grant in 17th. Tomac was on a charge early and positioned himself in third place by the end of Lap 1. Tomac, racing at a pace nearly two seconds faster than the race leader, carried momentum around the outside and whipped his KX motorcycle through the air and into the lead. Tomac went on to finish 15.9 seconds ahead of the competition to capture his seventh moto victory of the year, while Grant finished 11th. In Moto 2, Tomac started 11th and by Lap 3 he made his way into a podium position and began applying relentless pressure on the leaders. On Lap 7, Tomac utilized his creative and impressively fast outside lines to pass for the lead. Once again, Tomac was on another level, winning Moto 2 by more than 21 seconds. Tomac now leads the championship by 19 points heading into the weekend off."I love this track," said Tomac. "I had fun all day, blasting sand burms and railing corners. My starts weren't the best, but we managed to still come out with the win. The break will be nice, but all I want to do is race right now."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki started Saturday on top, with Adam Cianciarulo setting the fastest lap in qualifying. When the gate dropped on Moto 1, it was Joey Savatgy in fifth, with Hill in 10th place. Unfortunately, both Austin Forkner and Cianciarulo would find themselves on the ground early on the opening lap. Savatgy held on to finish seventh, while Cianciarulo went on to pass 25 riders and finish in 15th place. Forkner and Hill would not finish the race and decide to sit out the second moto. As Moto 2 began, so did the rain, making the sandy conditions slicker and tougher. Savatgy rounded the first turn in fifth with Cianciarulo back in 15th. Cianciarulo once again began his charge through the field. Carving through the sand from inside to outside, Savatgy was in a three-man battle for nearly the entire moto and crossed the finish line in fifth place, while Cianciarulo finished ninth. Savatgy and Cianciarulo would finish sixth and 10th overall, respectively."I had great starts all day," said Savatgy. "I wasn't able to capitalize on the early opportunities. I'm looking forward to the break and to come into Millville swinging.""Today was tough," said Cianciarulo. "My speed and fitness is there, I just need to minimize the small mistakes. I know what I have to do and know I can do it. We'll go into the break hungry and eager to improve."

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Jul 3, 2017

Clément Desalle goes second in MXGP

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team moved back to second place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in round twelve at Agueda in Portugal.The Belgian, a three-time winner at the facility in the past, was optimistic of further success but a strange incident at the opening turn of the qualifying race restricted him to fourteenth choice of gate for the GP motos and he suffered minor injuries to a finger and ribs. Despite the awkward gate choice Clement was able to take a fifth placed start and held this position for most of the race before eventually finishing sixth. Race two was more difficult as another rider crashed directly in front of him at the first corner and he was forced to to race from last position to clinch an eventual tenth. The combined results gave Clement eighth overall in the GP and his efforts were rewarded as he has moved back to second place in the championship standings as the teams enter the summer break. After a solid race to eleventh position in the qualifying race teammate Jordi Tixier was advancing rapidly from an initial twelfth position to hold eighth when he crashed heavily after twenty minutes of the opening GP moto; he suffered compression injuries to both leg and back and will undergo scans on his return to France before a final diagnosis can be made but he will certainly be out of action for at least four to six weeks. "I already had some troubles during the qualifying race on Saturday; at the start of the race I was coming pretty carefully into the first corner, but a few metres after the corner my rear wheel slid out and I crashed," said Desalle It seems strange as I wasn't pushing so hard, maybe someone hit my rear wheel, I don't know but it meant that I qualified only fourteenth. In the first race I managed to get a decent start from this gate to hold fifth place initially and finally I finished sixth; the last part of the race was tough as it was again very hot this weekend, but between the races I recovered pretty well. But at the second start another rider crashed directly in front of me and took me down; I recovered to tenth after starting last. For sure I'm not happy with the overall result as on a track like this one I could have score many more points. To be positive I can say that with the team we know what we will work on during the summer break to continue to improve our set-up; I also know what to do during the next three weeks but at first I need a few days to recover from this weekend as I hurt a finger and some ribs in the crash on Saturday."

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Jul 3, 2017

David Herbreteau ninth in Portugal

David Herbreteau took his F&H Racing Team Kawasaki to ninth place in the Portuguese round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship, running in high temperatures at Agueda.The French nineteen-year-old continued his impressive form since becoming a permanent GP starter and was able to set top ten times in both practice sessions; he also showed good speed during the qualification race and was able to advance five places during the twenty-minute race. Holding twelfth place after the initial sort-out in the opening GP moto David initially lost a number of places as he sought to find a rhythm, but he regained all of the lost ground during a strong second half to finish twelfth. The second race followed a similar pattern as he slipped back to thirteenth at one stage before a strong recovery brought him back to tenth at the chequered flag. The combined results earns him ninth overall in the GP. Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team also showed good speed during the practice sessions but an electrical connection on the bike was damaged by a rock on the opening lap of the qualifying race and he had to start both GP motos from the disadvantageous outside gate. He advanced quickly to fifteenth position in the first moto before a crash pushed him out of the points-scoring placings and he faced a stiff ride back to eighteenth to earn three points. The second race was soon effectively over as another rider shunted Stephen after another top fifteen start and he lost more than a minute trapped under his own bike. "It was a good GP for me, the best ever in my career with a top ten finish," said Herbreteau. "I had a good feeling with this track already on Saturday, posting some good results in the practice sessions and a good qualification. This morning I had again a good feeling and I had a good jump of the gate in the first moto but lost too many positions during the first few laps; that's something I must work on. I made my best lap time at the end of the race, and in the second race I had a better start and never give up even if mentally it was not easy mentally as I always had another rider just behind me to put under pressure." "It was another tough weekend for me, even if I was in the top thirteen of both practice sessions," said Rubini. "I had a good start in the qualifying session, but on the first lap the engine stopped as a stone damaged an electrical connection. It's never easy to get a good start from the outside gate here; in the first GP moto I was in the top fifteen but crashed later in the race and could only score an eighteenth position. The second start was similar, but on the first lap another rider hit me and we lost more than one minute as I was under the bike. We have now three weeks to prepare for Loket; I hope that I will not be so unlucky there."

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Jul 2, 2017

Eli Tomac Takes the Series Lead at RedBud

On the heels of the overall win one week ago, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac dominated both motos at RedBud to reclaim the lead in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross point standings, holding a 13-point advantage. Although the notoriously wild crowd at RedBud National was celebrating the July fourth weekend decked out in their best red, white and blue ensembles, Tomac was only gunning for the color red. With his sweep at Redbud, the red No. 3 plate signifying the points lead returns to the Colorado native's KX™450F.Tough luck came early as the riders began their charge around the first corner of 450 Moto 1. Unfortunately, Josh Grant found himself tangled up in the pile of fellow competitors and on the ground. Tomac, just barely escaping the disaster zone, began charging the track on his KX450F to the front from his fourth place position on Lap 1. Not long after, Tomac attacked the top spot, taking the lead and leaving the pack behind to finish first. It did not take long for Grant to get back into the mix, as he pushed hard to make up ground, he was able to secure 10th place as the checkered flag flew.The Kawasaki riders soared out of the gate to start Moto 2 both capturing top five slots, with Tomac in third and Grant in fifth. The sandy sections and deep ruts made for an intense battle being that many of the riders appeared to be targeting the same lines. With mistakes and collisions being made by all, Tomac was able to capitalize and move to the front with seven minutes and two laps left to go. After falling back into sixth, teammate Grant powered through an aching forearm injury to steal a top-five finish just before crossing the finish line. Tomac continued with a rather large gap of 11 seconds, going on to sweep both motos with a 1-1 finish for Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Tomac will now head into next weekend as the series leader with the red plate."We had an all around good day," said Tomac. "The fans are awesome here and I could feel the energy! As wide as the track is here, there seemed to only be one line so I really had to work for it. I didn't want to rush anything though, being that we were already going at a fast pace, so I had to be patient on making a move. It feels good to head into next weekend with the red plate and I'm really looking forward to riding in the sand at Southwick.""I always love riding the track at RedBud," said Grant. "I think I made the right decision to race this weekend after all. Although my forearm is sore, I'm just pumped I was able to race today. I wasn't too happy about getting caught up in the opening crash in Moto 1, but I feel like I rode well today and I'm ready to take this momentum into next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner grabbed a spot in fourth as the gate dropped for 250 Moto 1. Continuing the momentum, Forkner sent it right over the infamous LaRocco's Leap on his KX250F in hopes of reaching a place on the podium, with teammates Joey Savatgy in 11th and Adam Cianciarulo right behind him. Justin Hill managed to finish in a respectable 17th after going down early on the first lap. Cianciarulo finished eighth after maneuvering around three others including Savatgy who remained in 11th. Forkner successfully held off the rest of the pack until the very end securing fourth place.After another great start for Forkner in Moto 2, he soon went down after colliding with a fallen rider. Dodging traffic and determined to quickly recover, Forkner remounted and fearlessly sped off to eventually finish in 14th place and not far behind teammates Cianciarulo in 13th and Savatgy in 11th. However, Hill looking strong off the gate positioned himself in fourth place and held on for the entire first half of the moto before slipping back one spot and snagging fifth place at the finish line."It's always a good time at RedBud and the fans were out in full force," said Cianciarulo. "We're going to focus on getting better starts this week and looking forward to Southwick.""I had great starts in both motos this weekend," said Forkner. "I wasn't able to find the speed in Moto 1 and a fourth place finish wasn't what I was planning on, but I can't really complain. I felt good on the bike and feel like I rode well. I got caught up in the crash in Moto 2 and tried to quickly get back up. I went really hard for the first 15 minutes and had to take a breather. I'm happy to have pulled off a seventh overall and am ready to keep the momentum and these successful starts going. "This weekend was tough," said Savatgy. "I struggled with myself and finding my flow. I have a great team and we will look into making some changes to prepare for next weekend." "I felt good and had the bike dialed this week," said Hill. "All the guys were really fast this week. It was tough coming back from the early crash in Moto 1, but I was glad to finish in a top-five spot in Moto 2. The team and I will continue to do our work and improve each and every week."

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Jun 30, 2017

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Josh Grant Back in for RedBud

After riding his KX™450F on Thursday, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Josh Grant has decided to race Round 6 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at RedBud this Saturdayin Buchanan, Michigan. Grant initially decided to sit out this weekend to recover from his practice crash at Muddy Creek Raceway, but after riding this week he is ready to race. Grant and his teammate Eli Tomac will be celebrating Independence Day with special Patriot graphics and gear on Saturday.

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Jun 28, 2017

Kawasaki Team Green™ Conquers Mammoth Mountain

The 50th annual Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross was nothing short of phenomenal. Together, the roster of Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders finished with an impressive nine AMA Major Championships and 17 of the coveted, hand-carved first place bear trophies.Jett Reynolds rode his KX™85 flawlessly, taking home seven bears and two overall championship titles in the 85cc (9-12) and Mini Sr. 1 (9-14) classes, with teammate Ryder DiFrancesco right behind him in second place and Chance Hymas finishing with a respectable 4-9 in the 85cc class. Dilan Schwartz and Stilez Robertson entered both Supermini classes vying for the top spot. After an intense battle between the two riders on their Kawasaki KX™100 superminis, Robertson clinched the overall championship victory in the Supermini 1 (12-15), while Schwartz came in a close second. Schwartz went on to claim the Supermini 2 (13-16) class title, as well as the Supermini All-Stars championship with a 1-1 later in the week, finishing with an incredible eight moto wins, four bears and two overall championships altogether. As the event switched gears to the big bikes, Garrett Marchbanks was ready to showcase his ability and speed on his KX™250F. Marchbanks entered in threeclasses including Schoolboy 2, 250 B and the 250 B/C Open, winning all three championships. With a 10-second gap over the rest of the competition, Marchbanks pumped his fist in the air as the checkered flag flew for the final race. He wrapped up the weekend with five moto wins and three first place bears.Following a record setting year of snowfall, Mammoth Mountain remains open through July 4th, which provided the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green the opportunity to enjoy additional activities on their downtime such as, skiing, fishing, mountain biking and more. Overall, the golden anniversary Mammoth Motocross delivered the perfect family event.2017 Monster Energy Mammoth MotorcrossMini Day One Winners85cc (9-12) - Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki KX85)Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) - Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki KX85)Mini Sr. 2 (9-14) - Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki KX85)Supermini 1 (12-15) - Dilan Schwartz (Kawasaki KX100)Supermini 2 (13-16) - Stilez Robertson (Kawasaki KX100)Mini Day Two Winners85cc (9-12) - Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki KX85)Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) - Jett Reynolds (Kawasaki KX85)Supermini 1 (12-15) - Stilez Robertson (Kawasaki KX100)Supermini 2 (13-16) - Dilan Schwartz (Kawasaki KX100)Big Bikes and Supermini All-Stars WinnersSupermini All-Stars - Dilan Schwartz (Kawasaki KX100)Schoolboy 2 - Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki KX250F)250 B - Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki KX250F)250 B/C Open - Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki KX250F)Two Stroke – Tristan Miller (Kawasaki KX500)

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Jun 26, 2017

Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Wins in Tennessee

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac put his KX™450F back on top at Muddy Creek Raceway, finishing 2-1 for first overall at the fifth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship. Teammate Josh Grant was forced to retire early from the race weekend after a practice mishap.On the opening lap of 450MX Moto 1, Tomac crossed the green flag in eighth. He wouldn't stay put for long and by Lap 6, Tomac had positioned himself in third and began applying pressure to the leaders. Two laps later, Tomac moved into second, but ran out of time to catch the leader, finishing second in Moto 1. When the gate fell on Moto 2, Tomac would briefly sit in third place, eager to press to the front. By the end of the opening lap he had placed his KX450F at the front of the competition and had already began gapping the field. There was no catching the No. 3 Kawasaki machine in Moto 2, as he went on to win the race by a 33.9 second margin over second place. Tomac would win his second overall of the season and move within four points of the lead in the 450MX Rider Point Standings."It feels good to get back to where we started," said Tomac. "We had a mix of bad luck and small mistakes, but we're past it and back on top. Overall, today was great for both the team and I. My Kawasaki was working great from start to finish. I'm ready to race Red Bud tomorrow, if I could."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner rode outstanding in the humid and muggy Tennessee conditions to finish 3-3 for third overall, while Adam Cianciarulo finished 4th, Joey Savatgy eighth and Justin Hill 15th. In 250MX Moto 1, It was Cianciarulo and Forkner with great starts, coming around in second and third with Hill in 12th. After being involved in a first turn crash, Savatgy remounted in 27th. Savatgy would pass 16 riders and finish in 11th place by the time the checkered flag flew, with Hill in 17th. Cianciarulo and Forkner rode strong to finish second and third, placing two KX™250F's up on the podium.Moto 2 saw Forkner with another great start in second place, with teammates Cianciarulo in sixth, Savatgy 10th and Hill 13th. For nearly 25 minutes the top-10 battled closely with one another, using every inch of the Muddy Creek racetrack. Forkner held strong to finish third, with Cianciarulo in fifth, Savatgy seventh and Hill in 13th place. "Today's pace was crazy fast," said Forkner. "The pace never settled today and from start to finish we were absolutely sending it the entire time. Overall, I'm pumped on my fitness and speed today and I'm looking forward to building on this for next weekend.""I felt better this weekend," said Cianciarulo. "It was nice to get one podium finish today. We're getting closer to the front with every moto and I'm not going to quit until I'm on that top spot.""I wasn't on pace today," said Savatgy. "I seemed to be just a little off all day and couldn't keep up with the front runners. I'm pumped for Adam and Austin on their podium finishes, they both rode great. All I can do is do my homework this week and come out swinging next week.""Today was tough," said Hill. "I changed my work out routine this past week and I'm hoping this new technique will eventually turn things around for me. All we can do is continue to work and put in our best effort."

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Jun 26, 2017

Clément Desalle seventh in Italy

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team finished seventh in the GP of Lombardy, eleventh round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship, at Ottobiano in northern Italy.Having won the last two GPs in France and Russia the Belgian arrived full of confidence at the sandy track on the northern basin of Italy, but he never quite achieved his expectations as temperatures soared about 40 degrees with high humidity. A crash during the qualification race on Saturday got the racing activity off to an unfortunate start although Clement recovered to twelfth place by the finish, a gate choice which enabled him to still make good starts in both GP motos. He started the first moto in fourth position but found it difficult to maintain his usual consistent rhythm and eventually finished eighth, frustratingly losing the final place on the very last lap. Again starting fourth in race two he again failed to find a good rhythm and eventually took the checkered flag in seventh position. Clement is now third in the series standings, just three points shy of second.Teammate Jordi Tixier returned to action after sitting out the Russian GP two weeks previously and immediately showed good speed to qualify tenth and the Frenchman again impressed as he moved forward to finish eleventh after inevitably needing time to find his race rhythm during the early laps of the race. Race two followed a similar pattern as he advanced from twelfth to seventh during the middle of the race before being forced to retire after a big crash. Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki attended the GP as a spectator; he injured his left hand when he struck a trackside post two weeks previously but expects to be given clearance to ride again next week and can hopefully return to GP action after the summer break. "It was a tough weekend with such high temperatures," said Desalle. "In the first race I had a good start but in the first few corners I lost several positions. I was fourth and tried to keep my rhythm but it was tough and I eventually finished eighth; I was disappointed to lose one position on the very last lap. I know how I train in the week and every time I try to analyse how it's going, but the opponents are strong in the MXGP class. My second start was also good; I was fourth or fifth and again I tried to keep my rhythm to finish seventh. I can't say that I'm happy with the results but I am glad to go back home in one piece as yesterday I had a big crash in the qualifying race. I learnt a few things this weekend that will help me to prepare even better for future hot events; it's always important to learn from the experience of every situation." "It was a positive comeback, even if the final result is not what I was expecting," said Tixier. "On Saturday I qualified in tenth which was not so bad as I couldn't train so much in the sand before coming here due to my injury. My first moto was also not so bad; I was just missing some speed and rhythm during the first part of the race. In the second race I had a better feeling and was able to improve my rhythm in the last fifteen minutes where I posted my best laps. I could pass some good riders to come back to seventh, but then I had a big crash and had to retire. I want to keep the positive points; I have a good speed when I ride smoothly, and we must continue to work like that. Everyone know that my body doesn't like high temperatures, but since last year we find some solutions to improve the situation." "I had already booked my flight to come here before my latest injury so I thought I would come and see everyone in the team and support them," said Seerle. "It's two weeks now since I injured my hand and the doctor said that I should be back on the bike within four weeks without an operation. I go back for a check-up on Thursday and can expect to be back riding one week after that so hopefully I can return to racing at the Czech GP after the summer break."

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Jun 26, 2017

In the Heat of Ottobiano

The young Kawasaki MX2 GP riders suffered in the extreme heat of the GP of Lombardy at the sandy track of Ottobiano in the middle of the north Italian basin as temperatures soared above 40 degrees.Teenager Stephen Rubini was left alone to fly the colors of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team after the enforced withdrawal of Petar Petrov on practice day, and the French youngster strived hard to achieve results without the success he and the team had hoped for. In both motos he gated well and took up the chase within the points-scoring positions but crashes on the opening lap of each moto already hindered his progress. He was recovering well in the first moto and was on the edge of the top twenty when he crashed again at half distance and, with little chance of recovering the lost places again, he withdrew to save energy for race two as temperatures soared again after an early morning storm and humidity was claustrophobically high. Again starting well in race two Stephen was delayed when he became the sandwich between a crashed rider and another rival who hit him from behind. He again pushed hard and quickly reached twenty-second place, just two away from the points, when he stalled the engine and was inevitably affected by the heat as the stop broke his rhythm. He continued to the checkered flag and missed world championship points by one position. Teammate Petar Petrov, who had dislocated a shoulder two weeks previously in Russia, bravely tried to ride, but the shoulder popped out again without him even crashing and the Bulgarian will now undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the series.Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki qualified thirteenth on Saturday and had high hopes of a significant score, but the American's luck ran out on race day. Twenty-fourth on lap one of the opening moto after getting tangled up soon after the start he quickly advanced to nineteenth after just three laps before crashing and damaging the bike. Again finding life difficult at the awkward 180 degree first turn he started race two twenty-first, but was making great strides and was running fourteenth three laps from the close when he crashed hard and required medical treatment; the doctors confirmed that he has no broken bones but have advised some days of recuperation so he could miss next weekend's Portuguese GP. "It was a tough weekend, as I crashed early in both races," said Rubini. "I was twice in the top fifteen which was not so bad, but I crashed on the first lap each time. In the first race I came back on the track with a good rhythm but it was not enough to be in the points and after another crash I retired. In the second moto I couldn't avoid a pile up as another rider was down on the track in front of me and someone behind me pushed me so we were several riders on the ground together. But I didn't give up; when I stalled the engine later in the race it was really tough with the heat but I didn't want to retire and I finished the race twenty-first. That's not the results I was expecting but we'll continue to work." "The whole season has been hard for me, but what can we do when you're so unlucky," said Petrov. "I give my best every time I came, even if I was in pain but sometimes it's not possible and you have to accept the situation. I rode the bike during the week and felt good, but with the heat here the muscles relax quite a lot and in the first practice session the shoulder I dislocated in Russia came out again. Now I will have surgery; for sure the season is over and the goal will be to get healthy again and ready for 2018."

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Jun 19, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Wins Moto 2 by 20 Seconds

After a weekend off, Monster Energy® Kawasaki came into Round 4 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship poised and ready to get back on the podium.As the gate fell on 450MX Moto 1, it was the No. 33 of Josh Grant on his KX™450F grabbing his second holeshot of the season, with Eli Tomac in third. While passing for second on the opening lap, Tomac would hit a slick spot in the corner and go down, remounting in 36th. Grant would lead for four laps before sliding back to third place on Lap 5, where he would remain until the checkered flag flew and capture his fourth podium finish in four rounds. Tomac passed 24 riders in 18 laps to finish 12th place. After a week of rain and a full day of racing, the track conditions were treacherous for 450MX Moto 2 with temperatures in the high 90's. These conditions would slow the pace of everyone, except for the No. 3 Kawasaki machine of Tomac, having earned the nickname "The Shark" for his ability to attack any track condition with aggression and speed. Tomac started Moto 2 in third place, and it wouldn't take long before he'd strike and take the lead on Lap 4. Tomac quickly disappeared from the competition and pulled out to a 20+ second lead over second place. He'd capture his third moto win of the 2017 Pro Motocross Championship and finish fourth overall. Teammate Grant would finish 11th after a small tip over in the ruts on Lap 13 and finish sixth overall. Tomac sits 11 points down in third place with Grant eighth in the 450MX rider points standings."I'm glad to finish today with a win," said Tomac. "It was unfortunate to have that crash in Moto 1, but shook it off and pulled off a big win in the second moto by 20 seconds. That feels good. Looking forward to doing it again in Tennessee.""The day started off great," said Grant. "My starts were on point today with pulling a holeshot in the first moto and finishing third again. I got another great start in Moto 2 but just had a few little mistakes that held me back from the podium." Coming off his first win of the 2017 250MX Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy picked up where he left off at the start of Round 4 in Mount Morris by qualifying on pole position. As the 250MX class came barreling around turn 1 of High Point Raceway for Moto 1, Savatgy sat fifth, Adam Cianciarulo seventh, Austin Forkner ninth and Justin Hill 12th. On Lap 7, Savatgy would go down in sixth place and remount in 18th. Meanwhile, Cianciarulo was in a battle for fifth with two other riders including his teammate Forkner for nearly 10 long laps. When the checkered flag flew, Cianciarulo crossed the line in fifth with Forkner in toe in sixth and Savatgy eighth. After a crash, Hill would not finish 250MX Moto 1.Moto 2 saw Forkner start in fourth place, with Savatgy in seventh, Hill 14th and Cianciarulo 21st. The opening six laps were action packed with the top five battling and swapping positions every lap. Forkner would briefly battle in third place before moving back to sixth, where'd he stay for the remainder the race. Savatgy held on to finish in seventh, Cianciarulo 13th and Hill 17th. "Today was alright," said Forkner. "Had decent starts and hung around the top-5 all day and picked up two sixth place finishes. Not exactly what we're striving for but there is always next weekend to improve. Looking forward to moving on.""Not the results we were hoping for," said Savatgy. "After winning last weekend, it's hard to accept these results. We'll go back to the farm, do our homework and come back to Round 5 swinging.""Today's conditions were rough," said Cianciarulo. "Overall I think my riding was good and I made a lot of passes and held my own out there, but really need to work on my starts to make it easier on myself.""It just wasn't in the cards for us this weekend," said Hill. "On the positive side, it could always be worse. The conditions were tough today and the whole team and I are walking out of here and into Round 5 healthy and at the end of the day, that's most important."

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Jun 12, 2017

First top ten for David Herbreteau

David Herbreteau recorded his first-ever top ten finish for the F&H Racing Team Kawasaki in the Russian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Orlyonok on the banks of the Black Sea.The French teenager, racing this year for the efficient team backed by the Dutch Kawasaki importer, has been steadily gaining momentum since joining the world series and their progress was apparent already in qualification as he ran top ten throughout to earn eighth choice of gate for race day. Overnight rain and a torrential downpour during the opening moto made conditions very demanding but David persevered after early difficulties to advance from fourteenth place to record the first top ten finish of his young GP career. He raced top five throughout the first five laps of the second moto as a drying sun made conditions ever heavier, but several stops for new gloves and goggles cost him several places before he finally finished fifteenth to secure thirteenth place in the GP. Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki looks impressive in practice but a poor start in qualification left the American to charge hard to advance from nineteenth to eventually finish twelfth. Racing was always going to be difficult after overnight rain and the deluge which hit the track during race one hindered his efforts yet further as he was forced to stop several times for fresh gloves and goggles on his way to eighteenth place. An early crash in race two left Darian eighteenth on the opening lap but he persevered through the difficult conditions to eventually finish thirteenth. He is now eleventh in the championship standings. Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team had qualified tenth on Saturday as he recovers from his recent bout of physical lethargy, and was advancing strongly from an initial fifteenth place to hold eighth place in the opening GP moto when he crashed off the side of the track and fell several metres, dislocating a shoulder. DRT's Seva Brylyakov sadly had to miss his home GP after intensive treatment with a nerve specialist in Moscow did not bring sufficient improvement to the trapped nerve in his shoulder which is preventing him from performing to his proven abilities. Stephen Rubini, who continued his recent fine form for the Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team last week with second place in the Italian championship race at Ottobiano, the track which will host the Italian GP in two weeks' time, did not travel to Russia because of visa difficulties."It was a nice weekend," said Herbreteau. When I came here I immediately liked the track and on Saturday I posted good results in both practice sessions. In the qualifying moto I had a good start and managed to finish eighth, which was good. I had a great feeling with the bike and the track, but today was different after so much rain in the night. In the first moto I had a very bad start and came back to tenth so I was happy with that first top ten result of my career. My second start was much better; I was third and then fifth but crashed in front of the pit lane. After it was messy; I had to change my gloves three times and twice my goggles twice so I only finished fifteenth for thirteenth overall. But still it's my best-ever GP, even if the second moto was a kind of lottery with the mud. This GP was a special one for me, as I had a very great relationship with Steven Lenoir who passed away last week; I had a lot of thoughts for him during the weekend, and tried to ride smart as I didn't want to crash. I feel really bad, and I feel that the other riders were affected by this drama as they were more patient this weekend." "Saturday was pretty good," said Sanayei. "The weather and everything was really nice here in Russia but in the qualifying race I made a really bad start before coming back to twelfth with a pretty good feeling on the bike. There was so much rain in the night and the track was already really muddy for the warm-up, and then a big storm came again and it was raining so much during the first race. I crashed right at the beginning of the race; the track was not so bad but the ruts were full of water; I stopped too many times in the pits to change goggles or gloves, and finished only eighteenth. For the second race the rain stopped but the track was heavy mud and I crashed when landing from a jump. The bike was stuck for maybe five or six minutes; in the end I had no energy to take it out of the mud. Finally I managed it; I just continue to ride and as so many guys crashed I finished thirteenth. It was a bad weekend, but at least I took some points and now after this difficult weekend I'm looking forward to the next GP."

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Jun 12, 2017

Two in a row for Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle raced to his second consecutive victory for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team to take over second place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship series at the Russian GP.The spectacular Orlyonok track overlooking the Black Sea was host to the series for the first time and both the state-owned facility and the riders, teams and series organiser came through with flying colours as the track was battered by heavy storms and high humidity in rapid succession. Hot off his success in France two weeks earlier Desalle was a confident fourth in dry qualification and equally majestic in the wet on race day. A tactical misjudgement in gate pick saw the Belgian run seventh early in race one, but he methodically ran down the riders ahead of him to finish third, just five seconds behind the long-time leader. Amending his gate strategy for race two Clement immediately moved into a solid second place and maintained his challenge as the track dried dramatically in the humid conditions, taking over the lead three laps from the close. A clear overall winner on the day, he is now second in the series standings, just forty-seven points shy of the series leader as the championship enters its second half. Teammate Jordi Tixier did not travel to Russia. The Frenchman aggravated the groin injury he sustained in Argentina in March when he crashed during midweek practice for his home GP two weeks ago; he battled through the pain so that he did not disappoint his home fans, but is now receiving treatment to return pain-free at a future date. "Two in a row; that's really nice," said Desalle. "Everything has to run for you in these conditions, but you can also make your own luck when you are a good mud rider. I didn't make a good start in the first race and was around seventh but I found my rhythm after a few laps to finish third. I changed my strategy for the start in race two and it worked well as I started second. I had one small crash in the waves but I did not lose my second place; I tried to stay calm and when Febvre crashed I took the moto and the GP. It's important to be fast in all conditions and we are doing that; the team is working really well and we will try to keep the momentum going."

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Jun 5, 2017

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy Captures his First Win of the Season in Colorado

Round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked off Saturday morning at the scenic Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado. The Colorado native, Eli Tomac raced to a fifth place overall finish, with teammate Josh Grant in 13th.Fans filled the mountainside as the gate dropped on 450MX Moto 1. Tomac came around Turn 1 in seventh, while Grant was involved in a first turn crash with multiple riders. Tomac quickly put his KX™450F into the top three before going down at the bottom of the hill at the mid point of the race. Tomac would remount quickly inside the top 10 and began to climb back through the competition, while Grant was moving forward in an incredible rate, passing 27 riders by the halfway point of the race. Tomac would make a few more mistakes throughout the race and end up finishing seventh. Unfortunately after a crash, Grant would retire early from the race while running 11th.Tomac came out swinging in Moto 2 putting his Kawasaki out front early with Grant in eighth. Grant seemed to find a few smooth lines around the rutted and rough Thunder Valley race track that allowed him to his way up to finish fifth in Moto 2. Tomac would eventually slip to second place later in the race where he'd remain until the finish. His 7-2 moto score gave him fifth overall and moved Tomac within 17 points of the championship lead."Not quite the day we wanted," said Tomac. "After some bad luck in Moto 1, I got a great start in the second moto but struggled to find smooth lines and ended up getting passed and finishing second. We'll work hard over the weekend off and will be ready for the east coast tracks.""I had some bad luck today," said Grant. "I felt really good all day in qualifying and knew I had the speed to be on the podium, but unfortunately I had some bad luck in the first moto and just wasn't able to fully recover for Moto 2."The start of Moto 1 of the 250MX class saw Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo third, Joey Savatgy fifth, Forkner eighth and Hill 14th. On Lap 2, Cianciarulo tipped over in a deep rutted corner and would remount in seventh. Savatgy began catching the front-runners early in the moto and the top four would begin battling for 20 long minutes. Forkner caught a second wind near the end of the first moto and began passing riders like they were standing still. With two laps to go he'd make the pass on his teammate for second place where he'd finish when the checkered flag came out. Savatgy would end up fourth, Cianciarulo fifth and Hill 14th.Savatgy stole the show in Moto 2 as he pulled his first holeshot of the year on his KX™250F, with Forkner in sixth, Cianciarulo ninth and Hill 11th. Savatgy would have the stand-out ride he's been looking for by leading every lap to his first victory of the 2017 motocross season. Savatgy's 4-1 finish gave him first overall and became the first back-to-back winner in the 250MX class at Thunder Valley. Forkner put in another great race finishing third, for fourth overall, while Hill grabbed a top 10 finish in the second moto, going 17-7 for 11th overall. Troubles in Moto 2 for Cianciarulo would force him to retire early from the race and finish 14th overall. "This win is a huge relief," said Savatgy. "I really like the track here in Colorado because it's got a great flow and suites me and my KX250F well. I needed to prove to myself I could still win. Getting this done lifts a huge weight off my shoulders. It almost feels like my first win again.""We made a lot of progress today," said Forkner. "I believe I had the speed to win if I had gotten better starts. I've been putting the work in during the week and I believe that showed late in both motos where I made the majority of my passes. I'm looking forward to building off of this and hopefully get a win soon.""Not the worst day at Thunder Valley," said Hill. "The first moto was tough for me but luckily I was able to salvage some points after a bad start. The second moto was better with a top 10 start and I finally found a groove which is good and something to build off.""I felt really good in the first moto aside from a small tip over at the start," said Cianciarulo. "The second moto felt good up until the halfway point, but you have to take the good with the bad and I know the team is putting in 110% and I've got a lot of confidence in them. Aside from that I think there are a lot of positives to take out of today."

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May 30, 2017

Adam Cianciarulo Moves into Second Place in the Championship Standings

Following a great start to the AMA Pro Motocross Championship for Eli Tomac and Josh Grant, both Monster Energy® Kawasaki riders finished short of the podium at the Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday.The crowd lined the fences and cheered on hometown hero Grant as the gate fell for 450MX Moto 1. Grant got off to a great start in fourth, while Tomac sat 11th. Tomac began picking off riders like they were standing still with lap times that were three seconds a lap faster than the race leader. Tomac swiftly caught and passed his teammate Grant for second place, but would eventually run out of time in the moto to catch the leader. Tomac finished second place with Grant in third, putting both Kawasaki riders on the podium for the third straight moto. During the opening laps of 450MX Moto 2, both Tomac and Grant ran into problems forcing Tomac to pull into the mechanics area before rejoining the race a lap down. As the race heated up, Grant would go down for a second time, forcing him to exit the track and retire early from the competition. Tomac made up as much ground as he could to finish 19th, going 1-19 for ninth overall. Tomac moves to second in the Championship Standings, with Grant in fourth. "It just wasn't in the cards for us today," said Tomac. "The team and I were in a good spot today and my bike felt great during qualifying, but just had some bad luck when the gate dropped. It's a long season and we'll be back next weekend.""Today could have gone better," said Grant. "I started the day off with great qualifying times right behind Eli and followed it up with another podium finish in the first moto. I ran into some issues in Moto 2 and had to call it quits. We're still in this as a team and I'm looking forward to bouncing back."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki kicked off Round 2 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship with Adam Cianciarulo setting the fastest lap in qualifying to take pole position. As the gate fell on 250MX Moto 1, the field came roaring down the hills of Glen Helen with Joey Savatgy in second place, Austin Forkner in fourth, Hill 24th and Cianciarulo 26th after tipping over at the top of the hill. Cianciarulo put his head down and began his charge through the pack at an incredible pace. When the checkered flag flew, he had passed 19 racers to finish seventh place. Savatgy held on to grab his first podium finish in second, while teammates Hill and Forkner were forced to retire early from the competition. In Moto 2, it was Cianciarulo with a much better start in third place with Forkner in fifth, Savatgy 17th and Hill 21st. After starting outside the top-20, Hill showcased his true racing talent and managed to put his KX™250F up into 12th place by the end of the moto, finishing 18th overall. Forkner finished sixth place for 13th overall and Cianciarulo rounded out the podium in third place, going 7-3 for fourth overall. Unfortunately, Savatgy was unable to finish the second moto. Cianciarulo moves up into second place in the 250MX Championship Standings, Savatgy seventh, Forkner eighth and Hill 14th. "It was a good day for us," said Cianciarulo. "My starts weren't quite on point today but in Moto 1 I managed to come back pretty well through the pack and finish strong. I carried that momentum into Moto 2 and made my way into third on the first lap and just rode consistent to finish on the box. I'm glad to leave California and head into Colorado second in points.""Not the day we wanted," said Savatgy. "It started off great after finishing second in the first moto, but after a poor start in Moto 2 I struggled to find smooth lines to pass and ended up not being able to finish the race. I'm looking forward to rebounding next weekend.""Today went well," said Forkner. "I was happy with how I rode on such a rough track and made a lot of passes late in Moto 2 which gave me confidence in my fitness. I just need to start out front and I believe I can reach that top spot.""Lots of positives to take out of today," said Hill. "Overall, I think our team had some tough luck today, but we're all in one piece, healthy and moving on to Round 3 together. Glad we all made it through the California rounds and can move on to Colorado."

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May 30, 2017

Clément Desalle wins in France

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to an impressive victory in the French round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship at Ernée and is now third in the standings.The immaculate Belgian was in impressive form all weekend as he raced to an unchallenged victory in qualification and was again on the top of his game on race day. Quickly fourth in race one, he was closing down on third until one small mistake temporarily cost him ground at as significant time of the race, but he was back on the riders head of him by the close to miss second place by just over two seconds. A better start in race two saw Clement quickly take over the lead and he was never put under pressure again as he could ride his own lines and control the pace from the front. The victory lifts him to third in the points standings, just eight points behind second as the series approaches the halfway stage two weeks from now in Russia. Teammate Jordi Tixier was still affected by the after-effects of his heavy crash last week in Germany and had been unable to practice on the bike all week. The injuries to his right leg also handicapped the Frenchman in the corners and he suffered more pain when another rider ran into him during qualification. The injuries inevitably meant a cautious approach on race day and he had to be satisfied with a 15-18 scorecard. Having missed several GPs Jordi is eighteenth in the standings but looking to make advances during the second half of the campaign. "It felt good yesterday already to win qualification but it is even better to be back on the top step of the podium. I'm so happy; I can't even remember the last time I won a moto before injuries interfered," said Desalle. "I missed the start in the first moto and had to settle for fourth after I made a mistake, but I was soon in the lead in race two and could focus on my own riding. That was good for me and this win is good for me, the team and my family. Now my goal is to be consistent and to keep making good starts." "I didn't train so much this week after my crash in Germany, and this weekend again I had to be careful with my leg in the right corners," said Tixier. "During the qualifying session another rider hit me after a stupid move in the last corner; we both crashed and I qualified in fifteenth. Race day was tough with so many ruts on the track; it was so frustrating not to be able to ride normally with this leg injury. I want to forget this weekend, and we'll continue to work and to be in better shape for the next GP."

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May 30, 2017

Top Ten for Stephen Rubini

French teenager Stephen Rubini raced to his first top ten GP finish for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in his home round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Ernée.The youngster had already impressed during qualification as he charged from twenty-fifth on lap one to finish twelfth and he continued the strong pace which he has developed during his rookie season in the first GP moto as he moved forward from an initial sixteenth to hold a secure ninth place throughout the second half of the thirty-five-minute race. Gating well in race two he held eighth place for the first three laps before running into the hay bales at the bottom of a long descent, an incident which cost him a dozen places; at the finish he had battled his way back to fourteenth to secure tenth place overall in the GP.Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki started the weekend well with a strong charge to eighth in the qualifying race, but his ride in the first GP moto did not reflect his abilities and he eventually had to settle for a fourteenth placed finish. Regrouping for race two the American was making rapid advances to twelfth place and had high expectations of advancing yet further but a crash left him stuck under his own bike and, remounting twenty-sixth, he again charged hard to finish thirteenth for twelfth overall. He is now tenth in the series standings. Kawasaki MX2 GP regulars Seva Brylyakov and Petar Petrov were both absent; the Russian decided after last week's German GP to pull forward his visit to a nerve specialist in Moscow to hasten the recovery of his shoulder injury before his home GP in two weeks' time, while the Bulgarian accepted medical advice to sit out the French GP to correct an iron deficiency; he too expects to return in Russia. "I'm so happy to get my first ever top ten result, it was a very good weekend for me," said Rubini. "I had a good feeling with the track, I like when you have bumps and ruts and I posted top twenty results in the practice sessions. I hit the gate at the start of the qualifying race but came back fourteenth, which was a good gate pick for the races. But my first start was not so great, around 25th or 26th and again I came back ninth, spending some energy to get this result. My second start was much better, but my race wasn't as good as the first one; I lost control of my bike in the downhill and went in the hay bales, losing twelve positions. I came back fourteenth, but I felt tired after giving so much energy in the first race. It was a positive weekend, I enjoyed riding my bike and reach my first goal this season with a top ten, now we'll continue to work hard to get some other top results." "This weekend was tough. I got eighth position in the qualifying race on Saturday, which was actually a pretty good result for the way I felt," said Sanayei. "The warm-up today was good with seventh best time, but in the first race I struggled a lot; I didn't have a good start and only finished fourteenth. In the second moto my start was not very good but I was moving up through the pack pretty quickly and got to twelfth until I crashed. I was stuck under the bike for a while; it sucks because I think I could have got a pretty good result. When I got back in the race I was twenty-sixth and made my way to thirteenth to salvage some important points. The track was really stiff, everybody was struggling, but it's the world championship and we must have different tracks each weekend; it was still cool with the French atmosphere and everything."

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May 30, 2017

Livia Lancelot wins at home

Livia Lancelot of Team One One Four Kawasaki moved to within a point of the series leader at the halfway stage of the FIM World WMX Womens' Motocross Championship with a stunning victory in France.The defending champion found herself closed down at the first turn of the weekend's opening moto on Saturday afternoon to complete the first lap in sixth place, but, aided by the superb handling and power response of her KX250F, she showed her skill and fitness to snatch victory half a lap from the finish of the twenty-five minute race. The demanding hillside track at Ernee claimed the series leader Courtney Duncan mid-moto as Livia relentlessly closed on her other championship rivals. Still third with two laps remaining, Livia swept past Kiara Fontanesi for second before the Italian fell in an attempt to match her pace and then, with the chequered flag in sight, she pounced on tiring leader Nancy van de Ven for a remarkable win in front of a massive gallery of French fans. A better start on Sunday morning saw Lancelot ease into the lead after a few turns before Duncan found a way past and maintained a slender advantage to the chequered flag; Livia put her under pressure all the way to the final lap until backmarkers cost her contact and she sensibly settled for a safe second, secure in the knowledge that she would take the overall and be just one point away from the series lead at the halfway stage of the six round series. The series continues on July 22/23 at Loket in the Czech Republic. It's always nice to win a Grand Prix, but when it's in your home country it's magical, always," said Lancelot. "The first race was pretty tough as I had a bad start, but finally I came back and passed Nancy on the last lap to win the moto. Today I was more focused at the gate, had a good start and had a good rhythm all race; it was great to have all the public behind me, it's crazy but you hear them when you are on the bike. I didn't win the second moto; I tried but I avoided going over the limit as I knew that with a second position I would won the GP. There's now only one point between me and the series leader and we have one month to prepare for the next GP; I'm sure that I will be even stronger there."

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May 21, 2017

Eli Tomac and Josh Grant Finish First and Third at the 49th Annual Hangtown Classic

After a very successful Monster Energy® AMA Supercross Championship that saw Eli Tomac capture nine wins and teammate Josh Grant finish on the podium in Las Vegas, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team came into the Lucas Oil® Pro Motocross Championship beaming with confidence.As the gate dropped on 450 Moto 1, 40 of the world's fastest motocross racers came roaring around Turn 1 with Grant in fifth and Tomac in seventh place. Tomac wasted no time maneuvering his KX™450F through the competition and by lap four had made the pass for the lead and quickly began sprinting away. Tomac went on to win 450 Moto 1 by a remarkable 15 second margin over second place, while Grant raced hard to get into a podium position and finished the moto in third place. The No. 33 Kawasaki machine of Grant came out swinging in 450 Moto 2 as he grabbed the holeshot and the early lead, while Tomac sat outside the top-10. Grant would lead for nearly 18 minutes before giving up the lead. The second half of the race was where Tomac came alive and began climbing his way up to the leaders. After passing his teammate for second place, Tomac began hounding the race leader, trying new lines and before long made the pass stick. Fans cheered as he crossed the checkered flag to capture his second win of the day and the overall victory. Grant would join his teammate on the podium with a third place finish in Moto 2 and the overall. Tomac will start Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with the red place, denoting the series' championship leader."There was some good battling today," said Tomac. "In the first moto, I got into a good groove quickly and made my passes early to get out front and get away, but the second moto was tough. I really had to dig deep and try every line possible to make time up on the leaders. It feels good to get through the first round and leave with the red plate.""Today wasn't easy," said Grant. "The track got rough quickly and I struggled in morning qualifying trying to find smooth lines around the track, but the team and I found the perfect setting when it mattered and finished the day on the box. I couldn't be happier going into Round 2 at my home track sitting third in the standings." After winning the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East/West Main Event in Las Vegas, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo kept the ball rolling into Hangtown with a holeshot in Moto 1. Teammate Justin Hill began the moto in 10th, Joey Savatgy 14th and Austin Forkner in 39th. Cianciarulo would lead up until the halfway point of the race, before sliding back to second place where he'd remain until the checkered flag. Savatgy went on to finish seventh place, with Hill right behind in eighth. Forkner battled back to pass 28 riders and finish an impressive 11th place. In Moto 2, it was Savatgy with the holeshot, followed closely by Cianciarulo in third, Forkner seventh and Hill in 19th. Forkner had the fans on their feet as the young gun sped his way through the competition and past his teammates into a podium position. He wouldn't stop there as he continued to dig deep through the blazing heat and rough conditions and with two laps to go, put his KX250F into second place. All four Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders would finish inside the top-10 with Forkner in second, Savatgy seventh, Cianciarulo eighth and Hill ninth. "Overall it was a solid weekend," said Cianciarulo. "I felt really good on the bike in the morning. After getting the holeshot in the first moto, it felt good to lead laps again and finish on the box, but the heat and crazy rough track conditions got the best of me in Moto 2. We're in a good spot leaving the first round and I'm looking forward to Glen Helen.""It was a bumpy start for us this weekend," said Forkner. "After having to pull into the mechanics area on the opening lap in Moto 1 I was pretty angry and I think that helped me because I passed 20 plus riders and nearly finished inside the top-10. We again had some issues in Moto 2 but I pushed through it because I wanted to show I had the speed and fitness in Moto 2. I'm looking forward to rebounding next weekend.""This weekend was tough," said Savatgy. "The track conditions were crazy and I struggled to find smooth lines. We're going to do our homework next week and come back swinging next weekend.""I'm glad to get through the first race safe," said Hill. "This track has always been one of the hardest in the series, so to leave here with a top-10, I can't complain. It's a long and tough series. You can't win the championship at the first race but you can definitely lose it. The team and I will continue to do our work and improve each and every week."

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May 21, 2017

Clement Desalle fourth in Germany

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team's Clement Desalle narrowly missed the podium in the German round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship to advance to fourth in the series standings.Excellent work by the track staff after heavy rain on Friday evening presented riders and teams with a demanding but challenging track and the Belgian, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Friday, called on all his experience to build his weekend with great deliberation. Ninth in practice, he raced to a solid sixth in the qualifying race and proved the benefit of recent testing at the starts to get out of the gate third in each of the points-scoring races. On both occasions he ran the same pace as third-place, narrowly losing out on the podium placing each time after one small mistake, but the solid scoring has taken him clear of his immediate rivals in the points standings and he is now a secure fourth and will have his eyes firmly set on third, just fourteen points away in the coming weeks.Teammate Jordi Tixier was also in great form, again riding with his regular finesse as he rebuilds from the break in his schedule during the Spring, as he raced to eighth place in qualification and he quickly settled into a top ten ranking in the opening GP moto before crashing out of ninth place on the eighth of nineteen laps. Feeling pain in the wrist and having taken a bang to the head, he withdrew from racing for the remainder of the weekend and returned to France for a thorough medical examination before his home GP next weekend."I started my weekend step by step, as the track was really strange on Saturday due to the rain, and I have to say that they did a good job this weekend considering the conditions," said Desalle. "I had good starts again this weekend and that's very positive; in the first moto I was third but got passed by Paulin and Herlings when I made a small mistake. I came back on Paulin and I was feeling faster than him but I couldn't overtake him, which was frustrating as a top three was possible. In the second moto I was third behind Cairoli and Paulin and had a good rhythm, a good speed and a good feeling but Herlings was really fast and passed me. I came back on Paulin again but I made another small mistake, lost my rhythm and again had to be content with fourth. The level in the MXGP is so close that we work on any small detail to make a difference, and after each race we talk with the staff to find where we can make minor changes to the settings to be back on the podium."

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May 21, 2017

Darian Sanayei ninth in Germany

Darian Sanayei of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki continued his advance up the world rankings with ninth place in the German round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the fast Teutschenthal track.The American was building his weekend methodically on Saturday until a minor slip cost him several positions during the qualifying race and he entered the two points-scoring races with the handicap of an outside gate, a particularly difficult factor at this track. He initially found himself well outside the top twenty in the opening moto but a string of stunning passes as he lap times equivalent to the race leaders saw Darian recover to ninth at the chequered flag. He again finished ninth in race two after another decisive ride from an initial twelfth to complete the weekend ninth overall and advance to the same position in the series standings.Teammate Seva Brylyakov made the brave decision to compete even though his riding is still handicapped by a shoulder injury sustained several weeks ago. Trapped nerves in his shoulder are affecting his grip; as a result he had a number of falls and attempts to compensate for the physical difficulties also meant that he was placing additional stress on the clutch. After withdrawing from the first moto the Russian, who will seek further medical advice this week, finished fifteenth in race two and now holds fourteenth place in the series.Stephen Rubini returned to GP action for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team and immediately showed good pace to charge to an impressive fourteenth place in the qualifying race after completing the opening lap twenty-fifth. Gating well in both points-scoring motos he raced as high as ninth and eleventh before a crash restricted him to four points seventeenth in race one after he had damaged the rear brake in one of the deep ruts during race two.Team newcomer Morgan Lesiardo progressed all weekend as he adapted to his new bike and team environment on his debut in the world championship. He finished nineteenth to score two points in race two after completing the first moto twenty-third and will now continue to test with the team this week before he returns to the defence of his points lead in the European championship in France next weekend.Petar Petrov, suffering from physical lethargy with poor blood levels in recent weeks, bravely attempted to ride in Germany, but the Bulgarian and his team decided that he should withdraw from competition after the qualifying race. He will undergo further tests before deciding whether to race next weekend. "It was a pretty good weekend; the first practice session was not easy with the mud but it got better and better every session I rode," said Sanayei. "I had a decent lap time with a twelfth position for the qualifying race and I was holding thirteenth in this race until I crashed and had to come back from twenty-sixth to nineteenth. That didn't give me such a good gate pick and that is so important here. In the first moto I had a pretty good start but I was on the outside and after the first corner I was only twenty-fifth but I quickly made some passes and raced from sixteenth to ninth at the finish. I was riding pretty well, indeed at one point of the race I had the speed to race at the front. In the next race I just followed the guys in the inside of turn one; I came out in the top twelve and again finished ninth for ninth overall on the day and in the series. We're making advances every week, and we keep working positively." "It has been a strange weekend as we had to start from zero on Saturday," said Brylyakov. "I'm effectively riding with one hand as some nerves and muscles in my shoulder are still paralysed. We have done a lot of checks and I have spent a lot of time with the doctors since Latvia but I made the decision to try to ride this weekend. During the timed practice session I was trying to post some good laps but I had three big crashes, as I couldn't really react when the handlebars went sideways. I was riding quite well in both the qualifying race and the first moto but we had some issues as I was using the clutch a lot to compensate for my shoulder. But I had a pretty good finish to the weekend as I scored a top fifteen in the second moto with only one arm; I did my best and finished safe, now I'll have more medical examinations on my shoulder before next weekend." "The results are not what I could expect, but I must say that it was a good weekend as I had a good feeling on the bike," said Rubini. "In the qualifying race I had a good speed and came back to fourteenth after a bad start. My start was much better in the first GP moto and I was ninth but then I crashed; I was thirtieth after this crash but came back to seventeenth and once more I had a good speed and good feeling. This weekend I had my best starts since the beginning of the season and I was eleventh in race two, but then I stalled the engine and later broke the rear brake in a deep rut so I had to retire. But overall the feeling was good and I can say that I am now ready for my season to really take off." "I was so excited to ride here, and it has been a good weekend as I had to learn the bike, the team and the world championship," said Lesiardo. "It was not easy as the track was muddy for the first practice sessions after the rain on Friday, but we improved all weekend and my feeling was better and better to end the weekend with a 19th position in the second moto. I learnt a lot this weekend, and I will spend this week with the team in Belgium to train and learn even more as I want to defend my red plate in the European MX2 next weekend in France."

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May 8, 2017

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo Dominates Vegas

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac entered the final round of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross an FIM World Championship just nine points out of the championship lead. As the gate fell for the final 450SX Main Event of the year, Tomac came around Turn 1 in fourth with teammate Josh Grant in eighth place. Tomac wasted no time moving to the front, as he quickly put his KX™450F up into the lead before the end of Lap 2. The action was just starting as Tomac and the current points leader traded paint several times throughout the 20-lap Main Event. On the final lap, Tomac made an aggressive pass that resulted in him surrendering the lead to finish second place, narrowly edging out Grant who claimed his first podium of the season in third. Tomac's relentless effort guided him to second overall in the 2017 450SX Championship standings, while Grant finished a respectable 10th. "We left it all out on the track tonight," said Tomac. "Obviously, tonight didn't go our way, but we did everything we could and held nothing back. Overall, 2017 was a really good year with nine wins. I think the team and I made a lot of progress this year and it showed. I can't wait to start outdoors.""Heck ya!" said Grant. "What a night. I did everything I could tonight to help my teammate win, but it just wasn't in the cards. I rode the best I have all year tonight and throughout the entire day, down to the checkered flag. Let's keep this rolling into outdoors." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki came into Round 17 with the Western Regional Championship already wrapped up and only one point down in the Eastern Regional Championship. Fans were on their feet when the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event and the fastest 250SX class racers from both coasts came together for the first time this season. Adam Cianciarulo captured the holeshot, while Joey Savatgy sat in second and Hill fourth. Unfortunately, Savatgy crashed at the start of Lap 2 and remounted his Kawasaki in seventh place. There was no stopping the No. 36 machine of Cianciarulo Saturday night as he led wire-to-wire for his second victory of the season with a five-margin victory over Hill. Savatgy finished 14th after a last lap collision while battling for the championship. Austin Forkner raced his KX™250F to a 12th place finish after being involved in a first corner crash. Cianciarulo finished second in the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship standings, while Savatgy finished third. Forkner finished an impressive sixth place overall in his rookie supercross year. "It feels great to win in Vegas," said Cianciarulo. "This season started off a little rocky, but I just wanted to win so bad that I was making little mistakes. I learned from those and my results began to improve all year. This is exactly what I needed before going into the nationals.""Another fun night in the books," said Hill. "Today was pretty relaxed for me. It was nice to already have the championship wrapped up and just enjoy riding my dirt bike. Looking forward to what the future holds next for me.""Not the night we were hoping for," said Forkner. "After getting caught up in the first corner crash, all I needed to do was salvage as many points as possible. Overall it was an alright night, but I'm happy to finish my rookie supercross year strong and inside the top-10.""It's unfortunate I keep making these mistakes," said Savatgy. "We learned a lot this year and I'm looking forward to moving on and rebounding from this season."

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May 8, 2017

Darian Sanayei sixth in Latvia

Darian Sanayei took his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki to sixth place in the Latvian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the rugged Kegums track some fifty kilometres from Riga.The American showed an immediate liking for the challenging track as he posted the eighth best time in practice and stormed to seventh place in the qualification race. He repeated this performance on race day with two great starts and two more seventh placed finishes to secure sixth overall on the day, his 28-point tally lifting him to eleventh in the championship standings as he surges back from a shoulder injury which had sapped his confidence. Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team had hoped to make further strides in his recovery from the injury which had kept him out of the first four GPs but, suffering from a mysterious lack of energy all weekend, the Bulgarian was restricted to seventeenth and sixteenth places in the two GP motos. Seva Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki was unable to defend his ninth place in the standings as a shoulder injury sustained at the previous GP caused him to withdraw from the Latvian GP after just one training session. The Russian retains his top ten world ranking in tenth place."I had a fine weekend," Sanayei. "I got a very good start in the qualifying race and had a decent moto to finish seventh and earn a good gate; that is so important! Today in the first moto I got another good start - I was like third or so. I didn't have the speed of the absolute front runners but I rode a solid race to finish seventh which was not so bad because the track was rough and very demanding. I got another good start with a fourth or fifth in the second race and again finished seventh; seven was definitively my position this weekend! It's a pretty big improvement on the last few GPs and I'm happy with that. Now we have two weeks before Germany; hopefully we can keep on building and be a little bit stronger there.""I've been sick during the week; I thought I'd be fine but I wasn't at all and I had no energy all weekend long, so it was just one big struggle," said Petrov. "I can't wait to get back home, see my doctor and see what is the problem and be ready for Germany. It's frustrating being at the back as we are working hard; now it's time to put some good results and I just hope that it will pay off soon." "Since Valkenswaard I never stopped working," said Brylyakov. "I did all the work I could have done but at the beginning the muscles were completely weak and paralysed. We got a lot of feeling back, a lot of power back too and I made a test on Wednesday before coming here; it was a flat track and the pain was not so bad but as soon as we were here on this rough track I immediately felt that my shoulder was not protected enough. I still have two muscles in my shoulder paralysed and I decided not to race; it was very difficult decision to take, very frustrating to see all the people riding. I'm looking forward to do more stuff to make my shoulder back in shape again and come back hopefully in Germany."

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May 8, 2017

A second place for Clément Desalle in Latvia

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to a spectacular second place in the Latvian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship to maintain his title challenge.The gritty Belgian shrugged off painful ribs, a relic of the Dutch GP two weeks previously, to holeshot the opening moto at the demanding Kegums track, 50 kilometres inland from the Latvian capital Riga, and rode securely to clinch second place after a fierce duel. A minor problem with the starting gate mechanism in race two prevented a repeat of his lightening start earlier in the day but Clement had soon recovered to sixth place, inheriting fifth when another rider fell victim to the demanding track. The combined results of both races earnt him 38 championship points, the same total as two other riders but they were each favoured by the tie-break ruling and Clement was classified fourth overall on the same score line as the runner-up. The score line has lifted him one place in the championship standings to fifth. Teammate Jordi Tixier was contesting a GP for the first time since March and he rode sensibly all weekend on the rugged track which claimed many fallers during the course of the weekend. After qualifying fifteenth of thirty-eight competitors Jordi used the power of his KX450F-SR to its optimum on a start layout which heavily favours the inside gates to emerge sixteenth from the initial sort-out in race one, a base from which he was able to claim thirteenth at the chequered flag despite stabbing his right leg on the ground after a jump in the early stages of the race. Later in the day Jordi raced from an initial twenty-fourth to again finish thirteenth. Despite missing three of the previous six rounds of the series Jordi is now eighteenth in the standings. Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki has started riding in the last two weeks after requiring knee surgery during the winter, but it was decided not to risk a relapse by letting him race again until he has had more time to recover. DRT team owner Steve Dixon: "Everyone must realise that an ACL normally takes nine months and it's only been five since Tommy was injured; he will also miss the German GP and we will evaluate the situation after he has had a little more track time.""After a tough race in Valkenswaard two weeks ago it's great to have a good weekend here," said Desalle. "I couldn't train as usual after Valkenswaard as I had pain in my ribs, and I only qualified in eighth position on Saturday but I got a holeshot in the first GP moto. That was good; I made a small mistake after a few corners and Herlings passed me but I was still second and battled with Bobryshev. He passed me once but I passed him straight back and then I made a gap on him to secure my second position. My second start was not as good as the first one as there was a small problem with my gate but I soon came back to sixth and finally finished fifth as another rider crashed. I scored the same points as Cairoli and Bobryshev but missed the podium as their result in the second race was better than mine, but it was a good GP for us." "I'm happy to go back home safe after this tough weekend, as the track was very, very rough here," said Tixier. "I rode carefully in the first practice session, and qualified in fifteenth position. On Sunday I had two very great starts, but from my gate I was outside in the first corner and at the second start another rider pushed me out so I was last! In the first race I hit the ground with my right leg after a jump; it was painful for two laps but then I felt better and finished thirteenth. In the second moto I finished again thirteenth, even though I didn't take any risks with my leg in the right-hand corners. They were pretty good results for a comeback, as I effectively rode with only one and a half leg here! Now I will need a few days to recover as I just trained a couple of hours before coming here; it was the first time that I had ridden on two consecutive days since my injury."

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May 8, 2017

Kawasaki Wins 7th Arenacross Title in 8 Years at Las Vegas Finale

Kawasaki earned three Arenacross class championships inside the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday. Team Babbitt's/ Monster Energy/ AMOSIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith rode his KX™250F to his second consecutive 250AX AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. Ryan Breece followed suit and went on to win the 250AX Lites West Championship, while the young Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds captured the Supermini title on his KX™100.When the gate dropped on 250AX Main Event 1, Faith came barreling into Orleans Arena in fourth place. Faith made his moves quickly on the opening laps and crossed the line on Lap 3 in second place. After pacing the leader for a few laps, Faith made the pass through the whoops section and went on to win Main Event 1 and increased his point lead to seven. After starting seventh, Travis Sewell raced his way to a sixth place finish. Teammate Gared Steinke did not compete in the main events after a heat race crash forced him to retire early from competition.At the start of Main Event 2, Faith picked up where he left off and pulled the holeshot, but a small mistake on the opening lap resulted in Faith losing the lead. From there, Faith rode smart and consistent throughout the main event to finish second place and clinch the 2017 250AX AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. Sewell finished an impressive fifth place, for fifth overall. "What a night," said Faith. "I can't thank Team Babbitt's enough. We struggled at the beginning of the season, but were able to turn it around when the points reset. It feels great to ride my KX250F to another championship. I had a lot of fun tonight and can't wait for next season.""Great night," said Sewell. "It feels good to finish the year off with a Top-5 finish. Looking forward to putting the work in over the off season and come into 2018 swinging."

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May 1, 2017

Monster Energy Kawasaki Remains in the Championship Hunt

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac came into East Rutherford poised and ready to defend his championship lead.As the 450SX Main Event kicked off, Tomac came around Turn 1 in fourth place, with Josh Grant outside the top-10. Tomac wasted no time racing his KX™450F into the lead on Lap 2. Shortly after taking over the lead, Tomac would go down in a corner and remount in 15th. From there, Tomac began passing his way through the competition as best he could on a very technical racetrack. When the checkers flew, Tomac crossed the line in eighth place with teammate Grant ahead in seventh. Tomac now sits in second place in the overall standings, nine points down from the leader."Today was tough," said Grant. "Tonight's track was very technical and didn't really have flow to it. We did our best as a team to find a setting that worked best for me and ran it. I made a lot of good passes and finished strong. I'm looking forward to Vegas." "At this point we've got nothing to lose," said Tomac, "So we'll go into Vegas looking to get another win. Anything can happen and all we can do is stay positive."After wrapping up the 250SX West Region Championship last weekend, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was beaming with confidence. After winning Heat Race 1, Adam Cianciarulo captured the 250SX Main Event holeshot on his KX™250F. Teammate and East Region points leader, Joey Savatgy quickly made the move past Cianciarulo for the lead and the two Kawasaki's would lead the field around MetLife Stadium. Unfortunately, on Lap 14 Savatgy made a mistake in the rhythm section and went down. After remounting in sixth place, Savatgy rode strong and crossed the finish line in third place, while Cianciarulo faded back to fifth place.Following the race, Savatgy was penalized five positions for re-entering the track in the wrong position following his crash. The penalty moved him down to eighth in the official results and Savatgy now is one point out of the championship lead with one race remaining. "I felt good going into the main, " said Savatgy. "I thought I could win before the track reached up and took me down. I don't think I re-entered in the wrong place but after the officials' decision I know what I have to do in Las Vegas.""Tonight was a step forward," said Cianciarulo. "Managed to get great starts tonight but just couldn't put it all together to finish on the box. Lots of positives to take away from tonight."

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Apr 25, 2017

Gavin Faith Retains Championship Points Lead in Denver

Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell raced to two podium finishes in Denver, Colorado.As the gate dropped for the 250AX Main Event 1, Faith came around the first turn in second place with teammates Sewell in 12th and Gared Steinke in 14th. Throughout the 15-lap Main Event, Steinke would pass five riders to put his KX™250F into ninth place at the finish line. Sewell finished 10th, while points-leader Faith held on to finish second. In Main Event 2, Faith got off to a fifth place start, with Sewell sixth and Steinke 10th. On Lap 5, Faith would go down and remount in eighth place. Sewell went on to pass three riders and put his Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki on the podium with a third place finish in Main Event 2 for fifth overall (9-3). Faith raced his Kawasaki back up to fifth place, to finish fourth overall (2-5). Steinke went on to finish 8-10 for 10th overall. "Tonight was tough," said Faith. "We started off on the right foot with a heat race win, but couldn't nail our starts in the main and that hurt us. Overall, we're still leading the points going into the final round, which is a plus since I've always done well in Vegas.""Felt great tonight," said Sewell. " I wanted to make a push in the last few rounds to really prove to myself I was a podium guy and I believed I showed that tonight. Looking forward to Vegas." "Not our best night," said Steinke. "My starts struggled all night and that hurt my overall results, but I made a few good passes in the mains which lead to a top-10 finish."

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Apr 24, 2017

Hill Clinches 250SX West Region Championship in Salt Lake

After a much-needed weekend off, Monster Energy Kawasaki came into Round 14 of Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship rested and ready to battle through the final stretch of the season.When the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Josh Grant came barreling around Turn 1 in fourth with points leader, Eli Tomac buried deep in the field. Tomac began carving his KX™450F through the competition with impeccable speed and by the halfway point had positioned himself into second place. Tomac hunted down the leader in five short laps and muscled his way into lead on Lap 19. Tomac never let up until the checkers flew, winning his ninth main event of the season and taking control of the series standings, building a three point margin. Grant went on to finish fifth place, his best result of the season."We made it tough on ourselves tonight," said Tomac. "It was a little chaotic on the opening laps in the back of the pack, but I was able to start making passes early and find my groove. It feels pretty good to fight back from 10th place and win.""Today was awesome," said Grant. "Started the day off qualifying second and then went on to win my heat race. We got a great start in the main and held onto fourth until the final laps where I got passed for fifth. The bike felt amazing tonight up here in the altitude which gave me confidence."Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki rider Justin Hill entered Salt Lake City with the chance to earn the 2017 250SX Western Regional Championship. After qualifying on pole and finishing second place in his heat race, Hill was poised and ready to accomplish his dream. When the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event, it was the KX™250F of Austin Forkner grabbing the holeshot with Hill in sixth place. After Hill quickly moved his way up into fourth, the leader would crash out of the race, moving Hill into third place and into position to clinch the championship. Hill held on to finish third retaking the position in the final corner to win the 2017 250SX Western Region Championship. After getting the holeshot, Forkner would crash twice and finish sixth place. "This is a dream come true," said Hill. "The team and I worked hard this year and it paid off. I knew I had a chance to win this from day one and believed that all the way through. I'm excited for what the future holds for me next.""Disappointed tonight," said Forkner. "I felt really confident coming into this race after taking a weekend off and believed I had something to prove. Unfortunately, I made a few small mistakes and ended up on the ground. There's always next weekend."

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Apr 24, 2017

Clement Desalle maintains his challenge

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his challenge for honours at the sixth round, the GP of Europe at Valkenswaard, of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.The Belgian had maintained a strong qualification challenge to take fifth choice of gate but difficult first laps saw him emerge eighth and ninth after the initial sort-out. A solid ride in the opening race saw Clement advance to seventh, but a small crash halfway through race two cost him to lose his rhythm to eventually finish fourteenth. The Belgian is now sixth in the series standings but just twenty points shy of the third placeman.Unable to train in sand during the week after feeling sick teammate Maxime Desprey managed to improve his lap times after each practice session, but his twenty-second choice of gate after a difficult qualification race meant that he started each time outside the top twenty in the GP motos. The Frenchman advanced methodically towards the points during the early laps of each moto, but fatigue caused by sickness slowed him during the final laps to finish twenty-second and twenty-third."Once more the start was the key to the races, and twice I was in the top ten but that's not enough to finish on the box," said Desalle. "The first race was OK with a seventh position, even if it's not what I expect, but in the second one I had a crash and lost four positions. I struggled to find a good rhythm today; I had a better feeling on Saturday when I qualified in fifth position.""It was a tough weekend," said Desprey. "As I was sick this week I couldn't train in the sand so I knew that it would be difficult, but the feeling was better after each session even if I qualified only in twenty-second position. In both races I was fighting for a top twenty result, but in the last ten minutes of each race I felt tired and lost several positions."

