Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship resumed this weekend at Round 5 of the 2019 season in downtown San Diego, California under wet and muddy conditions. However, these conditions would not slow Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac from capturing his first 450SX win of the season that catapulted him to the 450SX championship points lead. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team rider Adam Cianciarulo led a Kawasaki sweep of the top two positions as Cianciarulo won his third race of the year and rookie Garrett Marchbanks rode to his first career podium finishing in second. The win for Cianciarulo also secured the points lead for him in the 250SX Western Region championship standings. Unique to San Diego, all Kawasaki also riders paid tribute to the U.S. Military by sporting special livery on their KX™ motorcycles and riding apparel.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tomac used San Diego Supercross to exert his dominance against the rest of the field. All riders were limited to just one qualifying session on the day due to the nasty weather conditions, Tomac was able to qualifyfastest heading into the night program. In Heat 2, Tomac quickly maneuvered his way to the front to capture the heat race win. With the muddy track drastically changing, Tomac used his gate pick wisely for the main event, where he was able to tuck inside on the first corner for a second place start. He would quickly make a pass into first place, and ride a smart and consistent race, leading every lap, and building a gap as high at 20 seconds to win the main event. Tomac leaves San Diego with the red number plate as the new 450SX points leader and a four-point gap over second place.
San Diego Supercross would prove to be an extremely positive night for Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy as adversity was thrown at the rookie from every direction, and he handled it like a seasoned veteran. Savatgy jumped out to a great start in the 450SX Main Event aboard his KX™450, but a first lap crash would see him buried at the end of Lap 1. Savatgy put his head down, passing his competitors one by one, and was able to cross the finish line seventh place overall.
“Man, what can I say? Today was just insane with the weather conditions and the sloppy mud. For me, today was one of those days where I just felt on all day long. I had a few hectic moments in the main event, but we survived the mud, got our job done, and now we are leaving with the red plate which feels good. I am looking forward to racing back underneath a dome next week on a dry track in Minneapolis.” – Eli Tomac
“There were a lot of positives for me to take away from this weekend. I got third in my heat race, which gave me a good gate pick for the main event, which is so important on a night like tonight in these muddy conditions. I got a good jump out the gate, but the mud got me on Lap 1. I didn’t know what place I was in so I just put my head down, stayed calm, and tried to catch one guy at a time. I am already looking forward to next weekend.” – Joey Savatgy
It proved to be a night to remember for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad as their riders went 1-2 in the 250SX Main Event. Cianciarulo captured his third win of the season and is now the current 250SX points leader heading into the 250SX West Region break. The rookie, Marchbanks charged to his first ever career podium with a second place overall. The team last went 1-2 overall during Justin Hill’s championship season with Cianciarulo and Hill in 2017.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Cianciarulo kicked off the evening with a fourth-place qualifying time. In the 250SX Heat 1, Cianciarulo was able to avoid all the carnage around him on the race track and secure a second place finish. As the rain began to subside for the main event, Cianciarulo knew that he would need a start in order to run up front and survive the mud, and he did just that by capturing his second holeshot of the season. Cianciarulo went on to win the main event, marking the first time in his career that he has won back-to-back supercross races, leading every lap along the way. Cianciarulo heads into the break with the points leading red number plate and an eight-point lead over second place.
The rookie Marchbanks had an evening of career firsts at this year’s San Diegosupercross. Marchbanks scored his best ever qualifying position in third going into the night program. A first turn crash in Heat 2 race would send Marchbanks to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he would go on to win the first Monster Energy Supercross LCQ of his career. In the 250SX main event, Marchbanks found himself inside the top-10 off the start and began to quickly charge forward. However, due to the muddy conditions, Marchbanks struggled with vision coming through the field and was forced to remove his goggles, which was extremely risky in the muddy conditions, but Marchbanks soldiered on and fought up to second place behind his teammate. This marked Marchbanks first ever career podium and currently sits in eighth place in the 250SX points standings.
“What a night! It has been an up and down first couple weeks of racing for me, but to get the win tonight is huge. It eases my mind going into the break with points lead and the red background plate, although I can’t wait to see it on my KX™250. I also want to give a shout out to my teammate Garrett Marchbanks on his first ever podium. It was awesome to have the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team go 1-2 tonight.” – Adam Cianciarulo
“Tonight is a night I will never forget. I felt good all day as I qualified in third place and I got a good jump in my heat race but then another rider took me out off the start and I wasn’t able to recover. In the LCQ, I knew I needed to just get out front which I did. I didn’t have the best gate pick so I knew I just needed to send it off the start. By Lap 2 I couldn’t see out of my goggles and just ditched them, and once I was able to see I was able to make some passes into second place. I can’t thank my whole team enough, it feels so good to put my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki up on the podium!” – Garrett Marchbanks