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Dec 2, 2018

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

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

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Oct 14, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Wins “Monster Million” and Joey Savatgy Podiums in 450 Class Debut

Las Vegas is a place known for risk taking and defying the odds, and on Saturday night that is exactly what the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team did as Eli Tomac became the first two-time winner of the Monster Energy Cup, and captured the "Monster Million" by sweeping all three races. Racing in the premier class for the first time was the No.17 of Joey Savatgy, whose textbook starts and consistency throughout the night was able to land him on the podium in third place overall.Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac started the day out by qualifying second for the night program, while teammate Joey Savatgy followed close behind in fourth position. Also joining the team for the weekend was No. 43 Tyler Bowers, who qualified in 13th place. As the sun set and the fans packed the stadium, the stage was set with a million dollar prize on the line for a rider who could win all three 10-lap races in the premier class. In Main Event 1, Savatgy was able to snag a holeshot aboard his all-new 2019 KX™450 with his teammate Tomac in tow. Tomac was able to quickly get by Savatgy and move into the lead by lap three where he would check out from the competition for the remainder of the race. Savatgy shuffled back a few positions and finished the race in fifth place. The second race of the night was almost identical to the first with Tomac taking the holeshot this time and winning by a large margin with Savatgy crossing the line in sixth place. Unfortunately, Bowers' night would end early after he tangled with a downed rider in Main Event 2.The pressure was on Tomac with the largest payday in motorcycle racing as he lined up for Main Event 3 with $1,000,000 on the line, Savatgy would make it a KX450 holeshot sweep for the night as he nabbed the holeshot once again and began to check out from the field. Tomac suffered from a poor start that left him in seventh place by the end of the first lap. Tomac would spend the next nine laps hunting down the competition and slicing his way to the front. The crowd was standing on their feet and cheering as it came down to the last lap. Tomac closed the gap on his Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate and made the pass in the back section of the track to sweep the night and secure the Monster Million. "This is crazy," said Tomac. "To become the first two-time winner of the Monster Energy Cup and winning the "Monster Million" is just insane. My 2019 KX450 was running so well all night, our starts were dialed, the suspension was perfect; it all just came together, and I couldn't be happier right now. It was a great team win tonight. To also have a fan defy the odds and win a million bucks because I won is just insane!"A new wrinkle was added to this year's Monster Energy Cup, one lucky fan, Jesse Hebert from Greenbelt, Maryland also won a $1 Million Grand Prize after successfully predicting Tomac would race his way to the "Monster Million.""Man, I am so pumped," said Savatgy. "I am so thankful to be a part of this Monster Energy Kawasaki team. It truly feels like family over here and I am excited for what 2019 has to offer! My KX450 was a rocketship all night long and helped put me on the podium." Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green™ amateur riders also hit the Las Vegas track on Saturday night looking to become champions. Chance Hymas led Team Green by finishing third place in his first Monster Energy Cup race aboard his KX™100 in the Supermini class. Teammate and defending Amateur All-Star Amateur class champion Seth Hammaker put together a 2-5 performance aboard his KX™250 which saw him finish just off the podium in fourth.

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Oct 8, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Leads Team U.S.A. at 71st Annual Motocross of Nations

At the 71st annual FIM Monster Energy® Motocross of Nations, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider and Team U.S.A. captain Eli Tomac experienced all-time levels of American patriotism on his way to finishing fourth overall in the MXGP classification. While overcoming the elements and track conditions, Tomac and his fellow U.S.A. teammates, Justin Barcia and Aaron Plessinger persevered together to represent their country and went on to capture sixth overall. Known for its dynamic track layout and diehard fan base, RedBud became only the fourth venue in the United States to host the FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations since its inception in 1947 and saw a large crowd as fans from across the world showed up to support their countries. Although RedBud is a track the Americans are accustomed to, the track conditions for the weekend were anything but familiar and the MXoN schedule was an adjustment as well. The event expanded over two days with practice and qualifying occurring on Saturday and all three races following on Sunday. After qualifying ninth, Team U.S.A. was motivated to defend their homeland, but it wouldn't come easy as a deluge of downpours overnight and early in the morning added to the muddy track.Race 1 (MXGP and MX2) saw Tomac out of the gate in ninth and aggressively made his way up to sixth by the third lap, following fellow Kawasaki rider Tommy Searle (Bike It DRT Kawasaki) of the United Kingdom right in front of him. Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team rider Clément Desalle of Belgium started just outside of the Top 10 but managed to power his way through the mud quickly, finding himself right behind Tomac halfway through the race. With 1:45 left on the clock, Tomac uncorked"LaRocco's Leap" to gain time on Searle, who was running fourth for most of the race until running into some complications, forcing him to retire from the race. Tomac went on to finish fourth, Desalle followed in fifth.After grabbing the holeshot aboard his KX™450F in Race 3 (MXGP and Open), Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Team rider Alessandro Lupino assisted Team Italy to an impressive second place overall, only missing the top spot by two points. Lupino maintained good speed throughout the race to finish in fifth position and second overall in the Open classification (12-5). Unfortunately, Tomac got off to a bad start in the mud, forcing him to play catch up for the entirety of the race. Tomac fought his way up to seventh before running out of time, while Searle would round out the Top 10, going 34-10 for 11th overall. When all the motos were combined, with the lowest finish thrown out, Team U.S.A. finished sixth overall."This event has been an incredible experience," said Tomac. "Obviously this wasn't the result we were looking for and I know I have some work to do but I'm honored to have been chosen to be part of this race and to represent our country. The weather and track conditions made it very difficult and I've never seen RedBud like this before, but it was a great opportunity to learn some things we may not have been able to replicate in a testing situation. It's been an honor and I've really enjoyed the entire experience. The fans were awesome!"

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Oct 7, 2018

Silver for Alessandro Lupino and Italy

Alessandro Lupino of the Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Team put in a stunning performance at the Motocross of Nations, the FIM World Motocross Team Championship, to steer Italy to second place. Both the twenty-seven year old and his senior colleague Antonio Cairoli had spent a painful week after heavy crashes in the final MXGP of the year at Imola, but both gritted their teeth and Lupino's superbly-prepared KX450F got him to the first turn in front in each of his races on a heavy track saturated by three days of rain at the Red Bud facility in the northern US state of Michigan. Unfortunately he got out of shape on acceleration out of the first turn in his opening moto and the loss of momentum saw him relegated to twenty-fifth before making a sensational comeback to twelfth. There was no such mishap in his second race as he took the holeshot award and maintained his top three placing for more than twenty minutes until two riders who had enjoyed a longer break since their opening rides finally wore him down. But his fifth place was vital in securing the event silver medal for Italy. Alessandro Lupino: « I'm really happy with this podium for Italy, event if we have little pain in the stomach because Cairoli and I each made a mistake in our first motos and that cost us probably the win! On the other hand we were also lucky as many things happened with this weather, but missing the victory by two points is difficult to accept! We have to be happy, because seven days ago we were not even sure to come as both Antonio and I were injured and we have ended the weekend on the podium. Last week everyone in the team was crying, and today everyone is laughing! I want to thanks the federation and my team Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki, also my coach Christian Ravaglia who helped me a lot. We have had a good season together and we're confident for next season, but now it's time for some holidays with my family in Corsica and Sicilia after a long season as I had thirty-two races on my schedule this year. » The other Kawasaki riders each suffered misfortune during the hectic early laps of racing but Eli Tomac of the American arm of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team as his country's top scorer in each of his races with fourth and seventh places, whilst European colleague Clement Desalle put in a stunning ride to fifth place in his opening ride after being dragged to the ground by a fallen rival at turn one. Britain's Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki raced through the pack to tenth in his second ride after unselfishly leaving the team's best gate to his partner.

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Sep 30, 2018

Clement Desalle Third In The MXGP World Series

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team has taken the bronze medal in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship and Kawasaki finished second in the Manufacturers Championship. Twenty-nine year old Desalle clinched third place in the final series rankings with two more solid rides at Imola in northern Italy to secure a safe third on the day; it was his ninth podium finish of the twenty race season, during which he was the only rider to defeat both the defending and newly-crowned world champions. Clement gated well in both GP motos and, with the larger picture in mind, put in two sensible no-risk rides on a slippery surface to take third place in each race, thus cementing his hold on third in the final standings. His forty-point haul also ensured that Kawasaki ended the series as the highest-placed Japanese manufacturer in the series. Clement Desalle: « It was a good season. I was consistent and avoided any injury, in contrast to other recent seasons which I was unable to finish. One GP win; for sure I would have liked more but that's not easy with Herlings and Cairoli around, but I won't give up and will continue to work hard with the team and the new bike to bring Kawasaki even more success. I'm sure the new bike will have great potential, and I'm really happy to work with this team; it's important for me to be happy doing what I do, and with the KRT boys we've a great relationship from the mechanics to the boss and the manager. I'm happy with the season; nine podiums, no injuries and a medal placing in the final standings are a good result and I'm sure we can do even better as we know each other really well. I have a great feeling on the bike and every year e make little adjustments to be even better so I'm confident for the future. This weekend was different than the other races; I wanted the series podium so much that I rode safe and to end the season with a podium is great. »Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber also excelled at Imola to claim fourth overall in the GP. The twenty-four year old also enjoyed a series of impressive starts throughout the weekend, advancing strongly from sixth to take the checkered flag in fifth and fourth. He ended his rookie season in the premier MXGP world series in eleventh place despite missing to mid-season rounds through injury. Julien Lieber: « It was a great weekend; my best one for a long time! I had a good rhythm all weekend long and today I could gain many places through the first two turns and then had to battle with Simpson in both races to finish fifth. I finish my first MXGP season with a fourth place overall; it's a great way to end the season! I want to thanks the team. They have always been behind me; we had some ups and downs with injury but they always worked hard. I can't wait to test the new bike; the motivation is there after such a good result." After an impressive qualification Alessandro Lupino pulled a fantastic holeshot in the opening GP moto on his Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki but was unfortunately involved in a collision with another rider during the early stages of the race and had to withdraw from the second race. Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki was another rider to suffer from contact with rivals during the hectic early laps but he persevered to finish twelfth and sixteenth.

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Sep 30, 2018

A Fifth For Marshal Weltin In Italy

Marshal Weltin of the F&H Racing Team raced to a career-best fifth-placed moto finish in the final round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Imola in northern Italy. The American showed tremendous pace in both motos around the artificial track built at the famous tarmac facility which has hosted F1 car GPs and in recent years World Superbike. Even a midfield start in the first moto as he as caught off-guard at the start gate could not destroy his confidence and he tore through the pack from an initial fifteenth to claim fifth at the checkered flag. The second race followed a similar pattern as he chased through to eleventh place before a crash in the waves section cost him any hopes of a further scoreline. Marshal Weltin: "I have some mixed emotions about today; it was a bit of a roller coaster. The first moto was mega; I came from seventeenth to fifth and felt so aggressive. The second moto I was riding a similar race to moto one but then I made a pretty big mistake. I looped out in the waves and fell down on the tarmac; it really hurt my overall score so I'm not pleased with how I ended the season. The F&H bike was perfect all weekend and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity they have given me. I'm grateful I ended the season healthy with no injuries and now I'm excited to go home and see my family in Michigan for the first time in more than six months."F&H teammate Adam Sterry as another making early progress to eleventh place in race one until he aggravated a foot injury which cost him any hope of points. He bravely returned for race to secure seven points for fourteenth place. Adam Sterry: "I was happy with my speed during the early laps of the first moto as I moved forward from fourteenth to eleventh but then I hit my bad foot on the ground again. I was in a lot of pain, couldn't change gear and lost a lot of places. After a rest I was able to finish fourteenth in race two, but now I need to rest my foot for several weeks so that the ligaments can recover and we can start testing for next season." The Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki duo of Brian Moreau and Pierre Goupillon each got their first taste of GP action as the European EMX250 series they normally contest had been concluded to weeks previously. Moreau completed his GP debut sixteenth from thirteenth and fifteenth-placed moto finishes, whilst Goupillon took seventeenth place in race one. Brian Moreau: "It was a great weekend for me, even if I had to start from the thirty-fourth gate after a problem with the transponder in the qualifying race. It was my first experience of riding a GP and the race format is very different to that in the European series. I got a good start in the first race; I started tenth and finished thirteenth which was not bad. My second start was even better as I was fifth for the first six laps but then I felt tired and lost several positions to finish fifteenth but it was a good experience and will help me for the future."

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Sep 25, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Race Team Introduces 2019 Roster

Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team returns with a team of familiar faces looking to continue their winning ways in 2019. Kawasaki had a successful year in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross in both classes, accruing a second-consecutive motocross championship and 20 overall event wins. For 2019, the Monster Energy Kawasaki roster will feature two-time defending AMA Pro Motocross Champion Eli Tomac, and making his premier class debut, graduating from the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is the No. 17 of Joey Savatgy."We are well into preparations for the 2019 season," said Monster Energy Kawasaki race team Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. "We have a strong team and a unique opportunity where our riders are really looking forward to riding the all-new KX™450 motorcycle. The entire team is prepared and excited for the new season and the success that lies ahead."Fresh off of winning the 450MX Championship, Tomac will get straight to work on the all- new 2019 KX450 and keep the momentum going as he represents the United States at the FIM Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on October 6-7th at RedBud. Tomac and his new stable-mate Joey Savatgy will then head to Las Vegas on October 13th to battle in the desert for the coveted "Monster Million" at the annual Monster Energy Cup. Marking his fourth year with Kawasaki, Tomac relentlessly proves to be a top contender in the premier class after his substantial success in 2018 and having won 50 percent of both the supercross and motocross races over the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Savatgy embraces the new challenges ahead of him of being in the premier class with a longer season, and all new competition. Returning to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team for 2019 aboard their KX™250 motorcycles are Adam Cianciarulo, Austin Forkner, Martin Davalos, and Garrett Marchbanks. Seasoned veterans, Davalos, Cianciarulo, and Forkner have proven they are a force to be reckoned with each weekend, while young gun Garrett Marchbanks aims to add his name to the long list of historic champions that have competed under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki awning. This will be Marchbanks' first full season with the team. Cianciarulo, Forkner and Marchbanks are all products of the industry-leading Kawasaki Team Green™ program."We have a great team for the 2019 season," said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. "I intend to provide all the necessary tools to our riders to help them reach their full potential. I have high expectations for them and know they will all do well each weekend." The 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship drops the gate on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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Sep 16, 2018

Clement Desalle Maintains Third In The MXGP Standings

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team emerged from the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Assen to head to the series finale third in the standings. The Belgian, a winner two years ago at the tortuous sand track in front of the main grandstand at the famous facility, rode two solid races to protect his series ranking and takes a twenty point advantage over his closest rival for third place in the series final standings. An incident early in the opening moto when he touched with another rider nullified a good start, but Clement persevered to regain those lost positions before a minor technical issue ended his charge and he had to be content with ninth place at the checkered flag. He maintained seventh place throughout race two, his chances of advancing to sixth spoiled when he was delayed in passing a lapped rider. Clement Desalle: « It was a strange weekend for me, as I have some bad memories from last year but I also won here in 2016! We worked with the team on sandy tracks after Turkey, and we made some little improvements to the setup so that's good for the future. My first start wasn't too bad, but in the first two corners I nearly crashed and hit another rider with my elbow. I was outside the top fifteen but I came back to seventh before I had a small technical issue in the last ten minutes and couldn't keep the same rhythm so I lost two positions to finish ninth. My second start was better; I was seventh and kept that position until the end; at one stage I was close to the sixth place, but a lapper didn't move over and cost me contact. I will continue to work hard; I'm still third in the championship but it's not yet completely secure and I want this podium in the final standings. »Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber also made excellent starts to finish tenth in each moto despite surrendering a few places during the early laps each time, and another to surrender places during the hectic first few turns was Bike It DRT's Tommy Searle. Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki inevitably felt the effects of an enforced pause in his training schedule to allow a knee injury to recover, but persevered to sixteenth in each moto and showed powerfully the advances the team has made with bike setup as he gated second in the opening moto. Julien Lieber: « It was a pretty good weekend for me; my best one since I came back in Indonesia. Twice I got a good start but lost some positions during the first few laps; in the second race I went out of the track in the waves section and lost a couple of positions. It was a consistent weekend with a tenth position in each race; a good step in the right direction. » Tommy Searle: "The first two turns here were a bit of a lottery. Yesterday I didn't get out of the gate so well, but I had a good first two turns and came out in the top ten; today I gated well, but I was always in the wrong place and I wasn't even in the top twenty after a few corners. I rode well in that race to get back to twelfth." Alessandro Lupino: "My knee is much better again after two weeks rest, but of course I missed riding a little and sand is always difficult for an Italian so I was pretty satisfied with the results. I will be spending a lot of time practicing with the team in the sand this winter to improve my technique. And did you see my start in the first race? I nearly holeshot and that is very positive for the future. I am really looking forward to ending the season on a high note at my home GP in Imola."

