Pala, Calif. (May 26, 2019) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo continued his winning ways at Fox Raceway with his second consecutive overall victory. The circuit hosted its first Pro Motocross since 2011 with the team also taking victory eight years ago. Finishing with a solid top-10 ride, Garrett Marchbanks showcased his speed throughout the day with a 9-8 for seventh overall.Martin Davalos overcame a tough Moto 1 to finish ninth in Moto 2 for 14th overall.
With a race not being run for the series since 2011 and the start having been changed since then, it was more difficult than usual to predict the best gate pick. Cianciarulo gambled with a far outside choice, in hopes his momentum and dry line would be a winner. Unfortunately, the gamble pushed him mid-pack and made for an uphill battle for Cianciarulo. By the fourth lap, Cianciarulo had come back from 11th to fourth and he was able to get around for third as the race neared its end.
His Moto 2 started better, even after a flinching gate nearly resulted in disaster, getting up to third by the first lap. Cianciarulo quickly took over the lead on Lap 3 and tried to pull a gap. He was passed but eventually got by when the leader went down and was able to hold off pressure at the end to claim the moto victory and his second-straight overall win.
“I wasn’t really aware of the overall during the race, I just wanted to win the moto,” said Cianciarulo. “The first moto – the start just didn’t work out for me. I used a lot of energy in that first race. In the second moto, Hunter (Lawrence) was riding really good so I knew I had to turn it up a little after he went down. Two outdoor wins in the row feels good. It felt like a long time coming to finally get my first two years ago so this feels great to start with two wins.”
The season didn’t start out as Marchbanks had hoped but he knew he would get another chance to prove his speed. He did just that at Fox Raceway starting with a ninth place ride in Moto 1. Marchbanks didn’t let his 15th-place start keep him from pushing to the top-10. In Moto 2, he had to work his magic again coming through the pack after a 21st-place start. It didn’t take long and by Lap 5 he was inside the top 10 in ninth. He kept up consistent pace and got by for eighth by the end of the moto.
“This was a much better race for me, even with the bad starts,” said Marchbanks. “Knowing I was able to come through after being so far back gives me motivation for the upcoming races. I just need to nail down my starts and we’ll be right up there fighting for a podium.”
Davalos started off the day with an up and down first moto. He was making progress after riding outside the top 10, but dropped down and finished the moto in 18th. Similar to Moto 1, Davalos started the final moto of the day outside the top 10. When he got into his groove, he started picking off riding and made it up from 14th to finish the moto in ninth.
“The track was tough today and I am still pretty sore from my crash last weekend,” said Davalos. “I did my best to find smooth lines but on a track like this you’re not going to find that. I am happy to see the progress in Moto 2 and will look forward to Denver to get back in the top 10.”