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Apr 24, 2017

Petar Petrov eighth in the Netherlands

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team finished eighth in the Grand Prix of Europe at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, sixth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.The Bulgarian, who had only returned to racing one week earlier in Italy, is inevitably still seeking his usual speed but, working closely with the team's technical squad, quickly established preferred bike settings for race day which enabled him to advance from seventeenth to twelfth in the opening GP moto of the weekend. His confidence restored by the close liaison with the team, Petar snatched a sixth-placed start and advanced as high as fifth before a lack of recent racing activity pushed him back to eighth in both the moto and the overall GP result. Seva Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki continued his recent impressive form to qualify fourth after posting top six times in each of the training sessions but he suffered terribly bad luck in the opening GP moto as another rider crashed in his path to leave him in sixteenth position; the Russian eventually raced back to eighth and confidently expected a further good result in race two but a crash in which another rider jumped on his shoulder forced him to withdraw from racing already on the opening lap. Further medical examinations in the forthcoming days will reveal if Seva has suffered any serious physical injury. He retains eighth place in the series standings. Teammate Darian Sanayei stormed through the pack to qualify sixteenth after a poor start, but his hopes of scoring well in the first moto were dashed when another rider hit his front wheel to leave him at the rear of the field. Regrouping well, Darian had advanced to fifteenth of the forty starters by the chequered flag. A superb start in race two saw Darian hold third place through the early laps before the after-effects of recent illness saw him relax his pace to cross the finishing line eleventh. Darian is now thirteenth in the championship standings. Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team member Adam Sterry made a superb getaway at the start of the opening moto to hold down third place for several laps. After relinquishing a couple of places he was still fifth until he came into contact with a rival, but the incident saw him twist his knee. Rider and team made an immediate decision to withdraw from the remainder of the weekend's racing to seek further medical advice. Adam remains sixteenth in the series standings. "This GP was better than the last one," said Petrov. "I don't feel that I have the speed to race for a top three yet but I can feel the improvements and I think that it will be even better in Latvia in two weeks time. I didn't race for several weeks, so I didn't have the opportunity to dial in my bike like I would prefer on some places. But we saw from yesterday to today that the team did a good job and I was happy with my bike for the race. We're going in the right direction and I must say that mentally I also feel better because today we were in the top ten with pretty good starts. It's a good motivation to keep on working for the coming weekends, and now I can't wait to race again and be battling in the top five." "I had a perfect qualifying day with first position in the free practice session, third in the timed practice and fourth in the qualifying race after a good start and a consistent race," said Brylyakov. "Today started well with the third position in the warm up with easy riding, but my start was not too good in the first moto; a guy crashed in front of me and then I had to come back from sixteenth to eighth. In the second moto I was pushing through the pack on the first lap and had already passed into the top ten by the fifth corner; but then I made a mistake and another rider jumped on my shoulder. I couldn't really move the fingers after the incident and it was scary; the first examinations don't reveal any fracture or dislocation but I will have further consultations on Monday."This weekend was not so bad," said Sanayei. "In the qualifying race I was really bad at the start but came back to sixteenth, so it was a pretty strong ride. Then today I had a slight fever from crashing yesterday morning. I had a pretty good start but in the third corner another rider took my front wheel and put me down. I was dead last, and just worked my way to fifteenth which was not a good result but a strong ride. I think I used too much energy because I was pretty tired for the second race; I got another good start in fifth, rode third for a couple of laps but then my body was a little bit too weak to keep this position." We made some good improvements during the week and being back in the sand I was confident for a good weekend," said Sterry. "I showed this in moto one until I hit another rider while in fifth and twisted my knee. Hopefully nothing really serious but we will have it checked on Monday to make sure."

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Apr 17, 2017

Seva Brylyakov seventh in Italy

The Russian achieved his best start of the season so far when rounded turn one of the opening moto in sixth place; he quickly moved forward to fourth for his best result of the season, just eleven seconds behind the winner. It is always difficult to pass on the tight Pietramurata track but after starting fifteenth Seva fought his way forward to take the chequered flag tenth, the combined results of the two motos giving him seventh overall. He is now ninth in the championship standings but only thirteen points from sixth and confident of advancing higher in the series at the upcoming rounds. Teammate Darian Sanayei also qualified well but had little joy at the start of either race. The American persevered to advance from an initial twenty-first to finish sixteenth in the opening moto but his hopes of improving on this scoreline in race two was nullified at the second corner when another rider fell in his path and he had to start the race in thirtieth position, eventually working his way up to eighteenth at the chequered flag. Darian is now thirteenth in the championship standings. Adam Sterry of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team showed the speed to race top ten in each moto but he slipped off on the loose stones which litter the racing line during the later stages of the opening moto to finish fifteenth and was kept out of the points-scoring positions when another rider fell in his path after a top ten start in race two. Adam is now fourteenth in the series standings. Teammate Petar Petrov faced a difficult return to racing after missing the previous rounds of the series through injury; his efforts hindered by a poor gate, he could only score one point, but showed good speed which will soon him raising back through the ranks. "The first race was definitively a good one," said Brylyakov. "I got a good start and we all knew that with a good start I could battle in front and that's what happened! I rode calm during the first moto, just keep my position and finished fourth which was a good result for a possible podium. The second moto didn't quite go as I wanted; it was not the worst start I had this season but it was not a good one and on this track the first corners are very tight and it's very difficult to pass. Anyway it's my best GP so far; I stayed on two wheels and we got two solid motos. Everything is there to get podiums; we'll continue to work on the starts as I showed in the first moto that it is possible." "It was definitively a tough weekend," said Sanayei. "I got tenth in the qualifying race which was not so bad but Sunday didn't go so well. In the first race I didn't got such a good start and then in the second corner there was a crash so I was around twentieth; it was difficult to pass on this track and I only moved up to sixteenth which was a little disappointing. I got a better start in the second race; I was around seventh in the first corner but in the second one a rider fell down, I hit him and crashed. I was dead last, but I did what I could to come back through to eighteenth." "Not a great weekend," said Sterry. "Saturday messed us up really; the start was always going to be difficult from the outside gate on such a hard track to pass on. Neither race went as planned but now my hand is OK and I can ride in the week so we will have a good week riding and get back on the sand which I prefer." "Today was not easy but it feels good to be back racing," said Petrov. "The results were not good but there are many positives to take from the weekend; I feel my speed was not so bad, just my starts need to be better as I had a bad gate due to some issues in qualifying. Overall it's normal to take some time to get back where we should be, but I'm sure we'll be able to fight for podiums soon. I can't wait to be back behind the gate again next week."

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Apr 17, 2017

Clement Desalle sixth in Italy

The Belgian was optimistic of maintaining his title challenge after joining a six rider breakaway in qualification on Saturday at the Pietramurata track, but it was already evident that the start would be vital and, although Desalle started in the leading group in each GP moto on race day, he found himself maintaining station to finish fifth in each race. He was fifth throughout the first moto to finish just eleven seconds from the pacesetter, and was even closer in race two to cross the finishing line less than nine seconds behind the winner. He remains third in the series standings. Maxime Desprey, standing in for the injured Jordi Tixier, acquitted himself well to record his first-ever score in the MXGP class. The Frenchman quickly acquainted himself with the KX450F-SR factory bike to qualify fifteenth of forty starters and showed his determination as he raced from twenty-fifth to twentieth in race one and advanced to fifteenth in race one despite an incident on the opening lap which had cost him ten places. Maxime will again cover for Tixier's absence next weekend in The Netherlands."I qualified in sixth position on Saturday, but the second part of the race was not as good as the first half so we changed some settings on the bike for today," said Desalle. "The feeling was better for the races, but once more the start was important as there's a group of fast riders in this class so the position in the first corner often influences the final result. I finished fifth in each race but I think that I could have achieved more with a better start; in the first moto we all followed each other, then in the second one I was fourth behind Herlings but I couldn't pass him and finally Cairoli overtook me. It was a decent weekend, but I want to achieve more and I hope that Valkenswaard will be different for me.""I enjoyed riding a lot this weekend, and I tried to appreciate each moment on such a great bike," said Desprey. "Saturday was OK for me; I had a good feeling with the bike and qualified fifteenth for the GP races. After a good warm-up I missed a good start in the first race but I came back to twentieth with good lap times; I always struggle a little bit to pass rivals, and here there were not so many lines as they worked on the track between the races. The second start was much better as I was twelfth at the first timing point, but then I made a mistake in a corner and lost ten positions but I never gave up and came back to fifteenth. Today was the first time that I have scored points in the MXGP class. Now I will spend the week in Belgium to prepare for Valkenswaard, and to get even more used to the KX450F-SR."

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Apr 17, 2017

Race win for Livia Lancelot in Italy

The defending world champion never felt comfortable on Saturday and was content to simply consolidate her early season scoring in the first moto when she finished fifth in slight drizzle after a moderate start. But the French lady turned up the volume in the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning to snatch the lead two laps from the end to race to an unchallenged victory. Holding down fourth place after the initial sort-out she was content at first to keep a watching brief as the leaders battled ferociously in a manner which was to eventually prove to be their downfall on a treacherous track where overnight rain saw deep ruts develop quickly. With the sun shining Livia moved to third place on lap three and she took over second place three laps later, finally moving ahead two laps from the end of the 25-minute race. The victory earnt her third place over the weekend and she is now also third in the series, just sixteen shy of the points leader with two-thirds of the series still to run. When I came here on Friday I had good feeling after a good period of training this week, but when I was on the track I didn't have so much fun to ride," said Lancelot. "My bad start in the first race didn't help either, but in the evening we finally found something that can explain why I was not riding so well on Saturday. This morning was completely different; I was more relaxed and I found a better feeling with the track. The track was rough; for sure some other riders crashed but I kept my rhythm all race long, didn't make any mistakes and finally I was rewarded with this moto win. It's great to be back on the podium as the season didn't start so well for me; after Indonesia I realised that my winter preparation was not perfect, so we've worked really hard the last fifteen days and this weekend was a first step. Now we'll have more time to prepare for the next round in France."

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Apr 10, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Takes Championship Lead in Seattle

Foothill Ranch, CA (April 9, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac once again turned in the fastest laps of the main event and scored a podium finish on his way to earning the championship points leader's red number plate. This during Round 14 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.As the gate fell for the 450SX Class Main Event, Tomac rounded the first turn in 10th. Tomac began throwing down his fastest laps, moving his way up to fourth place with a unique line through the rhythm section. With eight minutes remaining the No. 3 KX™450F of Tomac made a pass for third stick and shortly after, a mistake caused Tomac to go down and rejoin the race in fourth. With one minute remaining Tomac moved into third, followed shortly by an aggressive pass for second where he would remain until taking the checkered flag. Teammate Josh Grant was involved in an incident in his heat race and retired from competition for the evening."That was a bit chaotic," said Tomac. "I didn't have the best start but I found a bunch of rhythm combinations early in the race that were vital to me moving through the pack. Once I made it up to about fourth, it was difficult to keep my momentum going and unfortunately I went down. Luckily I was able to get back up and everything was good on the bike, so I could keep pushing and I took one final position before the checkers. I have the red plate now and we'll just keep doing what we've been doing."As the 2017 250SX West Region Championship returned to action, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider and championship points leader Justin Hill began the day as the fastest in qualifying and backed up that result with a win in the second Heat Race. As the gate dropped for the Main Event, Hill exited Turn 1 around mid-pack and immediately started heading towards the front. Shortly after racing into fourth place, a red flag came out, causing a race restart. As the gate fell for a second time Hill rounded the first turn in fourth and was immediately engaged in a heated battle for position. Hill made two back-to-back passes on the second lap, positioning himself second but was quickly relegated back to third. Moments later the No. 46 KX™250F of Hill raced his way back into second place where he would remain until the checkers. "The track was pretty crazytonight," said Hill. "Early on I fell into my groove and did what I needed to do to stay safe. I was a bit more conservative than I probably had to be, but I doubt that increasing the risk would have benefitted me. I have an 18-point lead in the championship now with two races to go, so I'm happy with where we are."

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Apr 10, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Extends Relationship with Eli Tomac

Foothill Ranch, CA (April 10, 2017) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has inked a multi-year contract extension with supercross and motocross star Eli Tomac to ride for the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team. The Colorado native is currently in the middle of an incredible win streak and title fight aboard his KX™450F motorcycle in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship race."I'm very grateful for the opportunity to stay with Monster Energy Kawasaki," said Tomac. "The team has put a lot of faith in me over the last year, which has given me the confidence I need to win. We have put in a lot of work and it is good to see it paying dividends." Tomac joined the team beginning with the 2016 season, where he captured one win and five podium finishes en route to fourth in the final supercross standings. He carried the momentum outdoors, earning a pair of overall victories and 10 podium results in a strong runner-up effort in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Tomac finished off the 2016 season with two MXGP wins and the Monster Energy Cup Championship.Tomac's second season with the team in 2017 has been a breakout one thus far, highlighted by eight race wins including a five-race winning streak. With three races remaining Tomac has earned fastest laps in 10 of the 14 main events and tops the rider point standings."Eli Tomac is an exceptional rider and athlete, and has successfully carried on the tradition of dominance with his KX450F," said Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. President Yoshi Tamura. "Eli epitomizes Kawasaki's commitment to winning and we are very excited to ensure he'll be part of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for years to come!"

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Apr 3, 2017

Clement Desalle Maintains Third in MXGP

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle Maintains Third in MXGPClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained third place in the FIM World MXGP Championship standings after two solid rides in the fourth round of the series in Mexico.The Belgian rode his strongest qualification of the season to earn fourth choice of gate in the GP races to build his confidence for race day, but a mistake in each moto cost him several placing and, with the track surface getting progressively rougher, he wisely decided not to take any unnecessary risks at this early stage of the season. An error early in the opening moto cost him four places and Clement could only recover one of those before the checkered flag. A similar ride in race two saw him start third before an error dropped him to sixth. The combined results saw him seventh overall in the GP and he remains third in the standings as the world series heads for Europe after the four overseas GPs.Teammate Jordi Tixier, who damaged a tendon in his groin during the GP of Patagonia, missed the Mexican GP. The Frenchman has now been operated on by Professor Catonne in Paris and must rest for a few days to allow the wound to heal; he should be able to restart some physical activities within two weeks.Clement Desalle: "Saturday was OK with good results in the practice sessions and a fourth position in the race for starting positions; it was my best qualification since the beginning of the season! Today I made a good start in the first race, then Cairoli passed me and I was just behind him when I made a mistake during the first lap; I was ninth after this crash, and could only make one pass on Febvre to finish eighth as it was so difficult to overtake on this track. In the second moto my start was even better and I was fourth behind Paulin when I made a small mistake and Van Horebeek passed me. I finished sixth, but I didn't take any risks as the season will be long; my feeling was not so good and I had no fun riding here. Now we go back for the European rounds of the series; I'm third in the standings and we'll continue to work hard with the team."

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Apr 3, 2017

A Sixth for Seva Brylyakov in Mexico

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeA Sixth for Seva Brylyakov in MexicoSeva Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to a sixth placed moto finish in the fourth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Leon on the high central plateau of Mexico.The Russian again showed tremendous speed in training to post top three times in each session, but fortune deserted him in each of the races. He quickly advanced to a challenging eighth in the opening GP moto before a rival's unorthodox riding forced Seva to crash; remounting last he recovered to fourteenth at the finish. Initially twelfth in race two he put in a powerful charge to sixth place mid-moto, but a damaged clutch cable hindered any further progress. Seva has now progressed to ninth in the series standings as the series heads back to Europe.Adam Sterry of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team maintained his steady progress as he finished top ten in each race. The young British rider could have finished even higher than his eventual tenth and ninth if he had not encountered setbacks each time; an early crash in race one saw him chase back through the pack from eighteenth to finish tenth, while he could not retain his evident top six speed to the finish in race two as he developed severe blisters on the palm of his left hand which had suffered serious burns in a collision with another rider two weeks previously. He was ninth overall in the GP and has advanced to thirteenth in the series standings.Rookie teammate Stephen Rubini continues his steep learning curve and, despite pain in the shoulder from a crash during qualification, charged into the points in both races for the first time in his GP career on race day with two resilient rides through the ranks. Eighteenth and fifteenth earns the French teenager seventeenth in the GP.DRT Kawasaki's Darian Sanayei, so close to the podium two weeks earlier in Argentina, never settled on the Mexican track and was unable to repeat his recent successes. He finished the first moto seventeenth despite a fall and was sixteenth in race two. The American is now twelfth in the series standings.Petar Petrov of the Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team has now been back in training for ten days and will return to racing at the next round of the world series in Italy in two weeks' time.Seva Brylyakov: "It's good to finish the weekend with a sixth place, as it has been another tough GP for me. This weekend again I show great speed, and it made me confident for the races but also a little bit frustrated after the races because I'm not at the place where I should be finishing in the races. In the first moto my start was quite good and I was battling for seventh place; I saw the other riders were not far away and I was riding calm, just waiting for the moment to pass but the rider behind me was doing strange things and finally I crashed. It was difficult to restart the bike, and finally I came back from last to fourteenth but it cost me a lot of energy as I had to push until the end of the race. My start in the second moto was more difficult; I was sixth and was catching the guy in fifth position until my clutch cable was damaged. I finished sixth. Now I have to take care of my body after the crash on Saturday, and we'll continue to work with the team before the next round in Italy."Adam Sterry: "This weekend was an improvement for me, the results are still not what I would like but it's coming better as I finished both motos in the top ten. We changed a few things during the week, but a crash in the first moto made my weekend hard as I had to rejoin the race in eighteenth position. The second race was better as I was sixth after the start, but I had such bad blisters on the hand I burnt two weeks ago that it was dangerous; it was difficult to handle the bike and I finished ninth. But we are going in the right direction; I just hope that my blisters will heal soon as before coming here I could only train twice. It's not ideal, in fact it's annoying but there's nothing I can really do about it. I'm looking forward to getting back to the European tracks, and we will now work on our starts."Stephen Rubini: "This GP was much better for me than the previous ones; I came here with another mind-set and I had a better feeling in the practice sessions. In the qualifying race I had a big crash; I had some pain in my shoulder but I recovered to seventeenth from last position. Today was better. I was able to finish eighteenth in the first moto even though I crashed at the second corner. My second start was again not so good, but I came back to fifteenth and it's the first time that I have scored in both races. Now we move to Europe; I know most of the tracks and for sure there will be more riders involved but the goal will be to continue to learn and score points."Darian Sanayei: "I struggled on this track in Leon; I just couldn't find the pace the top guys were running here. I couldn't push my limits. In the qualifying race I crashed and hurt my shoulder a little bit, then in the first moto I was pretty far back; I got through to fourteenth but I fell and finished seventeenth. In the second race I started in the back again and could only come back to sixteenth to score nine points this weekend. I will keep working and hopefully I will be able to get some good starts in the next rounds."

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Apr 2, 2017

Five in a Row for the KX™450F and Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac

Foothill Ranch, CA (April 2, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac rode his KX450F to a fifth consecutive Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship win in St. Louis, Missouri. Tomac began the day inside The Dome at America's Center with the fastest time in qualifying aboard his No. 3 KX450F. As the gate dropped on the 450SX Class Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn in second place with teammate Josh Grant in sixth. By the third turn, Tomac had pushed his Kawasaki to the front of the pack and began distancing himself from the field. While Tomac set the pace at the front, Grant battled throughout the main, racing into fifth place with just under two minutes remaining, where he would remain until the checkers. At the checkered flag Tomac earned his fifth consecutive victory, the first to repeat this accomplishment since Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto in 2013"Today surprisingly wasn't my best," said Tomac. "The results don't necessarily show it but I didn't feel great most of the day. It's all about not giving up though and we got it done in the main, where it really counts. I figured out my start, made an early pass and then just pushed until the end. It's a great feeling.""I'm really happy with our results tonight," said Grant. "I had a great start in the main, rode well and had some good battles. To walk away with a top five is definitely a step in the right direction and where I feel I belong. I'm looking forward to building off this momentum next week."Joey Savatgy of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team carried the championship points leader red number plate into the seventh round of the 250SX East Region Championship. Savatgy put the field on notice by setting the fastest qualifying time and winning Heat Race 2. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo punched his ticket for the 250SX Class Main Event with a third place in the second heat. As the Main Event began, Savatgy rounded Turn 1 in third with Cianciarulo in seventh place. By Turn 2 Savatgy had raced the No. 17 KX™250F into the lead while Cianciarulo pushed his way into fourth before the end of the first lap. With just over eight minutes remaining Savatgy made a mistake, relegating him to second place, where he would pressure the leader until the checkers, while teammate Cianciarulo crossed the line in sixth. "We rode well tonight," said Savatgy. "We executed off the start, put ourselves in a good position and started to pull away. I can't really explain the mistakes right now, I'm pretty frustrated with the little mistakes but at the same time the bike is great, we've got the points lead and I'm happy with the current situation. We will put in the work during the break and come out swinging when we come back.""I had an unfortunate crash in practice that held me up a bit today," said Cianciarulo. "From that point on it prevented me from riding like I know I can. That being said, we've got three weeks to get back to fighting for the win where I feel I belong"

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Apr 2, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Gavin Faith Increases Points Lead in Sacramento

Foothill Ranch, CA (April 2, 2017) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith raced to an overall podium at Round 4 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup, increasing his points lead.As the first 250AX Class Main Event got underway, Faith would exit Turn 1 in second place with teammates Gared Steinke in sixth and Travis Sewell in 16th. Throughout the 15-lap Main Event, Faith would trade fastest laps with the leader but couldn't seem to get within striking distance. In the final laps of the race Faith gave a final push, closing the gap to the leader but was not able to make a pass. Faith crossed the line in second place with Steinke and Sewell in seventh and 12th respectively. In the second Main Event, Faith rounded the first turn in third with Sewell sixth and Steinke seventh. Faith quickly made his way into second place and set his sights on the leader again. With three laps remaining, Steinke made a mistake and was relegated to 11th place, where he would remain until the checkers, earning eighth place overall (7-11). Faith continued to push throughout the main but was not able to make the pass, eventually going 2-2 for second place overall. Faith's podium increased his championship points lead, which now sits at eight markers. Sewell's 12-6 result earned a ninth place overall."We are leaving Sacramento with an increased points lead," said Faith. "I always want to fight for the win, but we're here for the championship so this is a good result. I'll go home and put the work in so we can head to the next round ready to fight for the win.""Today was up and down," said Steinke. "In the first moto I was in a decent position, the second race didn't go my way. I made a mistake late in the main and it cost me. It's time to go home and do some homework to make sure I don't repeat these mistakes.""I struggled in the first main event," said Sewell. "I didn't get the start or the result I know I'm capable of. We made a few changes in between motos and when the gate dropped for the second main it was a different game, I had a solid start and rode a smart race."

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Mar 27, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Takes Over Arenacross Championship Lead

Night One - The second round of AMSOIL Arenacross' Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup was underway on Friday, March 24th inside the Livestock Events Center. From the moment Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith hit the track, there was no stopping him. Faith had a perfect night, leading every lap on his Kawasaki KX™250F, from his qualifier, to the Head-2-Head Challenge and finally sweeping both Main Events, finishing 1-1 for a flawless victory. Gared Steinke had his best finish of the season as well after two great starts finishing 3-4 for third overall. Teammate Travis Sewell finished 12-10 for 11th overall.Night TwoWhen the gate dropped on the first 250AX Class Main Event, the No. 1 of Faith lead the field around Turn 1 with Sewell in third. Faith held on to the lead for seven long laps before a bobble in the whoop section would cause him to lose the position. Faith raced hard to finish second, Sewell fourth and Steinke right behind in fifth position. The start of Main Event 2 was no different as Faith captured his fourth consecutive holeshot of the weekend on his Kawasaki. A small mishap in the rhythm section allowed second place to catch and pass Faith for the lead on Lap 8. Faith battled hard but could never find his way back around, finishing 2-2 for second overall. Steinke finished a strong fifth overall (5-5), with Sewell seventh (4-11). Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasakirider Faith now leads the AMSOIL Arenacross' Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup championship standings by a seven point margin. "I feel like myself again," said Faith. "Friday went amazing and although we didn't win Saturday, I got off to two great starts and lead laps. I'm pumped to have the red plate again going into Round 3.""Reno went great," said Steinke. "I truly feel like I've got the bike dialed now and can ride to my true potential. Great starts all weekend and a podium finish on Friday feels good. Can't wait to keep the ball rolling.""This weekend had its ups and downs," said Sewell. "I wasn't very consistent this weekend with only getting one strong result. I'll do my homework during the week and bounce back next weekend."

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Mar 26, 2017

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Makes it Four in a Row

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Makes it Four in a RowFoothill Ranch, CA (March 26, 2017) – After winning three in a row for the first time in his 450 career, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac was a favorite leading into Round 12 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. When the gate dropped on the 450SX Class Main Event, Tomac and teammate Josh Grant came barreling around Turn 1 in second and fourth place respectively. Tomac wasted no time racing into the lead on Lap 4 and quickly began sprinting away, setting the fastest lap of the race. The No. 3 KX™450F powered away from the competition in the "Motor City" and rode on to his fourth straight win with an eight second margin of victory. Grant went on to finish eighth place. "Tonight was an amazing accomplishment," said Tomac. "I had a great start from an outside gate and made the move early for the lead. From there it was all about throttle control on a very slick and hard pack track. I'm looking forward to keeping the ball rolling.""It was a great night for both the team and me," said Grant. "The bike was perfect all day and I believed it showed in the Main Event. A great start allowed me to run up front and finish with one of my best results of the season." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo set the pace early in the night with a dominant win in 250SX Heat 2. When the gate dropped on the 250SX Class Main Event, it was the No. 36 KX™250F of Cianciarulo powering to his second holeshot of the night with teammate Joey Savatgy in third. It wouldn't take long before the top three began banging bars for the lead. Unfortunately, both Kawasaki riders tipped over early in the race, falling back to third and fourth place respectively. The battle wouldn't end there as Savatgy raced his way back into second place, where he would finally finish, and teammate Cianciarulo earning third place. With his second place finish, Savatgy has regained the points lead in the 250SX East Coast Region Championship by a margin of nine points."Tonight really went down to the line," said Savatgy. "I rode a little tight in the beginning of the race which caused me to make a mistake and fall back to third. I managed to regroup and finish second. It feels great to have the red plate leading into the final round before a break.""I feel I rode great all day," said Cianciarulo. "We got the ball rolling early in the day in qualifying, which lead into a great heat win. It was unfortunate to tip over in the main but happy to finish up on the box and make up some points."

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Mar 20, 2017

Darian Sanayei Fifth in Argentina

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDarian Sanayei Fifth in ArgentinaRookie Darian Sanayei took his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki to a superb fifth place in the Argentinian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Neuquen, nearly 2000 meters up in the Andes.The American immediately felt at home on the man-made track carved out of the forest in the Andes foothills close to the Chilean border, delighting the fervent fans in practice with his acrobatic stunts over the numerous huge jumps. And once racing began, he soon showed his race pace to earn third gate pick for the two GP motos after a strong ride in the qualifying race. On race day he used his good choice of gate to start with the leaders each time, quickly advancing to second place in the first moto before a slip dropped him to an eventual sixth. Undeterred by that one slight error, he rebounded in in race two to convert a sixth-placed start into fourth at the checkered flag. The combined results gave him fifth on the day and he has advanced to eleventh in the series standings.Teammate Seva Brylyakov also showed tremendous pace all weekend but an issue in the qualifying race left him with only thirty-fourth choice of gate. This proved to be a severe handicap in both GP motos, but the Russian pushed relentlessly for the entire thirty-five minutes in each moto to take the checkered flag tenth and eighth. Eighth overall on the day, he maintains tenth in the standings as the series heads for Mexico, where he scored a maiden career podium last year.Adam Sterry of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team looked set for a good weekend as he posted fast times in both training sessions, but an incident at the opening turn of the qualifying race spoilt his choice of a premium gate pick. Undaunted the British rider quickly moved into the top ten in race one and was moving forward until another rider hit him from the side and both fell. Remounting last, Adam was too far behind to retain a chance of scoring points but he kept fighting to finish twenty-third. A good start in race two soon saw Adam move into eighth place but burns to his hands from the incident in race one made it increasingly difficult to hold on in the closing laps and he eventually finished tenth. He is now thirteenth in the series standings.Teammate Stephen Rubini continues with his learning curve to earn twentieth gate pick from qualifying, but a poor start saw him race just outside the points in race one to finish twenty-second. He advanced four positions to twentieth in race two before stalling the engine briefly to lose the final point to a proven GP winner.Yannick Fabre, a young Frenchman filling in for the injured Petar Petrov, showed great spirit all weekend but his lack of GP experience naturally kept him out of the points-scoring positions. Nevertheless, he rode two enthusiastic races to finish twenty-eighth and twenty-fourth.Darian Sanayei: "I was pretty disappointed in Indonesia to be ill, and I wanted to come here and show my true speed. That's what I did in qualifying with a third position; it's just nice to be racing at the front! My jump out of the gate was not so great in the first moto but I had a good gate pick on the inside and was able to cut under a few guys to come of the first turn third; I pushed as hard as I could to take second position, but I fell as Paturel challenged me so I finished sixth. I was around seven at the start of the second race and passed a couple of guys including Lieber; it's always a pretty cool feeling to pass the guy with the red plate! I couldn't quite catch Prado for third, but with a sixth and a fourth positions I finished fifth in the GP which is my best result to date. There's a lot of positives from this weekend, and we'll keep working hard!"Seva Brylyakov: "This weekend went quite well even if we didn't reach our goal. But I'm still proving every time I'm on the track that I'm one of the fastest guys of the pack; I just need to put everything together. On Saturday I was unlucky with some issues during the qualifying race, but it was better to have it on Saturday rather on Sunday. I had the thirty-fourth gate pick; it's never easy to have a good start from this position and on this track everyone is fast so it was so difficult to pass. But I rode two strong motos to finish tenth and eighth; it's not a bad result and most important I stayed on two wheels all weekend long. I'm just waiting to put all the pieces together; we are working hard for that."Adam Sterry: "It was a frustrating weekend for me, as I had good lap times in each practice session and a good speed but then I struggled at the start of the qualifying race, nearly going down in the first corner. I came from the back to seventeenth, and in the first race I was in a good position when another rider hit me so we crashed. In the second race my start was not so bad, and I finished tenth; I had some burns on my hands after the crash in the first moto, and this second race was so much painful; I couldn't hold on properly and it was quite dangerous for me in some places."Stephen Rubini: "It was a strange weekend, with some good and bad moments. The track was awesome, but I struggled to put one perfect lap together and I was disappointed to be out of the top twenty in the timed practice session. In the qualifying race I had some good lines but my start was not really good and I finished twentieth. Today was another day, my start in the first race was really bad and in the second I stalled my engine when I was in the points. I'm still learning every day; the positive point is that I have a much better feeling here than in Qatar or Indonesia and I can't wait to be on some European tracks where I already raced."Yannick Fabre: "It was a great experience to race this GP, but in both races I had a crash early in the race. I never rode on such a nice track; in Provence we have only hard pack so I had to get used to this sandy layout. Everything was new for me, the bike, the track, the GP rhythm but I did my best and would like to thank the team who gave me this opportunity."

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Mar 20, 2017

Clement Desalle Maintains his Title Challenge

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle Maintains his Title ChallengeClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his title challenge in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship despite a difficult weekend in the Argentinian round at Neuquen.The Belgian already looked confident as he earns fourth pick at the gate for the qualifying race, but he was hindered by an incident at turn one as several other riders crashed and had to be content with fourteenth place on the grid for both GP motos. Nevertheless, he twice made excellent starts on race day, maintaining his challenge throughout race one to finish a secure third. The power of his KX450F-SR gave Clement an even better start in race two and he moved ahead at the second corner to lead for three laps before the 2016 champion found a way past. Track conditions had changed dramatically since the opening moto and after nearly losing control a number of times Clement eased his pace to eventually take the chequered flag tenth. Sixth overall in the GP, Clement remains third in the standings, just 15 points behind the series leader after three of the nineteen rounds.Teammate Jordi Tixier, racing for the first time in his career in Argentina, soon showed his liking for the panoramic track in the foothills of the Andes to post second fastest time in each of the practice sessions, but his hopes for the weekend were soon stifled as he crashed on the second lap of the qualifying race, injuring his groin. He was advised by the medical staff that there was no danger of suffering more damage if he chose to race the GP, but his leg was so painful that he could only finish eighteenth in the first moto and decided to sit out race two. He now flies home to France for further medical examinations, and he is now fourteenth in the series standings.Clément Desalle: "My qualifying race was not easy as there was a crash at the start just in front of me and I had no place to go! I didn't crash but I lost too much time, then during the race I made one mistake and finished fourteenth. My start in the first race was pretty good; I was third or fourth throughout the race and eventually finished third; it was a good race. The track changed a lot between the two races and, even though I got a very good start, I struggled with the track. I was second at the first corner and took over the lead at turn two to lead the race for several laps but I didn't felt confident and took the decision to ride safe to finish the race."Jordi Tixier: "I never raced in Argentina before this weekend, but as soon as I went on the track I enjoyed the track and posted the second fastest lap during each of the practice sessions. I had the inside gate for the qualifying race and was sixth after one lap, but later when I landed from a jump there was a big hole; I went over the bars and had pain in my groin. We went for some examinations at the hospital and the doctors said that there was no risk to race so I tried to do my job. I finished the first race in eighteenth, but my leg was so painful that I couldn't start the second moto. We'll have some more examinations when we get back to France; I just hope that I will be able to race in Mexico in two weeks time."

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Mar 19, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Tomac Commands Win Number Six in Indianapolis

Foothill Ranch, CA (March 19, 2017) – Aboard his No. 3 Kawasaki KX™450F, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac scored his third win in a row and win number six of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Round 11 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tomac started off the night show with a holeshot leading to a six second advantage over the competition and his fifth heat race win of the year. Teammate Grant punched his ticket for the Main Event with a third place finish in Semi Race 1. As the 450SX Class Main Event began, Tomac exited Turn 1 in second with Grant in eighth. A mistake early on relegated Grant to 16th while Tomac took over the lead on Lap 2. By the halfway mark Tomac had opened up at gap of just over two seconds while Grant moved up into 12th position. As the checkers flew, Tomac increased his lead to over five seconds and scored the win, with Grant crossing the line in 13th place. With the past three consecutive race wins, Tomac has reduced his deficit to the series points leader from 29 to 12 with six races to go."This is everything you dream of," said Tomac. "Right now we're winning races and it's pretty cool. I don't know what to say, we're rolling strong right now and that's thanks to the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team.""There were some ups and downs tonight," said Grant. "Before the first lap was over I was near the back but I'm pretty happy with how I was able to turn it around. I feel like I belong towards the front of the pack and I didn't quite get that tonight, but there's always something to be learned and a way to move forward. I'm looking forward to being back up there next week."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy earned the fastest qualifying time on his No. 17 Kawasaki KX™250F while Adam Cianciarulo was involved in a qualifying incident early in the day, injuring his left knee. As the night show began, Cianciarulo transferred to the 250SX Class Main Event with a third place in Heat Race 1 while Savatgy duplicated that result in Heat Race 2. As the gate fell for the Main Event, Savatgy was the first to exit Turn 1 with the holeshot and Cianciarulo in sixth. Five minutes in, Cianciarulo raced into fifth place as Savatgy fiercely defended his lead. A small mistake relegated Savatgy to second place with just over seven minutes remaining. He continued applying pressure to the leader, however, when the checkered flag waved, Savatgy would claim his third podium of the year in second place, while Cianciarulo crossed the line in fifth. "We've made some gains over the last couple weeks," said Savatgy. "This isn't the result that we are working for but it's a step in the right direction and something better to build off. We are focused on the championship so we take it race by race, we will be back fighting for the win next weekend." "The race went pretty well all things considered," said Cianciarulo. "I didn't think I was going to be able to get back out on the track after the incident that left my knee hurt, but I rode practice and felt like there were points to be made tonight. I felt like I rode well, I would have liked to be up at the front in the opening laps but with everything that happened I am proud of how tonight went. I'll be back to 100 percent next week and able to challenge for the win."

