Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo grabbed his fifth victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver. The Kawasaki rider began his day by qualifying fastest in practice and carried that momentum into the night show to win his heat race. In the main event, Cianciarulo came around the first corner in second and battled with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman for several laps before making the pass on him and moving into the lead. Cianciarulo led the remaining 15 laps of the feature race to take the win.
“It’s crazy,” Cianciarulo said. “At altitude here, we have to start in first gear, which we’re not usually used to, which means for me I have to shift second really fast, especially being a little bit of a bigger guy. The problem with that is trying to get my foot on the peg while still staying forward; I have a tendency to either double clutch or wheelie. So the first obstacle was to get the start out of the way, and, man, Michael Mosiman has been riding so good the last couple weeks; shout-out to him. He really battled me for that win, a little more than I wanted to, but great to see him not scared and not backing down out there. I feel like I’m always at my best when my back’s against the wall. Man, I just couldn’t be more proud, couldn’t be more proud of the team. We’ve got one more to go. We’ve had a good record in Vegas, so really confident there, but really got to keep the foot on the pedal. But, man, not going to lie, it’s good to get this one off the chest, for sure. It was a great night all around, so thanks for everybody out there supporting me, hopefully we put on a good show for you guys and we’ll see you in Vegas.”
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis got off to a seventh-place start in the main event and worked his way up to third place by lap seven, and the runner-up spot by lap 13, where he remained until the checkered flag flew. Ferrandis now sits eight points down to Cianciarulo in the championship standings leading into the final round at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
“The track was difficult to pass on tonight and that really cost me after starting around eighth,” Ferrandis said. “I didn’t struggle with the altitude so much as I did with the cold. I never felt like I could get warm and it was tough, but it is how it is. It’s not the scenario we were hoping for after two very good weekends. We have a weekend off and will use that time to keep working. We will give it everything we’ve got in Las Vegas and make sure it goes down to the final lap for the championship.”
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols started his night off on a positive note with a heat race win. When the gate dropped for the main event, he fell in right behind his teammate around eighth. He moved into fifth place by lap five and into a podium position on lap 17. Nichols’ third-place finish marks his fifth podium of the season.
“It was a good night at the Mile High Stadium overall,” Nichols said. “I felt I had the speed to contest for the win, but just didn’t execute the start. I ended up messing it up and got pushed out, so I had to come through the pack. The team really did our homework coming into this race so the bike felt awesome and I could really push through the pack. After the start I really had to work for it, but I rode like myself and I’m leaving this race happy knowing that I left it all out there on the track, which is about all I can do. It’s all good though. I’ve got a few weeks to clean it up and to come out swinging at Vegas.”
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire rebounded from an eighth-place start and worked his way up to fourth by the time the checkered flag flew. Hampshire sits fourth in the point standings with one round to go.
“I felt like I rode well throughout the day,” Hampshire said. “I just found myself getting caught up in a couple crashes early in the main, which cost me a few positions and a lot of time.”
Mosiman grabbed the holeshot in the main event and led six laps before he was passed and later went down, dropping him to fifth place.
“I was able to get off to good starts tonight and I think that’s what has really changed for me this second half of the season,” Mosiman said. “To be able to get out front and lead some laps felt really good and was a huge confidence booster. It was a big-time learning experience and I was able to cherish the moment and stay relaxed throughout the race.”
2019 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings