2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Adam Cianciarulo wins second overall in a row and extends point lead.

Adam Cianciarulo jumps at the finish line of the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo grabbed his second overall win of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season at Fox Raceway.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo achieved his second consecutive 250MX class overall victory at the second round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series at Fox Raceway. The series' visit to the Pala, California, circuit was the first time since 2011 and provided great racing action in both 250MX class races.

In the first moto, Cianciarulo lined up on the far outside gate in an effort to put power to the ground in drier, less deeply tilled dirt. But the Kawasaki rider was unable to grab the start he wanted and found himself buried outside the top 10 in the opening laps. He fought his way through the pack the entire race, making his way to third by the time the checkered flag flew. In moto 2, Cianciarulo picked a gate much closer to the doghouse and got off to a fourth-place start and worked his way into the lead by the third lap. On laps 11 and 12, Geico Honda's Hunter Lawrence challenged Cianciarulo and was able to get around him after the Kawasaki rider went wide in a corner to go around a lapped rider. However, Lawrence washed the front end and tipped over a few laps later, allowing Cianciarulo to reclaim the lead and eventual moto win.

“Today definitely wasn’t an easy win, but man does it feel good to come out on top,” Cianciarulo said. “That first moto we gambled a bit with that outside gate pick that didn’t really pay off, but we dug deep and put it on the podium to set us up to be in a good position for the overall. The second moto I had some good battles, but no one was stopping me from what was mine. We’ve got a long summer ahead of us and a lot of motos left, but I am pumped to be leaving here with the point lead. We will continue to do our work this week and be ready to go in Colorado next weekend.”

Justin Cooper races on dirt track at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot and led the entire first moto to take the win. In the second moto, he crossed the line in fourth, earning second overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper began his day by qualifying fastest in practice and used his first choice gate pick to grab the MotoSport.com Holeshot and early lead in moto 1. Cooper led the entirety of the race to take his second moto win of the season. In moto 2, he didn't get as great of a start due to what several riders reported as a gate flinch and crossed the finish line after the first lap in ninth. By lap four, he made his way up to fourth—the position he maintained for the remainder of the race. The New York native finished second-place overall on the day and sits second in the point standings behind Cianciarulo.

“Overall it was another solid day,” Cooper said. “I’m really striving for the win though, so to come close again is disappointing. It’s also fueling the fire. I was looking to be at front [in moto 2] but I wasn’t riding as aggressive in the middle of the race and it cost me at the end. I couldn’t catch the front guys and had to settle for second. I am really happy with the bike and team. We will keep fighting to be on top. We are so close! I’m blessed to be in this position so far in the season and pleased that all the hard work is paying off. It’s just going to take a little more to get the job done. I’m really looking forward to getting that win this season.”

Dylan Ferrandis races on dirt track at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis was forced to make his way through the field after 10th-place starts in both motos.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis was 10th early on in moto 1 and was battling his way to the front when he and Cianciarulo came together and went down. Ferrandis remounted his YZ250F in 21st and made it all the way back up to seventh at the end of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto. Like the first race of the day, the French rider began moto 2 in 10th, and he was able to make his way all the way up to third by the conclusion of the race. Ferrandis’ 7-3 moto scores were good enough for third overall. He also sits third in the point standings.

“In the first moto, I had a crash with Adam (Cianciarulo) and I was way back,” Ferrandis said. “I had to push really hard to make it up into the top 10. I didn’t really expect to make the podium [for the overall] and wasn’t really worried about it in the second moto. After the start, I tried everything I could, but couldn’t make it up to the rest of the guys. It’s really cool to make it back up on the box after missing out last weekend. I’ll try hard next weekend to get back in the championship chase. It’s a long season.”

Chase Sexton races on dirt track at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton’s consistent 5-5 moto scores netted him fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton went 5-5 at Fox Raceway, which netted him fourth overall on the day. Sexton sits fifth place in the championship standings after two rounds and four motos of racing.

“We had some long testing days and I think it paid off,” Sexton said. “I felt a lot better than last week. My starts were not there this weekend. [In the] second moto, I came from last to trying to pass for third, but ended up falling over. Then I had to go back to work on [Justin] Cooper, and I think he got a second wind and I did everything I could but I couldn’t get him. Coming from that far back, you spend a lot of energy. Fifth overall is okay. We’re making progress, kind of the same way we started the season in Supercross. I feel like I should be battling for wins. I was up there in the first moto. I got fifth and was only 3.8 seconds behind the leader, so I can’t be too upset. We’re looking forward to Colorado [and will make] a few adjustments on the bike, but not too much.”

Colt Nichols races on dirt track at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols rounded out the top five on his YZ250F.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols got off to a second-place start in moto 1 and maintained that position for a majority of the race before he got passed by Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Cianciarulo in the closing laps. In moto 2, he put his YZ250F in seventh and ended the day fifth overall with his 4-7 score.

“Overall [I’m] a little disappointed with how the day ended up after feeling really good, but we get to try again next week,” Nichols said. “My bike was great and I’m really happy with the progress we made this past week. The track was tough today, mostly because passing seemed to be hard. Everyone was getting jammed up a bit at times. I’m really looking forward to next week and am ready to head back east.”

Alex Martin jumps at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin went 10-6 for sixth overall. The Minnesota native sits in seventh place in the point standings after two rounds of racing.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 92
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 86
3 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 70
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 68
5 Chase Sexton Honda 65
6 RJ Hampshire Honda 51
7 Alex Martin Suzuki 48
8 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 47
9 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 42
10 Hunter Lawrence Honda 41
Garrett Marchbanks jumps at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks achieved the best outdoor finish of his career thus far. “I need to work on my intensity early in the moto, but otherwise I could not be more pumped to finish inside the top 10 with a ninth in moto 1 and an eighth in moto 2,” Marchbanks said.Brown Dog Wilson
Michael Mosiman races on dirt track at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman put his FC 250 in eighth-place overall at Fox Raceway. “My starts were poor today,” Mosiman said. “The first one, I kind of wheelied out of it, so we made a little adjustment for the second moto and then the gate flinched and I hit it, so I was dead last. My 8-11 finishes are not what we work for and not what we wanted, but all things considered, I’m happy with how I rode.”Brown Dog Wilson
Hunter Lawrence jumps at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence DNF’d the first moto due to a rock damaging his engine. The Australian rebounded to finish in the runner-up spot in the second moto after leading multiple laps.Brown Dog Wilson
RJ Hampshire jumps at the 2019 Fox Raceway National Motocross 250 Class.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire rounded out the top 10 on his CRF250R.Brown Dog Wilson