Monster Energy® Kawasaki Sweeps High Point with a Pair of Overall Wins from Eli Tomac and Adam Cianciarulo2019-06-18 08:48
After a one-week break, Round 4 of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumed in the town of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. Kawasaki racers once again took the top step of the podium in both classes as Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac captured his second overall victory of the season and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo kept the winning streak alive by making High Point his fourth consecutive overall victory and further extending his 250MX championship points lead.
After qualifying with the fourth fastest lap time, Tomac and his KX™450 lined up for 450MX Moto 1 determined and ready to attack the historic High Point Raceway track. As the gate dropped for Moto 1, Tomac got a good jump but was pushed wide in the first corner, however by Turn 4 Tomac weaved through the competition into second place. From there, Tomac would begin to mount a charge on the leader, but on Lap 4 he made a small mistake and washed out the front end of the motorcycle, briefly placing him on the ground. He quickly regrouped, finding himself in fourth place and was able to eventually work into third position, where he would finish the race.
Determined to recover from his first moto mistake and looking to reclaim the championship points lead, Tomac did not get the best jump out of the gate finding himself outside the top-10 off the start and he once again had his work cut out for him as his title contender rivals were out front early. He made quick work of his competition, eventually catching up to the leader by Lap 15 with two laps to go. Due to the inconsistency of Tomac’s competitors, 3-2 moto finishes would be good enough for the overall. Tomac was able to reclaim some valuable points in the championship hunt and is now tied for the series championship lead with 176 points. When racing resumes next weekend in Jacksonville, Florida there will be two competitors donning the red plate in the 450MX class.
450MX Rookie, Joey Savatgy aimed to have a bounce back weekend at High Point after a challenging debut at Thunder Valley and the No. 17 machine was able to do just that. In Moto 1, Savatgy was able to earn a top-3 start and eventually settled into his own pace crossing the finish line in eighth place. In Moto 2, Savatgy rocketed out the gate to grab the holeshot and then fell back into second place, where he remained for nearly the first half of the race. Still working himself into race shape, Savatgy battled with the top contenders and would ultimately settle into sixth place, earning him an 8-6 score for eighth place overall on the day.
#3 Eli Tomac
#17 Joey Savatgy
“In racing a win is a win and although today wasn’t the prettiest win, we will take it. In both motos we were a bit buried off the start and between the race lines and lappers, it made it difficult to go forward. I was disappointed with my tip over in Moto 1 because I felt like we had what we needed to move into first but that obviously set us back. I am proud of the fight we showed today and that we are leaving here today tied for the championship. I am excited for next week’s event at WW Ranch, I had a good time when we raced the GP there in ’17 and I usually just enjoy racing anytime we get to go at it in the sand!”
- Eli Tomac
“Today was a big step in the right direction. After Thunder Valley, I put a solid week of testing with my Monster Energy Kawasaki crew in California and continued to do my work in Florida this past week and I believe the results showed. Because of my injury, I am still racing back into shape, but man I am stoked with how today went. My KX450 was a rocket ship; I got a second place start in Moto 1 and the holeshot in Moto 2. I can’t thank my team enough for all of the hard work over the past two weeks to get me comfortable on the bike. I am looking forward to the new venue next week at WW Ranch as it is close to home for me. "
- Joey Savatgy
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In 250MX Moto 1, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo aboard his KX™250 rocketed out the gate and was forced to slice and dice his way into a top-5 position where he would remain for the first 15 minutes of the race. As the halfway point of the race approached, Cianciarulo dropped the hammer on his competition and went to work, capitalizing on the mistakes others made and eventually worked into second place, where he would eventually cross the finish line.
In the second and final 250MX race of the day, Cianciarulo knew the importance of a good start and getting up front early. He would spend the first 10 minutes of the race in second place where he would stalk his competition and in true championship form he made a pass stick for the lead and never looked back. Cianciarulo’s 2-1 scores were once again good enough for the overall, earning him his fourth consecutive win of the season, a feat last accomplished by Kawasaki legends James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael. Cianciarulo now sits 26 points ahead of his competition in the 250MX championship point standings.
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