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Sep 16, 2018

Adam Sterry Ninth at Assen

Adam Sterry of the F&H Racing Team took his Kawasaki to ninth overall in the Dutch round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the sandy track built in front of the main grandstand at Assen. The sand is laid down specially for this event at the famous tarmac venue and inevitably reacts slightly differently to the natural sandy tracks in the Netherlands and demanded full concentration at all times. Two falls during qualification on Saturday cost Sterry a better placing on the grid and he found himself chasing throughout both motos for his eventual tenth and eighth placed finishes in the two GP motos. Teammate Marshal Weltin also persevered in the conditions so strange to a rider brought up in the USA and was rewarded with fifteenth and thirteenth placings. Adam Sterry: « The results are not really what I was hoping for, but after the two crashes on Saturday I didn't have such a good gate pick today. Eighth and tenth; my riding could have been so much faster, especially in the sand but the ground is strange here and I never felt completely comfortable all weekend. But it was the same for everyone and I should have been riding better in myself; now we'll focus on the final round to end the season on a high."

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Sep 2, 2018

Third podium in a row for Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced onto the podium of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship for the third consecutive weekend with third place at Afyon in Turkey.The Belgian quickly settled into fourth place in the opening GP moto and, adapting ever more to the extremely fast track, he maintained his lap times to retain his position to the finish. In race two the Kawasaki rider took the holeshot award, the team's second success in three weeks, and, although quickly demoted by the championship leader, he again found a good rhythm to set fast consistent lap times and secure the overall podium with third place in the moto. He goes to the final two GPs with a twenty-eight point margin over his closest rival for third place in the final championship standings. Clement Desalle: "I'm really happy with my third podium in a row. I didn't feel so good yesterday because this new track was so fast and we were on the limit but the track developed really well through the weekend; today it was really technical and I felt better every time I rode. The team has been working really hard on small details to get us ever closer to the win but it is not easy against Herlings. It was a good feeling for the team to get another holeshot award today after my teammate also got one in Switzerland." With a painful leg after his crash last week in Bulgaria, Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber was restricted to thirteenth place in each moto but Bike It DRT Kawasaki's Tommy Searle raced to tenth place overall from 10-9 moto finishes. The Englishman posted his most consistently fast laps in the closing stages of each race though, aware of the dangers in the extreme heat at altitude, he had surrendered one place in the hectic early laps each time. Tommy Searle: "It was a consistent weekend. I think my riding was a big improvement from some of the other races this year. I was in control and enjoyed my riding; I could change my lines and felt comfortable but I didn't push enough in the middle of the races because of the heat. I was strong at the end of both races, but I needed to be more aggressive earlier to pass the sort of guys who passed me early in the races. The track got better and better throughout the weekend; yesterday it was flat and fast but today it became more technical." Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki again had to be careful to protect a recent knee injury but rode sensibly and fast to finish twelfth in race one and advance to a gutsy tenth place in race two. Alessandro Lupino: "I again had a good feeling on my bike, but my knee injury is still troubling me. I didn't do any more damage this weekend but it gets into your head when you know that the injury is there. Anyway, I made good points again in both motos and now we have two weeks to the next race. The doctor told me that the injury will heal with ten days' rest, so I am optimistic that I can be back to my best form for the final GP at Imola in my Italian homeland."

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Aug 26, 2018

Another Podium for Clément Desalle in Bulgaria

Clément Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team consolidated his third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his seventh podium of the series in the Bulgarian GP. The old-school track at Sevlievo, baked hard by temperatures in the mid thirties, demanded respect and skilled riding so the elegant Belgian was well-placed to continue his impressive season. He started third in the first moto and fourth in the second race and displayed the concentration to maintain these positions to the checkered flag each time. The combined results earned him third position overall in the GP and ensured that he retains a comfortable thirty-two point advantage over his closest rival for third in the championship as the series heads into the final three rounds. Clément Desalle: "It's good to be consistent with another podium. I'm a little disappointed with a few mistakes which I made, but I still got the podium. Now it's important to stay consistent through the last three GPs to maintain my third place in the championship standings." His KRT teammate Julien Lieber showed a return to the impressive speed he displayed earlier in the season before injuries intervened. He quickly made several passes on the opening lap of the first moto to advance to seventh place and maintained the pace of the top six to the checkered flag. The Belgian looked set to repeat this form in race two but a freak incident as his foot caught in the frame and prevented him from applying the rear brake saw him crash off the track heavily but fortunately without injury. Julien Lieber: "I saw already yesterday that I am getting back to the speed I had before my injuries and I made some good passes in the first race to finish seventh. I also had the same speed as the guys ahead of me, but it wasn't easy to pass here. Gajser hit me in the first turn of race two and then I had a big crash at the back of the track. I caught my foot in the frame; I couldn't brake and went over the bank into the fence. I'm a little frustrated not to have got the result I deserved, but I will take the positive points of my riding to Turkey next week." Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki and Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki each bounced back from misfortune during qualification to post good scores in each GP moto. The Englishman secured tenth in the GP from thirteenth and eighth place motos, whilst the Italian defied a knee injury to finish one further back from twelfth in each race. Tommy Searle: "It was just one of those things yesterday. They had to water the track and some places were really slippery; I crashed in a rut at the bottom of a hill. The throttle grip and my gloves were covered in mud and it was about the third lap before my hand was not slipping on the grip anymore. Today I came from last to thirteenth in the first GP moto before a rock hit my goggles and the lens popped out so I couldn't risk getting too close to anyone after that. I'm really happy with eighth in the second race; I got a better start this time and was behind Paulin. I've made the mistake too many times this year of slipping into his rhythm and other guys have passed me but I made a quick pass on him this time." Alessandro Lupino: "I had great expectations for this weekend and eighth place in the timed practice confirmed that I had good speed. It all went wrong on the first lap of the qualifying race when I passed Seewer for sixth and I twisted my knee on a slippery patch. I immediately felt pain in my right knee; I thought I could handle it at first, but after one more lap I was in agony and had to pull into the pits. Today was all about riding sensibly to protect my knee. I was in pain but I gritted my teeth and was rewarded with twelfth in each race."

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Aug 26, 2018

Career Best Result for Marshal Weltin in Bulgaria

Marshal Weltin of the F&H Racing Team took his Kawasaki to career-best seventh places in each moto for sixth overall in the Bulgarian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Sevlievo. The young American had already impressed in qualifying with eighth place and made excellent use of his good gate pick to race fifth for the first half of the opening moto, battling a host of 2018 GP podium men for eight laps. He inevitably had to slacken his pace during the second half of the moto but rode a sensible race to retain a secure seventh-placed finish. He moved quickly forward to fifth in race two from a seventh-placed start before an unfortunate incident cost him two places as Pauls Jonass crashed and the Kawasaki rider also slid to ground as he had to switch lines at the last minute to avoid the fallen world champion. He maintained seventh to the checkered flag to be rewarded with sixth place overall in the GP. Marshal Weltin: "That first moto was an unbelievable feeling; I never raced that fast in my life ! I guess I knew I was gonna pay for it later in the race, but when you're up there from the start you gotta go for it. After eight laps I knew I had to ease back my pace, in fact I couldn't even stand up anymore at the end, but I'm just so pleased to prove to myself that I can do it ! The second race was hard work and I didn't ride my best but I still got seventh again; it could have been even better but I had to switch lines at the last minute to avoid Jonass when he crashed and I slid out too." Gustavo Pessoa of Bike It DRT Kawasaki defied sickness to record a career-best tenth place in the second moto. Gustavo Pessoa: "I've been sick all week but I gave everything I had in that second moto after a small crash in the first race. Now I have a week to recover before the next GP." The Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki duo of Brian Moreau and Pierre Goupillon each showed their speed in the FIM European EMX250 Championship, but it was again the case of one good moto and one bad one for the enthusiastic youngsters. Moreau raced to the first victory of his EMX250 career in race one before a collision on the opening lap of race two eliminated the teenager with a damaged knee, while Goupillon eventually missed the podium by just three points after racing through the field to third in race two. Brian Moreau: "It is so frustrating. Yesterday I took my first win in the EMX250, then today my race was over on the first lap. I felt so good yesterday; I took the holeshot and I was riding fast and consistent all moto for the victory. Today I also started well and I was second on the first lap when I collided with Tom Vialle; I crashed and my left leg was caught between the rear wheel and the swinging arm. It hurts; I hope it is nothing seriously wrong." Pierre Goupillon: "My speed was already good yesterday but I made a bad start and it was difficult to pass on this track. I had a good feeling on the bike and pushed all moto to finish seventh and my start this morning was much better; I started sixth and could pass Vialle for third two laps from the finish."

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Aug 26, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Secures His Second Consecutive 450MX Championship

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed the true heart and determination of a champion on Saturday aboard his KX™450F as he was able to successfully defend his AMA Pro Motocross title and clinch the championship for the second straight year in a row. The championship came down to the last moto of the 12 round series in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Proving persistence pays off, Tomac and the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team popped the champagne bottles to celebrate the newly crowned two-time champion after a hard-fought season. As the gate dropped for Moto 1 with rain coming down, Tomac aboard his KX450F jumped out of the gate to a fifth place start where he was able to begin his attack on the field given the tricky track conditions. Through the early laps of the race and some technical navigation, Tomac was able to slide his way into second place, but became victim to the slippery conditions and slid out on Lap 7. Tomac quickly remounted in third place and pushed hard to track down the competition. Unable to bridge the gap to the race leader before the time ran out, the points leader was able to successfully pass one other rider, finishing in second place and keeping a 24-point lead going into the final moto.The rain had come to a halt and the track began to dry as the gate dropped for Moto 2. Tomac needing to only earn one point with a finish of 20th or better to guarantee him the championship, got out to a 15th place start where he was challenged with vision issues during the early stages of the race. Acknowledging that he needed to ride smart, Tomac would eventually settle into ninth-place, where he ultimately would finish the race. Tomac rounded out the day with a 2-9 score for fourth place overall, more than enough to earn his second consecutive AMA Pro Motocross championship in the premier class. "It's pretty incredible," said Tomac. "We came into the motocross season with one goal, and that was to repeat what we did last year and to accomplish that is just awesome. It has been 12 years since someone won back-to-back titles in the premier class, so that shows you how hard it is to do which makes this championship that much sweeter. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this Monster Energy Kawasaki team."Eli Tomac and the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team will go straight to work testing the all-new 2019 KX™450 in preparations for the Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at the iconic RedBud MX track in Buchanan, Michigan on October 6th, as well as the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada the following week. As the 250MX class lined up for their first and only practice of the day, the Kawasaki teammates Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy braved the storm and sloppy track conditions aboard their KX™250F motorcycles. Group B broke in the muddy track first leaving less than ideal conditions for Group A, which consists of the top riders. Savatgy was able to qualify with the fastest time of Group A (2.38:6) and earn 11th overall for combined times. Forkner's time in the difficult positions landed him outside of the top 40 and out of a qualifying position. The rules allowed him to start the event based on being inside the top 10 in riders standing.As the gate dropped on Moto 1, both Kawasaki riders shot out of the gate and quickly started to maneuver their way to the front. Savatgy made quick work as he climbed to eighth by Lap 2, but shortly after, found himself right back where he started in 11th after tipping over in the slippery mud on the track. Unable to find his rhythm again in the brutal conditions led Savatgy to finish in 26th. Forkner made the most of the provisional starting spot and continued to charge through the field as he faced a flood of lappers, making it a challenge to make many passes. Forkner was able to battle the entire moto to capture a top 10 finish in seventh place.As the rain began to subside and the gate dropped for Moto 2, the teammates faced another challenge as the track was drying and becoming extremely tacky. Forkner came out of the gate in fifth, which is where he remained for the entirety of the race finishing 7-5 for sixth overall. As a result of the track conditions, it was incredibly difficult to make passes but Savatgy was determined to finish out the day strong as he made his way from 10th to finish eighth for 12th overall (26-8)."It's been a tough season, but I'm happy with the accomplishments the team made over the last few months," said Savatgy. "I'm pumped to have some time off and am looking forward to preparing for next year." "It hasn't been an easy season by any means, but I'm pretty pumped to just finish the season out healthy," said Forkner. "I had good moments in both SX and MX, but just didn't get the chance to put it together. I'm excited for some time off and to give the body some rest."250MX Race Results1. Aaron Plessinger (1-1)2. RJ Hampshire (4-3)3. Chase Sexton (2-6)6.Austin Forkner (7-5)12. Joey Savatgy (26-8) 250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger5002. Alex Martin3903. Justin Cooper3527. Austin Forkner3149. Joey Savatgy275450MX Race Results1. Justin Barcia(1-1)2. Ken Roczen (3-2)3. Marvin Musquin (4-3)4. Eli Tomac (2-9)450MX Rider Point Standings1. Eli Tomac 5272. Marvin Musquin5113. Ken Roczen 445

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Aug 19, 2018

Clément Desalle Third in Switzerland

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his grip on third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his sixth podium of the season at the Swiss GP. The Belgian was in great form round the grassland track on the outskirts of Frauenfeld, just a few kilometers from the German border and Lake Constance to take the lead on the opening lap of racing in each moto. He soon had to make way for Jeffrey Herlings, the Dutchman who has dominated the 2018 season, but he maintained the pressure to the end of the thirty-five minute race to finish less than five seconds after the winner and nearly twenty seconds ahead of the rider in third place. The second race went even better initially as Clement kept Herlings at bay for five laps before his rival mounted a surprise charge and was followed through quickly by another rider. Losing his rhythm for several laps Clement slipped to fourth before rebuilding his rhythm to secure his overall podium with third place. He has extended his advantage over the closest chaser for third place in the championship standings to thirty-three points with four GPs remaining to the end of the season. Clément Desalle: "It was a really good weekend; I got three good starts and rode consistent in both GP motos. In the first race I got a good start and after Jeffrey (Herlings) passed me I rode my own race to finish a close second. In the second moto I had a good speed and led the race for a couple of laps. I was thinking about a possible win but then I made a few mistakes and was passed by Jeffrey and Romain (Febvre). I'm not so happy with the second part of my race as Tim (Gajser) also passed me, but fourth was enough to secure my sixth podium of the year. Anyway the weekend was positive and my thanks to the team who are so close behind me and work so hard for us." KRT teammate Julien Lieber's opening race was ruined already on the opening lap when another rider ran into him and he was again pushed out soon after securing the holeshot award in race two. He regrouped to hold third place for two laps until a small crash pushed him back to fourteenth. Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki raced to fourteenth place in the opening moto and added a strong ride from an initial twelfth to snatch tenth place three laps from the end for thirteenth overall. Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki finished one ahead of Lupino as thirteenth in race one but could only add nineteenth in race two.

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Aug 19, 2018

Podium for Brian Moreau in Switzerland

Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki's Brian Moreau raced to third place in the Swiss round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship at Frauenfeld. The French teenager rode two strong races. He advanced from an initial sixth place in the first moto on Saturday evening to finish second, less tan two-tenths of a second behind the race-long leader. Brian appeared to be a strong candidate for overall victory as he started with the leading group in the second moto on Sunday morning, but a crash as he landed badly off a downhill jump cost him many places; rejoining the race twelfth he narrowly missed setting the fastest lap of the race as he pushed forward to take over seventh place two laps from the end and thus secure third overall on the weekend. Pierre Goupillon completed an impressive weekend for Bud Racing with third place in the first moto and fifth overall. Brian Moreau: « I was one of the fastest rider on the track all weekend; that's really positive. On Saturday I came back from sixth to second, but during the second race on Sunday I made a few mistakes. I crashed when I was trying to pass Mathys (Boisrame) for the lead, then I came back, riding faster than the leaders but again I made some mistakes which cost me positions. Today the track was a little rougher, but it was the same for everyone; I need to be more focused on my riding to be more consistent." In the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship Marshall Weltin twice raced into the top nine to earn eighth overall in only his second ride for the F&H Racing Team. Starting ninth the young American rode a consistent opening moto to maintain his lap times to the close and drop only one place to an experienced rival who is chasing a series medal. He was again consistent in race two, his lap times never varying by more than a couple of seconds, to finish ninth in the moto and secure eighth overall on the day. Brazilian newcomer Gustavo Pessoa took his Bike It DRT Kawasaki to fourteenth place in race two to score his first-ever world championship points.

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Aug 19, 2018

Another Heroic Ride for Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac at Budds Creek

The power of perseverance was the theme of the day for Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and his KX™450F, as he powered through the competition to claim his eighth overall victory of the season at the iconic Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner reached the podium in the first 250 moto and ended up fifth overall after finishing 3-7 for the day.Tomac started the day by showing his competition why he is defending champion by setting the fastest lap time in qualifying with a 2:04.6 to open Round 11 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. After a top 10 start in Moto 1, Tomac charged the rolling hills aboard his KX™450F making his way up to seventh place by the end of the first lap. From there, Tomac would spend the next 30 minutes slicing and dicing his way through the field and was able to move into third place on Lap 12, which is where he would finish the moto. With a championship at stake and the temperatures rising, the stage was set for an incredible race in Moto 2. Tomac would put in a heroic ride in the last moto of the day after finding himself in sixth place by the end of Lap 1. Tomac quickly started picking off his competitors one-by-one. After passing his way into third place on Lap 7, Tomac set his sights on the two front-runners and charged his way to the front by averaging lap times, almost two full seconds faster than his competitors. By Lap 10, Tomac had moved into second place and wasn't going to settle for anything less than the top spot of the podium and by the end of Lap 11 he had achieved just that. Tomac rounded out the day with a 3-1 score, which was enough to take first place overall and extend his championship points lead to 20 with only one round remaining. "Winning the championship is the ultimate goal, and today we were able to add some more points to put us in the best possible position going into the final round next weekend," said Tomac. "In Moto 1 I struggled a little bit making my way through traffic, but in Moto 2 I was just feeling it and after I got around a couple guys I knew I could catch the leader and win. I am pumped I was able to do that!"Eli Tomac and the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team will head into the final round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship next weekend at the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The defending champion has a 20-point lead over second place and is poised to bring home his second 450MX Championship.In the 250MX class, Forkner has been blistering fast all season long and long overdue for a solid overall result. In qualifying, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy tookclaim to the top honors for the team, qualifying seventh and teammate Forkner ninth aboard their KX™250F motorcycles. As the gate dropped for Moto 1, it was Forkner who immediately jumped out to a third-place start and avoided some turn one carnage. Forkner was able to ride a clean race the whole moto and rode his KX™ to third place. Savatgy struggled to find a rhythm in Moto 1 and ultimately came across the finish line in 11th.In Moto 2, the story was almost identical to Moto 1 for the teammates, as both of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki machines rocketed out of the gate to start inside the top 10. Forkner once again was able to start in third place, while Savatgy found himself in a four-rider battle for the vast majority of the race. Forkner, who had been battling a cold during the week, ultimately succumbed to the high heat and humid temperatures and crossed the finish line in seventh place, giving him a fifth overall (3-7). Savatgy would end up finishing in 16th place in Moto 2, which earned him a 13th overall on the day (11-16). "I have been the first to admit that I need to put two motos together and this weekend was definitely a huge step in the right direction," said Forkner. "In Moto 1, I was able to get a good start and ride my own race finishing in third and I was set to do the same in Moto 2. I have been battling a cold this week so the heat just melted me, and I wasn't able to hold onto third, unfortunately. We are leaving here with a fifth overall, so we will rest up and come out swinging for the last round next weekend.""We had high expectations heading into the event, but I struggled all day getting into a groove and just had one of those off days," said Savatgy. "It's been a long season, but we still have one round left and I plan to leave it all out on the table next weekend and finish strong."250MX Race Results1. RJ Hampshire (2-1)2. Chase Sexton (7-2)3. Aaron Plessinger (1-11)5.Austin Forkner (3-7)13. Joey Savatgy (11-16) 250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger4502. Alex Martin3663. Justin Cooper3187. Austin Forkner2849. Joey Savatgy262450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (3-1)2. Ken Roczen (1-3)3. Marvin Musquin (2-4)450MX Rider Point Standings1. Eli Tomac4932. Marvin Musquin4733. Ken Roczen 403

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Aug 12, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Muscled the Mud at Unadilla to Maintain the Series Points Lead

Another year of heavy downpours and muddy conditions on a difficult racetrack challenged Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac, as he powered through the trials to take second overall after finishing 1-2 at the historic Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy captured fourth overall after finishing 8-3 for the day. Tomac embraced the challenge of the torrential rains as he qualified third after setting a 2:11.1 lap time to open Round 10 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. After a mid-pack start in Moto 1, Tomac charged the sloppy track aboard his KX™450F making his way up to fourth before running into an issue with his goggle's roll-off canister, which forced him to pull off into the mechanic's area. The entire Kawasaki crew made quick work to switch out Tomac's goggles for a fresh pair, reviving his vision and allowing him to return to the track without losing his fourth-place position. After jumping every hurdle thrown at him and nine minutes remaining on the clock, Tomac made his way around three of his contenders and rode on to an incredible 25-second margin of victory. As the gate dropped on Moto 2, the rain had finally come to an end, but only to create yet another obstacle for the riders as the track became tacky and limited to one ideal line. Although he shot off the gate in third, Tomac stayed focused on the ultimate goal of winning the title. Due to the tough conditions, Tomac decided to ride at a consistent, steady pace in order to finish the race without incident. Tomac went on to pass one other rider to finish second in the moto for second overall (1-2) and retain his 15-point lead in the championship with only two rounds remaining. "Wow, what a crazy day of racing," said Tomac. "That first moto was intense because of all the rain and mud. I couldn't have pulled off the moto win or the day without the entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team behind me, they put in a lot of work today. Obviously we would've liked to take both moto wins today, but winning the championship is the ultimate goal and I felt more comfortable playing it safe and staying on two wheels in the second race to hopefully achieve that goal." In addition to the action displayed on the track throughout the day, the defending champion and the rest of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team also participated in the exciting announcement of being selected to represent Team U.S.A. as the team captain at this year's Motocross of Nations (MXoN) at RedBud in Buchanan, Michigan on October 6-7th. In the 250MX class, Savatgy looked to pick up where he left off last year at Unadilla by coming out in the first timed practice session and setting a blistering time of 2:11.5, almost a full second ahead of the rest of his competition for pole position. Meanwhile, teammate Austin Forkner qualified 10th aboard his KX™250F.As the rain began to subside and the gate dropped for Moto 1, it was Savatgy who immediately jumped out to a second-place start,looking to stay clean, dry, and maintain clear vision in the sloppy conditions. Ultimately, the challenges of the mud would send him off-course and off his motorcycle as he exited the famous "Gravity Cavity." After a quick remount and hard charge, Savatgy was able to navigate his KX™to eighth in Moto 1. Forkner also succumbed to the muddy conditions and suffered a crash in Moto 1,crossing the finish line in 23rd place.As the gate dropped on Moto 2, both of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki machines rocketed out of the gate to start inside the top 10. Savatgy quickly found his way into a five-rider battle at the front of the pack, which lasted for the majority of the race. As the race went on, Savatgy continued to push, setting his best lap times later in the race. He was able to finish the moto on the podium in third place, giving him an 8-3 score for fourth place overall. Forkner was forced to weave his way through traffic for a consistent race, finishing in ninth in Moto 2, which earned him a 14th overall on the day (23-9)."Obviously we would have liked to be up on the podium this weekend, and fell just shy of that, but with all things considered there are a lot of positives to still take away," said Savatgy. "We started the morning out right by qualifying first, but with the weather conditions the way they were today it was a bit of a free-for-all out there. We are leaving Unadilla healthy and with a fourth place overall, so we will build on this and take it into the final two rounds.""Man,today was a tough race and the muddy conditions were challenging and fun, but I need to put together two motos," said Forkner. "I'm staying positive and we are leaving here in one piece and just going to let it all hang-out the next two weekends to finish out the season strong."250MX Race Results1. Dylan Ferrandis (1-1)2. Aaron Plessinger (2-2)3. MitchellHarrison (4-4)4.Joey Savatgy (8-3)14. Austin Forkner (23-9) 250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger4152. Alex Martin3373. Justin Cooper2918. Austin Forkner2509. Joey Savatgy247450MX Race Results1.Marvin Musquin (2-1)2. Eli Tomac (1-2)3. Phil Nicoletti (3-5)450MX Rider Point Standings1. Eli Tomac4482. Marvin Musquin4333. Justin Barcia363

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Aug 9, 2018

Julien Lieber Continues into 2019 with Monster KRT

Julien Lieber, newcomer in the FIM MXGP World Championship with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, will continue to fly the green flag next season alongside fellow Belgian Clément Desalle.A knee injury late in the 2017 campaign prevented Julien from testing the factory KX450F-SR Kawasaki for his rookie season in the highly competitive MXGP class until fairly late in the winter but he followed up an impressive debut at the opening round in Argentina with many more top ten placing before injury at the British GP in early June forced him to miss two rounds of the series. The 24 year olds results since his return to action have not quite matched his early season form but he has continued to display dedication and, his future now secure for next season, will enter the final quarter of the series fully motivated to end his debut MXGP season on a high note. Julien Lieber: "I'm very happy to continue with the team next season; they do a great job, carefully analyzing rider feedback as we strive to advance together in the same direction. There is a good relationship in the team, not only with the mechanics and the management but also with Clément and I can't wait to test the new bike and start working for next season. This first year for me in MXGP has been pretty difficult as I had first to recover from surgery before testing the bike, but I already did some good races earlier in the season and, even if the results are not quite as good since my injury in Great Britain, everyone in the team remains behind me and for sure that will help me to be stronger in the coming races." Thierry Chizat Suzzoni: "Since the beginning of the season we've been satisfied with the performances of Julien, even if he was unlucky to be injured in Great Britain. But it didn't change our opinion; we know that his riding is suited to the 450 class and he will be able to work with us all winter long to develop the new bike. There's a great cooperation between both riders and we all know how important it is to work in a good atmosphere; they share information and advice to deliver the best results to the team and our partners. It's also great to see that we'll continue working with all our main partners; we have worked with Monster Energy for five years now, and it is a delight to continue this relationship and also with famous brands such as Motorex, Thor, Pro Circuit, Alpine Stars and Dunlop, each of whom will help us to reach another level. Kawasaki has unveiled a brand new KX450 so we face a busy winter to prepare for next season but we have an excellent team and partners to be ready for the next challenge."

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Aug 8, 2018

Clément Desalle leads Team Belgium at MX of Nations

Clément Desalle will be back at the Motocross of Nations as captain of the Belgian team, one of the most successful squads at the traditional international team race, which will take place at Red Bud (USA) on October 6th and 7th.The Belgian team has been highly successful at the MX of Nations, winning the event fifteen times and scoring fifty-seven podiums in the long history of this historic clash of MX nations created in 1947. Winner in 2013 and on the podium in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Clément Desalle missed the last four events but the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team rider will be back in the team in October, alongside Jeremy Van Horebeek and Jago Geerts. "To be selected in the national team is always a great honor and I'm happy to be back at this race, after missing the last ones due to injuries. We'll go there with podium expectations, but at the moment I'm fully focused on the next GP's where I want to defend my third position," explained the Belgian rider who has always been successful in this event where he climbed the podium four times in five attempts. Like all MXGP riders attending he will jump on a plane just after the MXGP of Imola to race in Red Bud the following weekend; it will be the first time since 2010 that the race will take place in the USA, and team Belgium has some good memories as they finished runner up that year at Lakewood. For the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team it will be also a comeback to this event, where they have also very good memories. "The last time our riders entered this event we won it in 2014 at Kegums with the French squad," remembers Team Manager, François Lemariey. "It will be great to be there with Clément, and to work with our American colleagues from Kawasaki Motors Corporation. We have a good partnership with them and our US sporting partners so it will be a good opportunity to share our experience once more".