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Mar 19, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Faith Opens Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup with a Victory

Foothill Ranch, CA (March 19, 2017) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs started off the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup with a huge victory by defending champion Gavin Faith aboard his Kawasaki KX™250F. Faith also beat out the competition in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge, earning crucial championship points and now sits tied for the championship points lead.As the gate fell for 250AX Class Main Event 1, Faith exited Turn 1 in second with teammate Travis Sewell in sixth followed immediately by Gared Steinke in seventh. Faith continued to pressure for the lead for the entire 15 lap Main Event until making a daring pass in the whoops on the final lap, taking the lead and the victory. On the second lap Sewell and Steinke both moved forward one position, settling into fifth and sixth respectively until the checkers flew. In the second Main Event Faith would yet again exit Turn 1 in second with Sewell in fifth and Steinke in eighth. Faith, knowing that a second place would earn the overall victory, settled into position and began clicking off laps. Sewell settled into fifth place while Steinke immediately made two passes for sixth place on the second lap. When the checkers flew it was Faith in second, earning 1-2 on the night and the overall victory with the help of his Head 2 Head Challenge win. Sewell would remain fifth for the remainder of the main, earning 5-5 for fifth overall while Steinke's 6-6 earned sixth overall."Tonight was a big win for us," said Faith. "I knew that every point would be crucial tonight and I really wanted to start off the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup out front. It feels great to be up here where I think we belong. Now it's time to go to work on keeping the No. 1 plate.""I felt strong tonight," said Sewell. "The beginning of the year had a lot of ups and downs for me, and I feel like I'm starting to really find my groove now. I need to be closer to the front, but I'm happy with tonight's result and I'll keep working to improve even more next weekend." "I can't be upset with my results tonight," said Steinke. "I am really pushing for the podium, but I took some good points tonight and have started the Race to the Ricky Carmichael Cup in a good spot. The overall championship is the most important thing so I'm focused on consistently being in a good spot."

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Mar 12, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Holeshots to Double Victory in Daytona

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and his KX™450F earned another commanding win in Daytona Beach, Florida with a 17.6 second margin of victory over the competition. Tomac qualified for the 450SX Class Main Event in with a holeshot and win in Heat 2 while Josh Grant qualified with a third place finish in Semi 1. As the gate fell for the Main Event, Tomac once again was first to Turn 1 with another holeshot. Tomac immediately settled in to second, pressuring the leader throughout the opening laps and at the halfway mark made the pass for the lead and never looked back. Grant meanwhile raced hard after a mid pack start, making passes and reaching inside the top 10. Tomac was first to the checkered flag earning his fifth victory of the year with another dominant performance on what has become known as the most demanding Monster Energy Supercross race of the year. In the final laps Grant raced his way into eighth place before taking the checkers."I don't' think it's a secret that I like Daytona," said Tomac. "To take win number five of 2017 here is a great thing. I felt confident in my riding all day, I came here to win and we did exactly that. My KX™450F and my program are where I want them to be and I'm ready for the next round.""Daytona is already such a great place to race," said Grant. "I've always had a good time at this track and today was no different. My start in the main wasn't what I wanted but I had the pace to move forward through the pack. Daytona was good but it's time to get back home, back to work and continue to improve next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo took top honors with a win at Daytona International Speedway followed by teammate Joey Savatgy in second place, making it a Kawasaki 1-2 in the 250SX Class Main Event. For Cianciarulo the win was special, coming just a few miles from the house he grew up in. Savatgy qualified for the 250SX Class Main Event with a third place in Heat 1 while Cianciarulo earned his ticket to the main with a fourth place in the second heat. As the 250SX Class Main Event launched off the starting gate it was the No. 17 KX™250F of Savatgy powering through the soft Daytona dirt and earning the holeshot, with teammate Cianciarulo closely behind in second position. Cianciarulo wasted no time racing into the lead and setting the pace at the front. Five laps into the race Cianciarulo enjoyed a two second lead over teammate Savatgy in second place. Cianciarulo and Savatgy pushed the pace throughout the remaining laps and earned a hard fought first and second place respectively. "It's honestly surreal," said Cianciarulo. "I grew up here; this is literally the first supercross race I ever watched and this is where I fell in love with the sport. Everything that's happened between my last win and now, for this victory to come in front of my home crowd is unbelievable! The last three years have been filled with thinking about this moment-I want this so bad-the emotions are absolutely incredible.""I'm happy with a podium," said Savatgy. "We started off the Night Show on the wrong foot but I stayed confident in my training and knew I could bounce back. I came out of the gate strong alongside my teammate, but went a little wide in the first turn. I rode close to Adam throughout the race waiting for my time to attack, but the opportunity wasn't there. I'm happy with the result and I'm looking forward to next weekend."

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Mar 12, 2017

Team Babbitt’s Kawasaki Rider Sewell Wins in New Orleans

Foothill Ranch, CA (March 12, 2017) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Travis Sewell and his KX™250F earned the holeshot and a hard fought victory in Main Event 2 for an overall podium at Round 9 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross series in New Orleans.In the first 250AX Class Main Event Gavin Faith and his No. 1 KX250F powered to the holeshot with teammate Sewell in sixth. On the first lap Faith gained more than a second lead over the field while Sewell battled for position. In the first two laps Sewell dropped back to seventh place but continued to push throughout the main. Late in the race Sewell's determination was rewarded by making the pass for sixth followed by a pass for fifth, where he would remain until the checkers. Meanwhile on Lap 12 Faith made a mistake in the rhythm section and went down. He was able to rejoin the race in 11th place where he remained throughout the last few laps. In the second Main Event Sewel powered out of the gate, leaving the field behind and never looking back on the way to a commanding win by more than six seconds. Teammate Faith left the gate in sixth place and settled in until Lap 9 when he made the pass for fifth. Faith continued pushing forward and with three laps remaining, made another pass for fourth where he would remain until he crossed the line, going 11-4 for seventh overall. Sewell's 5-1 earned his first podium of 2017 with a third overall. Gared Steinke did not compete in the Main Events due to an issue that occurred early in the night. "It feels great to get my first win of the season," said Sewell. "This track was pretty intense, it felt like survival mode for most of the racing. Getting a good start was critical to a good result. Thankfully I had a great start in the second main and was able to walk away with the win.""There were a lot of ups and downs tonight," said Faith. "I started the first main in a great spot and was feeling good until I lost it in the rhythm section. A crash like that is hard mentally, but we're here to fight and defend the title."

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Mar 5, 2017

A Sixth for Adam Sterry in Indonesia

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeA Sixth for Adam Sterry in IndonesiaAdam Sterry of Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team raced to a gritty sixth in the second round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Pangkal Pinang in Indonesia.The British teenager had immediately shown top five pace in qualification and confirmed this speed in both races. He advanced quickly from seventh to fourth in the opening moto before a trip over the handlebars as his bike became hopelessly stuck in the bottomless mud section at the bottom of the track. He made amends however with a fine sixth place in even worse conditions as FIM officials called a halt to racing at two-thirds race distance. Adam is now twelfth in the points standings.Seva Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki again showed tremendous speed all weekend, but his results in both races in Indonesia were spoilt by first lap crashes. In the opening race he restarted thirty seconds behind the pack but had grittily advanced tenth at the finish, but he was forced to pull out of the second race after damaging the bike in a crash. The Russian is now tenth in the series points.American teammate Darian Sanayei shrugged off sickness to score points in the opening moto but he was forced to withdraw after just four laps of race two. He is now sixteenth in the points.Stephen Rubini, the first season 250F rookie in the Kawasaki Racing Team, showed just how quickly he is learning in his new class as he raced to nineteenth place - and thus his first world championship points - in the difficult conditions of race two after being restricted to twenty-sixth in race one.Adam Sterry: "For me it was more or less like a practice day with these track conditions! My speed was good again this weekend as I was always in the top five, so that was good. On the first race I was riding in fourth but just made a mistake in the muddy section where almost everyone did once; I went over the bars and couldn't get the bike out so that was a DNF. Second race I was in sixth when they stopped the race. Hopefully we can take something positive away from the weekend and I hope we can do the same in Argentina."Seva Brylyakov: "It was a tough weekend for everyone but we still can't put everything together, even though the speed and everything is there to get good results. In both races I was involved in a collective crash at the start; in the first race my handlebars were down after the crash and I was riding like a chopper but I managed to score a top ten, coming from last. The second moto went wrong as, after this crash, I had some bike issues after three laps and just tried to bring the bike back to pit lane. This race was a mess, and I'm happy to be safe and to have strong people behind me, strong people who always support me even when everything is not going right."Darian Sanayei: "We came here in Indonesia one week earlier to get used to the weather and be ready for this race, but unfortunately I get sick on the weekend ! I didn't felt good on Saturday and skipped the free practice to keep my energy for the race day, but they cancelled the qualifying session so I was last on the gate. I learnt the track during the warm up, then in the first race I had a bad start, crashed a few times but was able to salvage some points for the championship. It was not good, but at least I got some points! I didn't feel good after this race and could only do four laps in the second race before I was forced to pull out. But I know what I can do and the next rounds will be different."Stephen Rubini: "In the first race the track was nearly OK except for the muddy section where I was stuck in a deep rut! The track was much worse for the second race and I crashed several times but never gave up to finally score my first points in a GP. It was a tough weekend for me; the track and the rain mixed together offered us difficult conditions but it's a better weekend than Qatar even if I know I can do better. I'm looking for a top fifteen result now."

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Mar 5, 2017

Unfortunate Start for Livia Lancelot

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeUnfortunate Start for Livia LancelotLivia Lancelot's title defense with her Monster Energy Team 114 Kawasaki got off to an unfortunate start in the series opener of the FIM WMX Women's World Motocross Championship in Indonesia.A long period of rain at Pangkal Pinang had severely handicapped track preparation and every class on the program faced drastic amendments to the program; the ladies were eventually the only class to race on Saturday, and their intended Sunday morning race was delayed until the afternoon when yet more rain fell on the island which is just two degrees latitude from the Equator. Livia held down third place until midway through the opening moto until a mechanical issue caused by the extremely damp conditions forced her to crash, fortunately without injury. Rebounding in race two the French girl was challenging strongly for second place until mud in her goggles forced her to settle for third. She holds down ninth in the championship standings but is only five points away from third and only a further ten points shy of the series leader.Livia Lancelot: "It's not really the weekend I was hoping for, as we have a very short championship with only six races and the first of the series has been a lottery due to the bad weather and the track conditions. On Saturday the track was tough, and in these conditions I had a mechanical issue but at least I didn't get injured in the crash. I scored some points, but that's not how I wanted to start the series. Today for the second race it was much better, I had a good feeling with the track and posted the fastest lap time when I was in third position. I think that I could have won this one, but I got mud in my goggles from a lapper; I had to take off the goggle so it was impossible to follow Kiara and I ended up third. I go back home with not so many points, but I will rebound and try to get some victories in the next few rounds."

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Mar 5, 2017

Another Podium for Clement Desalle in Indonesia

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeAnother Podium for Clement Desalle in IndonesiaClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team claimed another podium in the second round of the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship in Indonesia and is now second in the series points.Both KRT riders were handicapped in gate choice in the adverse conditions by a post-session move to decide grid positions on times set in the free practice session usually used only to become acquainted with the track, but Desalle used the power of his KX450F-SR to take a third-placed start in the opening GP moto and quickly advance to second. Avoiding injury risk on the treacherous surface Clement was satisfied to consolidate his third position after being passed by the eventual winner. With each of his leading title rivals behind him to the finish Clement has advanced to second in the series standings, just eight points away from the championship pacesetter. After yet more adverse weather during the afternoon officials took the wise decision to cancel the second race on grounds of safety.Teammate Jordi Tixier also made rapid advances from his unsatisfactory gate pick to take over eighth place on lap seven; the Frenchman held this position for several laps until he found his line choice through a particularly severe section blocked by slower rivals who had fallen. The resultant stop cost Jordi five positions and he had insufficient time to regain more than one position before the checkered flag to cross the finishing line twelfth. Jordi is now eleventh in the championship standings.Clément Desalle: "I could be satisfied with this podium, but I'm not totally happy as this GP was very special and I think that teams and riders should be given more consideration and respect. For sure I'm happy to go back home safe, what can I say otherwise about this race? I got a decent start from my sixteenth position on the grid, and then managed to avoid any big mistake in the tricky sections of the track. It looked like an enduro in one section, and fortunately I go riding enduro with friends in Belgium so maybe that helped me! After these first two GPs I'd like to thanks my team for their support; we have a very close relationship this year as we now know each other very well. I feel completely at home on my bike, and each weekend we make yet more improvements so I'm happy and confident for the upcoming races."Jordi Tixier: "It was a very strange and tough weekend as the program changed several times; for sure we knew that it would be complicated as before coming here we saw that it was the monsoon period in Indonesia. I was way outside on the gate as nobody told us that the free practice session would count for gate pick, but my start was not so bad and I made some good moves to advance to eighth; I can't say that I had fun on the bike, but I had good lines except in the muddy section where I was blocked by other riders and lost a lot of time with five laps to go. After that I just focused on finishing the race; we know that it's a lottery in these conditions and scoring points was important even if I can't be happy with a twelfth place."

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Mar 5, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Tomac Tops Toronto

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Tomac Tops Toronto Foothill Ranch, CA (March 5, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac topped Toronto with the fastest time in qualifying, a heat race win and a flawless 450SX Class Main Event win at Round 9 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Teammate Josh Grant qualified for the main with a third in Semi Race 2. In the Main Event, Tomac exited Turn 1 in third with Grant in 15th. Within moments the No. 3 KX™450F of Tomac was out front and began to distance himself from the field. Grant began racing his way towards the front and with nine minutes remaining had raced into 10th place while Tomac had opened up a gap of over 10 seconds on the field. By the time the checkers flew, Tomac claimed his fourth win of the 2017 season with a nearly 15 second margin of victory while Grant crossed the line in 11th."Tonight was great," said Tomac. "Obviously this is the result we want and the points we need. I felt really strong in the race, I'd look back here and there to see if I needed to pick up the pace or stay consistent and to have that control is a great feeling. The track was, once again, really tough and I'm really happy to come away with the win.""Tonight was intense," said Grant. "The track really broke down throughout the main, so it was important to try and stay as consistent lap by lap. I had some ups and downs tonight but I moved forward from where I started in the Main Event and I'll take that and build off it for the next one."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo arrived in The Great White North for Round 3 of the 250SX East Region Championship in Toronto, Ontario. As the 250SX Class Main Event gate fell Savatgy rounded Turn 1 in second place with Cianciarulo in fourth. The No. 17 KX™250F of Savatgy swapped positions with the leader multiple times on the first few laps until taking the position followed quickly by Cianciarulo racing into third place. With eight minutes remaining a small mistake by Savatgy relegated him to second place with Cianciarulo one spot behind. As the clock ran down to zero Savatgy came up short in a rhythm section and went down, with Cianciarulo moving into the runner-up spot, where he would remain until taking the checkered flag. Savatgy rejoined the race in fifth place and crossed the line in sixth. "The podium feels good," said Cianciarulo. "I've had almost three years off the supercross track and I've been focused on getting my strength and speed back, and it's starting to show. I don't feel as if my riding was where it needs to be just yet, but this is the first step and I'm happy with it.""We need to eliminate mistakes," said Savatgy. "It's a bit frustrating to put in all the work during the week, prepare correctly and then have an issue in the race. It's little stuff, so it can be fixed, we just need to get it done. Now I'm just looking forward to getting some redemption."

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Mar 5, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Podiums in Southaven

Foothill Ranch, CA (March 6, 2017) – Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi played host to Round 8 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith took a hard fought overall podium on Night One.Night OneAs the gate fell for the first Main Event, Faith exited Turn 1 in second place, matching the pace of the leader and preparing to fight for the win. As the lead pack neared the end of the race, lappers became a factor and Faith lost touch with the leader, eventually crossing the finish line in second place. Teammate Travis Sewell fought hard throughout the race, consistent and smooth laps allowed him to take the checkered flag in fifth place with teammate Gared Steinke in seventh place.For Main Event 2, Faith launched out of the gate in fourth with Sewell close behind in fifth place and Steinke seventh place. Early in the race Faith battled for third position but eventually would settle into fourth where he would remain until the checkers, taking 2-4 for third overall. It was déjà vu for Sewell with another consistent race brining the No. 3 KX™250F across the line in fifth place in the race and overall in the event (5-5). Steinke battled throughout the opening laps, changing positions multiple times until settling into seventh place on Lap 5, where he remained until crossing the line, going 7-7 for seventh overall.Night TwoNight Two at the Landers Center saw more non-stop Arenacross action and as the gate fell for the first Main Event, the Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki team of Faith, Steinke and Sewell rounded the first turn in fifth, sixth and eighth respectively. On the second lap Faith made two passes, settling into third place for the remainder of the race. Steinke rode consistent from a sixth place start to a sixth place finish with Sewell making a pass for seventh on Lap 5 where he would remain until the checkers. For the second Main Event, Steinke completed Lap 1 in third with Sewell in sixth and Faith in 10th. Steinke pushed hard in the early stages of the event but would lose touch with second place, crossing the line in third place for fourth overall (6-3). Sewell battled throughout the first 12 laps, racing as high as fifth position until finally settling into seventh place with three laps to go, earning seventh overall (7-7). Faith made the pass for ninth early in the race and began to settle in. A charge late in the race saw Faith climbing up to eighth but a mistake would relegate the No. 1 KX™250F back to ninth place before taking the checkered flag, going 3-9 for sixth overall. "The weekend had a lot of ups and downs," said Faith. "The first night went well, an overall podium is always good for the championship. The second night started off strong but we had some issues in the second main. We didn't get the start we needed to be up front and it cost us. Lesson learned and we'll be back next weekend.""This event was pretty intense," said Steinke. "We struggled a bit with setup on the first night but sorted some things out for the second. The second main on Night Two was obviously my strongest race of the double header and I'm happy to be on the podium where I feel I belong. I'm looking forward to the next race.""Night One was strong," said Sewell. "A pair of fifths is forward progress and closer to where I want to be. We made a couple changes for the second night and it wasn't the right direction, and it cost us in the mains. Still, these results are a step in the direction we need to go."

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Mar 3, 2017

Livia Lancelot Ready for the Challenge

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeLivia Lancelot Ready for the ChallengeReigning world champion Livia Lancelot will be in Pangkal Pinang (Indonesia) this weekend for the opening round of the FIM Women World Championship. The Kawasaki rider is ready to defend her title.One week after the men in Qatar, the ladies will start their season this weekend on a brand new facility built in Indonesia; it is twenty years since Yves Demaria dominated the last GP of Indonesia on his 250 factory Kawasaki. Indonesia is the first one of the six round series for the women, and Livia Lancelot will again put all her energy into starting the season on a good base. "Coming here I feel well, as I had a good winter training. Last year I had a big crash just before Qatar, this time everything is going perfectly so far and I'm physically fit and ready. I am ready, and so is my Monster Energy Kawasaki," explained the French lady who arrived early in Indonesia, a new venue for all of the Grand Prix participants. "Coming to a new venue is never a problem, it's more or less the same whether you discover a new track or not. But we don't really know what to expect with the weather, as it has been raining a lot the past weeks and even the past days. It's not as hot as it was in Thailand in the past, but let's hope that we won't have too much rain as the race could become a lottery; we don't have all our equipment here in Indonesia, just one bike and some parts and if it rains too much it could be a disaster for some of us," she added.With two titles already under her belt, Livia has already achieved her dreams, especially when she claimed her second title last year. "I had been fighting for this title for so many years so it was a relief to finally get it; now I feel much less pressure. I'm the reigning world champion, I have trained to be again champion, I want to defend my title but I don't feel any pressure. I know that the racing will be tough against Kiara (Fontanesi), Nancy (van de Ven) and Courtney (Duncan) but I'm ready for that battle. We will be four girls fighting for the title, let the best of us get it," she said, conscious on her chances. "What can make the difference is the age, as I'm the oldest one, and maybe my age and my experience will help me. It can be an advantage or a disadvantage, but I'm sure I will feel much less pressure than Courtney or Nancy who have never been world champion. I'm coming to this race really relaxed."After a very busy winter time as she travelled a lot to celebrate her titles and met partners and media, Livia had time to prepare this new season in the best conditions. "When I arrived here I started to train, but I immediately felt very tired even if I had a break and didn't ride for several weeks. Hopefully Bruno my trainer gave me a good program so I can recover well, and I'm as fit as I ever was," she explained. Always running her private 114 team, Livia remains with the same partners for this new season. "There's no reasons to change a winning team, and I keep all the same partners, each of which are more than simply partners. Most of them were behind me when I created the team, when I got this title, and we have a strong relationship together. I'm proud to ride again for Kawasaki, and to add Monster Energy as a new sponsor; we worked together in 2014, now we are back together and that's great as they have a strong image and are already working with Kawasaki in other classes. The season will be long, but that's not a problem for me," she concluded with a nice smile.

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Feb 27, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Kicks off MotoFest

The first ever MotoFest began on Friday night with Round 7 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship inside the Georgia Dome. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs riders Gavin Faith and Travis Sewell both qualified for the main event out of 250AX Heat Race 1 while their teammate Gared Steinke rode back from a poor start that saw he behind all of his competitors to qualify seventh out of 250AX Heat Race 2.In the 250AX Class Main Event, Steinke earned his first holeshot of the 2017 season aboard his KX™250F. Teammates Faith and Sewell sat fifth and 10th respectively on Lap 1. Steinke led the field around the Georgia Dome for three laps and fought hard until the checkers, earning the final step of the podium in third. Faith held on to finish fifth, while Sewell finished 13th. When the gate dropped on the second 250AX Class Main Event, Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders came around Turn 1 all inside the top-5 with Sewell in second, Faith third and Steinke fourth. Sewell rode flawlessly for 10 laps before Faith raced his way passed to take over second place and begin applying pressure for the lead. With two laps to go, Faith was overtaken and finished third, going 5-3 for fourth overall. Steinke went on to finish sixth for fifth overall (3-6) and Sewell finished fifth for eighth overall (13-5). "We couldn't quite find our mark tonight," said Faith. "The track was completely different than what we're use to, with much larger jumps and rhythm lanes. The speeds were high and starts were crucial. Fortunately, we have lots of time to rebound from tonight." "Tonight was a blast," said Steinke. "My results were strong, I feel I rode well and got great starts all night. I'm looking forward to watching the supercross guys ride the same track tomorrow night." "Tonight was an improvement," said Sewell. "Each and every week I'm feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and I believe we took a large stride forward again tonight. I earned a great start in the second main and held onto second place for 10 laps. I'm Looking forward in keeping the ball rolling." One of the highlights of Motofest, which has both Arenacross and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship sharing the same venue on the same weekend was the addition of the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini Class. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds made his Arenacross debut in the class aboard his KX™100. After winning his heat race, Reynolds got off to a top-10 start in the main. Reynolds battled his way up into the top-5 by Lap 4, where he'd remain until the checkered flag. Kawasaki rider Jack Rogers went on to win the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini Main Event.

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Feb 26, 2017

Podium for Clement Desalle in Qatar

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropePodium for Clement Desalle in QatarClement Desalle started his second season with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team with a stunning podium result at the opening round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship in Qatar.He had qualified quietly the previous day but his Kawasaki KX™450F-SR launched the Belgian to an immediate third place in a tightly-bunched lead group as the front four broke clear of the chasing pack. The leaders set a strong pace throughout and Clement was the first one to make a move as he stormed forward to secure second on lap fourteen of eighteen and soon make the placing secure. He again moved into the first four with some thrilling passes on the opening lap, but overtaking is notoriously difficult on the man-made raceway adjacent to the Losail road racing facility and, secure in the knowledge that his overall podium was safe, Clement had to settle for fourth in the moto as the rider ahead defended furiously.Much had also been expected of KRT teammate Jordi Tixier, but the Frenchman suffered from poor starts in both motos and eventually had to settle for eighth overall from two ninth placed motos after chasing through from eleventh place on the opening lap each time.Both Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team riders are now placed strongly to mount a challenge for the MXGP world title chase which continues next weekend in the sweltering tropical heat of Indonesia.Clement Desalle: "It's good to start the season with a podium. Yesterday I was not so happy but today was much better. I came here with a good feeling on the bike after the pre-season races, and it was good to confirm this at the first GP. The feeling with the track was better today than yesterday; for sure it's much easier when you start in front. I didn't get the best starts, but I was in the top five each time. Here it's very difficult to make the difference; there was one main line and it was very difficult to pass as everyone was taking the same ruts in the corners; in the second moto I was faster than Febvre, but never found a place to pass him."Jordi Tixier: "I didn't really have the weekend that I was expecting! I had good speed in the free practice session, but then in the timed practice period some riders crashed and they disqualified me because of a yellow flag. I came back through to tenth in the qualifying race, but today I started twice around twelfth place and we all know that here in Losail it's really difficult to pass. I think that I had the speed to do better than eighth overall with two ninth positions. We'll keep positive and stay focused on Indonesia."

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Feb 26, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Podiums in Atlanta

After winning three out of the last four races, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac came into Round 8 of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship looking to continue his winning ways, while teammate Josh Grant was looking to climb back up in the series points.Tomac and his KX™450F once again kicked off the event with an impressive pole position qualifying effort, then transferred to the Main Event with a second place in 450SX Class Semi Race. Teammate Josh Grant also began the night fast, transferring to the Main with a second place in Heat Race 2. When the gate dropped on the 450SX Class Main Event, Tomac and Grant rounded Lap 1 in ninth and 11th respectively. Tomac made quick work of the competition and after seven minutes had placed himself inside the top-5. With five minutes remaining, he powered his way into second place and began chipping away at the eight-second gap to the leader. Tomac rode at a blistering pace and closed the gap to one second, finishing in second place. Grant rode consistently all night to finish ninth."Tonight ended well," said Tomac. "Obviously, we wanted the win, but I know my speed was there as I made up 8+ seconds on the leader in the main, which gives me confidence. I just need to work on my starts to make these races easier on myself.""My day went well," said Grant. "I started off great by qualifying straight out of the heat. My starts were on point, which helped my results all night. I think after having to take some time off due to my injury, I've bounced back well and am looking forward to next week."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki came into Round 2 of the East Region Championship with the series points leading red plate on the No. 17 KX™250F of Joey Savatgy and would honor that red plate by qualifying on pole. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo kicked the night off with his first 250SX Class Heat Race win of the season, while Savatgy qualified second. In the 250SX Class Main Event, Cianciarulo rounded the first turn in fourth with Savatgy eighth. Unfortunately, on Lap 3 Cianciarulo made a mistake, went down and would remount his KX™250F in eighth behind teammate Savatgy. Savatgy began climbing through the competition and by the time the checkers flew, Savatgy finished fourth with Cianciarulo crossing the line in eighth. "All in all, it was a good night," said Savatgy. "The results weren't there tonight, but to salvage championship points and to be leaving Atlanta only down by two is good. This is only Round 2 of 9, so we've got seven to go and I'm looking forward in rebounding next week in Canada.""The day started off great," said Cianciarulo. "I had great starts all night and felt super confident on the motorcycle. Unfortunately I had a little tip over in the main, but managed to make the best of the situation and finished strong. Overall, I'm pumped on how I felt tonight and have the confidence I need moving forward."Kawasaki and FELD came together to make a wish come true for Nathan Brumbaugh last night. Nathan is an avid supercross fan who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Nathan was presented as an honorary Kawasaki Team Green member for the day and a personalized FOX Racing jersey by the renouned "King" of Supercross and Kawasaki Brand Ambassador, Jeremy McGrath.

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Feb 23, 2017

Kawasaki Ready for the MXGP Season

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Ready for the MXGP SeasonThe FIM Motocross World Championship will kick off this weekend in Losail (Qatar) and the three official teams representing Monster Energy Kawasaki are ready for this new and long season.With nineteen rounds between this weekend and the end of September, 2017 will be another long season for all the teams in the main off-road World Championship. Qatar opens the series this weekend, and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, Monster Energy Dixon Racing Team and Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team are all excited and happy to launch the season for the fifth consecutive year on the MX track built adjacent to the Losail International Circuit.With the same line up as last season, the Monster KRT Team was able to have a good winter and both Clement Desalle and Jordi Tixier claimed good results during their pre season races at Hawkstone Park and Lacapelle Marival. "As we keep the same riders as last year we have been able to work on continuity with Clement and Jordi, and, touch wood, I must say that our two riders are fit and ready this year, a totally different situation to that we faced twelve months ago when both riders were injured. We had a good winter; in January Jordi went in Sardinia and Clément in Spain where they found good conditions to train and practice, and in Hawkstone and Lacapelle both got good results. Last year we had a new bike and, as our riders missed several GPs and were not playing any important position in the series, we already started to introduce some upgrades already during the races. This winter we again improved the bike; we had some feedback from the riders and also share experience with KHI in Japan and our technical partners. We were pretty unlucky with injuries in recent seasons; unfortunately injuries are part motocross and we can't do anything to change that so we just expect to have both riders at the start of all the races. They have a good feeling with the bike, so let's hope that we'll see some green bikes in front of the MXGP class," said KRT team manager François Lemariey who is focused on the MXGP class.With one MXGP and two MX2 riders, Steve Dixon and the Monster DRT squad will be involved in both classes as soon as Tommy Searle will be fit after his knee injury sustained this winter in California. During the first overseas event, the team will be focus in the MX2 class. "It's our third year with Kawasaki, and this winter we've been working on the new 250 Kawasaki; the changes have been really good and we're proud to welcome a new partner with Liqui Moly. Our 250 riders are fit and ready, Darian (Sanayei) spent six weeks with us in the UK and then we sent him a bike in the USA, where he trained this winter until two weeks ago. He had a really good off-season, as did Vsevolod (Brylyakov), who is based in Belgium where Georges, one of our former mechanics worked with him this winter. Then he has been down in Spain with Brian Jorgensen and trained well before coming back to join us two weeks ago. The off-season also started very well with Tommy (Searle) but after Christmas he twisted his knee in a small corner and underwent surgery, so he will miss the first races. We've not done any pre season races, but I believe the season is long enough and if you look at America they just come straight and race! There's a lot of adrenaline and excitement coming to the first race, you just need to be confident; you've worked a lot in winter time, it's not for this race, it's for the season and that's also what I said to my riders," explained Steve who is one of the most experienced managers in the paddock.The Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team enters a new area with two new riders and some changes in the squad which is now based in southern France. "We changed many things this winter as we moved the workshop to a new building in the south of France, and we also have some new people in the team. We have perfect conditions to work and as the bike is new we had a lot of development to do this winter; we have a very strong staff and we feel ready for these first GPs. We have a new technical partner with Michelin and I can honestly say that the riders have been surprised as the company made some huge improvements after being away from motocross GPs for several years. We also have two new riders in the team; they are both easy to work with and it's very nice to see them training, working and joking together. There's a real team spirit and of course we expect to put our bike on the podium many times; the MX2 championship is very open and we'll take it race by race," revealed Technical Manager Fred Lavergne.The regular race program will, as always, be slightly different in Qatar, with the practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, while the races will take place under the spotlights of Losail on Saturday evening.

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Feb 19, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Victorious in the Home of the Vikings

Foothill Ranch, CA (February 19, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac earned a dominant win at Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event Tomac exited Turn 1 in third with teammate Grant in fifth. Before the first lap was over Tomac raced the No. 3 KX™450F into second with Grant following suit in fourth. Tomac began applying pressure to the leader and with 18 minutes remaining made a clean pass for the lead. Shortly after, Grant made a mistake and was relegated to 12th place. Tomac used the remaining laps to set the fastest lap of the race and the win at the first ever Monster Energy Supercross at U.S. Bank Stadium with teammate Grant in 14th."The night could not have gone better," said Tomac. "I qualified on pole again and earned two great starts in my heat and the main. I got into a grove and made my way to the front. Once I got there I just rode my own race, it was all about being smooth and consistent. Great win and valuable points, bring on Atlanta!""Tonight went really well," said Grant. "After taking a week off to heal a fractured thumb, I rode twice this week and felt nearly 100%. I started off the night well by qualifying straight out of my heat and backed it up with another great start in the main. Unfortunately, I went down twice and ended up 14th. Overall a really good night to build off."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki kicked off the 250SX East Region Championship with Joey Savatgy taking the win and the championship points leader red plate. Savatgy set the pace for the night early on by earning the win in 250 Heat 1 with teammate Adam Cianciarulo taking second place. In the 250SX Class Main Event, Savatgy rounded the first turn in fourth with Cianciarulo inside the top ten. Savatgy quickly put the No. 17 KX™250F into second place while Cianciarulo began working his way towards the front. Savatgy began taking time out of the leader and with seven minutes remaining made a clean pass for the lead with Cianciarulo racing his way into fifth. As the checkers flew Savatgy earned his first win of 2017 with Cianciarulo crossing the line in fifth place."We have had some time away from racing but all things considered we felt pretty good today," said Savatgy. "I felt like we struggled a bit but we earned the win and I am focused on the championship this year. We gained a lot of momentum and now we just have to keep it rolling next weekend." "I feel really good coming into the season," said Cianciarulo. "I've done a lot of laps to prepare and I did what I wanted tonight. My goal was to keep it on two wheels, keep safe and be in it for the long haul. I believe I can be up front and be a championship contender which is definitely my goal, but I need to be patient and I think I'll be there at the end."

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Feb 13, 2017

Monster KRT Dominates at Lacapelle

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeMonster KRT Dominates at LacapelleClément Desalle won two races out of three and Jordi Tixier was on the podium each time for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in their final pre-GP warm-up race at Lacapelle Marival in France.One week after their season debut at Hawkstone Park, and just a few days before sending the material to Doha for the first Grand Prix of the season, the team entered the French event to finalize its preparation for the MXGP FIM World Championship. Both Clément and Jordi felt comfortable on the natural layout, and posted the first and fourth fastest lap times in the morning before they clinched the holeshot in each of their three races! Clément got the first holeshot and dominated the 20 minutes plus 2 laps race, while Jordi Tixier forced his way from an initial third to finish second. The next holeshot was for Jordi, who led the race for five laps and finished second, while Clément clinched the overall victory, another 1-2 for the team. The Super final, featuring the fastest riders from both the MX1 and MX2 classes, was another good race for the KRT boys; Clément got the holeshot followed by Jordi, and the 450 Kawasaki's ended the final race of the day in first and third position. The bikes will be shipped to Qatar this Wednesday, while the team staff will fly to Doha one week later for the first of the nineteen rounds of the world series.Clement Desalle: "It was a good weekend with good starts which was important even if we didn't have the same metal plates which we'll have for the GPs now. I really enjoyed this track, I had a good feeling all day long and won two races so that's positive. I was sick this week and that's always annoying as the start of the season is approaching, but today I felt OK and that's important. Of course after what happened in Valence last year during a pre-season race I didn't want to take any risks. The goal was to have a good feeling with the bike and have fun today; we changed some settings on the bike during the weekend and now I feel ready for the GPs."Jordi Tixier: "Last week I was not really lucky in the UK but with a second position in the last race I showed that I had a good speed in the sand. Here in Lacapelle I had a good feeling, the track was rough but we show that we did some good work this winter when Clement and I started in front in all the three races. I'm just disappointed with the last race as I rode two stiff but we're feeling confident before going to Qatar as we raced for podiums in both Hawkstone and Lacapelle. The season will be long, but I feel ready as we were able to work hard this winter, without any physical trouble, and the team also did a great job on the bikes."

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Feb 12, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Makes it a Texas 2-Step in Arlington

Foothill Ranch, CA (February 12, 2017) – The Monster Energy Kawasaki team pulled into AT&T Stadium for Round 6 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season with Eli Tomac focused on the championship. Tomac started the day as the fastest qualifier, and followed up with a dominant win in Semi Race 2. At the start of the 450SX Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn inside the top ten and began working his way through the field. As the race heated up, Tomac worked his way into third position. While in third, his front brake locked up, and as a result Tomac went down and was forced to pull into the mechanic's area for repairs. Tomac reentered the race and fought until the end. As the checkers flew, Tomac scored valuable Monster Energy Supercross Championship points, earning 15th place. "We started off really well today," said Tomac. "We had some trouble in our heat but recovered strong in our semi. In the main my start after the red flag was much better. I felt pretty strong until my front end issue. I knew that recovering as best as possible could be key at the end of the championship, so I dug deep and fought all the way to the end. It's a long season and we still have a lot of laps left."During intermission, Kawasaki presented a $20,000 donation to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, helping grow their injured rider endowment. The donation was funded by some of the proceeds from the sale of a Ninja H2™ Carbon motorcycle. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Justin Hill and Austin Forkner earned a 1-2 finish, with Hill earning his fourth straight victory and Forkner claiming the best finish of his Monster Energy Supercross career in second. Hill put the competition on notice with the fastest time in qualifying and earned the win in 250SX Class Heat Race 2 with Forkner crossing the line in third. The No. 46 of Hill carried the series points leader red number plate into the 250SX Class Main Event and as the gate fell Hill and Forkner rounded Turn 1 in fourth and fifth respectively. Hill quickly pushed towards the front and began to settle into second with Forkner in tow. With three minutes remaining Hill began to close the gap on the leader with Forkner closing the gap to Hill. In the closing laps the leader went off the racetrack, Hill and Forkner both capitalized and took the checkered flag in first and second place respectively. "Today was awesome," said Hill. "Fastest qualifier, won my heat after a great battle with Austin and capped it off with a victory in the Main Event. My start was pretty solid, I worked my way up through the field and unfortunately the leader had bike issues, but I was there to capitalize and I'm happy with another win. Four in a row and the red plate going into the break feels good!""I had a lot of fun today," said Forkner. "I was pumped to leave the west coast races behind and race on some dirt I'm used to. I trained in Oklahoma all week and had some fun before heading to Texas for this weekend. I'm obviously stoked on my best supercross finish yet, and now I get to take some time off before heading to Seattle."

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Feb 5, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Continues Domination in Oakland

Coming off of a season first win, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac came into Oakland Alameda County Coliseum prepared to repeat his incredible performance. Tomac showed a hint of what was to come with a dominant win in Semi 1. As the gate fell for the 450SX Main Event, Tomac exited Turn 1 in eighth place. He knew he had to pass quickly to catch the leaders and that's exactly what he did. While the completion appeared to be riding to survive the challenging race track, Tomac began attacking the track at a blistering pace, creating unique racing lines and rhythm combinations that allowed him to quickly close the gap to the race leader. With two laps to go, Tomac's No. 3 KX™450F made the pass for the lead and ignited the Oakland fans. Tomac went on to win by 10 seconds, making it two wins in a row for Monster Energy Kawasaki. This marks the first back-to-back win of Tomac's 450 Supercross career and elevates the Colorado native to second in the points standings. Josh Grant was unable to compete, due to a crash in practice earlier in the day."Today was very hot and cold," said Tomac. "It took me all day to really dial the track in and I truly believe the semi was my saving grace. It allowed me to perfect my lines and get a good idea of how the track was going to deteriorate in the Main Event. I was feeling loose in the main, which allowed me to perfect my rhythm in the dragon-back section after the finish line. Overall, it was a good night and let's keep the ball rolling.""Tonight was all about minimizing your mistakes and capitalizing on others'," said Eli Tomac's Mechanic, Brian Kranz. "We ran down the points leader, passed and gapped him. It feels great."The No. 46 Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki KX™250F of Justin Hill not only picked up a second consecutive win last weekend, but also scored Pro Circuit's 250th AMA win. Carrying that momentum, Hill began his night with a second place finish in the first 250SX Heat Race, while teammate Austin Forkner showcased his supercross skill with a fifth place finish after crashing in Turn 1 at the start of the race. When the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event, it was Forkner coming around in second place, before coming up short in the rhythm section and going down in front of the entire field. Hill would make it through the carnage and before the end of Lap 1 had raced into the lead. Hill quickly began to pull away, building up to an eight second lead before hitting some debris in a rutted corner and going down. Luckily, the large gap allowed him time to remount and remain out front. Hill regrouped and went on to win his third consecutive Main Event and is the 250SX Class points leader. Forkner pulled out of the race after his first lap crash. "Tonight was exhausting," said Hill. "After being sick all week, I wasn't feeling 100% coming into the weekend, but I stayed positive and I was determined to win. My attitude this year has been strong and I'm not allowing anything to bother me. If anything, I'm using everything, good or bad, as fuel to motivate me.""Today wasn't easy," said Forkner. "I struggled to find my groove and get a clean lap in. Once I made it through the heat race in one piece, I made another mistake in the main and it ended my race. I have to take the good with the bad and just move on. There's always next week."

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Feb 5, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Faith Sweeps in Louisville

Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs kicked Saturday evening off on the right foot with Gavin Faith and Gared Steinke transferring out of their Heat Races in second and third consecutively, while teammate Travis Sewell won the Last Chance Qualifier.Before the Main Events were underway, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion, Faith raced to his fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head-2-Head Challenge victory.Faith carried that momentum into the first 250AX Class Main Event by securing the holeshot and never looking back, going on to claim his first win of the night. Steinke started back in ninth place, but quickly raced his KX™250F into fifth place by Lap 6 where he'd remain until the checkers. Sewell went on to finish 11th. When the gate dropped on 250AX Main Event 2, Faith exited Turn 1 in second. The fans received their fair share of entertainment as Faith kept the pressure on the leader for eight long laps before diving to the inside of a corner and taking over the lead. Faith would finish 1-1 to capture his second overall of the season. Steinke raced to an impressive fifth overall (5-5) and Sewell finished 11th, with a score of 11-7."Everything came together tonight," said Faith. "We're five rounds in now and I'm really beginning to feel my groove and hit my marks. The whole team has been working hard on getting my bike set up perfect for each and every round and I'm stoked to be able to show them it's all worth it.""It was another great night," said Steinke. "We made a few small changes after qualifying that made a huge difference in my heat. I got decent starts all night and felt I rode strong and consistent through both mains. I'm stoked to finish top-5." "We made lots of improvements tonight," said Sewell. "I'm continuing to improve each and every week. I know my fitness is there, I just need to back it up with better starts. It's a long season and I've got lots of time to grow."

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Jan 29, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Untouchable in Phoenix

Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant came into Round 4 of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship looking for the win. It wasn't long before the No. 3 machine was looking comfortable underneath the dome, qualifying four-tenths of a second off the leader. Tomac would grab the 450 Heat Race 1 holeshot and lead every lap to capture his second heat race victory of the season, while his teammate Grant finished fourth to advance into the Main Event. At the start of the 450 main, Tomac took his second holeshot of the night and quickly began stretching out his lead over the field. At the halfway mark, Tomac had stretched his lead to over 10 seconds on the field and wouldn't stop there, as his lead reached 18 seconds at one point. Tomac rode his KX™450F flawlessly to his first Monster Energy Supercross victory of the year while teammate Grant took the checkered flag in 12th."We came into this weekend feeling really positive," said Tomac. "We changed a lot in the week leading up to the weekend, both on the bike and myself. I wasn't impressed with the results I was getting, so we needed a change and it worked. After tonight's performance, I truly feel like I'm back to my normal self and I can't wait for next weekend.""There are a lot of positives to take out of last night," said Grant. "My KX™450F got me great starts all night again, putting me in a great position early in the race. I'm getting stronger and building off every weekend. It's a long season and I'm looking forward to every time I get on the bike." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill looked to carry the momentum from his win at Angel Stadium into Round 4 in Glendale, Arizona. After qualifying on pole, Hill went on to win his heat and teammate Austin Forkner backed him up with a second place finish. When the gate dropped on the 250 Main Event, rookie Forkner grabbed the holeshot aboard his KX™250F with Hill rounding Turn 1 in fourth. Forkner held the lead for five minutes before slipping back into third. Hill began clicking off the laps, slowly inching up on the leader until he was within striking distance. With two laps remaining, Hill blitzed the whoop section and pushed the leader wide to take over the position. He would go on to win his second consecutive Main Event of the season and a historic 250th supercross/motocross win for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Forkner held on to get his first professional Monster Energy Supercross podium with a third place."I pushed hard and around the halfway mark," said Hill. "I knew I was inching up on the leader, I was hitting my marks and riding well. My mechanic was doing really well at getting me my times and keeping me up on where I was at. I dropped the lead down to about four seconds and then the leader tangled with a couple lappers and I reeled up on him and I thought, this is it, I'm going to do it! Even after the race I was talking with my family and still couldn't believe I did that. I did it, it was so cool!""The race was good," said Forkner. "I rode a lot better than I have been, more consistent and didn't make mistakes. I was really confident in my starts, back to back weekends I've earned both holeshots in the heat and main. With starts like that I knew I was going to be up there and thought if someone gets by I just need to relax, figure out what they're doing better than me and use it to be better. I knew I needed to not make mistakes like I did in the heat where I cased the triple trying to pass someone back. I tried to ride smooth and fast, I'm really happy with how I opened the race and I held the lead for a few laps which is definitely the best I've done so far."

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Jan 29, 2017

Faith Captures Third Podium Finish in Nashville

Fresh off a win, Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith kicked off Round 4 by qualifying on pole with a 24.185 second lap time followed by his third RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge win of the season. Faith carried that momentum into the first 250AX Class Main Event by securing the holeshot. He would be pressured for the lead until the closing laps and on Lap 13 slipped into second, where he'd remain until the checkered flag.Gared Steinke, who stepped up to replace the injured Jacob Hayes for the team this weekend, finished an impressive sixth place while teammate Travis Sewell finished 11th.The start of the second 250AX Class Main Event saw Faith round Turn 1 in fifth, Steinke seventh and Sewell 10th. On Lap 4, Faith made the move into fourth place where he'd stay for the remainder of the race, going 2-4 for second overall on the night. Steinke rode great to put his KX™250F up into the top-5 with a fifth-place finish putting him sixth overall. Sewell went on to finish 13th in the second Main Event to earn 11-13 for 12th overall. "A lot of positives to take out of tonight," said Faith. "We started off on the right foot, with a great qualifying time and another Head 2 Head win. I got a great jump in the first main and lead nearly every lap until I made a small mistake with two laps to go and lost the lead. Overall we're making progress and remain second in points.""I had a great time tonight" said Steinke. "I had two great starts and felt strong all night. My goal was to finish in the top five, so a sixth place isn't a bad start. I can't thank Team Babbitt's enough for this opportunity." "We're continuing to improve every weekend," said Sewell. "We seemed to be a little off our mark all night but I'm feeling healthy and looking forward to next weekend."

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Jan 22, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Justin Hill Wins Anaheim 2

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – The Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Josh Grant and Eli Tomac arrived in Anaheim, California for the second time in 2017 for Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Tomac began the night show as the fastest qualifier and a third place finish in the first heat while teammate Grant advanced to the main through Semi 2. As the 450 Main Event started, Grant rounded Turn 1 in fourth with Tomac in tenth. Grant continued racing for fourth position while Tomac began moving forward through the pack. Throughout the 20-minute Main Event Tomac and Grant battled for position, with Grant eventually finishing a season best of sixth and Tomac taking the checkered flag in eighth."I'm obviously happy with this race," said Grant. "I had a great start and it felt really good being able to run up front. If I can continue to get out of the gate like that I'll be able to run up at the front for the whole race. Later in the race the lines developed a bit and that made it hard to make passes. I made a small mistake that cost me some, but overall I'm happy. I will keep pushing to do better and build on this solid result.""The day started off strong," said Tomac. "I was fastest in the afternoon, I qualified for the main out of my heat and was ready to compete. My jump off the line was strong but I was pushed around and had to settle in mid pack. I had a hard time getting my rhythm today. I made a few passes but it wasn't where we're supposed to be. I know we should be up front, we will get back to work and keep fighting for the top of the podium." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Angels Stadium with Justin Hill and Austin Forkner ready to race for the win. Forkner started the night off by taking the first heat win of his career in Heat 1 while Hill qualified for the main with a third place finish in Heat 2. Achieving yet another career first, Forkner grabbed the holeshot of the 250 Main Event aboard his KX™250F with Hill rounding Turn 1 fourth. The racing stayed tense with Hill battling for position and taking the lead by the end of the first lap while Forkner slipped to fourth. At the front of the field Hill proceeded to click off consistently fast times, opening up a gap of over five seconds before taking the win. Forkner earned the best result of his career with a fourth place at the line."The weekend ended great," said Hill. "It's funny because I started the day feeling off, but when the main comes around and there's points on the line, it's go time. I let it all hang out on the track and I was able to do it confidently. When I took over the lead I didn't expect to get it at that time, it came faster than I thought and I just went with it. I'm excited about the rest of the season and about right now.""I was charging pretty hard in the first lap," said Forkner. "I was stood up a couple times and then made a mistake in the whoops and went back to fourth. Most of the race all happened in the first couple laps for me. If I was able to get the first few laps clean I would have had a better result. After I started riding smoother, I was able to match the pace of the riders in front of me and I feel really confident moving forward."

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Jan 22, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Rider Gavin Faith Wins in Baltimore

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rolled into Royal Farms Arena chasing their first win of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season.NIGHT ONEDefending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Gavin Faith started off the evening with his second consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge. In the first Main Event Faith exited Turn 1 in third and quickly raced his way into second. Teammate Travis Sewell started outside the top ten and began clicking off consistent laps throughout the main. As the main raced on, Faith began to reduce the gap to the leader and by the end had closed the gap to only a couple bike lengths. Faith took second place at the checkers with Sewell in 11th. As the gate dropped for the second main Faith rounded the first turn in fourth and quickly moved into third with Sewell just outside the top ten. Faith pushed throughout the main but late in the race made a mistake and dropped to fifth. Faith took second overall with a 2-5 and Sewell finished 12th with a pair of 11th place finishes.NIGHT TWO Faith earned the holeshot at the start of the first Main Event with Sewell rounding Turn 1 sixth. Faith began to distance himself from the field while Sewell pushed forward. Sewell raced into fifth by Lap 2 and fourth by Lap 5. Faith eventually gained over four seconds on the field and took his first win of the season while Sewell took the checkered flag in fourth. As the field roared out of the gate for the second main, Faith rounded the first turn in second with Sewell in seventh. By the second lap, Faith raced his KX™250F into the lead and never looked back. Sewell began clicking off consistent laps while Faith began to open a gap on the field. As the checkers flew, Faith claimed back-to-back wins, earning the overall for Night Two with Sewell earning sixth with a 4-7 on the night."I had a really good weekend," said Faith. "Friday was pretty solid, I ended up second overall but I rode a bit tight and was still searching for my setup. Saturday however was great! I left the gate really strong and felt great on the bike in both mains. The suspension changes we made from Friday to Saturday were definitely the right way to go. Once I was out front I had all the confidence I needed and just rode my own race.""I feel like we're getting to where we need to be," said Sewell. "We made some big suspension changes going into the night show and right away I noticed how much of an improvement it was. I have tons of confidence now and am excited for the next race."

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Jan 16, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Rider Faith Wins Head 2 Head Challenge in Grand Rapids

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 16, 2017) – Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan played host to Round 2 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship as the Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs focused on building momentum for the season. Reigning champion Gavin Faith started the night fast, taking top honors in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge. At the gate drop for Main Event 1 Jacob Hayes earned the holeshot with Faith running near the front and Travis Sewell inside the top ten. In the second turn, Faith was involved in an incident and went down, rejoining the action in 15th. At the front of the pack, Hayes opened up a four second gap on the field until a crash on Lap 11 forced him to retire from competition for the remainder of the event. Faith worked his way forward until the checkers, earning eighth place with Sewell retiring from competition on Lap 9.In the second main Faith earned the holeshot but would quickly fall to second. On Lap 2 Sewell would retire from competition and two laps later Faith went down, remounting in 12th. Faith continued to battle throughout the main eventually finishing 11th. Faith leaves Van Andel Arena with a 9th overall (8-11), Sewell credited with 15th (16-15) and Hayes 16th (15-16). "The day began really strong," said Faith. "I started the night with a Head 2 Head win and felt good for the mains. In the first main I started well, but ended up going down pretty early and had to work hard to salvage some points. Unfortunately the second main was a similar story. We'll go back home and put in the work like we always do, I'll be back up front in no time."

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Jan 15, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Justin Hill Podiums at Petco Park

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 15, 2017) – Round 2 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship kicked off with a military appreciation celebration at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac and Josh Grant prepared to race aboard their KX™450F motorcycles adorned in special camouflage graphics in support of the military. Tomac started off the night finishing second in 450 Heat 1 while Grant transferred to the Main Event finishing second in 450 Semi 1. As the gate fell for the 450 main Tomac rounded Turn 1 in fifth with Grant in 15th. Tomac fell back to eighth but immediately raced back up to fifth within the first thee minutes. At the halfway mark Tomac passed for fourth with Grant racing towards the top ten in 11th. As the race ran on, Tomac dropped back to sixth where he would remain until the checkers, with teammate Grant finishing 11th."The day started off well," said Tomac. "I had a great start in Heat 1 and lead for the majority of the race. My jump out of the gate in the main was great but I let off early and came around Turn 1 inside the top 10. I quickly made my way into the top five but just hit a wall around the halfway mark and lost my momentum. Overall we learned a lot tonight and it's only the second race, lots more to come.""The weekend isn't exactly what we wanted, but there are still a lot of positives to take out of it," said Grant. "I went down in the first heat but bounced back with a solid second in my semi. In the Main Event I started 15th and worked hard to get up to 11th, which is really all the track would allow for. It was really difficult for anyone to make up a ton of time on this track."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Austin Forkner and Justin Hill arrived in San Diego looking to build momentum off last weekend's results. Hill started off the weekend doing exactly that, entering the night show as the fastest qualifier and winning 250 Heat 2 with his stablemate Forkner also advancing to the main event in third. As the gate dropped for the 250 main, Forkner rounded the first turn in fifth with Hill in seventh. Forkner wasted no time battling for fourth, his rookie status not keeping him from racing hard against the veterans. Hill spent the first four minutes racing up to Forkner before making the pass on his teammate. Shortly after, both Hill and Forkner moved into fourth and fifth respectively. With seven minutes remaining Forkner dropped to sixth. As the clock counted down and with just over three minutes remaining, the battle at the front heated up with Hill racing hard and taking third place. As the clock dipped below the one-minute mark, Forkner reclaimed fifth place and Hill took over second place. As the white flag flew, the race intensified to the end with Hill crossing the line a close second and Forkner rounding out the top five in fifth. "The day was definitely an improvement," said Hill. "My KX™250F was fastest though qualifying and I won my heat. I didn't get a great start in the main but pushed for the entire race and earned second. It feels great to be back on the podium and after tonight, I know I can win.""We got a lot faster as the day went on," said Forkner. "A few changes to the bike throughout the day lead to being able to loosen up and ride better. In the heat we got the holeshot and raced really hard for third. In the Main Event we had a great start but tangled with another rider and dropped back to eighth. I felt a little tight but made some solid passes and overall rode well. The lap times were competitive and we're making progress, so we are happy so far."

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Jan 8, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Kicks-Off 2017 on the Podium

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 8, 2017) – U.S. Bank Arena played host to the first race of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio where Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs was set to defend its championship. As the first Main Event was underway, reigning champion Gavin Faith quickly raced his KX™250F into third on Lap 1. Teammate Jacob Hayes was glued to Faith's rear wheel in fourth and continued to pressure for the podium. Faith quickly passed his way into second but was faced with a gap to the leader that he was not able to overcome, crossing the line second, followed by Hayes in third. During qualifying, the newest team member, Travis Sewell, was involved in an incident where he and another rider collided, forcing him out of the race. With last gate pick for the Last Chance Qualifier, Sewell rode hard but missed out on a qualifying position by inches.At the gate drop of the second Main Event, Faith rounded Turn 1 in fourth and by the second lap had raced into third. Hayes started at the front of the pack but was taken out by another rider in the second turn and remounted at the back of the field. Hayes spent the rest of the moto pushing towards the front and was able to race his way into seventh by the checkered flag. In the closing laps of the race Faith was on the rear wheel of the second place rider and on Lap 11 was able to make the pass. Faith ended the night second overall (2-2) with Hayes earning fifth overall (3-7). "I started off the night exactly where I wanted to be, qualifying first," said Faith. "My shoulder is still healing from my surgery so I haven't had much time on the bike heading into the season. Despite that I felt really good on bike, I just need my fitness to come back to where it needs to be. This is only the first round so I can play it a bit conservative and focus on the championship.""It feels great to be back racing," said Hayes. "I know I'm capable of more but I haven't been behind a starting gate since June so this is a good base to start the championship with. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and I can't wait for Round 2!"

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Jan 8, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Finishes Strong at Season Opener

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 8, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki came into the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season opener in Anaheim, California feeling strong and rejuvenated. Eli Tomac came out swinging, picking up where he left off from the Monster Energy Cup by winning his heat race in impressive fashion. At the gate drop of the Main Event, the hard charging Kawasaki rider found himself third coming out of Turn 1. Tomac would race in the lead pack throughout the 20 minute, plus one lap Main Event, taking fifth at the checkers."The day started off great", said Tomac. "Qualifying second calmed my nerves and allowed me to enter the night show with a level head. The main started off well but around the halfway point my arms tightened up and I began slipping back a bit. We'll come back swinging at Round 2.His teammate Josh Grant took the long way to the Main Event, with a win in the Last Chance Qualifier. A poor gate selection in the Main Event saw Grant start 11th and quickly put his KX™450F inside the top-10. Grant rode consistently strong laps to finish ninth. "My day didn't quite go as planned after having to qualify out of the Last Chance Qualifier," said Grant. It is always so hard to concentrate at A1 because I've got the added pressure of all my family and friends here watching. I'm looking forward to moving on to next week and having everything settle down a bit."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Angel Stadium for The start of the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX Western Region season with Justin Hill retuning to the team and Austin Forkner making his supercross debut. Forkner and Hill transferred to the Main Event through 250 Heat 1 with a second and third respectively. As the gate dropped on the first race of the season, Forkner rounded the Turn 1 in 10th with Hill just behind him. By the time the duo finished their first lap Forkner was eighth and Hill ninth. The two moved their way through the pack as they pushed each other forward, until the battle came into the whoops and Forkner went down to the ground. Forkner would remount in 16th and waste no time charging back towards the front. Hill continued moving forward to fifth place where he would remain until the checkers. With 10 minutes remaining Forkner had raced back into the top 10, and with 30 seconds left he made back to back passes, earning an 8th place finish in his debut. "I felt really good all day," said Hill. "My practice times were pretty good and qualifying went well, but at the end of the day I still have some work to do. I need to improve my fitness and to make my riding more fluid so it's easier to race at the pace I'm capable of. It's difficult when I know I have the speed and the bike to be at the front but I come home fifth. I'll take this as motivation, go home and put the work in.""My first Monster Energy Supercross went pretty well," said Forkner. "I crossed the line second in my heat which was good experience for me. In the main I didn't get the start I wanted but was moving forward pretty quickly. A few laps in I was passed in the whoops and had to let off to avoid a collision, which put me in the dirt. I got up, got back in the race and worked my way forward. I threw down the fastest lap of the race and was right on pace with the leaders until the checkers, so all in all I'm pretty happy with my performance."

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Dec 15, 2016

Kawasaki and Ryan Villopoto Extend Relationship into 2017

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 13, 2016) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is announcing a continued relationship with Ryan Villopoto. Villopoto joined the Kawasaki family at the age of 14 as a member of Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green. He spent his entire professional career, highlighted by 10 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, competing aboard Kawasaki KX™ motorcycles. Villopoto, who has an outstanding fan base and social media following, continues as a Kawasaki Racing Influencer, expressing his passion for Kawasaki Team Green, professional racing and Kawasaki products through his own social media channels, at select events and in several "Science of Supercross" segments in the Supercross television broadcast."It means a lot to me to be able to continue working with Kawasaki," said Villopoto. "I've been with them for a long time and being around everyone is like being with family. Now that my racing career is over I've been able to go out and ride other Kawasaki products and I can't wait to get on some dual-sport rides and on the new stand-up Jet Ski next spring!" "We've been working with Ryan since he was a teenager and I'm happy we are able to extend our commitment with him," said Kawasaki Vice President of Marketing Chris Brull. "As a four-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion, he has built one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in our industry, and his influence in the industry is why we are continuing to build our relationship."

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Dec 14, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces 2017 Racing Teams

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 14, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki will continue its championship winning ways with two-time champion Eli Tomac and returning in a full-time role, Josh Grant. After being crowned the 2012 250cc Monster Energy Supercross West Region Champion and 2013 250cc AMA Pro Motocross Champion, Tomac has added several 450 class supercross and motocross race wins to his impressive resume. Tomac now looks to put his KX™450F up on the top spot of the podium in 2017. Grant, beginning his ninth year in the premier class compliments the team with incredible talent and multiple motocross and supercross wins. Grant looks to continue his winning ways and battle his teammate for the championship. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racing team has been the most dominant supercross and motocross team in the last decade with a combined eight AMA titles."Our entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team is ready for the demands of the upcoming season," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Dan Fahie. "Preparation has been going great for both our riders heading into the 2017 season and we could not be happier with the progress the entire team has made during the off season." 2016 marked a big change in Tomac's career as he made the switch to Monster Energy Kawasaki. He earned four podiums and a win at Daytona, finishing the supercross season fourth overall. Tomac stepped up his game for the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season, finishing on the podium eight times and capturing wins at Southwick and Washougal. He would finish second overall in the Pro Motocross Championship. Tomac went on to earn dominant back to back MXGP wins in Charlotte and Glen Helen, and claimed the prestigious 2016 Monster Energy Cup.Josh Grant joined Monster Energy Kawasaki at Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, after Wil Hahn was injured earlier in the season. Grant would ride strong and consistent for the remaining seven races, gaining momentum for outdoors. Unfortunately, an injury held Grant back from riding to his full potential outdoors and was forced to retire from the motocross season at Round 4 after scoring as high as sixth overall at Glen Helen.The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team has their sights set on the top step of the podium for 2017 with a four-man squad. Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo return for their third and fourth year on the team, respectively. Following an impressive rookie Pro Motocross season, Austin Forkner makes his Monster Energy Supercross debut with Justin Hill rounding out the impressive roster. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is one of the winningest supercross and motocross teams in history with 29 AMA titles."We are looking forward to starting the 2017 season at full strength," said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. "I know every one of our riders is capable of winning races and I expect nothing but the best from them every weekend."The Monster Energy Supercross season begins at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 7 and runs through the season finale on May 6 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

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Oct 16, 2016

Tomac, Robertson and Kawasaki Win 2016 Monster Energy Cup

Foothill Ranch, CA (October 16, 2016) – Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the 2016 Monster Energy® Cup, one of the most anticipated races of the year. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac lined up his KX™ 450F behind the starting gate for the first Main Event of the night. As the gate dropped, Tomac pushed his way into third as he crossed the holeshot stripe. One lap later Tomac accelerated out of Turn 1 on the back wheel, took the faster line through the rhythm section and claimed second place. He quickly opened a gap on third and settled into second where he would take the checkered flag.As the second moto began, the No. 3 of Tomac led the field down from the top of the stadium and into Turn 1, but crossing the line in third. Tomac wasted no time pushing his way into second and was focused on the leader. With four laps to go, Tomac was able to capitalize on a mistake by the leader and take over first place. Tomac fulfilled his once per race obligation to the Joker Lane with two laps to go and cruised home to a win in the second Main Event. The start of the third and final moto saw Tomac's lowest score put him in a prime position to claim the overall, until he rounded the first turn in 11th. By the start of the second lap, Tomac had moved into 10th and continued to focus on moving to the front. One lap later he had raced up into seventh and quickly followed that up with a pass for sixth. At the halfway mark, Tomac continued to battle for position, racing the No. 3 KX450F into the top five and back into the contention for the Monster Energy Cup crown. With four laps remaining Tomac made the pass for fourth and immediately followed it up with a pass for third. On the penultimate lap Tomac moved into the lead but had not yet taken the Joker Lane. On the final lap of the race he entered the Joker Lane and upon exit was back into a heated battle for second. The battle relegated Tomac to fourth, which would be good enough to take the 2016 Monster Energy Cup Championship! "It was a pretty typical Monster Energy Cup, filled with excitement," said Tomac. "In the third moto especially, I was buried on the start and really had my work cut out for me. I couldn't tell who was ahead of me at times, I knew was in a great spot to win but had to keep track of my competitors. On the last couple laps I had to put my head down and go to battle. I made it up to where I needed to be, got the job done and took the win!"In the Supermini Class, second place qualifier Stilez Robertson lined up and as the gate dropped for the first race, Robertson grabbed the holeshot and set the pace out front for Lap 1. The No. 325 of Robertson remained out front until halfway through the second lap when Seth Hammaker pulled off an aggressive inside move, taking over the lead on his KX™ 100. For the remaining laps the two Kawasaki riders stayed out front and would cross the line with Hammaker taking the win and Robertson in second. At the start of the second race Robertson exited Turn 1 in third and within moments made the pass for second. On Lap 3 Robertson made an aggressive move for the lead in the middle of a heated three-way battle. At the beginning of the third lap, Robertson was passed and then immediately countered and reclaimed the lead. With one lap remaining Robertson opened up a gap on second, rode a clean and consistent final lap and claimed the Race 2 win and the fifth Supermini Class Championship in six years. "When you jump back into the stadium it's amazing," said Robertson. "You can hear all the fans go nuts and it makes the Monster Energy Cup absolutely incredible. In the race I knew there were a few places I was fast and a few places I needed to be faster. When it came down to it I got out front and was able to run my own race to take home the win. Winning the Monster Energy Cup Supermini Championship is huge for me and Team Green Kawasaki, I couldn't be happier right now." For the Amateur All-Stars Class Garrett Marchbanks qualified in fifth position and for the Race 1 gate drop he rounded the first turn in ninth. Marchbanks set off towards the front and within the first lap had passed his way into sixth. On Lap 3 Marchbanks made a mistake and was relegated to seventh place where he would remain until the final lap, charging into sixth before taking the checkered flag. At the start of the second moto Marchbanks crossed the line out of Turn 1 in 11th. Mayhem near the front made for a hazardous first lap that allowed Marchbanks to move into eighth place. He continued to move forward throughout the race and with two laps to go had raced his way into sixth. Moments before the start of the final lap Marchbanks moved into fifth and immediately followed it up with a pass for fourth, where he would stay until the checkers flew. With 6-4 race finishes, Marchbanks claimed a third overall in the Amateur All-Stars class.

