Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cianciarulo Moves Into Third in Championship With Runner-Up Finish in Indy2018-03-26 08:19
All of the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders came together for the first time this year for an East/West Showdown. Adam Cianciarulo battled through the pack to make it up to the runner-up spot, which pushed him into third in the Western Regional 250SX Championship. Austin Forkner made up a point in his Eastern Regional 250SX Championship effort after finishing sixth, while Joey Savatgy overcame a fall early in the race to make it up to 10th.
Lucas Oil Stadium was host to the first of two East/West Showdown races and after six weeks off Cianciarulo was fired up to prove the time off was time well spent. The Floridian won his heat race and got a nice jump off the start to be one of the first into the sharp 180 degree turn. After the chaos of the first lap was complete, Cianciarulo was in eighth and quickly passing riders. He made it into fourth by the fifth lap and wasn’t done, making a great last lap pass for second.
“Everyone was bringing up my string of crashes in practice and I just looked at it as something in the past,” said Cianciarulo. “It’s something I have to learn from and be able to put out of my mind as we go into the night race. I won the heat and pushed really hard in the main event to get that second place. I have a great team of people behind me, always helping me see failure - like the crashes - as something that can motivate me to do better. I can’t wait to be back in a few weeks.”
Unlike his teammates, Forkner has been lining up for a race every Saturday for the past month and a half. It showed with a win in his heat race and good outlook for the main event. Forkner didn’t get the start he was looking for in ninth, and despite the stacked field was able to work his way forward and finish sixth.
“I didn’t get the start I wanted to in the main and that hurt me getting to the front and challenging for the win,” said Forkner. “The track was tough and there were a lot of fast guys out there in front of me. It wasn’t where I wanted to finish, but it’s time to get a few weeks off and come back fresh and ready to battle for some wins.”
Savatgy was showing steady speed all day and it translated into the night show with a fourth-place finish in his heat race. On the main event start, he was able to make it through the first turn pile up and come across the green flag opening lap in sixth. He was working his way forward when he went down, taking him some time to get up which pushed him back to 13th. Savatgy would be able to make it up to 10th and salvage as many points as possible with three rounds remaining.
“We weren’t able to capitalize tonight like we had hoped but if I’ve learned anything from the past, the championship isn’t over until the final lap of the last race,” said Savatgy. “We get to lineup again in two weeks and I’m looking forward to getting another chance to be up at the front.”
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250SX Class Showdown Main Event Results - Indianapolis
Jeremy Martin (Honda)
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
Jordon Smith (KTM)
Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
Phil Nicoletti (Suzuki)
Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 151
Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 142
Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 139
Shane McElrath, KTM, 127
Chase Sexton, Honda, 109
Christian Craig, Honda, 106
Justin Hill, Suzuki, 105
Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 95
Mitchell Harrison, Husqvarna, 84
Hayden Mellross, Husqvarna, 68
250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 131
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 124
Jordon Smith, KTM, 121
Jeremy Martin, Honda, 119
Luke Renzland, Yamaha, 92
Kyle Peters, Suzuki, 85
Sean Cantrell, KTM, 59
RJ Hampshire, Honda, 57
Brandon Hartranft, Yamaha, 57
Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 54
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