2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Four overall victories in four rounds for Adam Cianciarulo.

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo has clinched four overall victories in the first four rounds of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo achieved his fourth overall victory in four rounds thus far in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at High Point MX in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania. Cianciarulo didn't get the greatest start in the first moto, but battled inside the top five and took advantage of mistakes made by other riders to clinch the runner-up spot by the time the checkered flag flew. In moto 2, he spent the first 10 minutes of the race in second place and made the pass for the lead shortly after, going on to take the race win. Cianciarulo's 2-1 scores were once again good enough for the overall, earning him his fourth consecutive win of the season, a feat last accomplished by James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael. Cianciarulo now sits 26 points ahead of his nearest competitor in the championship standings.

“I am just speechless at the moment,” Cianciarulo said. “Today was another 2-1 victory and in both motos we had our work cut out for us. The fans at High Point honestly give the Redbud fans a run for their money. They were absolutely insane and we could hear them the whole time we were racing. I am so grateful for my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and the people around me that allow me the opportunity to succeed. I am merely a passenger in this journey and couldn’t be more grateful. I am really excited about next weekend’s race at WW Ranch, as that is the type of soil I grew up racing on and [I’m] excited to race in front of the home crowd!”

Hunter Lawrence races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Hunter Lawrence clinched his first moto win in the United States in moto 1 and came back to finish on the final step of the podium in moto 2, which gave him second overall.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda's Hunter Lawrence clinched his first moto victory in the United States in moto 1. The Australian came back to finish on the final step of the podium in moto 2. His 1-3 moto finishes were enough to give him second overall on the day.

“I was pumped on that [first moto],” Lawrence said. “I had an awesome start and made two passes in the same spot to get the lead. I was smiling, but the last three laps were so hard. Everything and anything runs through your mind. I think it’s unhuman if you don’t. You think of the team, you think of everything. I spent maybe three seconds a lap thinking about all of that stuff, but then you have to focus back on the job. Second moto, believe me, I wanted to win it, but the start wasn’t as stellar as the first one, and I took too long to get around Colt [Nichols]. I would have loved to have won the overall, but the moto win is a huge step for me, so I’ll take it.”

Chase Sexton races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton rounded out the overall podium with 4-2 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton began his day at High Point by qualifying fastest in practice. In the motos, he went 4-2 to round out the overall podium.

“Even before today I felt like I was very capable of this, capable of winning motos,” Sexton said. “I just needed to get a better start [and] I was finally able to do that. I was right behind Adam [Cianciarulo]. He crushed his start. It was kind of like that the whole race. I was trying everything I could do to get around him. The track was gnarly. We raced second [after the 450 class] today and the track was really beat up. I felt good all day and was fastest in qualifying. This is definitely where I want to be every week—up front and battling for the win, so this is definitely progress. I really want to win one of these though.”

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis put his YZ250F in fourth overall with 3-4 moto finishes.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis started near the front in moto 1 and made his way into second on lap 8 before finishing the moto in third. In moto 2, the Frenchman started in 10th and worked his way up to fourth by the end of the race, which secured him fourth overall in Pennsylvania.

“I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike for the first moto,” Ferrandis said. “I was struggling a little bit, but still managed to finish third. In the second moto, we changed my bike setup and it was way better, but my start was not the best and I got stuck in fifth position for a long time. I had to give everything I had to finish fourth, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to finish on the box this weekend. Now onto the next round in Jacksonville.”

Colt Nichols races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols (39) raced to consistent 5-5 moto finishes, which gave him fifth overall at High Point.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols rounded out the top five overall with his consistent 5-5 moto finishes.

“The bike was awesome today, but the track was very challenging,” Nichols said. “It was really bumpy [with] a lot of ruts, and that made it difficult to stay consistent. Overall, though, it was a good day. I pulled two really good starts. I was happy to lead some laps in the second moto. I just happened to be a fifth-place guy today. We made a lot of really good improvements and are making progress, so I can’t complain.”

RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire put his CRF250R in sixth overall at High Point after having a practice crash earlier in the week. “I had a hard crash Thursday, literally a lap-and-a-half before I was done for the week,” Hampshire said. “I hit my head and banged up my arm. No excuses though; I just didn’t have it all day.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 186
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 160
3 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 144
4 Chase Sexton Honda 134
5 Colt Nichols Yamaha 126
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 112
7 Hunter Lawrence Honda 111
8 RJ Hampshire Honda 104
9 Alex Martin Suzuki 87
10 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 63
Cameron McAdoo races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
In his debut ride with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team, Cameron McAdoo went 8-7 for seventh overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Michael Mosiman race at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman finished eighth overall on his FC 250. “I wouldn’t say it was a bad day,” Mosiman said. “I felt like I rode really well, but the problem was that I had to come through the pack in both motos. My starts were not good today, but I came back to finish both motos inside the top 10 and I know I have the speed to run the pace of the leaders.”Brown Dog Wilson
Justin Cooper races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
After clinching second overall at the opening three rounds of the series, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper finished ninth overall at High Point. “Overall, we just struggled today,” Cooper said. The track was different and technical. I just couldn’t seem to find my flow all day. It was one of those weekends that you have to learn from and move forward. I can’t wait for next weekend. We will move forward from here and get back to where we belong.”Brown Dog Wilson
Wilson Todd races at the 2019 High Point National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Wilson Todd rounded out the top 10 in his final race with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team.Brown Dog Wilson