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Oct 10, 2016

Kawasaki Third in SMX Manufacturers’ Cup

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Third in SMX Manufacturers' CupThe Kawasaki team of Jordi Tixier, Tommy Searle and Vsevolod Brylyakov finished a magnificent third in the inaugural Monster Energy SMX Riders' and Manufacturers' Cup at the Veltins Arena in Germany.After losing the services of Clement Desalle because of his injury at the US GP last month Kawasaki was not amongst the pre-race favorites for success but each of the green riders displayed great spirit in this new venture, a team event in which riders rode not only for personal honor but also for the manufacturers in a similar fashion to the famous event for national teams. Added interest came from the fact that the race was run in a stadium but with obstacles and track layout more reminiscent of an outdoor event than the American Supercross racing usually associated with racing in the confines of a soccer stadium.Jordi Tixier of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team showed impressive form throughout the event. A crash early in the first moto cost him several places, but he responded soundly to recover to eighth place at the checkered flag and followed up with a strong ride from eighth place on lap one to finish fourth in race two. He rounded off a fine evening by battling near the front throughout the third moto to again finish fourth; after combining the scores of the three races Jordi was classified fifth best individual overall.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki held a strong sixth place, even advancing to fifth at one stage, for most of the opening race but the Englishman had been sick all week and found himself pushed back to ninth at the checkered flag as the sickness drained his body. A solid ride in race two saw him advance from an early eleventh place to finish eighth, and he once again gave his all in the final moto for eleventh place after an incident on lap two had pushed him back temporarily to eighteenth. He was reward for his efforts with eighth best individual performance.DRT teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov had the task of contesting the MX2 class on a KX250 on the powerhouse track which heavily favored the 450s. The Russian was involved in a three rider pile-up at the start of the opening race but he persevered all evening to provide the seventh score which clinched third overall in the manufacturers' classification for Kawasaki.Filip Neugebauer, the Czech rider who races in Germany for the Pfeil Kawasaki team, also performed admirably in his role as team joker and he raced to an impressive fourteenth in the final moto after taking eighteenth place in each of the first two races.Jordi Tixier: "I had a lot of fun today; it was a good day and it's great to be back on the podium. It was teamwork; maybe nobody expected to see us on the podium but here we are as everyone did a good job. In the first moto I had a little crash and finish eighth. The second was really good even if my rhythm was not good enough during the first few laps and the last one was even better. I got a very good start, it's been a long time since I raced at the front. I started training on Supercross tracks two weeks ago and it helped me tonight; I gave everything I could and it's great to put Kawasaki on the box."Tommy Searle: "I didn't know what to expect, and overall it was an enjoying day. I'm really happy to finish the season on the podium with my teammates; it's nice to end the season on a high. Jordi was really good in the third race and that helped us to reach the podium. I came here a little bit sick, and I struggled to breathe in the stadium but I did my best. It was a nice event, congratulations to the team staff and special thanks to Steve Guttridge for his words of wisdom."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "It wasn't easy to race on this track with a 250 against the 450s, but it was a good experience to race an indoor and I learnt a lot today. It didn't go so well with a big crash at the start of the first race, but the second moto was much better and helped the team to be on the podium. For sure I'm happy, even if this weekend didn't go as expected. The guys did a great job; it's amazing and I'm really happy to finish the season like this on the podium."Filip Neugebauer: "The first two races were tough for me, as I had troubles with my clutch in the first race and then in the second one I bent my shift level after three laps and had to ride in second gear all race. Finally, I was able to show what I can do in the last race, and finished fourteenth which is good for me. I'm happy for this opportunity to represent Kawasaki in such a major event."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe Racing Manager: "It was an awesome day; the team really worked well together. As I said this morning during the first press conference, maybe we were really the underdogs but finally we finished the season on the podium. It was fantastic to finish the season on a high note; all the riders rode well and it's a good motivation for everyone to prepare for next season."

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Oct 1, 2016

New line up for Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeNew line up for Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2The Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team is already working hard to prepare for next season, and they will line up again with three riders in the FIM MX2 World Championship.With injuries to their three riders during the past year, the team had a tough season after a promising start with Grand Prix podiums, a European series win and a GP win just before Dylan Ferrandis was injured. As Dylan moves to USA, the team has built a new line up alongside Petar Petrov, who will enter his third season with the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2; it will be his final MX2 campaign as he will turn 23 next year. Alongside the experienced Bulgarian, who started racing the GPs six years ago, the team has reached agreement with two young talented riders: Britain's Adam Sterry (20 years old) and French teenager Stephen Rubini (17 years old).On the podium of the EMX250 in 2015, Adam Sterry moved to the MX2 world series this season, but unfortunately was injured during the opening round in Qatar. Scoring regular top ten results after his comeback, he ended the season by winning the British MX2 title and will soon start testing on Kawasaki machinery. Stephen Rubini will have to wait a few more weeks, as the talented Frenchman is still recovering from a wrist injury which ended his season. Before this incident, Stephen was the most successful rider in the EMX125 series, working closely with former Kawasaki world champion Michael Maschio.The team will not only have new riders next season, but also new staff members as Michael Maschio and French technician Fred Lavergne joined Jean Jacques Luisetti at the new workshop, located in southern France. Fred has already been working for several weeks on the development of the new KX250F Kawasaki, while Michael will take care of the riders' training programme during the week and will follow all the races as sport manager.Adam Sterry: "It's special to join a factory team such as Kawasaki, and it will be my first time on green bikes. Every weekend I saw the results from the team, and when I got their offer I had no questions about the team and knew that it would be good. It's a dream team, and that's been a dream since I was a kid! To get this opportunity is really special; finally my hard work is paying off and I can't wait to ride the Kawasaki."Stephen Rubini: "I'm so happy to move to MX2 GP next year, and to reach this agreement with Monster Energy Kawasaki. I had a good season in the European 125, and I couldn't miss the opportunity to move straight to the world championship even if the level is much higher than in the European series. I've been working with Michael Maschio for several months; he will be alongside us next season and I will have all the tools to get good results."Petar Petrov: "A few days ago I started doing some exercises and cycling, of course slowly at first as I follow the advices of my doctor. I will visit him in two weeks, and of course my goal is to be back riding and testing as soon as possible. But we all know that it normally takes three months to recover from a shoulder injury, so I will be really happy if I can start riding at the beginning of November.."Jean Jacques Luisetti (Team owner): "I'm really pleased to welcome to the team two young riders who have already shown their potential this season. Stephen was impressive in the 125 European series, and Adam got some strong results during his first GP season and also in UK where he claimed the title; I'm sure that with the experience of Petar we have a very strong and promising line-up. The team just moved to southern France in a brand new workshop, where I will be on site most of the time as I want to be regularly with my staff. I was working that way in my previous business and it was successful. Of course I'm also very pleased to have Fred Lavergne as technical manager and Michael Maschio as sport manager back in the team. We have known each other for many years and I'm sure that 2017 will be a successful season; thanks to Kawasaki, Monster Energy and all our sponsors for their great support through the years."Michael Maschio (Sport manager): "I was back this year alongside Stephen Rubini in the sport, and during the season we started talking with Jean Jacques about the future. I always had a great relationship with him, and I will soon start working part time for the team as sport manager for the riders. I will also help the team to develop the bikes, as I never stopped training and it's great to be back in the Kawasaki family where I spent most of my career."

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Sep 12, 2016

Tomac Sweeps MXGP U.S. Rounds

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac arrived at Glen Helen Raceway ready to pick up right where he left off and sweep both United States rounds of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championships. Tomac didn't disappoint as he went 1-1 for his second straight MXGP overall win.At the gate drop of Moto 1 on Sunday afternoon, Tomac rounded the first turn in 12th. Before they had reached the green flag on Lap 1, he was in eighth place. Tomac was creating new lines around the track, whipping the bike in spectacular fashion and passing riders like they were standing still. By the end of Lap 5, he was in second place and applying pressure for the lead. With 12-minutes remaining in the moto Tomac launched his way into the lead on his Monster Energy Kawasaki and disappeared into the distance, winning Moto 1 by over 15 seconds. At the start of the final race of the year for the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship, Tomac came across the line in 13th at the end of Lap 1. The green No. 3 machine quickly began making his way through the competition. Incredibly, by the end of Lap 5, he had positioned himself in third and after diminishing a nine second gap, Tomac moved passed the World Champion for second place. Shortly after, Tomac took over the lead and never looked back, winning the second moto by a margin of 16 seconds. Going 1-1 for first overall. "I had a lot of fun these past two weeks racing the GP's," said Tomac. "I didn't quite make it easy for myself today with my poor starts, but luckily we were on a wide track like Glen Helen, where even if you do get a bad start you can still find lines to pass. Overall, both my motorcycle and I felt comfortable all weekend and I was able to ride to my full potential for a full 30 minutes. I really enjoyed racing these last two GP events and I look forward to racing more in the future." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki entered Glen Helen with a fresh set of riders, including Chris Alldredge, third place finisher from the Charlotte Motor Speedway MXGP round Austin Forkner and Swiss rider, Arnaud Tonus making his debut on the KX™450F. As the gate dropped on MX2 Moto 1, Forkner sat third before being pushed to fourth before the end on Lap 1. The top four separated themselves from the rest of the competition quickly, setting a pace only a few MXGP class riders were racing at. By the halfway point, Forkner made the pass for third where he'd stay for the remainder of the race, while Alldredge finished an impressive eighth place. Forkner started the second moto inside the Top-5 again before crashing on the opening lap. After remounting his KX™250F, Forkner was 30 seconds down from the leader in 17th. The rookie began riding up through the field, passing rider after rider and before long was in 10th. Unfortunately, with under five-minutes remaining in the moto Forkner would crash again forcing him to retire from the race. Alldredge finished 11th after an early moto crash. Making his 450 class debut, teammate Tonus rode impressive all day in the sweltering heat to finish 13-7 for ninth overall. "Not quite the way I wanted to end my season," said Forkner. "I rode really well in my qualifier and managed to get another good start in Moto 1 where I finished on the box. I pushed it too hard in the last moto and ended up on the ground twice. I wish I could have ended my first year on a better note, but overall this season has been amazing and I've had a blast racing these last two MXGP's against the World Champion.""Today went well for me," said Tonus. "I wasn't quite sure how I'd do on the KX450, but after the qualifying race on Saturday, I felt very confident in my speed. I got two really good starts today and I felt I rode really well for the entire moto. I gave it everything I had today and I am happy with ninth overall. It was a lot of fun lining up alongside all of my old friends and competitors from Europe. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into 2017."

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Sep 4, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Checks Out in Charlotte

Foothill Ranch, CA (September 4, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki arrived at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the first U.S. round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship, the Monster Energy MXGP of Americas. Weather delays stopped all activities for Friday but on Saturday the action began with Eli Tomac qualifying fastest. The Moto 1 gate drop saw Tomac second through Turn 1, followed immediately by a battle for the lead. Before the end of the first lap, the No. 3 KX™450F of Tomac took the lead and started to pull away. Tomac would continue to stretch his lead to over 16 seconds by the halfway mark, and as the sun fell below the stadium grandstands, he would take the checkered flag with a 25 second margin of victory.At the gate drop of Moto 2, Tomac rounded the first turn in fifth. Within three corners Tomac passed into fourth and three minutes later made the pass for third. Tomac began taking new lines and flowing through rhythm sections with impressive speed as he pressured for second and eight minutes into the moto Tomac raced his No. 3 Kawasaki into second. With 18 minutes remaining in the moto the leader went down, Tomac moved into the lead and immediately began opening a gap. For the remainder of the race Tomac was the class of the field, opening up another impressive lead and taking the checkers with another first place and the overall win at the penultimate round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship. "We started the day well," said Tomac. "I had really good practices and got in some clean laps. In the first moto the sun was in my eyes pretty bad in certain sections of the track which was a bit difficult to deal with. I washed the front end out and had a little tip over and then nearly made the same mistake the next lap, it was a bit of a wake up call for me to get it together. The second moto I had to work for the lead a bit more and the lights make the dirt a bit difficult to read at times, but all in all I had a really good time. It's great to race against new competition and to see what the world scene has to offer."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki showed up in Charlotte with riders Adam Cianciarulo and Austin Forkner. The pair ended qualifying fastest of the field with nearly identical lap times, only seven one-thousandths of a second apart, with Forkner taking top honors and Cianciarulo in second. As the gate fell for Moto 1 it was Cianciarulo with the holeshot and Forkner immediately behind. Cianciarulo was involved in an incident in Turn 2 and retired from the race. Back at the front, Forkner kept his head down and began pulling away from the field. Ten minutes into the moto, Forkner had slightly gapped himself from the pack. With just over 11 minutes remaining in the moto, Forkner made a small mistake around a right hand corner and went down. He was able to remount but was relegated to third before rejoining the action. The No. 214 of Forkner would ride consistent for the remainder of the first moto and take the checkered flag in third. As Forkner lined up for the start of Moto 2, Charlotte Motor Speedway was under the lights, but it made no difference as Forkner once again rounded the first turn in second. It was fellow American Darian Sanayei aboard the Bud Racing Kawasaki KX™250F who took the holeshot. He would quickly fall under pressure from Forkner, who would pass Sanayei for the lead before the end of Lap 1. Nearly five minutes into the moto, Forkner had already opened up a gap of over two seconds on the field and continued to press the pace. At the halfway mark, Forkner remained in control of the race with a 6 second gap over second. As the battle behind him heated up, Forkner made a small mistake and gave up the lead with three laps to go. On the final lap Forkner found himself in a back and forth battle for second, finally gaining the advantage and second place in Moto 2. Earning 3-2 moto finishes on the day, Forkner completed his first ever FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 class with a third overall finish. "I surprised myself by having the fastest lap time in qualifying," said Forkner. "In the first moto I was out front for a while and came under pressure. I made a small mistake and gave the win away unfortunately. In the second moto I spent the first 20 minutes with a comfortable lead and then they started to reel me in inch by inch. At that point I just left it all out on the track and I was honestly spent after the second moto. It was a tough race but I'm really happy I ended up on the box. I was pretty comfortable racing in this because the format is similar to what we normally run, but the style of riding is so different. At the beginning of the motos the U.S. racers tend to go for it harder than the MXGP guys do, and they tend to go harder at the end. At the end of the day I battled with a U.S. champion and a world champion, it was a great experience and I'm leaving with a trophy!"

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Sep 1, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Earns 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Rookie of the Year

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 30, 2016) – In his first season in AMA Pro Motocross Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner impressed the motocross world with six moto podiums, including two moto wins and consistent riding throughout the season. At the season finale in Indiana, Forkner not only earned the first overall win of his career, but shortly after was named the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Rookie of the Year, finishing fourth overall in the final standings with 376 points."This year went really well," said Forkner. "Finishing out my rookie season fourth in points is pretty cool and I think I surprised a lot of people. I came into this season without any goals and not knowing where I'd stand against the best in the world. That quickly changed as I began to finish in the top-10, top-five and before long was battling for podiums and wins. I knew I had the speed, I just needed to improve my starts to give myself a chance. Once I figured that out, everything began to fall into place and you could see my results improve with four consecutive podiums and two wins. Overall, this year was a lot of fun and I am honored to be Rookie of the Year."In 2011, Forkner joined Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ and since then has earned four AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn's, 48 amateur national wins and was the 2015 AMA Amateur MX Rider of the Year.

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Aug 28, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner Earns First Career Win

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 28, 2016) – The final round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series took place at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana this weekend. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed up prepared to end the season on a high note around the mud filled racetrack. As the Moto 1 gate fell, Tomac rounded Turn 1 in sixth. The No. 3 Kawasaki started working towards the front. In the midst of a battle for third place, Tomac earned the position and shortly after went down, dropping back to fourth. Tomac put in a hard charge late in the race and was able to close the gap to third place. In the closing moments Tomac made the pass for the final podium position, taking the checkers in third.At the start of Moto 2 Tomac began in sixth and immediately started taking time out of the leaders. Nine minutes into the moto, Tomac had secured a top five position. It wouldn't take long for the No. 3 Kawasaki to catch up to fourth and after a great battle would secure the position. The momentum continued and at the halfway mark Tomac had secured third position. Although Tomac was able to close the gap to second, he would cross the line in third. The 3-3 on the day earned Tomac a third overall. "I was a little ways back on the start but made my way up to third pretty quickly," said Tomac. "After I made the pass, I made a mistake and had to start all over again. Luckily I was able to reel him in and make the pass, but the track was really tough. The lines and the ruts were changing every lap, they were really deep and it was hard just keeping your feet on the pegs. Most of the problems from the day stem from my starts, otherwise I feel I rode how I should have."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was ready to battle for final series points as they arrived at Ironman Raceway, with a full team roster of Austin Forkner, Adam Cianciarulo, Joey Savatgy, Chris Alldredge and Arnaud Tonus. The 250MX class was the first moto of the day and the track was soaked from a morning rain storm. As the gate dropped, rookie Forkner earned the holeshot with Savatgy fourth, Tonus sixth and Cianciarulo 10th. At the end of Lap 1 the No. 214 of Forkner had started to break away with Savatgy fourth, Cianciarulo fifth, Tonus sixth, while Alldredge was involved in an incident relegating him back from 23rd. With 20 minutes remaining, Forkner increased his lead at the front while Savatgy moved up into third position with Tonus fifth and Cianciarulo sixth. Moments later Savatgy raced his No. 37 KX™250F into second, making it a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 1-2. With five minutes remaining, Forkner and Savatgy remained first and second, Tonus fifth and Cianciarulo seventh. As the checkers flew, it was Forkner taking the win by 22 seconds over teammate Savatgy in second, Tonus in fourth, Cianciarulo in sixth and Alldredge coming back from his early moto incident to finish 19th.For Moto 2 the track was looking much better and as the gate dropped it was Forkner in second followed immediately by Savatgy and Cianciarulo with Tonus in eighth. Moments later Tonus was involved in an incident and forced off the track, while Forkner, Savatgy and Cianciarulo all battled for position. Forkner would win the battle to the placing his No. 214 in the lead. 10 minutes into the moto, Forkner remained out front with Cianciarulo, Savatgy and Tonus in fourth, sixth and 19th respectively. With five minutes plus 2 laps remaining, Forkner came up short on a jump and crashed as his front wheel became stuck in the mud, relegating the Moto 1 winner to second. At the same time, Cianciarulo sat fifth followed immediately by Savatgy, while Alldredge broke into the top 10 and Tonus climbed back up to 13th, after an early moto incident. Moments later Forkner slipped back into third, focusing on the overall result rather than risking a battle for second in the moto. After the checkers flew it was the rookie Forkner closing out the 2016 season with 1-3 moto finishes, earning his first career overall win. Cianciarulo's 6-5 earned a sixth overall followed by Tonus in seventh (4-9), Savatgy's 2-34 earned him ninth overall and Alldredge's 18-11 earned 16th overall. "Today was a really good day," said Forkner. "Practice started off really muddy, with very deep ruts, but I ended up qualifying well. In the first moto I earned the holeshot and told myself not to look back no matter what. I finally did about 20 minutes in and there was no one behind me at all. My mechanic kept me updated with everything throughout the end of the moto and I was able to cruise home for the win. In the second moto I earned the holeshot again, settled in and kept it out front for at least 20 minutes. After the finish line I jumped wrong and landed in a really soft hole, cross rutted and tucked the front. Luckily I didn't stall the bike, but my bars were bent and I had a bunch of sweat in my eyes from going down. Another rider got by me so I slipped to third, but that, with my Moto 1 win, earned first overall, the first one of my career. I'm fourth in points, two moto wins and five podiums in my rookie season, I'm really happy and can't wait for next year.""This was my best race of the year," said Tonus. "My speed and the way I rode, I'm really happy with today. At the end of the first moto I felt great and made a late moto pass. In the second moto unfortunately I went down early on and started basically last. It was a hard ride but I pushed really hard and crossed the line in ninth, which I'm happy with. The shoulder injury from Monster Energy Supercross held me back a bit early on but no excuses and I ended the season well.""It was another good day," said Cianciarulo. "I had a good bit of confidence from the last round and felt strong. I've had good speed and my body is catching up and I'm getting back to where I belong. My goal for the year was to get through all the motos and I did that, now I'm working towards keeping my speed at every round. I've got what it takes to win I just need it every weekend."

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Aug 21, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rookie Austin Forkner Captures his Fourth Podium

The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team came to Mechanicsville, Maryland for the second last round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Budds Creek Motocross Park. Fresh off a podium, Eli Tomac set the second fastest time in qualifying. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Tomac swung around Turn 1 in sixth position before coming together with another rider and going down. Tomac had his work ahead of him as he crossed the line on Lap 2 in 39th position. Tomac began setting lap times comparable with the race leader and by the halfway point of the race, he was 13th, passing 27 riders in 15 minutes. Tomac continued to crank out fast lap times all the way up until the checkered flag flew, crossing the finish line in sixth, passing a total of 33 riders.Tomac came around Lap 1 in sixth position at the start of the second moto and wasted no time passing his way up into a podium spot. Ten minutes into the race and Tomac had his Kawasaki KX™450F in the No. 2 position and rode smooth and consistent for the remainder of the race to finish second in the moto and fourth overall with 6-2 moto finishes. Tomac has now officially locked up second place in the championship standings with one round remaining. "Today had its ups and downs," said Tomac. "My first moto started off ok until I made a mistake and tangled with another rider. We both went down and by the time I remounted I was basically last. I spent the rest of the moto with my head down doing damage control. Those situations are never what you want, but once you're in it, you just have to do the best with what you've got. The second moto obviously went much better. I'm upset I didn't make the overall podium but to lock up second in the championship is a good feeling."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Budds Creek rejuvenated and eager to put the KX™250F back on the podium. At the Moto 1 gate drop it was the No. 44 of Adam Cianciarulo grabbing the holeshot with teammates Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner in fourth and fifth. By the halfway point, Savatgy battled hard to put his Kawasaki into third place, while Forkner followed to move into fourth and Tonus raced into the eighth position. Unfortunately, Cianciarulo would go down while leading, slipping back into second place. At the end of the 30 minute plus two lap race, Cianciarulo held on to finish second, Savatgy third, Forkner fifth and Tonus moved up to finish seventh. Chris Alldredge made his return after an injury sustained in supercross to finish 12th. The start of Moto 2 was all about Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as Cianciarulo, Savatgy and Forkner came railing around Turn 1 in first, second and third. After capturing his second holeshot of the day, Cianciarulo lead for ten minutes before being passed by teammate Forkner for the lead. Forkner led up to the 20 minute mark before sliding back into second, where he would remain until the checkered flag, finishing 5-2 for third overall and his fourth overall podium of the season. Cianciarulo held on to finish fifth for fourth overall (2-5). After starting second, Savatgy began slowly fading back in the field and by the end of the race, crossed the line in 34th for ninth overall (2-34). Tonus started seventh and passed his way up into fourth early in the moto before fading back and finishing 17th for 11th overall (7-17). Teammate Chris Alldredge had a great first race back, finishing 10th overall (12-11). "I started up front with my teammates," said Forkner. "Just paced them for the first half of the race before they began to pull away from me. I knew I had a decent gap behind me so I decided to relax and save some energy for the second moto, because it was so hot. I started in third once again behind my teammates, but made sure to charge right away and get by them as soon as I could.""Today was definitely a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "Got two great starts today, which led to my best moto finish of the year - with a second place finish in the first moto. It felt great to finally break through and get up on the podium again.""Today started off really well," said Savatgy. "I got a great start in Moto 1 and felt like I could fight for the win, but a few little mistakes kept me from achieving that. Another awesome start in Moto 2 had me right up there with my teammates in the early stages of the race. It was really hot today and I think we all got tired out there. I'm happy with my first moto performance and I am looking forward to the final round next week." "Today went well for my first race back," said Alldredge. "After being off the bike for 16 weeks, I think a top-10 finish overall isn't too bad. I have a long way to go before I'm back at race pace, but I believe we started off on the right foot today." "My starts were on point all day today," said Tonus. "I ran upfront in both motos and made great passes. I feel I've been improving all season and it's nice to get another top-10 finish."

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Aug 14, 2016

Tomac and Forkner Podium at Unadilla

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 14, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team rolled into New Berlin, New York for Round 10 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Unadilla Raceway refreshed after the two week break. At the start of 450 Moto 1 it was Eli Tomac on his KX™450F earning the holeshot and immediately battling for position. Tomac made a small miscalculation and ended up third but would immediately strike back and take second position. The No. 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki rider would remain in second place until the checkers at the end of the first moto.At the start of the second moto, Tomac rounded the first turn in 10th and set off towards the front. By the halfway mark in the race Tomac had already pushed into fourth position and continued to bridge the gap to the front. With 11 minutes remaining Tomac put the No. 3 machine into third and soon battled for second. Tomac would eventually settle into third where he would remain until the checkers. His 2-3 finishes earned him a third overall on the weekend. "This weekend had it's ups and downs," said Tomac. "The first moto I rode pretty well but unfortunately couldn't hang with the leader. I did what I could and brought it home second. In the second moto I didn't get the start I needed, in this stacked field you have to be at the front right out of the gate to be at the front when the checkers fly. A third overall isn't what we want though, time to go home, do the homework and put the Monster Energy Kawasaki back on top of the podium."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Unadilla well rested and ready to compete for the win. At the Moto 1 gate drop it was rookie Austin Forkner with the holeshot followed closely by Joey Savatgy in second with Adam Cianciarulo in third and Arnaud Tonus close behind. Unfortunately, on Lap 2 there was a red flag, causing a full restart and sending the entire field back to the starting gate. After the second gate drop it was Cianciarulo with the holeshot, Tonus in third, and Savatgy in fourth while Forkner, who was held up by a downed rider, was relegated to the back of the field. At the halfway mark Cianciarulo moved back into second while Tonus and Savatgy remained third and fourth respectively with Forkner working his way into 10th. Within moments Savatgy would make a move for third and began working towards the leaders and with 10 minutes remaining Savatgy put the No. 37 into second. With two laps remaining Savatgy entered into a heated battle for second while Cianciarulo and Tonus sat fourth and fifth respectively with Forkner lapping in 10th. At the checkers Savatgy fought hard to keep second position, with Cianciarulo fourth, Forkner in seventh and some last lap issues forced the No. 66 of Tonus back to 16th. At the start of the second moto it was Forkner earning redemption and the holeshot, followed immediately by Savatgy in second, with Cianciarulo in fifth. Shortly after the start Savatgy cross rutted off a jump, was forced off the track and relegated to third. Five minutes into the moto, Forkner remained out front with Savatgy third and Cianciarulo in eighth. Seven minutes into the moto Savatgy would have issues, pushing the No. 37 back to 17th and finally removing himself from competition with misfortune affecting the No. 44 of Cianciarulo as well, lapping in 26th position before pulling out of competition. With 10 minutes remaining Forkner, the only remaining Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider in competition, had a strong lead aboard his KX™250F. With just over six minutes remaining Forkner made a small mistake and gave up the lead, settling into second with a comfortable gap to third. Shortly after, the second red flag of the day would be waved, stopping competition and giving Austin Forkner 7-2 for third overall, Savatgy's 2-32 earned a 10th overall, Cianciarulo went 4-33 for 11th overall and Tonus going 16th-38 for 20th overall. "On the first start I earned the holeshot and held the lead until the red flag," said Forkner. "On the restart I was in a rut behind another rider that went down and was held up pretty bad. I pushed all the way to the end, passed a couple guys on the final lap and finished seventh. In the second moto I had an amazing start and lead the race for almost the whole moto. I was passed towards the end of the moto and immediately afterwards they red flagged the race. Had I known that was going to happen I would have sent it to keep first, but you live and learn. The track was really tough today and the conditions were even worse, but I managed to have solid results and I'm looking forward to the next one."

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Jul 24, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Wins Washougal

Foothill Ranch, CA (July 24, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Tyler Bowers arrived in Washougal, Washington for Round 9 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season prepared to race for the podium. Tomac started the day off on the right foot, riding his KX™450F to the top of the field in qualifying. On the first lap of 450 Moto 1 Tomac crossed the line in sixth with teammate Bowers in 13th. Tomac immediately began working towards the front and on the second lap was able to make the pass for fifth and follow it up with another pass for fourth. Within the next five minutes Tomac made yet another pass for third while Bowers raced his No. 53 KX450F into 12th. Tomac would remain third until the closing minutes of the moto, when he was able to race the No. 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki into second, where he would remain until the checkers while teammate Bowers crossed the line in 12th.At the start of the second 450 moto, Tomac exited Turn 1 in fourth, immediately zeroing in on the leaders and within a few corners had taken third. On Lap 2, Tomac blew by second place, around the outside of a turn, inheriting the position and now focusing on the leader. Meanwhile teammate Bowers fought for position inside the top ten. Eight minutes into the moto, Tomac caught up to the leader, made a clean pass and took the lead, immediately gapping the field. With five minutes remaining in the moto Tomac continued to set the pace at the front with an 8.7 second gap to second place, with Bowers racing in 13th. At the checkers it would be Tomac placing the Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F first, finishing 2-1 and winning the overall, with Bowers finishing 12-12 for 11th overall."Today felt great to finally win on a real track," said Tomac. "It took me a while to get going in the first moto and by the time I got my grove and was in second, the leader had checked out. Second moto was all around better, I believe. I got off to a better start, charged to the front quicker and made the pass for the lead relatively early. It feels great to win on a normal track and continue to move forward with the team.""Today went really well," said Bowers. "The Kawasaki boys and I got some great work done during the week and came into this weekend feeling good. From the first practice to the last lap of the second moto I felt way better on the bike and I believed it showed as I went 12-12 for 11th overall. I'm really looking forward to breaking into the top-10."The four rider team of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Washougal MX park looking to own the podium with Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner, Arnaud Tonus, and Adam Cianciarulo. At the gate drop for 250 Moto 1, Savatgy rounded the first turn in third with Tonus and Cianciarulo in 10th and 13th respectively with Forkner in 22nd. Five minutes into the moto Tonus and Cianciarulo had raced their KX™250F motorcycles towards the front with Tonus seventh and Cianciarulo breaking into the top ten. After another five minutes the No. 44 of Cianciarulo had climbed into sixth, while Tonus sat eighth and Forkner raced his way up into 13th. With ten minutes remaining Savatgy continued to battle for the lead while Forkner continued to push forward, now in 11th. When the two-lap board was displayed, Savatgy crossed the line in second, with Cianciarulo sixth followed closely by Tonus in seventh and Forkner in 10th. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team would remain in that order until the checkers. At the start of Moto 2 Savatgy came out of Turn 1 in second with Forkner close behind. Savatgy immediately attempted an aggressive pass for the lead, allowing the rookie Forkner to sneak by into the lead leaving Savatgy in second while Cianciarulo raced for position in fifth. Moments later Savatgy would tangle with another rider and stall his motorcycle, pushing Cianciarulo off the track in the process and allowing Forkner a breakaway lead as one of the few riders not slowed down by the incident. At the end of Lap 1 Forkner crossed the line in first, Cianciarulo in seventh, Tonus 14th and Savatgy 23rd. With five minutes of the moto in the rear view mirror, the No. 214 of Forkner remained out front with the rest of his teammates moving forward, Cianciarulo now in fifth, Tonus 11th and Savatgy 21st. At the halfway mark, Forkner remained the race leader in first with Cianciarulo and Tonus eighth and ninth respectively and Savatgy in 15th. When the two-lap board was shown, Forkner had stretched his lead up to over eight seconds with Cianciarulo and Tonus up to sixth and eighth respectively and Savatgy crossing the line in 11th. At the checkered flag, the rookie Forkner earned the first Pro Motocross moto win of his career, finishing 10-1 on the day for second overall. Savatgy's 2-11 earned fourth overall with Cianciarulo's 6-7 earning sixth overall and Tonus' 7-8 earning eight overall on the day. "Today was awesome," said Forkner. "I spun off the start in Moto 1 which hurt us going into the first turn, but I did what I could and climbed my way back up inside the top-10. I knew my speed was there in Moto 1, but I just needed a start. So I adjusted a few things for the second moto and got off to a much better start. When my teammate left the door open for me to pass him and the leader, I took it and the next thing I knew I couldn't hear anyone behind me, so I began to sprint as hard as I could to get away. I basically just rode as smooth and consistent as I could to maintain my lead and sure enough it worked and came home with the win. I was so happy that I was screaming in my helmet the entire last lap.""Today was good," said Cianciarulo. "I was really gelling with the track all day and the team had the bike working awesome. Overall, today was by far my best ride of the year so far, which feels great going into the two week break.""Today wasn't bad," said Tonus. "Besides my poor starts, I made a lot of strong passes all day and my intensity was high all moto which is an improvement for me, which feels nice. I just need to keep building on each weekend.""Today started off really well," said Savatgy. "After practice I felt the most confident on the bike I've felt all season. The first moto was good, even though I should have made the pass for the lead a few times but didn't want to take the risk in falling down. I got off to another great start in the second moto until I tangled with another rider. Unfortunately, the incident bent a lot of parts on the bike in which hurt my overall performance. I'm stoked to leave in one piece and looking forward in having a nice long break."

