2019 Hangtown National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Adam Cianciarulo captures first overall victory of the 2019 outdoor season.

Adam Cianciarulo races on dirt track.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo finished in the runner-up spot in the first moto and won the second race to take the overall victory.Brown Dog Wilson

Adam Cianciarulo drew first blood in the 250MX class at the opening round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider maintained the runner-up spot for the entirety of the first moto. The skies began to open up in the second race, creating muddy conditions, but Cianciarulo captured the holeshot and led all 13 laps, grabbing the checkers by a margin of 16 seconds. His 2-1 performance enabled him to capture the first overall victory of the season.

“It definitely wasn’t an easy win and the mud was crazy, but, man, does it feel good to come out on top,” Cianciarulo said. “I know a lot of people were questioning my focus coming into today’s race, but I think we proved we’re in it and ready to fight for this championship. The field is stacked this year, so it’s going to be a good season of racing, that’s for sure!"

Justin Cooper rides motorcycle on dirt track.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper led the entire first moto to take the race win. In moto 2, he captured fourth, which gave him second overall on the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Justin Cooper grabbed the holeshot in moto 1 and led every lap to take the first moto victory of the season. In the muddier second race, he didn't get as good of a start and needed the whole race to work his way up from ninth to fourth.

“A great start to the season with the first moto win and a good day overall,” Cooper said. “I was able to salvage a decent amount of points in the second moto considering the conditions. It was gnarly out there, so I can’t complain too much on the result, but we want more. I’m looking to take this momentum into next week!”

Colt Nichols jumps.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols rounded out the podium with 5-3 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols was able to tie to his career-best overall with a third at Hangtown. The Oklahoma rider’s 5-3 moto finishes put him tied for third in the point standings as well.

“Starting off the season is always a challenge to see how you stack up, so I just wanted to see where we were,” Nichols said. “I’ve felt like I’ve been good at outdoors, but have been underprepared the last few seasons, so this is a great start on the podium. The track was brutal and the Yamaha felt great today. Everyone who has been helping me out has been awesome and it feels great to get third overall.”

Dylan Ferrandis races on dirt track.
Recently crowned Western Regional 250SX Class Champion Dylan Ferrandis went 3-5 at Hangtown. With those finishes, the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing rider finished fourth overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis came into the series on a high note after clinching the 2019 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship just two weekends prior. The French rider went 3-5 for fourth overall at Hangtown.

“The day started out well,” Ferrandis said. “I felt very comfortable physically and on the bike during practice. In the first moto, I made a late charge to the front to finally finish third. In the second moto I was feeling good. The speed was really good too until I fried my clutch and had to slow down to save the bike to finish the moto. It was really frustrating for me and now I’m really disappointed, but we’re on to the next one in Pala next weekend and hoping to get back on top.”

Chase Sexton races on dirt track.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton, who clinched the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship just two weekends ago, rounded out the top five.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda's Chase Sexton spent most of the first race in third place until Ferrandis passed him in the final corner to steal the final podium spot. Sexton was there again in moto 2, but fell early in the mud before fighting back to sixth.

“[That was] not what I wanted,” Sexton said. “I just didn’t feel super comfortable all day. The good side was that my starts were pretty good, but I definitely wish I could have stayed up there a little better. I had a quick crash in moto two and that cost me, but the conditions were pretty tough. It’s okay though. We scored good points and we will put in the work and come out swinging for round 2 this weekend.”

RJ Hampshire rides on dirt track.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire put his CRF250R in sixth overall at the opening round. “I just made too many mistakes [today],” Hampshire said. “Sixth overall is my best Hangtown result yet, but I should be better than that!”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 47
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 43
3 Colt Nichols Yamaha 36
  Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 36
5 Chase Sexton Honda 33
6 RJ Hampshire Honda 29
7 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 24
8 Alex Martin Suzuki 22
9 Shane McElrath KTM 20
10 Christian Craig Honda 19
Michael Mosiman races on dirt track.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman went down twice in the second moto, but was able to secure seventh overall for the day. “It was really gnarly conditions in moto 2,” Mosiman said. “I think I rode well aside from the mistakes and I look forward to round 2.”Brown Dog Wilson
Alex Martin jumps in front of trees.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin crashed multiple times in the first moto and finished 23rd, but redeemed himself in moto 2 with a runner-up performance. “Qualifying and my first moto did not go well at all,” Martin said. “I was very happy with my second-place finish in the second moto. I’m really bummed to be in a points deficit to start the series, but I feel that we can be up front from here on out.”Brown Dog Wilson
Shane McElrath races on dirt track.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath finished in ninth overall on his 250 SX-F.Brown Dog Wilson
Christian Craig
Geico Honda’s Christian Craig rounded out the top 10 with 13-10 moto finishes. “This year has been nothing short of a struggle for me, so to just get through the day felt so good,” Craig said. “I have a way to go to get where I want to be, but being able to get a top 10 overall was a good start. I’m just happy to be back at the races and looking forward to improving each weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson