Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cianciarulo and Savatgy Impress With Opening Round Rides2018-01-07 16:54
The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team started the 2018 season at Angel Stadium with two of its veterans behind the gate, resulting in a third-place podium finish for Adam Cianciarulo and a fourth-place for Joey Savatgy. With all the nerves of the opening round behind them, the duo found themselves just five and seven points off the championship leader, respectively.
Cianciarulo had been campaigning to ride the west coast for some time and he proved he was up to the task with a great overall day at Round 1. The Floridian adapted quickly to the slick dirt and demanding track, qualifying second during timed practice. In his heat race, Cianciarulo showed some aggressive riding as he passed for second on the final lap.
In the main event, Cianciarulo was shuffled outside the top five on the start and was forced to push through the pack. With the track being slick and often one-lined, it took a little longer than he hoped to make it past riders, but was able to get into third by the fifth of 18 laps. He held on despite the deteriorating track and earned third - his fifth podium in 16 supercross starts.
“Tonight we got off to a good start and it’s nice to get some good points,” said Cianciarulo. “I can’t be overly stoked on third because I know I’m capable of more, but I was pretty nervous being a part of the very first race of the season for the first time and all the nerves that come with that. I think we are in a good spot for the rest of the season.”
Savatgy’s last Western Regional campaign was in 2015 where he finished runner-up in the championship. He was more than ready to put in a consistent finish at the opening round. It started with a third-place qualifying position, and like his teammate finished second in his heat. Savatgy had a bit of work to do in the main event after starting eighth, but didn’t let that stop him from pushing to the front. Just after halfway, Savatgy passed for fourth where he would end the night.
“Anaheim is one of those races where you feel especially good when you leave healthy and with a solid result,” said Savatgy. “With all that could go wrong at an opening race like an injury or bad finish, I felt like we put in a good ride overall and have things we can use to build off of for next weekend. We’ll go home and put in the work to come back even stronger in Houston.”
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250SX Class Western Regional Main Event Results
Shane McElrath (KTM)
Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
Christian Craig (Honda)
Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
Justin Hill (Suzuki)
Chase Sexton (Honda)
Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha)
250SX Class Western Region Points Standings
Shane McElrath, KTM, 26
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 23
Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 21
Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 19
Christian Craig, Honda, 18
Mitchell Oldenburg, Yamaha, 17
Justin Hill, Suzuki, 16
Chase Sexton, Honda, 15
Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 14
Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha, 13
About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.
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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