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Jul 18, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Races to Another Podium Finish

Irvine, CA (July 18, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac was fresh off of his first win of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season and was looking for a repeat this weekend. Tomac's KX™450F launched him out of the gate in Moto 1, propelling him around the first turn and into the lead by Turn 2. Tomac led for the first 10 minutes of Moto 1 before settling into second for the remainder of the moto. Teammate Tyler Bowers rode strong to finish 18th. Moto 2 saw Tomac start outside the top-10 but quickly began slicing through the competition. Ten minutes into the race he had charged his way up into third where he would remain for the remainder of the moto. Tomac finished 2-3 for third overall while Bowers went 18-17 for 18th overall."Today went well," said Tomac. "Our lap times in qualifying were good and we got off to a great start in Moto 1, where I was able to jump into the lead early. I made a small mistake at the bottom of the hill which allowed second place to sneak by. I tried to fight back but made a few more mistakes, so I turned it down a bit to ride smoother. I didn't get as good of a start in Moto 2 and by the time I worked my way into third, the leaders had already ran away with it. We'll continue to work during the week and try and go for the win again next weekend." "This weekend was good," said Bowers. "I'm getting more and more comfortable on the bike each week I'm on it. My fitness was better this weekend as I was able to charge harder the first few laps and then again near the end, but most importantly, I'm just really having fun racing again and can't thank the team enough for giving me this great opportunity." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki kicked off the day on the right foot as Joey Savatgy set the fastest pace in timed practice to qualify on pole. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Savatgy launched out of the gate on his KX™250F and swung around Turn 1 inside the top five. The battle for the lead between four riders lasted a grueling 10 minutes before they would spread out and all find their pace. Savatgy rode smooth and consistent to a fourth place finish. Coming off his career best finish last week in Southwick, teammate Austin Forkner came into Round 8 feeling more confident than ever. Forkner started Moto 1 inside the top-10 and never stopped charging as he battled his way up into fifth briefly before finishing an impressive sixth, with teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Arnaud Tonus in seventh and eighth. Cianciarulo wasted no time charging to the front in Moto 2 as he took over the lead by Turn 5 and set the pace for five laps until sliding back into third, behind teammate Savatgy. With three minutes remaining, Savatgy stalled the bike in a deep rut, losing two positions and dropping back into fourth. At the end of the long 30-minutes plus two, Savatgy finished fifth (4-5) for fourth overall, while Cianciarulo finished eighth (7-8) for sixth overall. Tonus rode smooth and consistent all weekend to finish 8-9 for seventh overall, but unfortunately after a Lap 1 tip-over, Forkner started 22nd and battled hard back to 11th until another crash on the last lap dropped him back to 17th, going 6-17 for 13th overall. "Today didn't quite go our way," said Savatgy. "The first moto started off well with a good start but we couldn't quite catch the leaders. The second moto was better as I was able to make my way up to second until I stalled the bike. We'll go back and do our homework and come out swinging at Washougal." "The day started off really well after qualifying fourth," said Forkner. "I got off to a pretty good start in Moto 1 inside the top-10 and eventually made my way briefly into fifth before getting passed back and finishing sixth. Second moto, I got off to another great start but went down on Lap 2 and fell all the way back to 22nd. I fought my way back up into 11th before crashing in the rollers on the last lap, but was able to salvage a 17th place.""Today was a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "I got off to a decent start in Moto 1, was able to charge the whole moto and made a few passes near the end to finish 7th. In Moto 2, I was top-5 around turn-1 and made a few quick passes to get into the lead early. I was able to charge and lead for about 10-minutes which felt awesome to be back upfront again. I'm looking forward to next week." "Today was good," said Tonus. "Every week I'm feeling faster and stronger and I believe it's showing on the race track. I had two great starts and rode strong all moto to finish seventh overall. It's nice to see that all the work I've been putting in over the years is beginning to pay

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Jul 10, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac Sweeps Southwick

After a three-year hiatus, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed back to the sandbox of Southwick, Massachusetts. For four decades Southwick held a special place in American motocross with its sand based track producing great races throughout the years. Race day began with Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac qualifying second with a lap of 2:02:99. When the gate dropped for Moto 1 and the 40 riders came barreling through the sand into the first turn, Tomac sat 10th. The Colorado native, wasted no time powering his KX™450F through the field and by the end of Lap-1 had passed his way into the top five. Within another two laps he had reeled in the leader and began applying pressure for the lead. By half-way, he had taken over the lead and checked out. Within one lap, Tomac had pulled a six and half second lead, by the next lap, it was up to a ten and half second lead, and when the checkers finally flew, the No. 3 machine had pulled a 20+ second gap on second place to win his first moto of the season. Teammate Tyler Bowers had a slow start to the day having to qualify through the 450 consolation race. As a result, Bowers had a poor gate pick for Moto 1. and the he was unfortunately caught up in a first turn pile up. Bowers rode strong for 35 minutes and passed nearly half of the field to finish 17th.In Moto 2, Tomac came charging around Turn-1 inside the top-5 and by the end of the lap he had worked his way into second place. Once again, the two riders atop the points would battle through the sugary sand of "The Wick." For 15 minutes the gap between the two rarely exceeded one second, however, Tomac had finally eaten enough roost and made a pass for the lead by railing an outside berm, the long way around. A tip-over with five laps to go pushed Tomac back into second, but it wouldn't last long as he would bounce back and re-pass for the lead two corners later. The Colorado native went 1-1 for his first overall of the season while teammate Bowers went 17-14 for 15th overall. "It feels great to win again," said Tomac. "We've been working so hard as a team to improve every weekend and to see it pay off feels good. The track conditions were really rough today, so it really came down to maintaining momentum and riding as smooth as possible through the bumps. Overall I am pumped to be back on top. This is only the beginning." "Fortunately, I was able to win the consolation race," said Bowers "I was caught up in a first turn pileup at the start of Moto 1. I charged as hard as I could to get back up inside the top 20 to salvage some points. Got a great start in Moto 2 and just rode my own race and had fun. I'm looking forward on improving next week." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Southwick determined to regain the points leading red number plate which they lost last weekand upon the conclusion of qualifying they seemed poised to do just that. Rookie Austin Forkner displayed his raw talent yet again this weekend as he set the fastest time in qualifying, followed by his teammate Joey Savatgy. Moto 1 saw the Arnaud Tonus showcase his smooth and flowing in the sand. Tonus ran fifth for 25 minutes until moving into third with four minutes to go and achieving his second ever AMA 250 motocross podium finish. Forkner brought home another top-5 finish, while teammates Adam Cianciarulo finished ninth and Joey Savatgy 10th. Moto 2 saw Forkner nearly grab his second holeshot of the season, working hard all race to stay on pace with the race leader. At the checkers Forkner crossed the line second, for his career best finish and first overall podium with a 5-2 for third overall. Teammate Tonus was looking at a 3-4 moto tally, to tie teammate Forkner for third overall, until a crash with three-laps remaining dropped him back to eighth for sixth overall, still a season best. Savatgy went 10-11 for 9th overall while Cianciarulo finished 9-19 for 14th overall. "Today was really good," said Forkner. "After setting the fastest lap in qualifying, I got two decent starts in both motos and charged as hard as I could. I was absolutely "sending it" in Moto 2 and it felt great to battle for the lead with the points leader. I feel great with how I performed today and am looking forward in continuing to learn and grow.""Today was step in the right direction," said Tonus. "I felt really comfortable on the bike and rode strong all day. After all the struggle I went through, it feels great to perform at 100% again for myself and the team.""Today was tough," said Cianciarulo. "The track conditions got the best of me today. I felt like I rode well and my lines were good but it didn't show in the results. We're still taking each race one at a time and trying to improve. We'll come back swinging next weekend." "The day started off well after qualifying second," said Savatgy. "Ran up front in the second moto for a bit and made a few strong passes and felt I had the pace to win before going down. I was able to salvage points today and am still in the championship hunt. It's a long series and anything can happen."

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Jul 4, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Tomac Earns Second at RedBud National

Irvine, CA (July 4, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider of Eli Tomac was joined by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers aboard the KX™450F for Round 6 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Buchanan. Michigan. As part of an Independence Day tradition, the RedBud National marked the halfway point of the season. At the gate drop of Moto 1 Tomac came around the first turn in seventh and by the end of the first lap had raced up to third while Bowers sat 16th. With seventeen minutes remaining Tomac made the move into second place and started making up time on the leader with Bowers holding strong in 16th. After working the entire moto moving towards the leader, with two laps remaining Tomac stalled the bike and lost most of the time he gained. At the checkers Tomac crossed the line in second with Bowers finishing his first 450 moto in 16th.At the start of Moto 2 Tomac screamed out of the gate rounding Turn 1 in second, and before the first lap was over put the No. 3 KX450F into the lead. At the end of Lap 1 Tomac led his first lap of 2016 with Bowers crossing the line in 13th. On the second lap Tomac made a small mistake and was unable to triple Larocco's Leap, relegating him back to second. At the halfway point Tomac remained in second, well clear of third, as Bowers ran 16th. When the checkers flew it was Tomac going 2-2 for second overall and Bowers' 16-20 earned a 20th overall. "I was searching a bit during the motos today," said Tomac. "I didn't have my best jump out of the gate and was pushed around a bit on the first lap. I managed to play a bit of catch up to earn second place. From that point I did all I could to reel in the leader, but close to the end I stalled the bike and it almost cost me second. In the second moto I had a great start but I was passed and from that point out the leader was just on another level. Last week we fought for the win and next week we'll be back there.""I'm really happy to be out here racing motos and even more for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team," said Bowers. "I am still working on myself and getting to where I need to be, but I finished both motos strong and I'll be even better next week at Southwick."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus, Austin Forkner and 250 series points leader Joey Savatgy lined up behind the gate at the RedBud National prepared to stake claim in the winner's circle. Race day started off with Cianciarulo earning fastest qualifier for a second consecutive weekend. At the gate drop for Moto 1 it was the rookie Forkner earning the first holeshot of his career, with Savatgy in sixth, Cianciarulo in eighth and Tonus in 21st. Forkner would swap the lead a few times on Lap-1 while Savatgy pushed his way into third position. Five minutes into the moto Savatgy made the pass on Forkner for second place, while Cianciarulo sat eighth and Tonus 15th. At the halfway mark Savatgy remained engaged in a battle for the lead with Forkner third, Cianciarulo eighth and Tonus 13th. With just over seven minutes remaining Savatgy closed the gap to the lead to just over one second, while Forkner was pushed wide and relegated to fifth, Cianciarulo sat ninth with Tonus moving his way up to 11th. The last lap of the moto became an all-out battle for the lead but at the checkers it would be Savatgy second, Forkner and Cianciarulo sixth and seventh respectively and Tonus would bring it home in 11th. In 250 Moto 2 Savatgy wasted no time at all jumping into the lead with Cianciarulo in eighth, Tonus in ninth and Forkner in 15th. Less than five minutes into the moto Savatgy made a mistake and went down, dropping back to fifth. At the halfway mark Savatgy ran fifth, with Tonus and Cianciarulo in eighth and ninth respectively while Forkner ran in 14th. With seven minutes remaining in the moto Savatgy made an error that resulted in a dramatic crash, pushing the No. 37 back to 19th place. After a brief stop in the pits to address the handlebars on his bike, Savatgy showed his true grit by rejoining the competition in 21st. When the two lap board came out Tonus and Cianciarulo sat sixth and seventh respectively, Forkner had worked his way up to 10th, with Savatgy up into 19th place. At the end of the day Cianciarulo's 7-8 earned a sixth overall, Savatgy would fight back with all he had earning seventh overall with a 2-16, Forkner brought it home for eighth overall with a 6-10 on the day and Tonus would go 11-6 for ninth overall."I spent the time off working on my entire program as I have all season long," said Savatgy. "In the first moto I was close to taking the win towards the end and tried to make a charge but it didn't happen for me this time. The track is really loamy so the smallest mistake takes a big chunk of time from you. Overall it was a good moto but I'm here to win. "The weekend was a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "I've had good starts and been going fast lately but a few errors have hindered my results a bit. I was the fastest in qualifying again which is always good for my confidence and the motos were all about focusing on riding my race. I'm a little upset with my starts but this was a really good building week heading to Southwick.""This was my best weekend so far," said Tonus. "Every weekend has been better than the last and I felt really good in the second moto today. I'm very happy with how I rode, I just need a little work on the starts and I'll be at the front where I belong. There's still work to be done but we're moving in the right direction.""In the first moto I earned the first holeshot of my pro career which was great," said Forkner. "I ran up front for a little bit and fought hard for the lead. The first 20-25 minutes I was in third, unfortunately towards the end of the race I was pushed wide and passed by two riders at once and I ended up bringing it home in sixth. In the second moto I struggled a little at the beginning of the race and it held me back. I still came back for 10th so I'm pretty happy with that. I'll be working on my consistency and getting rid of a few mistakes and I'll be up front and show these guys what I've got."

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Jun 27, 2016

Tomac and Savatgy Podium at Muddy Creek

Irvine, CA (June 26, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac arrived at Muddy Creek in Blountville, Tennessee for Round 5 of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship prepared to battle for the win. Tomac started off the weekend by qualifying in second and ready to take on the field. The Moto 1 gate drop saw the No. 3 KX™450F cross the line inside the top ten. Tomac quickly began working his way through the field and by the end of Lap 4 had worked his way into third. Just after the halfway point Tomac took the advantage from a heated battle and moved into second place, where he would remain until the checkers.In Moto 2 it was more of the same, Tomac started inside the top ten but wasted no time cutting through pack. On Lap 2 he had passed his way into fourth and then third, and by Lap 3 Tomac was in second. In the remaining laps Tomac played cat and mouse with the leader, nearly taking the lead at times, however, coming up just short of the win at the finish. When the dust settled, Tomac's 2-2 moto finishes earned him a second place overall. "The track started off pretty soft and wet, making a pretty slick racetrack," said Tomac. "The conditions made practice a bit difficult but the track came around quite well by the afternoon. Muddy Creek is a little tight, which makes it a bit of an effort to get past lapped riders, but overall it was a good day. In the second moto I did everything I could to push towards the end, I nailed a few more lines and was really close to the end goal. 2-2 is a good result and we're going to continue to build off this momentum."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus and Austin Forkner came to Muddy Creek with Savatgy in control of the series point lead. Cianciarulo came out swinging with the fastest qualifying time of the 250 and 450 classes. He quickly backed that up with a holeshot followed closely by Savatgy. On Lap 3 Cianciarulo lost the front end and was relegated to third before remounting while Forkner and Tonus were 12th and 16th respectively. Near the halfway mark Savatgy would put his No. 37 KX™250F into the lead followed quickly by Cianciarulo moving into second. Unfortunately, Cianciarulo made another mistake and this time would rejoin the race in seventh. With two laps remaining Savatgy remained out front with Forkner moving his way up to 10th, Cianciarulo in 11th and Tonus in 12th where they would remain until the checkers. In Moto 2 Savatgy came out of the gate in third, Cianciarulo 5th, Tonus sixth and Forkner in ninth. Five minutes into the moto Savatgy tucked the front end, going down and losing a few positions while Cianciarulo sat fourth, Tonus remained in sixth and Forkner moved his way into seventh. Cianciarulo was involved in a hard crash in the early stages of the race, but never one to give up, the No. 44 charged on until the finish, crossing the line in 22nd. After a charge towards the front Savatgy was involved in another tip-over, relegating the No. 37 back outside the top ten. Savatgy would continue to press forward throughout the moto, eventually bringing it home in seventh, with Tonus in eighth and the rookie Forkner in an impressive fourth. Savatgy's 1-7 would earn a second overall and keep the series points lead, with Forkner going 10-4 for seventh, Tonus' 12-8 earned him a 10th and the 11-22 of Cianciarulo placed him 16th overall. "My first moto was great and I'm very happy with the result," said Savatgy. "In the second moto I made a couple minor mistakes that ended up costing me more than I'd like. I tipped it over two times and both times I spent a lot of energy trying to make sure I didn't stall the bike. The couple minor mistakes I made need to stop in order to keep the championship with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, I know it's something we can do and with a 1-7 on today a second place is good. We know what to do, now it's time to go home and get it done so we can come out at RedBud swinging.""This weekend was another good race," said Forkner. "I didn't feel as strong as I would have liked in the first moto due to a poor start, but my lap times were pretty good. In the second moto I got off to a much better start and was able to ride my own race. I brought it home in the second moto for a fourth and I'm just going to keep building on these results. I'm looking forward to RedBud!""After my start it took a lot to get up through the pack in Moto 1," said Tonus. "It took a little while to get a rhythm but I'm pretty happy with the 12th all things considered. In the second moto I had a great start and had my best moto of 2016. My speed was there, I spent some time with the leaders and I'm going to keep building off this momentum.""Being fastest in qualifying was great," said Cianciarulo. "In the first moto I had the holeshot and was able to lead a few laps. The speed, the confidence and all the other pieces are coming into place and it feels good. In the second moto I was taken out pretty bad by another rider and fought as hard as I could for the rest of the race. I ended up 11-22 on the day for 16th, which isn't what we wanted, but I didn't give up today and I'm proud of that."

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Jun 19, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Tightens his Grip on Championship

Irvine, CA (June 19, 2016) – As the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series headed east for Round 4 of the 2016 season, it brought with it changes in weather and dirt. However, it was Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac with the biggest change, as the No. 3 KX™450F machine rocketed out of gate in Moto 1, nearly grabbing the holeshot. Tomac quickly positioned himself in second and began applying pressure to the leader, until a mistake on Lap 4 relegated Tomac to sixth place. He began his charge back up towards the front but would run out of time and finish sixth. After a crash in the opening laps, teammate Josh Grant was unable to continue competing and was forced to retire from the weekend.Moto 2 saw another great start by Tomac, inside the top-5. He wasted no time riding his KX450F up to the rear-wheel of the leader, where he began applying pressure for the lead. He and the leader separated themselves from the field immediately by pushing a pace no other rider could match. After 35 long minutes, Tomac would finish second in Moto 2, combined with his 6th place finish in Moto 1, earning a fourth overall for the day. "It was a good ride for me today," said Tomac. "The first moto cost me but we made up for it in the second. We practiced starts for the last two weeks straight and I believe it showed today with two great starts. If I keep that up and stay up on two wheels, we should be looking good for the rest of year." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250MX points leader Joey Savatgy entered Round 4 with the red background number plate, signifying the series points leader, looking to extend his points lead in the 250 Championship. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, all four of Pro Circuit's KX™250F mounted riders rounded the first corner inside the top-10. Savatgy began working quickly by passing his way into fifth early. At the fifteen-minute mark, the Pennsylvania dirt would reach up and pull the Kawasaki rider to the ground. Savatgy remounted and put a charge on to pass his way all the way back up to fourth position. The rookie, Austin Forkner had another outstanding race, moving his way through the field to finish Moto 1 in fifth, while teammates Arnaud Tonus and Adam Cianciarulo crossed the line in eighth and tenth respectively. The start of the Moto 2 saw both Cianciarulo and Savatgy up front in first and second. Savatgy followed Cianciarulo closely for 10-minutes until sliding into the lead on Lap-5. There was no stopping Savatgy as he would go 4-1 for first overall, while Forkner rode his way up into eighth after an early crash for fifth overall (5-8). Cianciarulo finished 10th (10-11) overall and Tonus 12th (8-11)."It was great weekend," said Savatgy. "Moto 1 was a little tough on all of us, as the track was super rough and the ruts were deep. We made a few good changes in between motos and came out on top at the end of Moto 2." "First moto was good aside from my faulty gate," said Forkner. "The track was extremely rough, so I decided to sit back, ride smart and let everyone else make mistakes which allowed me to finish fifth. I started the second moto dead last after colliding with another ride but rode back up to eighth. Overall, we learned a lot this weekend and I believe I belong up front.""Each weekend we're improving," said Cianciarulo. "I unfortunately hit the gate in the first moto which made things a little more difficult but made up for it in the second moto by pulling the holeshot which was a nice confidence booster. I believe I rode a smart race this weekend and overall I'm grateful to even be back out here racing.""I felt really good on the track today," said Tonus. "I didn't quite get the jump in Moto 1, but was able to finish inside the top-10, which felt good. At the start of the second moto someone hit me and I went off the track where my bike and I were stuck for a few minutes. I know I'm capable of more and am looking forward to Muddy Creek."

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Jun 5, 2016

Savatgy Wins Thunder Valley and Leaves with Points Lead While Tomac Podiums

Irvine, CA (June 5, 2016) - The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant arrived in Lakewood, Colorado this weekend for Round 3 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Colorado native, Tomac started the day fastest in qualifying, looking poised and ready to race for the podium. At the start of Moto 1 Grant rounded the first turn in eighth while Tomac came around in 21st. At the halfway mark Grant raced his KX™450F to an impressive third place with Tomac moving up into the eighth place position. With three laps to go Grant and Tomac were split by only one rider, sitting in fourth and sixth respectively. On the next lap Tomac made the pass for fifth where he would remain until the checkers with teammate Grant finishing Moto 1 in an impressive fourth.Grant launched out of the gate with an impressive start in Moto 2, rounding in the first turn in fourth while Tomac went off track at the end of Lap 1 and rejoined the field in 19th. After ten minutes of racing Tomac had already diced his way into seventh. Just after the halfway mark Grant and Tomac found each other on the racetrack and they battled for third, with Tomac taking the advantage and sighting in on second. Only a few minutes later Tomac pulled the trigger and made the pass for second where he would remain until the checkers. Tomac's performance of 5-2 earned him third overall while Grant finished sixth overall (4-5)."Today didn't quite go as planned," said Tomac. "We started the day on top with the fastest time in qualifying but when it came time to race our starts weren't where we want them to be. I managed to find smooth lines and stay on two wheels all day to finish on the podium for the third straight week, so I'll take that and move to the next round focused on the main goal of the top step of the podium.""The weekend was really good," said Grant. "I always like coming to Colorado, it's one of my favorite places. The track, especially the ruts, were really gnarly this weekend and it made for some interesting racing. I'm happy with how I've been riding the last couple weeks and this weekend was more of the same. I made a few minor mistakes that held me back a bit but overall I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to the next one."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Austin Forkner and Arnaud Tonus arrived at Thunder Valley Motocross looking to continue to fight for the podium and points lead. At the start of Moto 1 Savatgy and Forkner rounded the first turn in sixth and eighth respectively. Five minutes into the moto Forkner was involved in an incident and was relegated to 31st. Shortly after Savatgy moved into fourth place and began pressuring for the podium. With 22 minutes remaining the No. 37 raced his way into third while Cianciarulo moved into 11th. Savatgy continued to race a blistering pace, closing the gap to the lead duo and applying pressure and with 17 minutes to go made a clean pass around the outside to move into second. He wasted no time catching up to the leader and made the pass for the lead. With moments to go Savatgy made a mistake and went down, moving back to second place. Cianciarulo took the white flag in sixth with Forkner racing up to 17th and Tonus 18th, where they would remain until the checkers. Savatgy rode an impressive last lap to hold off an attack and cross the line in second. At the gate drop of the second 250 moto Cianciarulo put his KX™250F out front earning the holeshot followed closely by Savatgy in second, Forkner in sixth and Tonus rounding out the top ten. Savatgy quickly put the No. 37 into the lead looking to put some distance on the rest of the field. Seven minutes into the moto Cianciarulo made a mistake, went down and retired from the race. The rookie Forkner continued to impress and with 17 minutes remaining took the advantage from a great battle and put the No. 214 into fifth place. At the checkers Savatgy reclaimed the top of the podium and took the overall win with a 2-1. Forkner earned ninth overall with a 17-4, Tonus 13th with 18-9 and Cianciarulo ended the weekend 14th with a 6-38."The weekend was great," said Savatgy. "In the first moto my start wasn't exactly what I wanted but I was able to get my speed where I think it should be, made some passes and got out front. Once I started to pull away a little I made a mistake and went down, remounted and brought it home for second. As for Moto 2, it went exactly how I wanted. I rode smart, my KX250F was perfect and I'm really happy with the results for the day and the championship.""The first moto I had a good start," said Forkner. "Unfortunately the track was really slick in one particular corner and I tucked the front. When I remounted three other riders hit me, one after the other. By the time I finally rejoined the race I was nearly last and spent the whole moto climbing my way back up and finished 17th. In the second moto I had another good start and around halfway I started to feel really good. I passed my way into fifth and continued to push forward. I gave it my all for the second half and on the last lap I made another pass crossed the line fourth and ninth overall.""I rode a little tight in practice," said Tonus. "In the first moto I was a able to ride better but tangled up with Forkner in the early stages of the race and unfortunately rejoined pretty far back. I did the best I could, found my rhythm towards the end and raced my way into 17th. In the second moto I had a good start, spent most of the race able to do good laps and to focus on riding my own race. I'm feeling a lot better, I'm happy with my results today and I'm looking forward to the next one."

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May 29, 2016

Solid Podium Finish for Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac

Irvine, CA (May 29, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant finished strong after a day of slow starts at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California this weekend for Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.At the start of Moto 1 fast qualifier Tomac crossed the line on Lap 1 in seventh with Grant in 15th. After five minutes Tomac had already moved into fifth position with Grant pushing forward into 10th. Ten minutes into the moto Grant had raced his way into ninth and Tomac up into fourth. Moments later the No. 3 made an impressive pass for third by railing the outside of a wide left handed berm earning the final podium position while Grant was able to cross the line in sixth. The start of Moto 2 saw the No. 33 of Grant finishing the first lap in 11th with Tomac crossing the line in 14th. Five minutes into the moto Grant and Tomac latched together while they race towards the front, now in eighth and ninth respectively. With just over 20 minutes remaining the Kawasaki duo had worked up to sixth and seventh, this time with Tomac the frontrunner of the two. Just past the halfway mark Tomac placed his KX™450F on the inside of fourth place, took the position and began working on the final podium position. With eight minutes remaining he did just that with a strong pass through a rhythm section, followed by an inside line through the next right hander. Following suit Grant would make a pass late in the moto to move into sixth. At the checkers Tomac earned another podium position with a third place finish (3-3) and Grant's 6-6 saw him end the day at his home track in sixth. "The weekend went well," said Tomac. "Practice started really well taking pole position. In the first moto I had a decent start and raced my way into third. In the second moto we made some small changes and it was an improvement. The score sheet said the same thing but I felt a lot more comfortable on my KX450F and I'm excited to bring that confidence and setup to Colorado next weekend.""Glen Helen went really well," said Grant. "This is my local track and I always love it here. The track was pretty beat up today and it suited my well. I'm really happy that I was able to come away with a 6-6 for sixth overall, and I've put myself in a good position in the championship heading into Colorado next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Glen Helen Raceway looking to capitalize on the momentum earned at Round 1 of the Pro Motocross series. Joey Savatgy and his teammates Arnaud Tonus, Adam Cianciarulo and rookie Austin Forkner looked fast in qualifying with Forkner fastest in second practice and second overall. Forkner maintained that speed after the gate drop of Moto 1, sitting in fifth place at the end of Lap 1, with Cianciarulo in seventh and points leader Savatgy working towards the front from 16th. After 10 minutes the No. 214 of Forkner had moved his way into fourth place and by the half-way mark Cianciarulo and Tonus sat eighth and ninth respectively. With ten minutes remaining Forkner had raced his KX™250F into podium position while Savatgy continued making passes in 12th. At the checkers Forkner claimed the final podium position of third in the third moto of his professional career, while Savatgy climbed his way to an impressive ninth with Tonus in 10th and Cianciarulo in 11th.At the start of Moto 2 Forkner again had a solid start, coming around Turn 1 in fourth with Savatgy close behind in eighth. By the end of the first lap Forkner was third, Savatgy ninth with Tonus and Cianciarulo in 14th and 15th respectively. With 18 minutes remaining Forkner continues to impress as he moved up to second, Savatgy up to eighth and Cianciarulo working up into 11th position. With just over 10 minutes remaining Forkner made a mistake, crashing at the top of the hill and relegating the No. 214 to sixth while Savatgy and Cianciarulo continued to push towards the front in seventh and 10th respectively. Forkner showed grit by giving it all he had and making a final pass before the checkers, ending the weekend in fourth overall with 3-5 moto finishes. Savatgy's 9-7 earned the No. 37 seventh overall, Cianciarulo left Glen Helen with an 11th overall (11-14) with Tonus just behind in 12th (10-15)."We're improving," said Cianciarulo. "Our starts improved a lot today and I felt strong for all 30 minutes in both motos. We're continuing to look forward and build on each race.""I felt way better this weekend," said Tonus. "Overall from the first practice to the end of the second moto I felt good. It's such a relief to finally see improvements in myself and the bike." "Today was great," said Forkner. "Practice went really well. When it came to the motos, I had two great starts and my first podium. In the second moto I felt much faster and was catching the lead group until I went down and finally ended fourth. Overall, to be beat by two, two-time champions isn't bad at all... I learned a lot today and I'm looking forward to Colorado.""Today didn't quite go our way," said Savatgy. "We started the day off on the right foot by qualifying well but couldn't quite get my starts dialed in, which hurt us in the long run. It's a long season and this is only one race of many, so I'm looking forward to rebuilding and heading to Colorado."

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May 22, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Handles the Competition at Hangtown

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac picked up right where he left off last season, setting the fastest time in qualifying for Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series at the Hangtown MX Classic. At the start of Moto 1, it was teammate Josh Grant with the jump on his Kawasaki KX™450F coming around Turn 1 in eighth place while Tomac came around in 12th. After 10 short minutes, Tomac had passed his way into seventh place and began putting pressure on the top-five. Five minutes later, when the halfway flag started waving, Tomac had positioned himself inside the top-five, where he would battle for a podium spot. Towards the end of the race Tomac had raced his way into third and was battling to keep the positon. At the checkered flag Tomac took fourth, while Grant rode to a solid eight place.Grant earned another great top-five start in Moto 2 with Tomac rounding Turn 1 in eighth. Tomac again would waste no time moving forward and within a few laps the No. 3 Kawasaki rider had made his way into fourth where he would stay for the remainder of the race. Tomac raced his way to an impressive third overall (4-4) with teammate Grant finishing eighth overall (8-8). Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Round 1 of the 2016 Pro Motocross season with the full roster of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus and rookie Austin Forkner ready to compete for the top step of the podium. The team wasted no time jumping out front in timed practice as Savatgy, Cianciarulo and Forkner qualified first, second and fourth respectively. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Savatgy on his Kawasaki KX™250F grabbing the holeshot, while the rookie Forkner sat eighth, Tonus was in 15th while Cianciarulo, who had an incident on Lap 1, crossed the line in 21st. At the 15-minute mark of Moto 1, Cianciarulo had made his way up into 12th place passing a total of nine riders by halfway, as the skies opened and the rain began pouring down. There was no stopping Savatgy as he rode flawlessly to his first moto victory with teammates Cianciarulo and Forkner finishing just outside of the top-10 in 12th and 13th while Tonus settled for 22nd. Moto 2 would see two different starts as a red flag caused a 10-minute delay and a complete restart. The restart would turn out to be beneficial for Savatgy and Forkner as they came around Turn 1 in second and third respectively. Forkner would battle inside the top-three for 20 minutes until a collision with another rider resulted in him going off track and falling back to seventh. Savatgy would wait until the five-minute mark to make his move for the lead, going 1-1 for first overall, with Forkner taking home an eighth overall (13-7) in his pro debut. Teammates Cianciarulo and Tonus finished a strong 13th (12-11) and 18th overall (22-15). "Overall, today went well," said Tomac. "I was feeling really good after timed practice and heading into Moto 1 with first gate pick. My starts weren't on point today as I started both motos mid-pack and had to work my way up through the field, but we learned a lot today and fourth place is a start that I can work with." "Today was good," said Grant. "Felt good to get out here and ride two strong and consistent races. I feel like I've got more to offer but for it being the first round, I'm okay with leaving here in eighth. Looking forward to Glen Helen next weekend." "I couldn't have asked for a better day," said Savatgy. "Qualified fastest and went 1-1 for first overall. In Moto 1, I made things easy on myself by pulling a holeshot and leading every lap. Got another good start in the second moto and waited until the 25-minute mark to make my move for the lead and took it home to the checkered flag." "First moto I rode really tight in the first half of the race but near the end was able to calm my nerves and make a few passes to finish 13th, said Forkner. "On the restart of Moto 2, my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki launched me out of the gate and I came around turn one inside the top-five. I rode really strong for the first 20-25 minutes by pacing the leaders. After deciding to back it down, I crashed and ended the moto in eighth, but that's definitely something I can build on. We learned a lot today and I had a blast.""In the first moto I crashed on the opening lap which set me back," said Cianciarulo. "From there it was all about salvaging a decent position. The second moto was better and I felt I rode well. Overall, I'm happy to have gotten through Round 1 safely and I'm looking forward to improve throughout the year. This is just a starting point.""Coming into Hangtown, I hadn't been able to ride or train as much as I've wanted to due to my shoulder I injured in supercross," said Tonus. "It's getting stronger every time I ride and our goal was to leave Hangtown with solid finishes and I believe that's what we did, so I'm happy with how today went.

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May 18, 2016

Kawasaki Congratulates Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki

Irvine, CA (May 17, 2016) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. would like to congratulate Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki on sweeping the top three positions in the AMSOIL Arenacross championship standings. Based in Muskegon, Michigan, Babbitt's became a Kawasaki dealer in 1981 and in the 35 years since, has become a cherished part of the Kawasaki family. 11 years ago Babbitt's started a race team by taking advantage of the Kawasaki Team Green™ KX Racer Support Program. Since then they have become an Arenacross powerhouse, earning eight championships."Eddie Babbitt and Team Manager Denny Bartz have always been a pleasure to work with," said Team Green Supervisor Ryan Holliday. "They're dedicated to the AMA Arenacross series and the results speak for themselves. The team is a prime example of what we look for in a partner to represent Kawasaki's racing efforts. In addition to the countless race wins and championships, the team now plays a critical role in the advancement of Team Green riders in the Road to Supercross program.""It's been great working with Kawasaki over the years," said Team Manager Denny Bartz. "We started with them in 2006 and 2007 competing in the BooKoo Arenacross series. Then in 2008 we competed in the AMA National Arenacross series now known as AMA AMSOIL Arenacross. It's been awesome to work with such a great company, starting with the Team Green program and working up to the Pro Kawasaki team. Our focus now is to have a professional and championship caliber race team and I feel we've been able to provide that for our riders. 11 years with Kawasaki in the books and many more to come."

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May 8, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Wins East/West Final - Tomac Scores Third Straight Podium

Irvine, CA (May 8, 2016) – Las Vegas played host to the final race of the 2016 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season. Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant prepared to leave it all out on the track in the rain soaked Sam Boyd Stadium. In 450 Heat 1 Grant earned a transfer to the Main Event with a fourth place finish while Tomac crossed the line third in 450 heat 2. After the final gate drop of the 2016 season, Tomac rounded Turn 1 in fifth with Grant in eighth. Before the end of the first lap Tomac had raced up into third, then went down and dropped back to ninth, but immediately put his head down and started working towards the front. In no time at all Tomac had cut through the group of riders in front of him and put his KX™450F back in a podium position. With two laps to go, while running in seventh, Grant was involved in an incident relegating him back to 11th place where he would remain until the checkers. Tomac continued to take time out of the leader until the end, crossing the line in third and earning his fifth podium of the 2016 season. "The conditions changed here in Las Vegas more than I've ever seen," said Tomac. "We started the day with a track that flowed really well and was in great condition. Then the rain started and we missed the second practice. The Night Show became an absolute mudder and one of the most challenging Monster Energy Supercross races of my career. I'm fortunate to get out of here with a third and I'm really excited to leave the season with a few podiums and some momentum for next year.""It was definitely an interesting weekend," said Grant. "With all the rain and how everything played out. I'm honestly excited to get that race done and now that the last Monster Energy Supercross is over I'd like to really thank the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for allowing me to come out and compete. I'll be building on the weekend off and bringing that speed into Hangtown and the rest of outdoors."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki headed to Las Vegas for the final race of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season for a 250 East vs. West combined points race with Joey Savatgy leading the four man Kawasaki team of Chris Alldredge, Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette. Heat Race 1 in the 250 class saw fast qualifier Savatgy gaining momentum by taking his seventh heat win of the season with teammate Alldredge crossing the line in second. In Heat Race 2 East competitors Bowers and Audette earned their tickets to the main by crossing the line fourth and seventh respectively. Savatgy showed his speed and determination from the word go, taking the holeshot with Alldredge close behind in second. At the end of Lap 1 Savatgy was setting the pace out front with Alldredge in fourth, Bowers sixth and Audette in ninth. Bowers and Audette fought through the mud and worked through the pack to cross the line in fourth and fifth respectively by the end of Lap 4. The race track continued to deteriorate throughout the main as Savatgy continued to control from the front and with two laps to go, Savatgy had a 20 second lead over the rest of the field. At the conclusion of the 12 lap Main Event it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Savatgy aboard the KX™250F taking his third win of the season, Audette in fifth and Bowers in seventh. Alldredge was involved in a last-lap incident. "This is what it's all about," said Savatgy. "I work hard during the week and I work hard all year, to end the season like this is great. We were fast in the dry and we got it done in the wet. It hurts that we lost the title but in the same breath we made a statement and ended the year very strong. I'll be here next year battling for the title.""My day started out really well," said Bowers. "I'm a bit of a mud rider so I was happy about the rain. In the heat and didn't get the start I wanted, but I made some good moves and ended up fourth. In the main I had inside gate, which had a great rut to the turn and then it all let go and I went right into the tough blocks. I raced my way up to fourth until the whoops ended up biting back. I got back up and was able to make a few more passes before the checkers and brought it home for seventh.""I qualified the best I have all season in Las Vegas," said Audette, "which gave me a good gate pick for the heat. I had a good start and transferred to the main with a seventh place finish. The Main Event was messy as it was still pouring rain for the entire 12 laps. My goal was to keep it on two wheels and finish in the top five which is exactly what I did. I'm happy to finish off the year with another great finish for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team."Tomac rode Las Vegas in custom gear with gold highlights and Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A 50th Anniversary logo to help celebrate Kawasaki's 50 years in the United States.

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May 8, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki and the KX250F Claim the Top Three Spots in Arenacross Championship

Irvine, CA (May 7, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season came to an exciting conclusion in the Orleans Arena Saturday night, with Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes finishing first, second and third respectively in the series championship standings. All three riders put in amazing rides in both Main Events as they swept the podium for the overall on the night. Despite winning both main events, Blose was unable to take the championship from his teammate Faith who finished second in both races. The championship podium sweep marks the sixth Arenacross title in seven years for Kawasaki and the KX™250F.In Main Event 1 Blose was strongest out of the gate, followed closely by Faith in second with Hayes in fourth. On Lap 2 Faith put in the fastest lap of the race while on a charge for the lead, but would think better of it and settle in for second. With five laps to go Hayes stuck his pass and moved into the final podium position. The running order of the top three would remain unchanged until the checkers for a Kawasaki podium sweep. In the second main the fans watched as Blose was bravest on the brakes yet again, crossing the line on Lap 1 in first, with Faith in third and teammate Hayes in seventh. After five laps Faith moved himself into second place where he would remain until the checkers, while Hayes started ticking off passes. When the dust settled on Main Event 2 it was déjà vu on the podium with Blose, Faith and Hayes finishing first, second and third respectively. This result earned Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki a one, two, three sweep of each Main Event, the Las Vegas event overall win and one, two, three sweep of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship!"It was a pretty nerve-racking day for me," said Faith. "It was the most pressure I've had in my career but I feel I handled it pretty well. In both mains I had good starts on my KX250F and ran up front, I finished behind Blose but I knew I didn't need to pass him to win the championship so I settled in and rode smart. It feels absolutely incredible to walk away with the No. 1 plate!" "It was an interesting day for the final round of AMSOIL Arenacross," said Hayes. "Practice started out a bit rough for me because we've been chasing our tail a bit trying to get my suspension dialed in. After practice I went back to my practice setup that I was running earlier in the year and immediately felt comfortable and was able to ride like myself. My team went one, two, three in both main events and in the overall championship. I ended up third in the series but I feel like I've matured and learned a lot this year. I was on a tear in the middle of the season with a 20-point lead until an injury kept me out for a couple races. Even with the races I missed I have the most Main Event wins out of anyone so I'm proud of how my season went." "Practice for me didn't go exactly as planned," said Blose, "but I came back and won the Head 2 Head Challenge and both Main Events. I'm bummed about ending the season second but it was really close to the win and I ended on a high note with tonight's results. I said I was going to let it all hang out tonight and that's exactly what I did, all I can do now is look forward to next year."

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May 6, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Prepares to Take Home the Arenacross Championship

Irvine, CA (May 6, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season has been packed with racing action, culminating with the Race to the Championship this weekend in the Orleans Arena of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki team of Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes have been a consistent threat for the podium and race wins all season long and are looking to capitalize this weekend with a championship. Faith currently sits atop the standings with an eight-point lead over Blose with Hayes in third, leaving the door open for a one, two, three in the overall championship."I'm really excited about Las Vegas this weekend," said Faith. "The last two weeks of training at the Carmichael farm went really well and I'm feeling good. This weekend I expect myself to do what I've been doing all year, get good starts, run up front and stay out of trouble. I have an eight-point lead so as long I'm smart hopefully I can come away with the tittle for my Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki team at the end of the night!""I'm looking forward to Las Vegas this Friday night," said Blose. "I'm eight points down, but it is Las Vegas and anything can happen. I plan on getting out front and hoping a little luck falls my way to get the championship, then I'll to run to the casino to put it all on RED!""I just want to go out with a bang and end the final round on a high" said Hayes. "It's been a tough Race to the Championship for me so I want to get out there and show everyone I'm the fastest guy."

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May 1, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Earns Second Consecutive Podium

Irvine, CA (May 1, 2016) – With only two rounds remaining in the 2016 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team arrived at MetLife Stadium ready for another visit to the podium. Eli Tomac transferred to the Main Event with a third in the second semi while Josh Grant transferred to the main with another win in the 450 Semi. At the gate drop of the Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn in seventh as teammate Grant was pushed wide and immediately began pressing forwards. After 10 laps of aggressive riding, Tomac moved into fifth place and continued charging toward the front. With four laps to go he made a pass for fourth and moments later put the No. 3 KX™450F in second place where he would remain until the checkers. Teammate Grant eventually crossed the line in 16th."I can really say I like it here," said Tomac. "I've had three podiums here in the past three years with my second place tonight. I had a really good day in practice, then my heat and semi didn't go exactly how I wanted but I still felt good heading into the Main Event. In the main I had to make a lot of passes in the first 10 laps but was eventually able to make a push for second. I did some exploring here and there for the right lines and ways around other riders, but I felt strong and am really happy with my result." "My day wasn't bad," said Grant. "I struggled a little bit with practice and then going into the main I didn't have the start I wanted. The track was very hard to pass on tonight and I got stuck in a groove, made a couple mistakes but bounced back the best I could. I was able to make a few passes and finally finished 16th. Back to work and looking forward to next weekend!"Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Gannon Audette and Tyler Bowers spent the past week preparing for this weekend in East Rutherford and showed up to MetLife Stadium confident. Audette made his way to the Main Event through a seventh place in the first heat, while Bowers transferred with a second place in the 250 Heat 2. In the Main Event, Bowers came around Turn 1 in third with teammate Audette in 13th. At the halfway point Audette had raced his way into ninth place while Bowers was in a battle for the podium. By the time the checkers flew Bowers crossed the line in fifth with Audette earning a seventh place. "My start wasn't what it typically is," said Audette. "I was able to make some good passes throughout the race though and ended up bringing it home for a seventh. I'm looking forward to next weekend and capping off the Supercross season on a good note.""My day went pretty well," said Bowers. "I went into the main with confidence after a good heat race. I had a pretty good start and tried to just tick off smooth and consistent laps. I'm really looking forward to Las Vegas next weekend, the combined race with East and West Coast is going to be a blast!"

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Apr 25, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith Sweeps and Extends Points Lead

Irvine, CA (April 25, 2016) – The three-man squad of Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki continued to prove they are a force to be reckoned with in AMSOIL Arenacross this weekend at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Riders Jacob Hayes and Chris Blose earned podium finishes throughout the weekend but it was Gavin Faith on top, cementing his points lead and once again taking sole possession of the red number plate. The Race to the Championship remains close with Faith out front leading teammate Blose by one point and Hayes close behind in third.NIGHT ONEBlose started out in control, winning the Head 2 Head Challenge and taking the additional championship point that comes along with it. In Main Event 1 Faith and Blose jumped out of the gate in second and third respectively, where they would remain for the entire 15 laps. Teammate Hayes made a few tough passes early on, but on Lap 9 was involved in an incident. Remounting in 13th, Hayes was able to make one final pass before the checkers, finishing 12th. In the second main, Blose rounded Turn 1 in second with Faith in fourth and Hayes pushing forward from sixth. Faith began ticking off passes on Lap 3, making the move for third and aiming in on Blose in second. On Lap 9 the tension erupted when Faith made a move on Blose, who immediately fought back. The battle would end with Faith taking the position and immediately begin taking time out of the leader. The gap proved to be too big for the handful of laps that remained, but Faith's 2-2 for the night proved to be enough for the overall victory, narrowly beating Blose in second with Hayes recovering from Main Event 1 for seventh overall (12-4).NIGHT TWOThis time it was Faith taking early control of the racing, narrowly beating out Blose in the Head 2 Head Challenge for the win and the additional championship point. However, in the first Main Event, it was Hayes with something to prove, taking the win in commanding fashion, leading all 15 laps along the way. Faith, who positioned himself in the lead early on Lap 1, was caught in another battle with teammate Blose, resulting in both riders going down on the first lap. Remounting in seventh, Faith began his charge to the front, making passes on Laps 2, 5, 8 and 11 on his way to a third place finish. Blose rejoined the race in 14th and was able to work his way back up to eighth before the checkers flew. In the second main Faith grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, taking a flag to flag victory. Blose rounded Turn 1 behind Faith and despite plenty of speed and consistency, would have to settle for second. Teammate Hayes rounded out the podium in third making it a Kawasaki KX™250F clean sweep and taking the three top spots in the Race to the Championship. Faith was crowned with the overall win (3-1) while Hayes redeemed himself with a 1-3 for second overall with Blose ending the night in fourth (8-2). "After lots and lots of changes to the suspension settings we found a place I was comfortable enough to race on," said Hayes. "I really started feeling like myself as the night went on Saturday and took the first main win which was good for me. In the second main, I started fifth and made some quick passes to get up to my teammates and just rode hard. I almost got Blose on the last lap but ended the night 1-3 for second overall. Not bad considering what we went through during the day." "Night One started off well," said Faith. "Being the fast qualifier in the morning and then my heat race went really well. In the first main I ended up third so Blose and I were tied again after he won the extra point in the Head 2 Head Challenge. In the second main I pulled the trigger early and got by him for the overall, so I was leading by one point going into Night Two. I qualified second, won my heat and won the Head 2 Head so the night started off really well. In the first main things got pretty crazy, I came around Turn 1 in third and passed for the lead in the whoops. The very next corner Blose dove up the inside and we ended up both going down. Luckily I was able to pick my bike up quickly and make some good passes, saving a ton of points. In the second main I earned the holeshot and lead wire to wire, taking the win and the overall. What else can I say, it was an awesome weekend for me." "The weekend had mixed results," said Blose. "Night One started off well with a Head 2 Head win and second overall, so the championship was still really close going into the second night. Then on Night Two I overcooked it a bit into a corner trying to pass for the lead and ended up going down. When I remounted I was in 14th so I knew I had my work cut out for me. All I could do at that point was focus on making as many passes as possible to salvage championship points. For the last two rounds I'm just going to take it race by race and leave it all out on the track."

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Apr 23, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Finishes Second in Foxborough

Irvine, CA (April 23, 2016) - Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, made its way to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for Round 15 of the 2016 season. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant arrived ready to perform after a week of hard work at the test track. In Heat Race 2, Tomac raced his way into a transfer spot by the halfway point, eventually taking the checkers in fourth. In the first semi Grant rode his KX™450F to a commanding win, leading from flag to flag. In the 450 Main Event, Grant carved around the first turn in second with teammate Tomac closely behind. Before the first lap was over Tomac put the No. 3 Kawasaki KX450F in third and sighted in on the front. On Lap 4 Tomac would make a clean, aggressive pass for second and spent the remaining laps putting a gap of over 16 seconds on third place. Teammate Grant rode through some issues later in the race and would eventually cross the line in 11th."This was the first race at Gillette Stadium and I ended it on the podium," said Tomac. "I rode like myself in the Main Event, made a few good moves in the first couple of laps and got in the mix early. I felt really good on the track and was able to do a few rhythms different than anyone else which really helped early on. After the halfway mark I had to settle in a bit but overall it was a huge improvement and I'm really happy.""The weekend went well," said Grant. "I struggled a little early on because of the mud, but the rain cleared up and the track was good for the races. I won my semi which is always good and gave me some momentum heading into the Main Event. I had another great start in the main that put me in a good position to mix it up early on. I couldn't quite find my groove and it cost me early on, but I was able to settle into seventh. Near the end of the race I made a mistake in the whoops and it cost me a few spots. Overall, I'm really happy with the progress I'm making, I'm looking forward to the last two rounds and then heading outdoors."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette headed to Gillette Stadium with their sights set on the podium. The Kawasaki duo started the day in Foxborough with Audette qualifying in sixth out 250 Heat Race 1, while Bowers controlled the second heat from the front on the way to his third heat race win of the season. In the Main Event Bowers and Audette rounded the first turn in fifth and seventh respectively, with Bowers quickly passing his way into third. A small mistake by Audette wouldn't hold him back for long, working his way back up to eighth by the halfway mark. Audette continued to push forward and took the checkers in seventh with teammate Bowers one position ahead in sixth. "The weekend started off with a really muddy practice," said Audette. "I qualified sixth, my best of the year, but then in the heat finished sixth, so I didn't have the best gate pick moving forward. My start was a little bit off in the main so I knew I had my work cut out for me. I put my head down, made some passes and ended up in a pretty lonely seventh, where I stayed until the checkers. There's two races left and I'm looking forward to improving for the next one!""The weekend started off with a bit of rain and mud," said Bowers. "Practice went well for me, then in the heat I lead from start to finish which was great for my confidence. In the main I had another great start from the very inside gate and came out third. I've spent the last few races getting caught up in the mayhem of the first five laps and it costs me later on, so I really tried to ride my own race today. I ended up sixth overall, which I know I'm better than, but I didn't have the same issues I normally do so my confidence is up and I'm looking forward to the next race."

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Apr 18, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith and Chris Blose Tie for Points Lead

Irvine, CA (April 16, 2016) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes rolled into the Tacoma Dome this weekend as AMSOIL Arenacross reached the halfway point of the Race to the Championship. When the dust settled in Tacoma, Washington it was Faith with the overall victory, moving the Kawasaki rider to the top of the overall championship standings, in a tie with teammate Blose at 126 points.In the first Main Event Hayes was the bravest on the brakes, grabbing the holeshot and immediately swapping positions with teammate Blose with Faith following closely behind in third. Hayes remained out front until he collided with a downed rider on Lap 4, handing the lead to Blose with Faith still in tow. Hayes would remount in fifth where he would remain until the checkers. Blose was under pressure from Faith for the remainder of the race but never cracked, as the pair would finish first and second respectively. In Main Event 2, Hayes rounded the first turn in second with Faith and Blose on his heels. Blose quickly raced by Faith until Lap 2, when an error in the rhythm section handed third back to Faith, where he would remain until the checkers. Blose remounted towards the back of the field and quickly started making passes, eventually crossing the line in seventh. Hayes settled into second waiting for the right chance to strike. That chance came with two laps to go as Hayes made the pass for the lead and on the last lap put down a pace no one could match, taking the victory by three seconds. Blose would end the night 1-7 for fifth overall, with Hayes in second (5-1) and Faith taking the overall win (2-3). "I started second in Main Event 1 and immediately passed for the lead," said Hayes. "I started to pull away when a lapper crashed in front of me, putting me in the dirt. I remounted, charged as fast as I could and ended up fifth. In the second main I came around Turn 1 in second, ran down the leader and made the pass for the win with two laps to go. I'm looking forward to better luck at the next one.""I had a great weekend in Tacoma," said Faith. "I started off by qualifying third, then raced to a second in my heat. For Main Event 1 I started third and crossed the line in second just behind Blose. In the second main I came out of the gate third again and knew if I held that position I would have the overall win. All I had to do from that point was ride smart which I did and my 2-3 was good for the overall!""The night started off really well," said Blose. "I had a great first main, coming away with the win. In the second main I was pushing towards the front until a mistake in the rhythm section stopped my momentum. I remounted and pushed as hard as I could and managed a seventh. Not the result I wanted but I'm still tied for the points lead and looking forward to the next round."

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Apr 16, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Gannon Audette Scores Another Top Five

Irvine, CA (April 16, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant passed through the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch on their way to The Dome at America's Center for Round 14 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Grant showed his speed early in the night by battling his way to a third place finish in 450 Heat 1. Tomac, who was fastest during morning qualifying, transferred to the Main Event from the second heat with a fourth place finish. Looking towards the main, Grant's best start of the season saw him rounding the first turn in fourth. Tomac hit a tough block on the inside of Turn 1 on the start, but remounted quickly and immediately began pushing towards the front. Grant kept the laps smooth and consistent to cross the finish line in sixth but he was penalized by race officials for not heeding a red cross flag, moving the No. 33 to an eighth place finish. Tomac showed his true heart by passing 15 riders on his way to a seventh place finish."This weekend definitely had its ups and downs," said Tomac. "I was fastest in qualifying and came out of my heat race in fourth. For the main I had a really good start until someone hit me from behind, pushing me into a tough block and bending my shifter. From that point on I put my head down and did as much as I could.""My weekend was awesome," said Grant "I really like the day format, I've never done one before and it was a unique experience. I qualified directly from the heat race again which is always a plus. As for the main, I'm still adjusting to the pace up at the front of the pack but I'm really happy with my sixth place. I'm looking forward to Foxboro and another chance to keep moving forward."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette rolled into St. Louis looking to capitalize on the momentum built from Audette's podium finish in Indianapolis. Audette and Bowers transferred into the Main Event with a pair of fourth place finishes in their qualifying heats. In the Main Event, Audette shot his KX™250F off the line, crossing the hole shot stripe in second while teammate Bowers was trapped behind a first turn pileup. Still on the first lap, Audette tangled with a tough block while trying to avoid another rider, tipping over and relegating the No. 61 to sixth as Bowers started pressing towards the front. By the halfway mark Audette and Bowers had raced their way through the field to fourth and fifth respectively. The racing action continued until the checkers, with Audette earning another top five finish (fifth) and Bowers crossing the line in ninth. "My weekend started pretty good," said Bowers. "Early in the day I was in the top three, my Kawasaki felt really good, and I sorted out a few minor issues in my heat. The big pileup in the first turn of the main completely stopped me and straight off I knew I had my work cut out for me. I put my head down and started clicking off passes. Unfortunately the hard push at the beginning of the race gave me arm pump towards the end and I wasn't able to finish where I feel I belong. Time to put it behind us and look towards next weekend.""It was another good weekend," said Audette. "We made progress in practice and went into the night show eighth fastest. Learned a bit more in my heat where I finished fourth. In the main I had another great start in second until a rider passed me and then almost immediately stalled in my line. While avoiding him I caught a tough block and ended up with a minor tip over. From there I just tried to put my laps together and came home with a fifth. Overall I feel it was a good weekend, not quite the podium I wanted but it's hard to complain about a top five. I'd like to give a special thanks to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for this incredible opportunity, I'm really looking forward to Foxboro next weekend."

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Apr 12, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Leaves Salinas Top-3 in Points

Irvine, CA (April 11, 2016) – The AMSOIL Arenacross series was back in California this weekend as the Race to the Championship made its way to its first open-air venue at Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, California. A weekend of rain in California's central coast ultimately condensed each Main Event from 15 laps to 12 and in the end produced intense action on the track. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith and Chris Blose lined up beside one another to face off in the Head 2 Head Challenge for the third consecutive weekend. Faith would come out victorious, earning a bonus championship point heading into the Main Events.When the gate dropped for Main Event 1, it was Faith on his KX™250F out front, with teammate Blose in tow. There was no catching the No. 3 Kawasaki as Faith built up a comfortable eight second lead to ride home to an impressive victory, while Jacob Hayes rode a strong race to battle his way from 10th to fifth. At the start of Main Event 2, Faith and Blose swung around Turn 1 in second and fourth respectively. Faith wasted no time in getting his Kawasaki into first and by Lap 4 Blose would follow his teammate to a podium position. Faith looked to be on his way to another victory, until a mistake in the rhythm section put the Kawasaki rider on the ground, handing off the lead and the overall. At the checkered flag Blose captured second with teammate Hayes in third, while Faith would cross the line in fifth. When all the dust settled, Blose managed to hold onto the Race to the Championship points lead by three markers over his fellow teammates Faith in second and Hayes in third. "Salinas was the first outdoor venue and of course it rains all day," said Blose. "The track was super muddy and technical in practice, but we ended up third. In my heat, I had a few great battles and qualified second. I knew starts would be key in the main and luckily I nailed the first one and came around third, made a quick pass into second and stayed there the entire race. In Main Event 2, I got off to a fourth place and once again made a quick pass into third before my teammate went down, allowing me to slide into second place. Overall, it was a great weekend, extending my points lead and coming out healthy from a crazy race track. Bring on Tacoma!" "This weekend was a lot of fun," said Faith. "I came out and won my heat, the Head 2 Head and Main Event 1. I was feeling good and comfortable but while leading the second main I got caught up with a few lapped riders and went down in the rhythm section. I went 1-5 for fifth overall, which was good after crashing." "It was an interesting weekend," said Hayes. "It rained nonstop on race day which made the track conditions very tricky. My starts weren't quite on point this weekend but I made a lot of early passes and was able to salvage a lot of points finishing third overall. I'm looking forward to Tacoma."

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Apr 10, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Gannon Audette Captures his First Podium in Indianapolis

Irvine, CA (April 9, 2016) - Saturday night played host to Round 13 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship in Indianapolis. The Night Show wasn't one to miss as Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant both qualified straight out of their Heat Races and set their sights on the Main Event. Tomac would rocket out of the gate on his KX™450F at the start of the Main Event, coming around Lap 1 in third. Tomac began putting in strong and consistent laps all but solidifying third place, until a lapper caused Tomac to check up on the face of a jump, resulting in a minor crash. Tomac remounted inside the top ten and at the checkers would cross the line in ninth with his fellow Kawasaki teammate Grant in 12th."You always have to expect the soft dirt and ruts in Indy," said Tomac. "My heat race went well, as I qualified straight into the Main Event. I got off to a great start in the main and had second for a bit until I settled into third. With just a few laps to go I came up on a couple lapped riders and had to check up before a double and ended up crashing.""Tonight's track might have been the most technical I've raced in my entire career," said Grant. "I was pumped to make it straight out of my Heat Race and into the Main Event. I got off to a good start in the main and after a few crazy opening laps, I settled down and rode my own race. I was able to pass a lot of riders in the second half of the race and finish 12th. Looking forward to climbing into the top-10 next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers and the team's newest rider Gannnon Audette started their nights out well as both Kawasaki's punched their ticket to the 250 Main Event, qualifying third and seventh respectively. When the gate dropped for the Main Event, it was the No. 61 of Audette on his KX™250F grabbing the holeshot and leading the opening lap. Audette would fade back to fifth as the laps ticked off, but the fire would reignite in the Kawasaki rider as he caught back up to fourth and began knocking on the door of a podium position. On the final lap, Audette raced his way into third and put his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F up on the podium. While teammate Bowers would ride smooth and consistent to an eighth place finish. "Today was awesome," said Audette. "The track was really fun tonight and I finished seventh in my Heat Race. I ended up starting pretty far outside of the gate but my Kawasaki hooked up great and I ended up getting the holeshot. I put in 15 solid laps and ended up with a podium. It was an awesome weekend." "Indy is always a technical track where you have to accept the deep ruts," said Bowers. "My heat race went great with a third place finish and I was looking forward to the main event. Unfortunately, I spun off the gate and came around Turn 1 near the back of the pack. I put my head down and began making passes and came home with an eighth place. I'm Looking forward on improving next week."

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Apr 4, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Chris Blose Sweeps Ontario

Irvine, CA (April 4, 2016) – The AMSOIL Arenacross series was back in action this weekend as the Race to the Championship officially began at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki picked up where they left off, taking the overall win on both nights.NIGHT ONEIn Main Event 1 Chris Blose jumped out to an early lead in the championship by taking his third win of the season on his KX™250F after a back and forth battle with teammate Gavin Faith. Faith would round out the podium in third while teammate Jacob Hayes crossed the line in sixth. In Main Event 2 Blose and Faith rounded Turn 1 in second and third respectively, where they would remain until the checkers. Hayes would push throughout the race, making multiple passes until he was finally halted by Faith and crossing the line in fourth. Blose's 1-2 results combined with the additional point for winning the Head 2 Head Challenge would give him the overall win, while Faith's 3-3 would earn him a second overall and Hayes would finish fifth overall with a 6-4 on the night. NIGHT TWOTeam Babbitt's riders Hayes, Blose and Faith got off to a great start Saturday night as all three Kawasaki riders qualified in the top three into the Main Events. When the gate dropped for Main Event 1, it was the No. 3 machine of Faith grabbing the holeshot with Hayes fourth and Blose in tow. Faith rode to a commanding win, leading every lap, while teammates Hayes and Blose rounded out the podium in second and third respectively. Main Event 2 saw Blose rounding Turn 1 in third while Faith and Hayes sat outside the top-five. Blose made the pass into second where he would remain until the checkered flag. The crowed were on their feet until the very last lap as the two Kawasaki riders Faith and Hayes were banging bars up until the checkered flag, with Faith edging out his teammate Hayes for the final spot on the podium. Blose would finish 3-2, taking the overall win again, while Faith's 1-3 ended him in second and Hayes in fourth with a score of 2-4."Ontario was great," said Blose. "I ended up claiming the overall both nights. First night I ended up winning my heat, head to head and the overall. Night two went just as well as night one. Luckily my head to head win gave me the extra point and the overall.""I had a really good weekend with second overall both nights," said Faith. "I rode a little tight on Friday but felt a lot better on Saturday and my starts were on point all weekend thanks to my KX250F. We just need to carry this momentum into next weekend." "I was a little off this weekend," said Hayes. "Although, we stayed in the battle every lap thanks to team having my bike dialed. I'm looking forward to nex

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Apr 3, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Joey Savatgy Earns his Fifth Podium of the Season

Irvine, CA (February 28, 2016) - The Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, made its way back to the West Coast for Round 12 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. After taking pole position in afternoon qualifying, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac headed into the night show with the speed and confidence to be on the top of the podium. Both Tomac and teammate Josh Grant qualified out of the semi final races with Tomac finishing runner up in Semi 1 and Grant taking the win in Semi 2. In the Main Event, Tomac and Grant would round Turn 1 in 14th and 18th respectively. By the half-way point Tomac had raced his way into the top 10 and would eventually work his way up to a final seventh place. Grant, who tangled with another rider early in the Main Event, carved his way through the pack and finished a hard earned 12th."We started off the weekend great after qualifying fastest in timed practice," said Tomac. "My starts were what really hurt me tonight as both in my heat and in the Main Event I started outside the top-10. I know my speed is there which is a good feeling, we just need to keep working and moving forward for the next five rounds." "This weekend was good and I felt like I brought a different intensity," said Grant. "I felt comfortable on the bike due to some changes made at the test track over the week and it paid off. I won Semi 2, which felt great, and I'm happy with the way I rode. In the Main Event I crossed bars with another rider and made a mistake before the first four laps were over. I came back to finish 12th and felt a lot more comfortable in the middle and later laps in the race. The track was very technical and difficult, so I'm happy that I was able to come from behind to finish where I did."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki wasted no time in getting to the lead Saturday night as the riders competing for the West Region championship returned to the track. Joey Savatgy and teammate Chris Alldredge came around Turn 1 in first and second respectively for Heat Race 1. Savatgy rode smooth and consistent to a Heat Race win with Alldredge coming home in fourth. When the gate dropped for the 250 West Championship Main Event, Savatgy rounded out Lap 1 in eighth place and quickly began his charge to the front. By Lap 5, Savatgy had moved into fifth and began battling for a podium position. Despite being held up by a couple lappers, Savatgy crossed the line in third, while teammate Alldredge finished 14th. Savatgy heads into the final round of the 250 West Championship in second overall and within striking distance of the points leader. "The Main Event, all-in-all it was good," said Savatgy. "After a rough start I tried to put in a solid 15 laps. We moved our way forward and in the middle I started to catch the two riders ahead of me and really closed the gap. Unfortunately, a couple of lappers held me up and it didn't help my push towards the front. I'm leaving Santa Clara on my own two feet and scored some good championship points. Now it's time to keep the ball rolling, keep pushing and come out swinging at Las Vegas.""I qualified fourth out of my Heat Race today, which I was happy with," said Alldredge. "The Main Event did not go how I wanted it to, but my crash from practice this morning left me sore. It was difficult to keep my normal pace with everything that happened, but I pushed as hard as I was able to. It's not the result I wanted, but I'll keep after it and come back strong at the next round."

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Mar 21, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Captures his Eighth Top-Five Finish of the Year

IRVINE, CA (March 21, 2016) – Eli Tomac was joined by Josh Grant as the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team entered Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, held in the "Motor City" of Detroit. Tomac started off the night with a second place finish in Heat 1, while Grant had the opportunity to turn a few extra laps, qualifying out of Semi 1. After the gate drop of the Main Event, Tomac and Grant started off mid-pack and immediately began moving forward. Consistent laps and smooth lines allowed Tomac to race his way into fifth place at the finish. While working towards the front, Grant was involved in a mid-air collision with another rider. Fortunately Grant was able to remount his KX™450F and continue moving forward, eventually crossing the line in 12th. "Today started off really well with two great qualifying sessions," said Tomac. "I went on to finish second in my heat and felt confident heading into the Main Event. In the Main Event, I started mid-pack and made some early passes to get into the top five. Overall, Detroit went well and I'm happy with where we ended." "My day went really well," said Grant. "I qualified well and put myself in a good position for the heat. I made a little mistake, ended up going into the Semi and qualified into the Main Event from there. I didn't have the start I wanted but was able to make some good passes and I'm happy with how it ended up. My goal was to finish strong and have a successful day, unfortunately another rider took me down, but all things considered I feel I accomplished my goal. I'm looking forward to spending time on the bike with the team, through the weekend off and coming back strong for Santa Clara."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers & Arnaud Tonus continue to improve every weekend. Both riders qualified out of Heat 1 as Bowers took a commanding win with teammate Tonus close behind. When the gate dropped at the start of the 250 Main Event, it was Tonus who rounded Turn 1 out front on his KX™250F. The rider out of Switzerland would lead the field for five strong laps until a mistake in the whoops on Lap 6 resulted in a DNF. Bowers, who was taken down by another rider in Turn 1, began carving through the competition on his Kawasaki and by Lap 9 had passed 17 competitors. At the checkered flag, Bowers rode to an incredible fourth place finish, a season best."My day in Detroit was pretty good," said Bowers. "My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki worked really well straight off, allowing me to set quick times early on in the sessions and qualify in a great spot. I won my second Heat Race this year, which is another step forward for me. Unfortunately I was tied up with another rider in Turn 1, but was able to charge through, ride my race and keep on my lines. Next thing I knew I was in fourth and could see third right ahead of me. I'm really happy with my fourth place finish and I'm looking forward to coming back from the break!"

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Mar 21, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Captures his Eighth Top-Five Finish of the Year

IRVINE, CA (March 21, 2016) – Eli Tomac was joined by Josh Grant as the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team entered Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, held in the "Motor City" of Detroit. Tomac started off the night with a second place finish in Heat 1, while Grant had the opportunity to turn a few extra laps, qualifying out of Semi 1. After the gate drop of the Main Event, Tomac and Grant started off mid-pack and immediately began moving forward. Consistent laps and smooth lines allowed Tomac to race his way into fifth place at the finish. While working towards the front, Grant was involved in a mid-air collision with another rider. Fortunately Grant was able to remount his KX™450F and continue moving forward, eventually crossing the line in 12th. "Today started off really well with two great qualifying sessions," said Tomac. "I went on to finish second in my heat and felt confident heading into the Main Event. In the Main Event, I started mid-pack and made some early passes to get into the top five. Overall, Detroit went well and I'm happy with where we ended." "My day went really well," said Grant. "I qualified well and put myself in a good position for the heat. I made a little mistake, ended up going into the Semi and qualified into the Main Event from there. I didn't have the start I wanted but was able to make some good passes and I'm happy with how it ended up. My goal was to finish strong and have a successful day, unfortunately another rider took me down, but all things considered I feel I accomplished my goal. I'm looking forward to spending time on the bike with the team, through the weekend off and coming back strong for Santa Clara."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers & Arnaud Tonus continue to improve every weekend. Both riders qualified out of Heat 1 as Bowers took a commanding win with teammate Tonus close behind. When the gate dropped at the start of the 250 Main Event, it was Tonus who rounded Turn 1 out front on his KX™250F. The rider out of Switzerland would lead the field for five strong laps until a mistake in the whoops on Lap 6 resulted in a DNF. Bowers, who was taken down by another rider in Turn 1, began carving through the competition on his Kawasaki and by Lap 9 had passed 17 competitors. At the checkered flag, Bowers rode to an incredible fourth place finish, a season best."My day in Detroit was pretty good," said Bowers. "My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki worked really well straight off, allowing me to set quick times early on in the sessions and qualify in a great spot. I won my second Heat Race this year, which is another step forward for me. Unfortunately I was tied up with another rider in Turn 1, but was able to charge through, ride my race and keep on my lines. Next thing I knew I was in fourth and could see third right ahead of me. I'm really happy with my fourth place finish and I'm looking forward to coming back from the break!"

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Mar 13, 2016

Eli Tomac Scores Another Top Five in Toronto

Irvine, CA (March 13, 2016) – Eli Tomac of the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team headed to Toronto, Ontario this weekend for Round 10 of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Hot off his win at Daytona, Tomac carried momentum into a dominating win in 450 Heat 1. Narrowly escaping an incident on Lap 1, Tomac pushed his way to the front early in the 450 Main Event. By the end of the night Tomac rode a smooth, consistent race to bring his Kawasaki home in fifth. "We're leaving Canada with a fifth place," said Tomac. "We had a great practice, rode really well in the heat and tried to carry that speed into the Main Event. Once the Main Event started I got my KX™450F out of the gate really well, avoided the incident on the first lap and then made the pass into the lead. From there I just didn't feel exactly how I needed to get the job done. I'm looking forward to next weekend and will build off what I learned tonight." The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Arnaud Tonus and Tyler Bowers headed to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, looking to continue building momentum and speed. Bowers started the night off strong by taking his first heat win of the season in commanding fashion, while Tonus transferred out of 250 Heat 1 as well. In the 250 Main Event Tonus unfortunately tangled up with another rider and ended Lap 1 in 15th, while teammate Bowers came through in fourth. Bowers raced his way into second by Lap 8 when he was unfortunately involved in an incident, re-joining competition inside the top ten. When the checker flag flew, Tonus had raced his KX™250F up to a 10th place finished while Bowers crossed the line in 11th. "Tonight was an improvement," said Bowers. "I felt really good in practice and had a good plan for the night, which paid off with a heat win. I tried to stick with the same plan and keep it smooth for the Main Event, when I decided to make my move for the lead I made a mistake and went down. I picked myself up and fought back for as many points as possible. All things considered I'm happy to have my Heat Race win, next up is the Main Event.""The weekend had its ups and downs," said Tonus. "I rode a little tight early on but started to get my rhythm later in the day. In the Main Event I was forced off track on the first lap and from that point on I had a few issues due to the crash that were holding me back. I'm looking forward to Detroit and moving forward."

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