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Aug 5, 2018

Another Successful Year at Loretta Lynn’s for Kawasaki Team Green™

The Kawasaki Team Green™ roster wrapped up the 37th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee with plenty to celebrate. Team Green left the ranch with several championships and a number of moto wins and podiums, along with memories and friendships to last a lifetime.The Team Green squad of Krystian Janik, Ryder DiFrancesco, Nick Romano, and Chance Hymas contested the 85cc (9-12) division aboard their KX™85 motorcycles. At the end of the week's racing, it was DiFrancesco who would ultimately be crowned the 2018 85cc (9-12) national champion; but it wasn't without a battle from his teammates. Team Green occupied the podium throughout the week with Hymas taking the third moto win. In the Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) class, DiFrancesco had to overcome a crash in the first moto that left him with a seventh. Undeterred, the California native won the second moto and cruised to third in the final moto to take home his second national championship.Seth Hammaker led the charge for the Team Green big bike riders aboard his KX™250F, battling for wins and championships in both the 250A and Open Pro Sport divisions, followed by teammate Lance Kobusch. Hammaker set the tone early in the week by winning the first 250A moto and made it known that he was one of the fastest at the ranch in 2018. He was forced to battle from outside the top-20 to ultimately finish fourth overall with teammate Kobusch in fifth overall after battling for the win in the final moto. In the Open Pro Sport division, Hammaker earned a solid second overall by never finishing off the podium and taking the win in the final moto. Following Hammaker's lead, Dilan Schwartz fought hard in both Schoolboy 2 (12-17) and 250B, where he earned a pair of third place finishes. Hannah Hodges contested the WMX class aboard her KX250F, earning a solid second place after two hard-fought motos.John Grewe would once again win the Masters 50+ championship for the third consecutive year with Team Green teammate Earl May in third. Grewe also placed his KX™450F in fourth overall in the Senior 40+ class, while Team Green rider Taylor Painter captured second overall and a moto win in the Vet 30+ class and Stephen Ward finished second in 450C."It's always great coming to Loretta Lynn's," said Team Green Manager, Ryan Holliday. "We enjoy catching up with so many of our Kawasaki racers and families from coast to coast. We strive to give them the best experience and support that our Team Green staff can provide."Kawasaki Championships and Top-5 FinishesLoretta Lynn's AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship:85cc (9-12)1st – Ryder DiFrancesco2nd – Chance HymasMini Sr 1 (12-13)1st – Ryder DiFrancescoMasters (50+)1st - John Grewe3rd - Earl May Open Pro Sport2nd – Seth Hammaker WMX2nd – Hannah Hodges Vet (30+)2nd - Taylor Painter450 C2nd – Stephen Ward250 B3rd – Dilan Schwartz5th – Jesse FlockSchoolboy 2 (12-17)3rd – Dilan SchwartzSenior (40+)3rd – Gregory Pamart 4th – John Grewe250A4th – Seth Hammaker5th – Lance Kobusch85 (9-11) Limited4th – Krystian JanikSupermini 2 (13-16)5th – Jeremy RyanGirls (11-16)5th – Landrey Hazen

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Aug 5, 2018

A Difficult Weekend for Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team encountered a difficult weekend in the treacherous sand of Lommel in the north of his native Belgium as he was restricted to ninth overall. All riders face the Belgian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship on the first weekend of August with trepidation and track conditions were even more unusual this year as a six-week drought gave the sand track an unusually hard base and Desalle, despite the sand-riding skills which have seen him race to victory on such surfaces in the past, never settled all weekend. But despite failing to record a top four finish for the first time since March, Clement was still able to defend his third place in the championship standings as he only surrendered four points to his closest rival and retains a twenty-five-point advantage as the series heads to the final five rounds. One further positive factor of the weekend was Desalle's nomination to captain his country in the Motocross of Nations, the annual world team contest which will be held on the first weekend of October in the USA. Clement Desalle: "It was a difficult weekend for me. It can be perfect if you have a good feeling with this track but it can also be dramatic if you don't find this feeling. I finished twice in the top ten but I can't be happy with that; some guys can take risks to get a top result at this period of the season as they need results, but I can't bring myself to do that on a track like this one. At least I didn't lose so many points against the guys who are behind me in the standings, and this race is behind us; I remain positive and can focus on the next ones." Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber recorded a twelfth placed moto finish in race two.

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Aug 5, 2018

Adam Sterry Twice Top Ten in Belgium

Adam Sterry twice raced into the top ten at the Belgian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship to secure ninth overall for Kawasaki and the F&H Racing Team. The Welshman followed up an impressive qualification with two more solid motos when GP points were on the line at the treacherous sand track of Lommel in the north-eastern corner of the country. The tortuous track and the high temperatures which greeted all competitors demanded a tactical approach to racing. Anxious not to burn himself out in the early laps Adam was a little too cautious on the opening lap to surrender a couple of positions after his best start of the weekend, but he quickly regrouped to regain eighth position at the checkered flag. The best-laid plans for race two were ruined as the rider next to Adam at the gate tried to anticipate the start and the natural tensions in such circumstances spoiled his concentration. A terrific first few laps saw Adam advance into the top ten, but he inevitably paid the penalty for the efforts and, although he could see the riders ahead of him in seventh and eighth, he simply didn't have the energy to catch them. Adam Sterry: "With the speed I had this weekend the results could have been even better, but it's been a decent weekend and we are taking it one step at a time; we've been advancing each weekend since I got back on the bike. In the first race I had a pretty good start in the top ten, but in the second one I hit the gate as someone next to me anticipated the start and it is difficult not to react also in such circumstances; I was nearly last and used so much energy in the first ten minutes to pass people that I had nothing left to catch Vlaanderen and Mewse in the last part of the race. It was a solid weekend - I'm happy with that - and something to build on again; I'm happy to be back near the front, where I belong." There was also an impressive debut by new F&H signing Marshal Weltin. The likeable American had only a few days to acquaint himself with the Kawasaki, and he was finally able to show his true speed as well as the reliability and speed of his KX250-F. He maintained a good pace through much of the opening moto before running out of energy in the closing laps to finish fourteenth but, learning quickly, he maintained tenth place to the checkered flag to end the day eleventh overall on his debut in green. Marshal Weltin: "I'm very pleased with my weekend; it was a great reward after my late decision to join the F&H Racing Team midweek. In the first race I pushed too hard at the beginning of the race; Marc (De Reuver) was pretty sad as I didn't follow the advice he gave me before the race to not to give more than 80% during the first laps and keep some energy for the final laps of the moto! When the gate dropped at the first moto I forgot everything he told me and went 100%. Second race I didn't forget and it proved to be good advice!"

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Jul 29, 2018

Another Sweep for Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac at the Washougal National

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac proved to be the only thing more captivating than the lush, green scenery in Washougal, Washington after a dominating performance once again with a pair of moto wins at Round 9 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy captured his first moto win and overall podium position of the season in third after going 1-9 for the day.Tomac arrived ready to go at the Washougal National as he qualified first after setting a blistering 2:10.2 lap time to open the day. As the gate dropped for Moto 1, Tomac kept the momentum rolling as he positioned himself in third out of the gate. By Lap 4, Tomac took over the lead and began creating his gap from the rest of the field. Tomac went on to lead the remaining 13 laps and cross the finish line to win with a commanding 11.68 seconds over second place. Tomac's teammate Josh Grant made his first appearance of the series and his first race in six months after recovering from injury and rode his KX™450F impressively as he shot off the gate in fifth. Unfortunately, the technical and hard-packed clay track turned out to be too rough on Grant's newly recuperated ankle injury, causing him to lose positions and withdraw from the second moto due to the pain, but managed to finish 10th in the race. Moto 2 provided the most epic race of the day as the crowd lined the fence cheering Tomac on as he looked to turn a middling start from ninth place into a victory. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Tomac muscled his way around six of his competitors in just five laps. Just as he made his move into third, Tomac made a minor error and tipped over on his KX™ but was able to remount quickly in fourth. While the other riders were running 2:16 lap times, Tomac continued at untouchable speeds of 2:14 lap times, allowing him to move in on the leaders and close the gap. By Lap 12, Tomac made his late-race charge to pass for second with the leader in his sight. With only two laps to go, Tomac made his final pass to go on and capture his second moto win and overall victory (1-1) to extend his championship points lead to 15. The defending champion and the rest of the Monster Energy Kawasaki team will take a week off as Round 10 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship will pick up on August 11th in New Berlin, New York for the Unadilla National."Today was great. It was another 1-1 which is what we want to do, and that second moto was crazy," said Tomac. "I was only anticipating getting 2nd, but we got it done and took the win and overall. Washougal was good to us, and I felt great all day. We'll take the weekend off to rest and prepare for the last three rounds.""I was really excited to come back for Washougal, and felt great in that first moto," said Grant. "Unfortunately, my ankle was hurting and couldn't start the second moto, but we'll take advantage of the weekend off and let the ankle rest a little more and be ready to go for Unadilla. I'm just happy to be back to racing."In the 250MX class, Savatgy and teammate Austin Forkner kicked the day off qualifying second and third, respectively. Looking to keep the momentum going, both Kawasaki riders shot out of the gate leading the pack as Savatgy grabbed the holeshot and Forkner following. The teammates went on to continue their battle throughout the entirety of the moto, exchanging positions in first and second. Although both riders rode flawlessly, it was Savatgy who reached the checkered flag first with his teammate close behind. As the gate dropped on Moto 2, Forkner got off to another great start and was running in third when his front tire clipped a jump while attempting a scrub, and he went down hard forcing him to retire from the race (2-DNF). Savatgy had a quick tip over at the start of the race as well, sending him all the way back to 24th. Determined to capture his first overall podium position, Savatgy dug deep to pass 15 of his competitors to finish ninth and third overall (1-9). "Obviously it would have been nice to get the overall, but considering how things have gone this year, it's a step in the right direction," said Savatgy. "It felt good to get the win and I know I'm capable of it. When things are clicking it's awesome, so I hope to keep this momentum going and finish the season strong.""Everything happens for a reason and I'm not entirely sure what the reason is, but you just have to keep believing," said Forkner. "It was a tough day after starting out so strong, but that's racing. We will take the weekend off to regroup and will come back at Unadilla ready to fight again."250MX Race Results1. Aaron Plessinger (4-3)2. Shane McElrath (9-1)3. Joey Savatgy (1-9)13. Austin Forkner (2-39) 250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger 3712. Alex Martin 312 3. Justin Cooper 2675. Austin Forkner 2389. Joey Savatgy 214450MX Race Results1. Eli Tomac (1-1)1.Ken Roczen (3-2)2.Marvin Musquin (2-3) 450MX Rider Point Standings1. Eli Tomac 4012. Marvin Musquin 3863. Ken Roczen 330

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Jul 22, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Eli Tomac Back on Top After Sweeping the Spring Creek National

Round 8 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship returned to action at the Spring Creek National as Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac regained the series points lead with a perfect day going 1-1 in Millville, Minnesota, while both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy captured top 10 finishes for the day. Tomac came to the 35th annual Spring Creek National determined to redeem his adversity filled weekend at RedBud and did not skip a beat as he kicked the day off qualifying with the fastest lap time (2:12.2). Focused on keeping the momentum going, Tomac lined up for Moto 1 aboard his KX™450F and blasted off the gate in fourth. Halfway through the moto, Tomac maneuvered his way around two of his contenders into second place while taking different lines on the track as he continued to find time on the front-runners. As he began to chase down the leader and avoid the plethora of lappers, Tomac eventually made his move for the front with five minutes and two laps to go, building a 13-second gap as he reached the checkered flag. As the 38-rider field came off the gate in the second moto, Tomac was squeezed out from the front as they rounded the first turn. Tomac went straight to work from seventh, quickly making his way into third within minutes. As he charged the rollers with impeccable speeds and clocking the fastest lap of the race at 2:14.4, Tomac began closing in on the 8-second gap he had from the leaders. As the race hit the halfway point, Tomac had caught up to his contender in second and battled for multiple laps before dropping the hammer and making his pass. With the leader now in sight, Tomac proved there was no challenge too great as he powered forward into first place with five minutes and two laps remaining. Tomac went on to sweep the podium with a 1-1 finish and reclaim the coveted red plate with a 7-point lead in the point standings and four rounds remaining in the series. "I had so much motivation from how the last race went and I carried it into this week," said Tomac. "The team and I were focused on coming back with a good race and to get back on track. I always have fun here, but I was really ready to go this week and happy to get the red plate back. We're going to keep working hard and looking forward to some good racing at Washougal next week." In the 250MX class, both Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner appeared ready to take on the motos after qualifying second and forth, respectively. As the gate dropped in Moto 1, Savatgy looked to repeat last year's Spring Creek winning results by grabbing the holeshot with Forkner close behind in third. Unfortunately, Savatgy made a critical error halfway through the first lap giving up his lead and forcing him to play catch-up for the remainder of the moto to finish 10th. Forkner competed in a four-way battle throughout the race before clinching second place with seven minutes left on the clock, where he went on to cross the finish line. As the gate dropped on the second moto, both Kawasaki riders snagged prime positions in front as they avoided the first turn pileup with Forkner in fifth and Savatgy following in sixth. The teammates went on to challenge each other, swapping positions back and fourth and passing contenders almost in sync. With 10 minutes remaining, Forkner made yet another pass around Savatgy for fourth but found himself tangled up with another rider on the field shortly after, forcing him to pull off to the mechanics area for a quick fix to his KX™ before returning on the track in 21st position. As he fought to make up the positions lost, Forkner went on to pass three of his opponents before the time ran out, finishing 18th for eighth overall (2-18). Savatgy continued to ride impressively as he held onto his fourth-place position to finish fifth overall on the day (10-4)."We have to focus on the positives and the fact is I'm feeling good and happy with how I'm riding," said Forkner. "Taking second in Moto 1 was a great start to the day and I was focused on a podium finish. What happened in Moto 2 is frustrating but it's all a part of racing. We're continuing to work on improving every week and I know it will come together soon. We'll be back at it next week and we expect to have a good finish.""I was feeling really good in qualifying and expected a good day," said Savatgy. "Today's results definitely don't show where we should have been. After getting out front with the holeshot in Moto 1, I made a mistake that really cost me. I tried staying positive for Moto 2 and ran a good race, but we need to put two good motos together to get back on the podium." 250MX Race Results1. Aaron Plessinger (1-1)2. Justin Cooper (4-3)3. Alex Martin (7-2)5. Joey Savatgy (10-4)8. Austin Forkner (2-18) 250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger 3332. Alex Martin 284 3. Justin Cooper 2394. Austin Forkner 2169. Joey Savatgy 177450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (1-1)2.Ken Roczen (2-3)3.Marvin Musquin (4-2) 450MX Rider Point Standings1. Eli Tomac 3512. Marvin Musquin 3443. Justin Barcia 296

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Jul 22, 2018

Crashes Cost Adam Sterry at Loket

Crashes cost Adam Sterry of the F&H Racing Team points in both races of the Czech round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Loket after the Welshman had qualified fifth. Sterry had used an outside gate to good effect during qualification but incidents in the early stages of each points-scoring race cost him the opportunity to repeat that scoreline. In the first race his surge around the outside of the first turn was blocked when two other riders crashed and blocked his path whilst in race two he escaped an early collision to crash alone as he attempted to advance from eleventh. Showing excellent speed, he recovered to twelfth and fifteenth places in the two motos and heads for the next GP full of confidence. Adam Sterry: "I got a great start yesterday using the outside gate but today it just didn't work out. In the first race two other riders collided inside of me and I was trapped behind them before coming back from last to twelfth. In the second race I touched with another rider as we went into the first turn, but I still came out eleventh. I saw the chance to pass another rider on a drop-off but I had never ridden that line before and had a big crash. Again I had to come from the back to finish fifteenth. The speed was good this weekend, only the result wasn't what I wanted." Gustavo Pessoa, a twenty year old from Sao Paolo, showed great promise as he made his GP debut for Bike It DRT Kawasaki. The young Brazilian posted top fifteen times in training and carried that speed into racing to hold down sixteenth place until he crashed on the final lap of race one as he displayed his competitive spirit. He was eliminated early in race two but his determination was evident to all and he clearly has a bright future.

