Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cianciarulo Maintains Points Lead with Second Overall at Unadilla

2019-08-11 15:25
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo made the most of a challenging and extremely rutted Unadilla track to finish second overall (1-2) and maintain his 28 point lead as the series completed its 10th round in upstate New York. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks bounced back to his third top 10 finish of the season on a 13-9 ride that placed him ninth overall. Martin Davalos returned to racing after sitting out with injury, scoring 14th overall with an 18-12 moto score.

The past few years, Unadilla has been a bit muddier, but the riders were happy to find blue skies on Saturday morning. It quickly became clear that the track was very soft and rapidly turned into a difficult, rutted circuit. Cianciarulo got out to a great start in Moto 1, settling into second at the start of the race. He stalked first place and was able to inherit the lead after a mistake from the leader, never looking back. He crossed the finish line 5.5 seconds in front of second.

In Moto 2, with the track at its roughest, Cianciarulo managed another great start and found himself in second when the riders got the green flag at the end of the first lap. Cianciarulo pushed hard but was also focused on not making any critical mistakes. Despite being cautious, he crossed the line only 1.1 seconds behind the leader. His solid day kept him with a lead of 28 points with two rounds remaining.

“It was one of those days where my ego was telling me to push really hard and to try and catch him but my mind was also telling me to be smart,” said Cianciarulo. “I had to find the place in the middle where I could push in the right spots and not make mistakes. It was not easy on a track like this and I’m thankful to have it end with us not losing any points down the final stretch. I am really looking forward to Budds Creek. I love that track.”

Marchbanks left his tough weekend from the last round in the past and redeemed himself at Unadilla. He started the day with a great start in Moto 1 and was running fifth when he made a mistake and fell back to 13th. From there he tried to push forward, eventually coming across in 13th position. Ready to show his top-10 speed, in Moto 2 again he was near the front at the start but got pushed out and came around the first lap in 19th. Marchbanks knew the opening laps were where he could make up ground quickly and was up to 12th by Lap 12. He didn’t give up and was able to finish the 30 minutes plus two laps in ninth for ninth overall.

“I felt good today even with the tough conditions, but made some mistakes that cost me a little better position,” said Marchbanks. “It was nice to feel good on the bike, it was working great, and I know that if I can get up there at the start again, I should be able to keep it in the top 10. I put in a hard charge that second moto. I knew I had the speed to be up there with those guys.”

After sitting out the past three rounds, Davalos was ready to come back and see how he felt on the bike. His day started solidly with a 14th place qualifying result. It was a long road for him in Moto 1 after coming around the opening lap in 24th, but he pushed himself into the points and finished 18th. In Moto 2, he got a better start in 18th and put in a charge to finish 12th for 14th overall.

“It was an awesome feeling to get back to the races,” said Davalos. “It was a bit of a last minute decision, but I’m glad we did it because I was able to make improvements throughout the day. We’ll hopefully take our progress and get an even better finish next week."

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250 Class Event Results - New Berlin, New York (Unadilla MX)

Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-1
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 1-2
Chase Sexton (Honda), 3-3
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 4-4
Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 5-6
Shane McElrath (KTM), 8-5
Alex Martin (Suzuki), 7-10
RJ Hampshire (Honda), 12-7
Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 13-9
Ty Masterpool (Yamaha), 11-13
14. Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 18-12

250 Class Championship Points Standings
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 441
Dylan Ferrandis (Husqvarna), 413
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 382
Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 292
RJ Hampshire (Honda), 277
Chase Sexton (Honda), 254
Alex Martin (Suzuki), 254
Michael Mosiman (Yamaha), 235
Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 233
Shane McElrath (KTM), 210
14. Garrett Marchbanks (Kawasaki), 108

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Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 30 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

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