2019 Atlanta Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Adam Cianciarulo wins first of two East/West showdowns

Adam Cianciarulo
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo took the victory in the first of two 250SX East/West Showdown races this season. In doing so, he became the first 250SX class rider to win three East/West Showdown races.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo took the victory in the first of two 250SX East/West Showdown races this season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this past weekend. Cianciarulo kicked the day off by qualifying with the second fastest lap time in the 250SX Western Region. In the main event, he rounded the first turn in third and passed Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton for second. Once in the runner-up spot, he closed in on teammate Austin Forkner and executed a clean pass right before the finish line near the halfway point in the race. He led the remaining nine laps to take the win and, in doing so, became the first 250SX class rider to win three East/West Showdown races.

“What a night, man!” Cianciarulo said. “It felt good to be back on the bike and being able to race with all of my teammates this weekend. This win feels so good, especially when you consider how stacked the competition was. I’m proud of my teammates and our success. It’s just a testament to how good our KX250 is this season and how dialed the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has it. We put in so much work, so it’s great to see it pay off. We’ll keep it going for the next few weeks and get ourselves ready for Seattle."

Dylan Ferrandis
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis achieved his fourth runner-up result so far this season.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis was fifth out of the gate and steadily worked his way past the competition to score second place by the time the checkered flag came out. The finish marked the Frenchman’s fourth runner-up result so far this season.

“It feels very good to be on the podium this weekend, especially after a tough race last year in Atlanta, so I’m definitely happy about this race,” Ferrandis said. “I think I rode kind of tight because last year’s bad memories were a bit on my mind the whole day. But I made it through healthy this year and was patient during the main event, and was able to make it to the second position. This is a really good feeling! The bike was really awesome. We made some improvements on it last week. I was feeling really good on it. I also worked on my starts and it paid off. The track conditions were not easy. [There were] a lot of ruts, the whoops were difficult to pass at the end, and the sand section was tricky. Now the pressure goes down and we can focus on the next round.”

Austin Forkner
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed the holeshot and led for 11 laps before being passed by Cianciarulo and later by Ferrandis.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed his fourth holeshot of the season in the main event and led for 11 laps before being passed by Cianciarulo and later by Ferrandis. Forkner leads the 250SX Eastern Region championship by 18 points over his nearest competitor.

“It was fun being able to race with the West Coast riders this weekend,” Forkner said. “It definitely provided a unique challenge out there. I’m pumped to get another heat win and podium finish under our belts, and maintain the point lead heading into Daytona. I had a few tip-overs in practice today, so my main goal tonight was to ride consistently and be patient going into the night show. It’s not another win, but we’ll take it!”

Chase Sexton
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton showed impressive speed throughout the day, taking second in his heat race before finishing fourth in the main event. “Atlanta was the best I’ve felt on the bike so far,” Sexton said. “After being sick all week and only riding one and a half days, I was glad I had that comfy feeling on the bike. I qualified second in [the Eastern Region division] and fourth overall, but I wanted the top [spot] bad. In the heat race, I got a third-place start and was riding well. I wanted to win it. I got into the lead and I told myself [Austin] Forkner wasn’t getting around me. Then I saw the red flag. Unfortunately, on the restart I got passed in the first rhythm lane and basically just hung on Forkner’s rear tire the [remainder of the] race. In the main event, I got another third-place start and got myself into second! I felt solid, but I made one slip-up, which allowed Adam [Cianciarulo] and then [Dylan] Ferrandis to get by. A couple laps later, I ended up going down, so I had to settle for fourth. Not a podium, but I’m happy with my riding. [I’m] just inching toward that top step. I’m testing with the team this week and I’m coming out hungry in Daytona!”Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper rounded out the top five, respectively.

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper was third to the holeshot stripe, fell back to seventh, but worked his way to a top-five finish. “The bike was awesome all day,” Cooper said. “We didn’t play around with the settings much. I felt pretty comfortable all day with the bike. The track conditions were deteriorating every lap out there, so it was pretty tough to hit your marks every lap, but all in all I’m very happy with both of my starts tonight. I just didn’t get aggressive enough through the first turn. I’m still making little steps forward each weekend and am happy with the progress. It was another solid night with positives to take away. It’s time to turn up the heat because we are hungry for more!”Brown Dog Wilson
Shane McElrath
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath won his heat race and put his 250 SX-F in sixth place in the main event.Brown Dog Wilson
Colt Nichols
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols came around the first corner in sixth and got shuffled back to 10th. He recovered to record a seventh-place finish. “I just got a bad start on a night when I didn’t need to get a bad start,” Nichols said. “The bike was great. I didn’t really make any changes to it all night, but the track conditions were really tough. It was very, very technical and hard to do the same thing lap after lap. It made it really critical to not make any mistakes, and I didn’t do that very well. So I’m a little upset looking back on the night, but it’s all good. I still salvaged some decent points. Now it’s just getting ready for Seattle.”Brown Dog Wilson
Martin Davalos
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos captured third place in his heat race and landed in eighth in the main event. “It felt really good to be back in Atlanta, especially since some of my best finishes have been earned here,” Davalos said. “The bike felt good all night and I felt that my speed was there, but the shootout format and all of the riders in the mix made it a little more difficult. There is a lot of great talent out here, so I’m proud of a top-10 position, but I’m always looking to improve. We’ll get back to work and be ready for Daytona.”Brown Dog Wilson
Michael Mosiman
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman got a top-10 start and battled for eighth place early on. He dropped to 10th in the middle of the race before clawing his way back up to ninth on lap 13. From there, he held strong to ultimately secure ninth when the checkered flag flew. “This is my first repeat venue because [Atlanta] was my first race last year and now we are at the East/West Showdown at the same place and, man, Atlanta really showed up!” Mosiman said. “The ruts were gnarly and the track broke down quick. I felt okay all day. I had a really big crash this week and it’s really just a miracle that I’m here, so I’m just really thankful that I’m able to race. I hurt some ribs and banged up everything, but I ended the night with a ninth place. I’m not content with ninth, but, all things considered, I am [happy] with that this weekend. We have a lot to build on. I had a good heat and my starts were good.”Brown Dog Wilson
Brandon Hartranft
Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft achieved his third top-10 finish of the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “[I] made some big steps in the right direction this weekend in Atlanta,” Hartranft said. “Sixth place in qualifying, 10th in the shootout main, [and] fifth in [the Eastern Region] division. [I’m] feeling better each weekend. Time to get ready for Daytona.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 99
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 81
3 Chase Sexton Honda 79
4 Jordon Smith KTM 70
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 60
6 Martin Davalos Kawasaki 58
7 Brandon Hartranft Yamaha 54
8 Kyle Cunningham Honda 51
9 Mitchell Oldenburg Yamaha 50
10 Kyle Peters Suzuki 46

2019 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 140
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 125
3 Shane McElrath KTM 123
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 120
5 RJ Hampshire Honda 86
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 80
Chris Blose Husqvarna 80
8 Cameron McAdoo Honda 79
9 Jacob Hayes Yamaha 77
10 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 74