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Jul 22, 2018

Clement Desalle Stays Third In The World

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship despite a tough day in the Czech round of the series at Loket. Overtaking has always proved difficult around the tricky sweeping old-school serpentine track and this year was no exception as overnight rain made the surface even more slippery than usual. Desalle took a fifth-placed start in the opening moto to finish fourth, but was confident of an even better result in race two as he saw the opportunity to make an early assault on third. Unfortunately he collided with the other rider and was pushed back to ninth position before he could rejoin the race. The Belgian would eventually finish seventh, but his efforts were more than enough to solidify his third place in the series standings after fourteen of twenty rounds. Clément Desalle: « The start was so important here to get a top result, as in both races everybody just follow each other. In the first race I was fifth after the start, and finished fourth when Paulin crashed. In the second race I got a good start and was again fourth after Herlings passed me at the second corner. I didn't want to let the leaders escape but when I tried to pass Lupino we crashed together; it happened in a corner where almost nobody was taking the inside line so I decided to go for it but Lupino had the same idea. That put me back in ninth position; it was very difficult to pass but I did manage to get back to seventh. I'm disappointed as I couldn't make more use of this good start than to get a better result than sixth overall but I want to stay positive, and we'll continue to work to be back on the podium again soon. »Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki built on his recent run of top ten results and ever-improving starts to score a solid eighth place in the opening moto and was optimistic of an even better score in race two as he nearly took the holeshot but a first lap collision with Desalle pushed him out of the points-scoring positions before a strong ride back to fifteenth at the finish. Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki, unable to train all week after a bout of sickness, advanced from fourteenth to twelfth in the opening moto before a lack of energy pushed him back to fifteenth at the finish. Another brave effort in race two saw him hold down tenth for half the race before he wisely withdrew after exhaustion caused him to crash. Alessandro Lupino: « It could have been a very good weekend. In the second moto I nearly got the holeshot but after half of a lap I crashed together with Desalle. I was a long way back after that and couldn't push as I wanted as it's never easy to chose your line when you're in the pack; I made many mistakes in this race and only finished fifteenth. Before that I had a good weekend with very good starts and a good speed for twenty minutes in the first race; the last few laps were tough as I'm not used to racing in front with those guys! But today we showed that our bike can stay among the factory bikes; that's very important for the team."

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Jul 8, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Riders Bring Intensity to the 45th Annual RedBud National

While the boisterous RedBud crowd was out in full force with their powerful air horns and "USA!" chants, Kawasaki riders came to Round 7 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship to battle for maximum points. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac overcame misfortune to finish 15th overall and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Austin Forkner, Joey Savatgy and Garrett Marchbanks all endured crashes en route to finishing seventh, 11th and 15th overall respectively. After qualifying with the second fastest lap time (2:02.4), Tomac lined up for Moto 1 in front of the patriotic Michigan fans ready for a thrilling day of racing. As the gate dropped, Tomac came off the line in third position. He wasted no time working his way out front into clean air and quickly raced his KX into the lead. The race looked to be wrapped up with more than a 10 second lead with approximately two laps to go when Tomac was forced to pull off resulting in a DNF.Moto 2 saw Tomac buried behind several riders in the first turn after an abysmal gate pick from the first moto DNF. Determined to fight his way to the front, the Kawasaki rider began passing his competition, working his way into the top 10. However, he made a minor error and was forced to make a stop in the mechanics area for a few adjustments, resulting in a loss of six additional positions. Upon returning to the track, Tomac continued to battle for position in order to capture as many series points as possible, ultimately finishing ninth for 15th overall on the day. The defending champion and the rest of the Monster Energy team will take a week off as Round 8 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship will pick up on July 21st in Millville, Minnesota for the Spring Creek National. "Obviously today didn't go the way we hoped," said Tomac. "It's unfortunate because I felt really good on the bike in Moto 1 and to come away with no points was tough. Moto 2 was frustrating as well but I focused on salvaging any points I could. We'll take advantage of the week off and come back strong and ready to get back to our winning ways." In Moto 1 of the 250MX class, all three Kawasaki riders charged out of the gate in the top 10 with Forkner in the best position. The no. 35 rider quickly worked his way into second place and eventually took the lead, however, shortly after a competitor blocked his line causing him to go down and forcing Forkner to retire from the race. His teammates also suffered crashes of their own, with Savatgy having to pull into the mechanic's area for a quick fix. He was able to rebound to finish 17th, while Marchbanks was able to recover quickly and race to an impressive sixth place finish. The teammates lined up for Moto 2 looking for redemption as Forkner and Savatgy shot out of the gate in front of the pack once again. Savatgy held his second-place position for six laps before making a small mistake and forfeiting a few positions to finish fifth in the moto and 11th overall (17-5). Forkner continued to turn some fast laps, advancing forward for a strong second place finish and seventh overall (35-2). Fresh off of a two-week recovery from his crash at High Point, the young No. 182 suffered yet another crash in the opening lap and was unable to finish the race due to an injury that will be evaluated this week."I'm pretty bummed about the first moto honestly," said Forkner. "This is the second week in a row someone has collided with me and if we hadn't come together like that in Moto 1, I feel like I would have been in contention for the overall today. I'm feeling great and my bike is the best it has ever been. We'll get back at it in two weeks and I expect to be on the podium.""A couple of little mistakes really cost me today," said Savatgy. "We had a fast bike and I felt good in qualifying but it didn't show in either motos, unfortunately. I made a mistake in Moto 1 and went down pretty hard so I was happy to finish where I did. We're going to work on a couple of things during the week off and look forward to Millville."250MX Race Results1. Aaron Plessinger (1-1)2. Alex Martin (4-3)3. Dylan Ferrandis (3-4)7. Austin Forkner (35-2) 11. Joey Savatgy (17-5)15. Garrett Marchbanks (6-39)250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger 2832. Alex Martin 248 3. Justin Cooper 2015. Austin Forkner 19111. Joey Savatgy 14814. Garrett Marchbanks 87450MX Race Results1.Marvin Musquin (2-1) 2.Ken Roczen (1-3)3.Justin Barcia (4-2)15.Eli Tomac (36-9)450MX Rider Point Standings1. Marvin Musquin 3042.Eli Tomac 3013. Justin Barcia 264

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Jul 8, 2018

Clement Desalle Back On The Podium

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his grip on third in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with a podium finish in the Asian GP at Semarang in Indonesia. The Belgian, who has so narrowly missed the podium each week since his victory in Russia in May, shot out of the gate in the opening moto to hold third place on the exit from turn one but surrendered three places on the hectic opening lap when he went wide at turn three. After regrouping Clement had advanced back to fourth place at the finish, close behind third. His second start was even better and the momentum he carried out of the sweeping first turn saw the Kawasaki hit the front at turn two. Clement was pushed back to second place further round the opening lap but maintained a solid challenge for victory to the checkered flag to finish second in the moto and third on the day. The scoreline has further strengthened his grip on third in the series standings as he more than doubled his advantage over fourth to thirty-seven points. Clement Desalle: "It feels so good to be back on the podium after being so many times fourth or fifth in recent GPs, particularly as sometimes I had scored the same points as the third place on the podium! I had two consistent motos today after two good starts. In the first race I lost several positions when I went wide at the third corner, but I could recover to fourth at the finish; then I took the lead before the second corner in the second moto to finish second after a strong ride. My speed was much better than yesterday; we worked on some points last night and I'm happy with my work especially in the second moto. Now the goal is to score more podiums in the coming weeks. But first I will be so happy to see my family again after nearly two weeks away."There was more success for Kawasaki as Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki ended the day fifth overall, while Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing was seventh. The Englishman rode two superb races through the pack; initially twelfth in the opening moto he claimed seventh late in the race and followed this up with another solid charge from eleventh to seventh in race two to be rewarded with fifth place overall on the combined result of the two races. Lupino also made advances from eleventh to eighth in race one and tenth to eighth in race two to earn seventh overall. An unfortunate incident with two other riders on the opening lap of the first moto eliminated Julien Lieber, but he rebounded with a tenth place in race two, racing as high as fifth place at one stage. Tommy Searle: "I'm happy with today! I knew I could be fast even though I didn't have a good gate pick and I knew it would be a hard day but I stayed positive and pushed through the pack in both races for fifth overall. I was very fast in the first race, posting the third fastest lap of the race on the very last lap! It wasn't easy with many riders to pass in both races but both the bike and my fitness felt great." Alessandro Lupino: "It was a good GP and I'm really happy with the results in those two races. It's an expensive trip, and the team did everything to give me the possibility to race here. We reached our goal as I scored good points in every motos, even if I felt I was not quite fast enough in the first race. I'm really enjoyed riding the bike; we have worked a lot to reduce the gap to the factory bikes and we are coming closer and closer."

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Jul 8, 2018

Adam Sterry Twice Top Ten In Indonesia

Adam Sterry of the F&H Racing Team took his Kawasaki KX250F to two top ten finishes in the Asian GP, thirteenth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship, at Semarang in Indonesia. A massive crowd saw the Welshman use Kawasaki power to streak out of the gate in both GP motos despite a disadvantageous gate after a disappointing qualification at the fast hard-pack track on the outskirts of Indonesia fifth-largest city, and, rebuilding his season after a difficult start with injury, Adam rode two solid races. A single mistake as the rear wheel slid out on the polished surface late in the first moto cost him the sixth place which he had held since the opening lap; he quickly remounted but had lost two positions in the incident and took the checkered flag eighth. Another superb opening lap in race two saw him again as high as sixth at one stage but a mistake cost him several places and he eventually finished tenth. Adam Sterry: "We already made progress last weekend and they did a good job with the track here. I didn't felt so great on Saturday and didn't ride so well but I was much better today. I held sixth place for most of the first race before I lost two positions when I made a mistake three laps from the end but it was still a solid race. My first lap was again really good in race two but then I made a small mistake and that put me a long way back. Two times top ten was the goal this weekend and that's what we achieved so I'm happy to be flying home safe from the two Indonesian rounds as we'll now visit some of my favorite tracks like Loket. I'm excited about that, and the entire team will keep working together to achieve even better results."

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Jul 1, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Battles Sand and Heat at the Southwick National to Finish Second Overall

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac took on Round 6 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in the scorching heat at his favorite track of the series and put his KX™450F back on the podium for second overall at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts. With the Southwick National in the books, this marks the halfway point of the 12-round series as the team continues to defend their championship title with a steady 32-point lead. After qualifying with the second fastest lap time (2.07.385), Tomac lined up for Moto 1 ready to take on the challenge of the sandy track and sweltering 90-degree temperatures. As the moto got underway, Tomac came off the line just outside of the top 10, however, with unrivaled speed he moved through the field and into third by the fifth lap. Quickly maneuvering his way into second, Tomac began to apply pressure on the leader, strategically waiting to make his final pass as the white flag flew, and went on to capture the first moto win. Moto 2 saw Tomac out front early as he once again blasted through the competition to take the lead on the second lap, establishing an early 5+ second gap. Just as he began to shock the crowd with his blistering lap times (2:12.736), Tomac crashed on Lap 5 while entering a corner, relinquishing his substantial lead but still remaining ahead of the field.Tomac began rebuilding his lead once again just before falling victim to yet another crash four laps later, remounting in second. Even after enduring two crashes, Tomac proved his incredible drive as he pushed hard to finish the race in second, taking second overall (1-2) and, more importantly, maintaining his 32 point lead in the championship."We have to be happy going 1-2 at Southwick, but I know I let this one get away," said Tomac. "I didn't get the start I needed in either moto but I was able to battle and put myself back in contention. Moto 1 was a real battle until the end and I was happy to be able to make the pass on the final two laps to take the win. In Moto 2, I made a couple of mistakes that put me on the ground but leaving here with a second overall and healthy after two crashes is pretty good. We're heading to Red Bud keeping the red plate and we'll keep things rolling."In the 250MX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy appeared seemingly unaffected by the difficult, sandy track as they started the day qualifying third and sixth, respectively. In Moto 1, both Kawasaki riders shot out of the gate in top 10 positions with Forkner quickly advancing into third and Savatgy battled to stay in the top 10 for the majority of the race. With less than 10 minutes to go, Forkner charged to the front and took the lead, using every ounce of energy to maintain the lead and capture his first moto win of the season. Unfortunately, Savatgy crashed just before the clock expired and was unable to complete the race. Forkner lined up for the second moto hungry for more as he shot out of the gate in third, quickly taking the lead. Despite his teammate taking a hard fall in the first moto, Savatgy lined up for Moto 2 anxious to salvage his points and wasn't far behind off the start, in fifth, where he would ultimately finish the race for 14th overall (32-5). With only two minutes remaining on the clock and just as it seemed Forkner was on track for his second moto win, a fellow competitor collided with him coming into a corner, sending him to the ground and forcing him to surrender multiple positions to finish 20th and seventh overall (1-20)."I'm happy with the way I'm riding right now and I expected to be on the podium today," said Forkner. "We put in a lot of work this week and trained for the sand so I couldn't have been more prepared. It's really disappointing to have Moto 2 end the way it did when I was doing everything I could to run a clean race and put together two good motos. We are going to continue to work and we'll be back at it next week at Red Bud.""The track was tough today and it ate a lot of guys up," said Savatgy. "I felt good in qualifying so it was a bummer to go down in Moto 1. My team did a great job to get me back out there for Moto 2 and we ran a good race. We need to focus on some better starts to put us out front and we'll be right back in it. I'm looking forward to turning it around next week in Michigan." 250MX Race Results1. Dylan Ferrandis (4-1)2. Alex Martin (2-4)3. Shane McElrath (6-2)7. Austin Forkner (1-20) 14. Joey Savatgy (32-5)250MX Rider Point Standings1. Aaron Plessinger 2332. Alex Martin 210 3. Jeremy Martin 1766. Austin Forkner 16910. Joey Savatgy 12815. Garrett Marchbanks 72450MX Race Results1.Marvin Musquin (2-1) 2.Eli Tomac (1-2)3.Justin Barcia (3-3)450MX Rider Point Standings1.Eli Tomac 2892.Marvin Musquin 2573. Justin Barcia 224

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Jul 1, 2018

Clement Desalle Fifth In Indonesia

Clément Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team finished fifth in the twelfth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Pangkal Pinang in Indonesia to retain third in the series. The Belgian rode a strong first race to take over third place halfway through the opening moto and came within less than two seconds of the rider in second place at the checkered flag. The track, which had withstood heavy rainfall throughout Friday and on Saturday evening, had become extremely rough by the time the second moto went to the start and the intelligent Desalle used a wise choice of lines to hold down second place until he was caught unawares by a lump of mud in his tracks. Rejoining the race in eighth position he advanced quickly back up the leader board before a further crash on lap four again cost him several places but after regaining his rhythm Clement was able to advance once more to eighth. Fifth overall ensures that he remains safely in third position in the championship standings. Clément Desalle: "In recent GPs I seem to have difficulties with the second race and I must find a solution. My first race was good. I had a decent start but Gajser rode aggressively during the first few laps and I had to be patient before I passed him for the third position; I came close to Herlings who was second but he defended his position and I couldn't find a way to pass him. I found some really good lines in the first two corners of the second race and I was up to second place just before the finish jump but we were several of us trying to use the same rut; I chose a different one but I hit a piece of mud and lost four or five places. I was patient to pass two or three riders, but then I had a small crash in a corner; the ruts made it very easy to make mistakes in the second race and it took me several laps to find my rhythm again. I finished eighth, not really what I was expecting, but I will try to do better again next week."Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber put in two brave rides despite difficult circumstances as he had not arrived in Indonesia until Friday evening after his initial fight from Europe was cancelled. A hard race in qualification further sapped his energy reserves and it was almost inevitable that he would fall several times in the difficult conditions. He eventually finished twelfth and sixteenth in the two points-scoring races. Julien Lieber: "It was not an easy track for a come back, as I have only ridden my bike twice in the last month due to my injury. Our original flight here was also cancelled so I didn't arrive here in Indonesia until Friday evening. Today I felt pretty tired but maybe I used too much energy during the qualifying race when I came back from twentieth to tenth. I crashed a couple of times in the GP motos, so the results are not what I would expect but it will be better in the upcoming weekends. The deep ruts made the track very difficult; it's been a long time since I rode such a track but we'll keep on working on my physical condition this week to prepare for next weekend."Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki faced two tough races after emerging sixteenth and fifteenth from the initial sort-out but he rode a strong second moto to advance decisively to twelfth position at the finish, while Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki was eleventh overall despite an incident with another rider which cost him many positions as he battled for eighth position. Alessandro Lupino: "In the first race I was in eighth position when Coldenhoff hit me and took me out of the track; that ruined my race as I had to come back from eighteenth! In the second race I got a good start, but I struggled a lot during the first few laps and lost many positions; there were so many ruts and lines that it was pretty tough to find the best one. It's a shame as my speed is good, but I can't show this with my results at the moment."

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Jul 1, 2018

A Ninth For Adam Sterry In Indonesia

Adam Sterry of the F&H Racing Team took his Kawasaki KX250F to a ninth placed finish in the twelfth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Pangkal Pinang in Indonesia.The Englishman showed good speed all weekend as he rebuilds after an injury absence and showed great determination despite unfortunate starts in both the qualification race and the first GP moto as he hit the start gate in sticky conditions; the weekend stayed dry for racing, but torrential rain throughout Friday and on Saturday night made track conditions extremely demanding and inevitably made overtaking difficult. Nevertheless Adam battled through the pack in race one to take the chequered flag ninth and was again heading for the top ten in race two until he jumped off the track and had to charge again to finish eleventh, the same position he recorded in the overall GP classification. Adam Sterry: "It's been a tough weekend but I've come through it with two scoring rides. I hit the gate at the start of the qualification yesterday and I did it again in the first race today. It wasn't easy to make passes here but I came all the way back to ninth. I was a little disappointed with race two; the track was getting really rough and I jumped right off the track but I came back to finish eleventh."

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Jun 24, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Goes Five for Five After Capturing the Overall Win at Tennessee National

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac put his KX™450F back on top at Muddy Creek Raceway for his fifth consecutive overall win, capturing the first back-to-back victory in Tennessee National history, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner both earned top 10 finishes in the 250MX class. Mother Nature provided a round of thunderstorms on Saturday morning, creating a track in mint condition and allowing the riders to truly enjoy a full day of riding. Tomac kicked the day off by qualifying with the fastest lap time (1:51.4) and kept the momentum rolling into Moto 1 as he rocketed off the line on the leaders rear wheel. Tomac tracked the frontrunner for the first six laps as he carefully followed on what appeared to be the only clean line on the track before capitalizing on a minor mistake to steal the lead. Once out front, Tomac began to increase the gap on his contenders, establishing a comfortable lead and finishing the moto with an eight-second margin of victory. Moto 2 proved more difficult as Tomac was forced to charge from outside the top 15 after the start. Accepting the challenge, Tomac began to navigate his way through the field passing several riders on a furious ride and eventually closing in on the leaders, positioning himself in fourth with 10 minutes and two laps still remaining. After making his move into third, Tomac continued to apply pressure and looked to make one more pass until ultimately deciding to back down and play it safe, knowing he would already take the overall victory with his third-place finish (1-3). Tomac's overall win streak continues and increases his championship points lead to 32. "It was a successful day and we're happy to be taking some points home with us," said Tomac. "The goal is to get a good start so we're out front and I was able to do that in Moto 1. Unfortunately, we didn't get the start we wanted in Moto 2 so I really had to battle to make some passes. It feels great to leave here with the overall win and we're going to keep working hard every week.In the 250MX class, Savatgy recovered nicely from his crash last weekend at High Point as he started the day qualifying fourth, with teammate Forkner 10th. As the gate dropped for Moto 1, Forkner found himself battling amongst the top 10 and crossed the line in seventh on the opening lap. Forkner was able to maneuver his KX™ to position himself in fifth after the first few laps, where he would go on to reach the checkers, while Savatgy crossed the finish line slightly after him in sixth place.Both of the Kawasaki riders were wedged out as the gate fell for Moto 2 and just narrowly missed the carnage early in the first lap. Forkner caught a bit of tough luck with a minor crash, causing him to play catch up from 18thposition. Savatgy also found himself outside of the top 10, forcing the teammates to fight towards the front. Savatgy went on to pass six of his competitors to finish in seventh giving him sixth overall (6-7), while Forkner impressively powered through eight other riders for ninth place and eighth overall (5-9) for the day. "This week was definitely a step in the right direction," said Savatgy. "An overall win is what we're chasing but we were happy to be in the mix in both motos. I'm focused on minimizing mistakes and riding how I know I can. If I can do that, we'll be back on the podium where we should be. I'm feeling good and back on track as we head to the Wick." "Even though we didn't make the podium, I felt like we rode solid this week," said Forkner. "The track was pretty tough today and a lot of guys were struggling so I'm pretty happy that we ran a clean race. The goal hasn't changed, and we expect to be in the hunt every race. It's all about picking up as many points as we can and moving on to the next race. I'm looking forward to another weekend of racing at Southwick."250MX Race Results1.Shane McElrath (3-2)2.Dylan Ferrandis (11-1)3.Chase Sexton (8-4)6.Joey Savatgy (6-7)8.Austin Forkner (5-9) 250MX Rider Point Standings1.Aaron Plessinger 1992.Jeremy Martin 176 3.Alex Martin 1705. Austin Forkner 14310. Joey Savatgy 11213. Garrett Marchbanks 72450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (1-3)2.Justin Barcia (2-2)3.Marvin Musquin (5-1) 450MX Rider Point Standings1.Eli Tomac 2422.Marvin Musquin 2103. Justin Barcia 184

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Jun 17, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Takes Fourth Overall Win of Season at High Point National

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (June 17, 2018) – After a one-week break, Round 4 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumed back east in the humid town of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. The roaring crowd, who proclaimed themselves as the "Zoo" were on their feet throughout the day as Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac continued his winning streak, earning his fourth straight overall victory as well as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner who grabbed his first overall podium finish of the season with second overall.After qualifying with the second fastest lap time, Tomac and his KX™450F lined up for Moto 1 determined and ready to attack the historic High Point Raceway track. Tomac blasted out of the gate grabbing his first holeshot of the season and held onto the lead for more than half of the race while facing the challenge of the technical track as well as passing lappers as the leaders turned well under two-minute lap times. With six minutes left on the clock, Tomac's momentum was slowed as he worked his way through traffic and ultimately dropped back to second place, where he remained until the finish line. In the second moto, Tomac was near the front once again, sitting in third this time around. Not wasting any time, Tomac went to work grabbing an outside line and passing his two competitors in the iconic High Point rollers on the first lap. After playing an intense game of cat and mouse with his primary contender for the last few minutes of the race, Tomac cranked out his fastest lap time of the day (1:55.8) and charged across the finish line 1.7 seconds ahead of second place to remain undefeated and ending the High Point National on a high note as he finished 2-1 for another overall victory and maintaining his points lead at 28. "I really had to earn this one today so it feels great to take the overall win," said Tomac. "I felt a little off in the second half of Moto 1 so we made some adjustments and took a look at my lines to see if we could get around the ruts. Moto 2 was a real battle right to the end and leaving here with the win is huge. We're working hard to keep the red plate and we'll keep it rolling into Muddy Creek." In the 250MX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy, Garrett Marchbanks and Austin Forkner all seemed to be off to a great start as they qualified fourth, sixth and eighth respectively. It was evident that Forkner got his groove back as he carried on his momentum from Thunder Valley by darting out front as the gate dropped in Moto 1. Forkner battled to steadily remain in fourth place, where he ultimately crossed the finish line, while his teammates fought to break into the top 10 for the first few laps of the moto. Savatgy trailed his teammates for the majority of the race as he gradually navigated his way around his competition to finish sixth. Just as Marchbanks tenaciously forced his way up to sixth with only two laps to go, he went down hard in the rollers forcing him to retire from the race and unable to compete in Moto 2. The rookie will see the doctor for further evaluation.The second 250MX moto saw Forkner and Savatgy both launch off the line in front of the pack, but misfortune struck the Pro Circuit team early once again as Savatgy also suffered a hard crash forcing him to end his day early. Forkner did not disappoint as the sole rider to represent the KX™250F team as he proved he was not to be underestimated. Forkner exchanged positions with his opponents for second place multiple times until eventually sliding by to secure his first overall on the podium for second (4-2). "It was really tough out there today so a podium finish was big for us," said Forkner. "We train for the heat but it still makes a huge difference on race day. All the hard work is starting to pay off and we're moving in the right direction. I'm looking forward to another solid finish next week.""Coming into the weekend I was feeling good," said Savatgy. "I was ready to turn things around and the bike was fast in qualifying. We caught a tough break today so we're going to get back to work this week and we'll be ready for Muddy Creek.""I had a great day at High Point as I started the day qualifying sixth in practice," said Marchbanks. "I pushed hard to reach the front in the first moto before I cross rutted off a jump, which ended the day for me. We'll meet with the doctor on Monday and hope to get back on the bike as soon as possible."250MX Race Results1.Aaron Plessinger (1-1)2.Austin Forkner (4-2) 3.Justin Cooper (3-4)13.Joey Savatgy (6-34)250MX Rider Point Standings1.Aaron Plessinger 1712.Jeremy Martin 151 3.Alex Martin 1415. Austin Forkner 11511. Joey Savatgy 8312. Garrett Marchbanks 72450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (2-1)2.Marvin Musquin (1-2) 3.Justin Barcia (3-5)450MX Rider Point Standings1.Eli Tomac 1972.Marvin Musquin 1693. Justin Barcia 140

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Jun 17, 2018

A Second Place and Two Crashes for Clement Desalle in Italy

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team had a day of mixed fortunes at the MXGP of Lombardy but it was sufficient to reinforce his third place in the championship standings. The twenty-nine year Belgian emerged strongly from the difficult sweeping first turn in each moto at the sandy Ottobiano track, but the final results in this eleventh round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship were very different. He took over second place on the seventh lap of the opening moto and retained it to chequered flag despite immense pressure from behind during the final stages of the race. Again showing his experience to emerge fourth on the opening lap of race two, he advanced quickly until the first of two falls pushed him back into the pack where a collision with another rider damaged the rear brake pedal. After attempting to straighten the pedal alone Clement soon realized that he would need to pit for assistance and rejoined the race way down in twenty-eighth position. Showing relentless spirit he charged all the way to the checkered flag and was rewarded with a single championship point for twentieth position, a hard-earned point which may prove vital at the end of the season. Clement Desalle: « I got a good start in the first race, and took over second place after a few laps when I passed Febvre. I managed to keep Anstie behind me during the last few laps to finish second, which was a good result. I got another good start in the second race and was third when I had a small crash; the speed was really high during the first few laps, and I had to push to regain the positions I had lost but I had another small crash and again lost positions. Then I collided with Simpson and my brake pedal was bent; I tried to repair it myself but in the end I had to stop at the pits and was last when I went back on the track, I recovered from twenty-eighth to score one point. That's not what I was expecting but I know where I am and was pleased to feel physically strong in the heat; that will be important during the next two rounds in Indonesia." Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing rode two solid races to eleventh and twelfth in his home GP, while Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki rode strongly from eighteenth place to thirteenth in the second race despite being unfamiliar with track conditions after an early exit from the first moto.

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Jun 13, 2018

Kawasaki Releases the Team Green™ 2019 Racing Contingency Program in Conjunction with the All-New KX™ Lineup

With nearly 40 years of history in motocross and off-road racing support, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has released the details of its 2019 Team Green™ contingency program, available to riders on KX™ motorcycles at motocross and off-road events across the country. The news comes together with the release of a fresh 2019 KX™ lineup, including the all-new KX™450. With unmatched, industry leading trackside support, Kawasaki's Team Green program continues to raise the bar in support of amateur and professional racing by increasing its payouts with over seven million dollars up for grabs, including the largest offer of any manufacturer in AMA Pro Motocross. Along with increased Grand National Cross Country support and additional off-road series contingency at the Oregon Motorcycle Racing Association, Kawasaki has also included the Road to Mammoth Motocross, the Nitro Arenacross Tour and will reward racers for advancing to the night show in the 2019 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.Competing racers can have the opportunity to earn their share of the payout by heading to www.Kawasakisalesreward.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Sales Reward MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted. "Kawasaki has always taken great pride in our Team Green racing contingency program as a way to give back to our racing customers," said Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday. "By offering contingency at nearly 400 motocross and off-road events, KX racers have plenty of opportunities to race green and earn green."Enrolled racers who earn contingency will enjoy:●Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted ●Contingency funds credited when results are approved●Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours)●Easy profile updates●ATM Access (Pro riders only)●Toll-Free customer service support from MasterCard at 1-866-535-2544All racers who are currently enrolled in the Kawasaki contingency program must re-activate their contingency account each racing year beginning in January 2019. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency

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Jun 10, 2018

Second for Clément Desalle in France

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team consolidated his medal hopes in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with a second place moto finish at St Jean D'Angely in France.The twenty-nine year old Belgian underlined his determined character when he immediately turned round a disappointing qualification the previous day to sprint clear of the chasing pack through the first few corners of the opening moto to secure a solid second place, a position he maintained to the finish of the race despite late pressure from the defending champion. An unfortunate incident when another rider stalled in front of him soon after the start of the second moto cost Clement a lot of time but he showed great speed and character to charge back strongly from fifteenth place to snatch sixth place four laps from the end of the race. The combined result of the two motos gave him fourth overall in the GP, frustratingly one single point from the podium despite the misfortune early in the second race, but the scoreline also enabled him to consolidate third place in the series standings as he extended his advantage over his closest rival to twenty-eight points. Clement Desalle: « I'm again disappointed to narrowly miss the podium for the fourth time in a row! Yesterday, soon after the start of the qualifying race, there was a strange incident in a corner when Gajser hit Cairoli who then hit me. I crashed and had pain in my right shoulder and knee, but managed to come back to nineteenth. In the first GP moto today I got a very good start and came second; Cairoli was pushing me during the last few laps but I kept my position. My second start was not as good but I was in the top eight until Febvre stalled his engine right in front of me! I had no place to go and fell, losing a lot of time berfore I could restart in fifteenth position. I recovered to sixth position but it was not quite enough for the podium, which I missed by just one point! But I want to be positive. It's another good result, especially after the crash on Saturday, and we'll keep working in the upcoming rounds." Alessandro Lupino raced to a solid twelfth place in the opening moto for Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki with teammate Maxime Desprey fifteenth as Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki faced a long hard ride back from thirty-first to nineteenth after losing considerable time in the early stages as he had to adjust the controls after a crash. The Brit followed up with a strong ride from sixteenth to eleventh in race two.

