Adam Cianciarulo Finds Redemption at Motocross Opening Round With Overall Victory2019-05-20 11:27
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo put the past behind him and focused on the future, starting his Pro Motocross championship campaign with an impressive overall victory. The wet weather couldn’t hold back a determined Cianciarulo, who finished the day with a 2-1 moto score. Teammates Garrett Marchbanks and Martin Davalos both finished inside the top 10 at the opening moto, but trouble in the second pushed them outside the top-10 overall finishing 13th and 15th, respectively.
The forecast for rain all week was the main talking point among riders, but when the riders lined up for the opening moto they were happily greeted with dry conditions. Because rain had soaked the course in the days leading into the race, the track quickly became rutted and rough. Cianciarulo was fortunate to get out to a great start and tuck in at second, but wasn’t able to get in position for a good pass and settled for second in Moto1.
The rain finally started falling in Moto 2 and the start was more critical than before. Cianciarulo was at the front as they rounded the first turn and made quick work of the leader, jumping into the lead as he powered his Kawasaki KX250 around the first few corners. He made a concerted effort to remain on two wheels and when the checkered flag flew, his 2-1 was enough for his second career overall win.
“This was just what I needed to start the season off right,” said Cianciarulo. “I didn’t feel overly great in the first moto, but tried to make as few mistakes as possible. The track was already gnarly and then the rain started coming down. It was a lot about that start and me being able to ride my race. I am so happy for my team and all the people that have been there in the peaks and valleys. You’re going to have tough days but they’ve kept me motivated to see what can happen in the future.”
Now in his second motocross season, Marchbanks didn’t come in with as many nerves as you might think a rookie would have and it showed with him capturing the top qualifier to start the day. In Moto 1, he didn’t get the best jump, but still managed to come out of the opening lap shuffle in 10th. Marchbanks was able to make some good passes and get up to eighth. The second moto was an up and down race for Marchbanks who started mid-pack, raced up to 13th only to make a mistake and fall back to 29th. From there he put in the work and passed all the way back up to 17th. His 8-17 pushed him just outside the top 10 to finish 13th.
“It was nice not having the same nerves as last year and I felt a little more comfortable out there to start the day,” said Marchbanks. “My starts didn’t help me out at all today and in the second moto I had to work my way through the pack with all the rain, so that was tough. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way and hopefully work our way up from here.”
Davalos lined up for his first motocross race since 2017. In the opening moto, he was in the same boat as Marchbanks, coming through the pack to break into the top 10. He would eventually finish just behind his teammate in ninth. Moto 2 got underway with Davalos right behind Cianciarulo and was holding at the front for the opening laps, but made a mistake which sent him to the ground and he was unable to finish the race. Despite the 40th in Moto 2, he was still credited with 15th overall thanks to his solid Moto 1 result.
“Today didn’t go as planned and I really felt like I could have gotten a top 10 overall,” said Davalos. “The weather really threw a wrench in the day but everyone had to deal with it so I can’t complain too much. We’ll get back to work and try to find ways to improve.”
Source: Next Level Sports Management
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