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Jun 10, 2018

Success for Bud Racing in France

Brian Moreau claimed his first podium and Pierre Goupillon his first moto win for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the French round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship. A vast crowd witnessed exciting racing in varying conditions at the hillside Saint Jean D'Angely track thirty kilometers from the Atlantic coastline. The first race on Saturday evening was run in glorious sunshine, but overnight rain made conditions very tricky for race two when both Bud teamsters excelled. Brian Moreau held a strong second place for five laps in the opening moto before selecting neutral and crashing but the youngster showed character as he recovered to regain fifth place on the final lap of the race. Again starting well in the muddy second moto he quickly advanced to the third place, which would ensure his overall podium success and again showed character and maturity in difficult conditions to rebound after temporarily losing the place with a fall. Brian Moreau: "It's so nice to get my first European podium on a 250 so close home and in front of a huge crowd. It was not an easy weekend as the track was muddy this morning after it rained a lot in the night, and it was important to avoid mistakes. I crashed one time and Boisrame passed me, but I passed him back to finish third and secure this podium. The first race could have been better as I was second for a long time until I hit a neutral in a corner and crashed. I have been searching since the beginning of the season to put two solid races together on the same weekend. Now I have achieved it and there was no better place to do it than my home GP." Philippe Goupillon also reached a career landmark as he raced to his first moto success in the series in the muddy second moto. An incident when another rider crashed into him at the start of the first moto cost him all hopes of overall success but he too showed strength and maturity to quickly take over the lead in the muddy race two and maintain it to the end of the grueling race. Pierre Goupillon: "Yesterday I had a good feeling with the track and posted the second fastest time in my group, but at the start of the first race another rider hit me and I couldn't avoid a crash. I knew that my speed was good and I knew that with a good start everything was possible in the second race. I got a great start and soon took the lead. It's important to be in front in the mud so you can chose your lines; I made a gap and didn't make any mistakes, even when Clarke was pushing behind me, to win my first ever race in a European series." Ruben Fernandez was the sole representative of the F&H Racing Team in the French round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship; the Spanish teenager showed good speed to hold seventh place during the early stages of each GP moto before more experienced rivals pushed him back to fourteenth at the finish.

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Jun 3, 2018

Clément Desalle Consolidates MXGP Series Third

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team narrowly missed the podium in the British round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship but consolidated his third place in the series. The Belgian maintained a lonely fourth place throughout the opening moto at Matterley Basin in Hampshire but was looking safe in third place in race two until an incident as the front wheel slid out cost him two places on the sixth lap of fourteen. In a solid recovery he maintained good lap times to the close to regain fourth place but just run out of time to take back the third place which would have given him an overall podium. However he has consolidated further his third place in the series standings with a twenty-three point advantage over fourth. Clement Desalle: "I'm frustrated to miss another podium! In the first race I finished fourth; that was my place as I didn't found any solution in some sections of the track to go faster and keep the pace with the guys in front of me. My second start was better; I was second for a time until Herlings passed me. It's always tough to keep him behind but I stayed third and kept focusing on my lines. But then I crashed when my front wheel slid out in a corner and I lost two positions. I didn't want to give up and I came back behind Febvre and Gajser; I passed Gajser but I ran out of time to try to pass Febvre and get the podium result." Tommy Searle made a successful return to the top ten on home soil as he recovers from early season injuries. The Bike It DRT Kawasaki teamster was still a little rusty at the starts but he maintained eighth place for most of the opening moto until a track marker fouled his rear wheel and cost him one position. Initially eleventh in race two Tommy again moved into the top ten to secure eighth place overall. Tommy Searle: "I'm happy. It's nice to get a nice result after all the injuries I had coming into this season. Now I feel a little more myself. I get top results in both races and was always in the top five in the practice sessions this weekend. My starts could have been better, otherwise I think I could have been even better but all in all it's been a positive weekend. I'm more confident again and I feel there's a lot more to come now. My season has really started now; I have worked hard to get this far and now it's time to show what I'm capable of achieving." Desalle's KRT teammate Julien Lieber raced to eighth place in the opening, while Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing finished seventh in race two and his teammate Maxime Desprey recorded a seventeenth placed finish in each moto.

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Jun 3, 2018

Pierre Goupillon on the Podium in England

Pierre Goupillon raced to a podium finish for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the British round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin in Hampshire.The young Frenchman has been handicapped by crashes since taking victory at the opening round of the series in Spain in March, but he displayed great resolve in England to finish both motos in the top ten and secure third overall over the weekend. He held a strong fourth place in the Saturday evening moto until one small error cost him several places and he finished ninth and he added a solid third place on Sunday morning after leading the race for three laps. Pierre is now eighth in the series standings. Pierre Goupillon: "It's great to be back on the podium after a difficult period for me as I didn't score any points at the last two rounds. I finally got back on the podium and it's a great motivation before the French round of the series next weekend. I never stopped working since the beginning of the season, and we'll continue to do so as my goal is to win some other races. This weekend one of my goal was to stay on two wheels and I did it; the result could have been even better if I hadn't lost four positions when I made a mistake in the first race before a jump." The FIM MX2 GP was a disappointment for the F&H Racing Team as Jed Beaton crashed heavily in the second moto, breaking both legs, after racing to a solid eighth place in race one. GP rookie Ruben Fernandez showed great promise by holding third place for four laps of the first race before gradually fading back to thirteenth and he then finished sixteenth in race two. On his comeback from injury Adam Sterry took twelfth place in race one. Darian Sanayei's brave comeback from a knee injury sustained in March was handicapped when his starting device jammed at the start of race one and he later had to withdraw with a painful knee. He was again advancing through the pack in race two until the throttle was damaged in a minor incident but he hopes to contest next weekend's French GP with a successful result.

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Jun 3, 2018

Home-State Hero Eli Tomac Remains Undefeated with Third Consecutive Sweep at Thunder Valley National

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac carried momentum into Round 3 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in the mountainous scenery of Lakewood, Colorado. Entering the Thunder Valley National, Tomac had a personal goal of capturing the win in his home state, which he successfully achieved and now carries a six-moto winning streak.After qualifying with the fastest lap times in both practice sessions, Tomac and his KX™450F lined up for Moto 1 feeling confident. Unlike previous rounds this season, Tomac did not have to work hard to get to the front as he shot out of the gate in third and quickly moved into second place. With a little over 10 minutes completed, a red flag was drawn due to a crash, forcing the riders to line up for a restart with 19:36 set back on the race clock. Fortunately, Tomac got off to another great start in fourth and once again proceeded to make his way to the front where he found himself battling for the lead for several laps. Eventually making his move with 10 minutes remaining the No.1 took charge and set the fastest lap of the race and went on to take the win with a margin of victory of nearly five seconds. In 450MX Moto 2, Tomac grabbed another top three position right out of the gate. Just as he made his move for second, the leader went down right in front of him, forcing him to hit the brakes and fall back to third. Recovering quickly, Tomac made his way back to second with incredible speed and was gaining on the leader. As he continued to closely follow behind his competition, Tomac remained patient and waited for the right time to make a pass stick. Once out front, Tomac seemed to catch a second wind as he rode with pure aggression to pull away from the competition and take the checkered flag this time by more than 11 seconds. The 1-1 moto scores gave Tomac his first 450 overall victory in front of his home state crowd. The undisputable red plate holder and the rest of the Monster Energy team will take a well deserved week off as Round 4 of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship will pick up on June 16th in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania for the High Point National. "After a couple of years with bad results at Thunder Valley, it feels really good to bring home a win," said Tomac. "My team set me up with an awesome bike that allowed me to just get out there and attack the track. We're rolling and looking forward to the next one." In the 250MX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner and Garrett Marchbanks all seemed to be off to a great start as they qualified first, second and 10th respectively. Looking to repeat his Thunder Valley success for the third year in a row, Savatgy shot out of the gate in second in Moto 1, while his teammate Marchbanks snagged a top-10 start as well. Unfortunately, Forkner was pushed towards the back but took on the challenge with tenacity as he climbed his way forward. Halfway through the moto, Savatgy took over the lead and quickly opened a gap on his nearest competitor. With just two laps to go, misfortune struck as Savatgy coasted to a stop with a mechanical issue that forced him to retire from the race early. Forkner fought hard to finish seventh, followed by Marchbanks in eighth.The second 250MX moto saw Forkner power out of the gate to a top-five start, while Marchbanks trailed in 13th. Savatgy once again was struck by misfortune as he fell victim to a first turn pileup and remounted near the tail end of the field. Forkner began making moves to the front and engaged in an intense battle for the final podium position. Eventually Forkner would make the pass stick to capture third in the moto, which was good enough for fourth overall (7-3). The young gun Marchbanks was able to pass his way up to 11th for the moto, resulting in ninth overall (8-11). Savatgy displayed grit and determination as he salvaged valuable points to charge through the pack for 12th and ended up 17th overall (34-12)."Obviously I would've liked to be on the podium, but today was definitely a step in the right direction," said Forkner. "My bike was good and I feel like I was fast, but I need to focus on getting a better start so I can put myself in a better position. I'm feeling more like myself and we'll be ready for High Point in a couple weeks.""Unfortunately, today's results don't match where we should have been," said Savatgy. "I came into this weekend feeling great and we were really fast in qualifying. Obviously Moto 1 was a tough one for me to experience with a mechanical issue while leading at the end and Moto 2 started rough with a first turn crash. My team did an awesome job to set me up with a great bike and I'm leaving here healthy. We'll get back to work and look forward to High Point.""I didn't get the starts needed to be out front, but I feel really good about how I'm riding," said Marchbanks. "Our goal is to continue to put in consistent laps and minimize mistakes so that we can get better every week. I'm learning more and more every race and the Kawasaki team has me on a great bike. I'm feeling good and looking forward to a great summer of racing." 250MX Race Results1.Jeremy Martin (2-1)2.Alex Martin (3-2) 3.Justin Cooper (1-8)4. Austin Forkner (7-3)9.Garrett Marchbanks (8-11)17.Joey Savatgy (34-12)250MX Rider Point Standings1.Jeremy Martin 1292.Aaron Plessinger 121 3.Jeremy Martin 1168. Austin Forkner 759. Garrett Marchbanks 7211. Joey Savatgy 68450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (1-1)2.Ken Roczen (2-2) 3.Blake Baggett (3-3)450MX Rider Point Standings1.Eli Tomac 1502.Marvin Musquin 1223. Justin Barcia 104

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Jun 2, 2018

Strong Home GP Ride for Tommy Searle

The 28 year old home favorite was delighted to be back to leader board pace to qualify seventh for each of tomorrow's GP motos at the Matterley Basin track in Hampshire where he scored a dramatic MX2 GP win for Kawasaki six years ago. Tommy Searle: "It was no fun to be racing for seventeenth place two weeks ago in Germany but I'm feeling much more comfortable after another week back on the bike and I was determined to do well in my home GP. I tightened up a little in the middle of the race when I should have been looking for new lines but my confidence is coming back and now I want to be back where I belong." Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team found himself closed down at the first turn of the twenty minute plus two laps race, but rode a clever opening lap to settle into eighth place and advanced strongly during the second half of the race to secure fifth choice of gate for each of tomorrow's GP motos. Sixth in the timed practice session, Alessandro Lupino qualified in twelfth position. Jed Beaton rode strongly from a first lap slip in MX2 qualification to snatch sixth place on the F&H Racing Team Kawasaki KX250F, while Darian Sanayei made an impressive return to racing after two months out of action with a knee injury. The American sensationally missed setting the fastest lap in timed practice by just one-thousandth of a second but the long absence from race practice showed at the start of the qualifying race when he gated badly; however, he maintained his good speed from the earlier session to move forward from eighteenth place on the opening lap to earn twelfth choice of gate for tomorrow's GP motos, two positions behind Ruben Fernandez. Darian Sanayei: « I felt really good in the timed practice session, posting the second fastest lap really close to the first, but then in the qualifying race I had a really bad start; I don't really know what I did wrong but I got a bad jump out of the gate and I was in the pack. It's only Saturday and it's a qualifying session so I wasn't pushing crazy hard although I hit my left leg a couple of times. My speed was good and I came back to twelfth so I know that with a good start a top five is possible tomorrow. »

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May 27, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Continues Perfect Season by Sweeping the Glen Helen National

Just one week after an exciting start to the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, the Glen Helen National hosted Round 2 on the monstrous hills in San Bernardino, California. Following a dominant performance at the opening round, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac successfully completed another sweep of both motos and captured his second overall victory to continue his perfect start to the season. Tomac and his KX™450F lined up for Moto 1 feeling confident after setting the second fastest time of the day in qualifying. As the gate dropped, Tomac found himself behind several of his competitors after the first turn. Despite not being out front, the Kawasaki rider with the No. 1 plate quickly made his way into second. Tomac calmly stalked first place throughout the next several laps before making a pass stick to takeover the race lead at the 20-minute mark. Once out front, Tomac never looked back and crossed the checkered flag with 12.2 seconds to spare on his competition.In 450MX Moto 2, Tomac once again found himself off to a mid-pack start and would have his work cut out with his rivals just ahead of him. Tomac found unique lines and rode at a consistent pace throughout the entire moto, which allowed him to plug away and begin passing the competition one-by-one. As the race began to reach its final stages, Tomac took the lead with two laps remaining and continued at a blistering pace to win by 16 seconds. It marked his fourth moto victory of the season. "I felt comfortable on my bike all day and I was just having fun out there," said Tomac. "I found some awesome lines in the end, so I just kept charging until I finally made it to the front. I'm doing everything I can for us to keep this No. 1 plate and we're off to a great start." In the 250MX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner and Garrett Marchbanks all snagged top-10 finishes and earned season-best finishes. Moto 1 saw all three Kawasaki riders start mid-pack and engage in a heated battle with several of their competitors. The veteran Savatgy and rookie Marchbanks battled each other for most of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto and pushed each other forward to finish sixth and seventh, respectively. Forkner suffered from misfortune on the opening lap and was forced to play catch up for the entire race, eventually crossing the line in 13th. 250MX Moto 2 saw both Savatgy and Forkner grab better starts before mistakes on Lap 2 cost them several positions. Unwilling to give up, Savatgy fought to the front to finish fourth in the moto for fifth overall (6-4), while teammate Forkner finished close behind in sixth, which awarded him 10th overall (13-6). Marchbanks found himself stuck in the 40-rider field, forcing him to charge his KX™250F from 17th to 10th, resulting in eighth overall (7-10). "I put it all out there today, but we have more work to do," said Savatgy. " It's early in the season so we'll just keep working at it and look forward to Colorado.""This has been another exciting weekend," said Marchbanks. "I felt really good on the bike today and I feel like I've already learned so much from last week. I'm hungry for even better finishes and hope to continue improving each week!""We have to get back to work this week," said Forkner. "I'm glad I was able to pull off a top-10 overall finish, but I didn't have the best starts today. I never gave up and I'm looking forward to making up for it next week at Thunder Valley."250MX Race Results1.Aaron Plessinger (1-1)2.Alex Martin (3-3) 3.Jeremy Martin (5-2)5.Joey Savatgy (6-4)8.Garrett Marchbanks (7-10)10.Austin Forkner (13-6)250MX Rider Point Standings1.Zach Osborne 882.Aaron Plessinger 88 3.Jeremy Martin 826. Joey Savatgy 599. Garrett Marchbanks 4911. Austin Forkner 41450MX Race Results1.Eli Tomac (1-1)2.Marvin Musquin (2-3) 3.Jason Anderson (4-2)450MX Rider Point Standings1.Eli Tomac 1002.Marvin Musquin 863. Jason Anderson 73

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May 21, 2018

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Sweeps Hangtown Motocross Classic

The opening round of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked-off this Saturday for the 50th running of the Hangtown Motocross Classic. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider and reigning 450MX Champion Eli Tomac raced his KX™450F through the competition to sweep both motos and capture the first 450MX class overall victory of the season.After setting the fastest lap time in qualifying by nearly two-seconds, the No. 1 Kawasaki lined up for Moto 1 of the AMA Pro Motocross season. As the gate dropped and 40 of the fastest motocross racers in the world swept around the first turn, Tomac was seventh. He wasted no time passing his way into third by Lap 2 and began applying relentless pressure on the leaders. Within the next three laps, Tomac had made his way to the lead. Through the second half of the race Tomac was flawless to capture the first 450MX moto win of the season by a margin of 13 seconds over second place. In 450MX Moto 2, Tomac started 17th but would drop the hammer early and by the end of the opening lap was inside the top 10. At the halfway point of the race, Tomac would tip over in a turn after making the pass for third place. He quickly remounted and began setting the fastest laps of the race, moving from fourth to first in just two laps. After taking over the lead on Lap 9, Tomac stretched his lead to more than six seconds and captured the Moto 2 victory, finishing 1-1 for the overall win. Tomac will maintain the red-plate, signifying the championship points leader, going into Round 2 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway. "I had a blast today," said Tomac. "I felt loose and comfortable on the bike all day, which really made racing easy. I've always loved racing here and have had incredible success at this track. It was a really good day and I'm looking forward to Glen Helen."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner and most recent Kawasaki Team Green™ graduate Garrett Marchbanks came into Round 1 prepped and ready to battle for wins. In Moto 1, Forkner grabbed the holeshot on his KX™250F, with Savatgy in fifth and Marchbanks in eighth. Throughout the entirety of the race, Forkner fought hard in a four-way battle for a podium position. Forkner charged until the final lap, where he stalled the engine in a corner and finished fourth place. Savatgy held on to finish sixth and the rookie Marchbanks raced to an impressive 12th place finish. 250MX Moto 2, saw Marchbanks with his second top 10 start, while Savatgy and Forkner ran 13th and 14th respectively. Marchbanks raced like a seasoned veteran in Moto 2, making passes early and riding consistent to finish sixth, for tenth overall (12-6). Savatgy went on to finish 10th in Moto 2, which was good enough for seventh overall (6-10), while Forkner was forced to retire from the second moto early and ended the day 12th overall (4-39). "Today was really up and down for me," said Savatgy. "I couldn't quite find my marks which made me feel uncomfortable on the bike. Seventh overall isn't bad, but we can do much better. We'll go back home this week and work on a few things and hopefully come out swinging at Glen Helen.""Today was good," said Marchbanks. "Our goal was to leave here top-10 and that's exactly what we accomplished, so I'm happy. I tried to not let my nerves get the best of me, and once I got out on the track I knew I belonged here. I can't thank Kawasaki enough for believing in me.""Luck wasn't quite on our side today," said Forkner. "Had an amazing start in Moto 1 and ran with the leaders until the final lap and crashed, which really fired me up to rebound in Moto 2, but I ended up not being able to finish the second moto due to a pain in my chest. I'll rest up this week and see everyone at Round 2."

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May 21, 2018

A splendid recovery by Clement Desalle in Germany

MXGPClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained third place in the FIM MXGP World Motocross Championship series with a hard-fought fourth place at Teutschenthal in Germany.Unfortunate incidents during qualification had left Clement with only twenty-first choice of start gate in the two points-scoring races but, calling on his iron resolve and the power of the Kawasaki KX450F-SR, the twenty-nine year old Belgian stormed to top six starts in each moto and fought two dramatic race-long battles with the defending world champion, defying his every move to finish fifth in the first moto and fourth in the second to secure fourth overall in the GP. The result has confirmed his third place in the championship standings after eight rounds of the twenty GP series. "Yesterday I had a bad qualifying race as I crashed in the second corner, and then again later in the race to finish only twenty-first," said Desalle. "We know that the position at the gate is really important here, and I must admit that I didn't slept so well last night as I tried to find a solution. Finally, I got two good starts to finish the races fifth and fourth. It was a similar scenario in both races; I was between sixth and seventh in the first few corners and pushed straight away to advance to fifth and fourth in the races, defending my position in each race against Cairoli. It was very important to stay on two wheels here." KRT teammate Julien Lieber also rode an excellent first moto to hold eighth place throughout and looked set to repeat the scoreline in the second race until another rider lost control and cannoned into the young Belgian. Rejoining the race in twenty-fourth position he had recovered to nineteenth by the chequered flag. He retains tenth place in the championship standings. Alessandro Lupino and Maxime Desprey of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing again showed their speed and consistency to post strong scoreline in each moto. The Italian finished thirteenth and eleventh for eleventh overall in the GP, while the Frenchman completed the races sixteenth and fourteenth. Tommy Searle of Bike It DRT Kawasaki made a tentative return to GP racing after an absence with a broken collarbone and also scored points in both motos.MX2Jed Beaton of the F&H Racing Team took his Kawasaki to fifth place in the German round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Teutschenthal to maintain fifth place in the series standings.The Australian was initially outside the first ten in the first moto but quickly moved forward to seventh place before another rider jumped across his line and they crashed together. Rejoining the race thirteenth Jed pushed to the very end, finally crossing the finish line seventh with his final pass on the very last lap. A better start in race two saw him in eighth position on the opening lap and he quickly moved to sixth in a tight leaderboard tussle. At one stage he was very close to the rider who eventually finished third, but the exertions of his first moto recovery eventually took its toll and he settled for a safe sixth place rather than take unnecessary risks on a track which had become very rugged by the end of the weekend. "My starts were not so great this weekend," said Beaton. "I really need to go back home and work on that aspect of my game. Today my riding was good but I had a crash in the first race with another rider; that dropped me a few positions but I could recover back to seventh so I was pretty happy with that. My lap times were good all through the race, so there's a lot of positives about that race. I felt good in the second moto too, but I had used a lot of energy in the first race and I started to make a few mistakes towards the end of the race. But I managed to finish fifth overall from a difficult weekend, so I'm pretty happy with that."

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May 14, 2018

Clement Desalle fourth in Latvia

MXGPClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team strengthened his hold on third place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship standings with fourth place at Kegums in Latvia.The rugged track, strong sunshine and the thin northern air tested the world's best motocrossers to their limits but Desalle came through with flying colours as he raced with great resilience to charge into the top five of each moto. The choice of starting gate was rendered difficult as there were unsighted soft patches in the sandy surface on the fast straight to the first turn and the Belgian found himself around eighth place after the initial sort-out. He quickly showed his class and determination to advance to fifth place in race one, and was even stronger in race two as he moved forward decisively in the second half of the race from sixth place to take over fourth for a time before slipping off as he tried to chase down the rider in third for a pass which would have given him his fifth podium in seven GPs to date this season. Her was nevertheless fourth overall on the day and has extended his advantage over his closest chaser for third in the standings to twenty-one points. "I'm happy to be going home safe; the track was already rough yesterday and today it was even tougher," said Desalle. "It was easy to lose a lot on this track, and once more the start was very important. In the first race I didn't get such a good start - around eighth position - but I came through to fifth without taking any unnecessary risks. The second start was similar but I made some small mistakes at the beginning before I found a good rhythm and good lines in the second half of the race to come back into the top five. I even passed Gajser for fourth and Paulin was not so far so I knew that the podium was possible but I slid out in a corner and crashed. Twice fifth, fourth overall, it's a decent weekend and we look forward to Germany." KRT teammate Julien Lieber had the misfortune to crash with another rider during the previous day's qualifying race and the incident left him with twenty-third choice of gate, a great handicap, for both points-scoring motos. Nevertheless the twenty-three year old Belgian knuckled down to the task in hand to advance to eleventh in the opening moto and went one better in race two to secure ninth overall in the GP and maintain his top ten world ranking in the series standings. "It was not my best GP so far - but also not the worst - with another top ten result," said Lieber. "Yesterday I struggled to find my speed, and in the qualifying race I crashed pretty hard with another rider so I couldn't qualify better than twenty-third. It's always difficult to take a good start here from an outside gate, but I came back to eleventh in the first moto and I found an even better rhythm in the second race. I had a good speed and had just passed three riders in one lap when Butron hit me! I lost the positions that I had just earned but I didn't give up and came back to tenth at the finish." Alessandro Lupino of Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki Racing finished fifteenth overall in the GP, missing a top ten moto result by less than two seconds in race two, and teammate Maxime Desprey also scored four world championship points on a track very different to those he would encounter back home in France.MX2Jed Beaton of the F&H Racing Team retained his fifth place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings despite a difficult day in the Latvian round of the series at the rugged Kegums track.The Australian found it difficult to come to terms with the demanding sand track for much of the weekend and never found a good rhythm on his way to fourteenth place in the opening GP moto. Coming to grips with the unusual surface in race two he held a strong seventh place until another rider ran into him in a corner and, finding it difficult to rebuild his rhythm, he had to be content with a tenth placed finish in the moto. Nevertheless, he has retained his fifth place in the series standings and still has an eighteen point cushion over his closest rival. "This weekend didn't really go to plan," said Beaton. "I didn't get any good starts and that didn't help me on this rough track. In the first moto I found it difficult to build a rhythm, then in the second I had good pace and was seventh when Covington hit me; we both went down, it broke my rhythm and I couldn't really do much after that. The track was really strange this weekend; they watered it so the sand was heavy on some sections and very hard in others, but it was the same for everyone. Overall it wasn't a great weekend, but I'm looking forward to Germany." Spanish teenager Ruben Fernandez held eighth place for half of the opening moto until a crash dropped him to seventeenth, and the second moto saw him restricted to thirteenth after racing top six in the early stages. Adam Sterry, the third member of the team, did not travel to Latvia after suffering an ankle injury the previous weekend and will not race again until his home GP in Great Britain on June 2/3.

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May 7, 2018

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki Wins Big in Vegas

Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes raced his KX™250F to a 2-1 finish Friday night to earn the 2018 AMA Arenacross Championship at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was Hayes' tenth win of the season and the eighth Arenacross title in nine years for Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy Kawasaki. GPF Babbitt's Online Kawasaki supported rider, Ryan Breece followed suit to win his second consecutive 250AX Lites West Championship.Hayes entered the race one point out of the championship lead and 250AX Main Event 1 saw him capture the holeshot and lead the field through the technical Orleans Arena course. He led for eight laps before being passed and sliding back into second place. Hayes would go on to finish second, with Kawasaki riders Travis Sewell in fourth and Gared Steinke in sixth. Heading into the second 250AX Main Event, all Hayes had to do was start the race and he would become the 2018 250AX Champion, but Hayes wanted to end the best season of his career in dominant fashion. When the gate dropped on Main Event 2, it was the No. 90 KX250F of Hayes capturing his second holeshot of the night. Hayes raced his way to his tenth main event victory and was crowned the 2018 AMA Arenacross Champion. Sewell went on to finish 4-3 for third overall, while Steinke finished 6-13 for ninth. "This is a dream come true," said Hayes. "I've worked so hard for this and I can't thank Team Babbitt's and Kawasaki enough for all their endless support. This feels incredible, I'm speechless."Despite having a sore ankle from last weekends qualifying crash, Breece was unstoppable in Vegas. Breece raced his GPF Babbitt's Online Kawasaki supported KX250F to a flawless night after qualifying fastest, winning his heat and dominating the AX Lites West Main Event to capture his second consecutive AX Lites West Championship. Teammate Isaac Teasdale raced his way to a third place finish and second overall in the AX Lites East rider points standings. "Wow, what a season," said Breece. "I felt the best I ever have this season and to win these championships back-to-back feels incredible. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout these last two years, I couldn't have done it without them."250AX Results1. Jacob Hayes (2-1)2. Jacob Williamson (1-2)2. Travis Sewell (4-3)7. Steven Mages (10-6)8. Preston Taylor (7-9)9. Gared Steinke (6-13)10. Ryan Breece (9-10)250AX Race to the Cup Championship Standings1. Jacob Hayes (167)2. Chris Blose (135)3. Travis Sewell (127)5. Gared Steinke (112)6. Kyle Bitterman (89)8. Jacob Williamson (35)9. Gavin Faith (10)10. Shane Sewell (4)AX Lites East/West Showdown Results1. Ryan Breece2. Robbie Wageman3. Isaac Teasdale6. Mason KerrAX Lites West Coast Championship Standings1. Ryan Breece (94)3. Carson Brown (76)2. Kevin Moranz (68)5. Mason Kerr (38)10. Preston Taylor (27)AX Lites East Coast Championship Standings1. Heath Harrison (99)2. Isaac Teasdale (96)3. Garrett Marchbanks (47)

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May 7, 2018

Kawasaki Riders Eli Tomac and Adam Cianciarulo Sweep Supercross Finale in Las Vegas

The final round of the 2018 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship was held on Saturday night under the lights of Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac rode to a dominating wire-to-wire victory to take his eighth win of the season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo captured his first victory of the season in the highly prestigious 250SX East/West Showdown, giving Pro Circuit its 150th supercross win. Tomac and Bowers got off to strong starts in 450SX Heat 2 and completed the opening lap in third and fourth place, respectively. Tomac quickly mounted a charge to the front of the field to take the checkered flag first, while Bowers rode well to finish third. As the gate dropped for the final 450SX Main Event of the season it was Tomac who took the holeshot to lead the 22-rider field out of the first turn, while Bowers sat in eighth. Tomac instantly put in blistering lap times out front and overcame heavy pressure early in the race to distance himself from his competitors. He would charge until the final corner to take the checkered flag with a four second margin of victory. Bowers was riding strong inside of the top-10 until a bobble on Lap 18 forced him to withdraw from the race early. He was credited with 20th position."Our starts were on point all day," said Tomac. "I feel good about how we rode throughout the day and finished out here, especially with the challenging track. We ended the season on the podium and healthy so I'm happy with our results and ready to suit up to take on the outdoors!""I came out tonight feeling really good after my results in qualifying and the heat race," said Bowers. "I definitely didn't want the night to end this way, but I had fun out on the track today and put it all out there knowing this was my last race of the season. It's a bummer to see it come to a close. I really enjoyed filling in as I continued to progress with the Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and wish it kept going all year. I look forward to what's next and I am so grateful for all of the support from the team."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Cianciarulo would start the day qualifying fastest of all East and West region riders. Joey Savatgy and Cianciarulo relied on the power of their KX™250F's to lead the field around the first corner in the 250SX West heat race. The teammates would pass each other several times on the opening lap with Savatgy retaking control for the win and Cianciarulo finishing a close second. In the 250SX Main Event, Savatgy and Cianciarulo started near the front, circulating the opening lap in third and fifth. On Lap 4, Cianciarulo took full advantage of a mistake by Savatgy in the whoops to make the pass stick for third. He continued his charge to the front and passed both competitors ahead of him to become the race leader on Lap 8. Cianciarulo would go on to take the checkered flag 2.9 seconds ahead of second place and win the finale for the second consecutive year. Savatgy made a late race charge to finish a respectable fourth. "This win feels so good and I felt great on the track all day," said Cianciarulo. "It's been a struggle all year, especially racing with an injury the entire time but I really put it all out there tonight and rode like I didn't have anything to lose. I'm glad I could end the season on top of the podium with a win for me and my team." It's been a good season," said Savatgy. "Obviously we went out there to win tonight so these weren't exactly the results we were hoping for, but I'm happy for my teammate and proud of what me and my team have achieved this season."

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May 6, 2018

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

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

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