2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis wins race; Adam Cianciarulo captures championship.

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo clinched his first professional title at the final round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.Brown Dog Wilson

Adam Cianciarulo clinched his first professional title at round 12 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider's championship campaign was highlighted by his unparalleled consistency, in which he finished on the overall podium at all 12 rounds. That's the first time a champion has accomplished such a feat since Eli Tomac won the title during the 2013 season. Cianciarulo becomes the 31st different champion in the 250 Class, and also ends a six-year drought for his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad, the winningest team in class history with 11 outdoor championships.

“It’s been a journey, for sure,” Cianciarulo noted. “Like I’ve said, when I was a kid I knew I’d be here [winning championships], but then things got taken from me and I didn’t know if I could anymore. I would have rather gone through what I went through to get to this point, because it made me a better human. I’ve learned so much about myself and I’ve had to grow. The [adversity] has catapulted me into doing something I didn’t think I could do, which is win this outdoor title. I’ll hold onto this forever. No one can ever take this from me.”

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis won both motos and finished second overall in the series point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis captured the overall by winning both motos and finished the season second in the point standings, 20 points down from Cianciarulo.

“I knew [winning] wasn’t going to be enough to win the championship,” Ferrandis said. “AC [Adam Cianciarulo] rode great all season and he deserved [the title]. He was too hard to beat. This was the best season of my career. We showed good things this year. We won races and we showed that next season everyone can look at me to possibly win the championship.”

Justin Cooper races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper rounded out the overall podium and will represent the United States at the 2019 Motocross of Nations next month.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper put his YZ250F in third overall at Ironman with podium finishes in both motos. The New York native now sets his sights on representing the United States at the 2019 Motocross of Nations next month “The intensity was high all day,” Cooper said. “I realized that Dylan had a 1-1 going, so even if I got him it wouldn’t really do much for the overall. The win would have been good for my confidence, but he was riding good. I got up to him and I didn’t really have a spot picked out to pass him. We were both riding good [and] pushing each other. The bike was awesome all day and we ended things on a good note, which is important. We’ve made good improvements all year; now it’s time to go back to work and prepare for probably the biggest race of my life coming up, the Motocross of Nations. I’m going over there to represent my country successfully. I can’t wait for that.”

Chase Sexton races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton ended his season with a fourth place overall result at Ironman.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton put his CRF250R inside the top five in both motos with 4-3 finishes, which gave him fourth overall for the day.

“What a season it’s been!” Sexton exclaimed. “Ironman was a decent day for me qualifying third and then having 4-3 moto scores for fourth overall. The starts weren’t where I would’ve liked them to be coming from around 10th both motos, but I felt like my speed and fitness was solid! Overall, outdoors was up and down for me, from being on the podium and getting a moto win to then getting heat stroke and having to build myself back to a podium guy. Still getting fifth in points after missing five motos isn’t terrible. I feel like this year I really established myself as a guy that is there to compete for a championship and also being able to win a Supercross championship my second year is great! I’m pumped up for this off season and I’m hungry for more of that winning feeling, so it’s time to get some rest and then get back to work because I want more than ever!”

Michael Mosiman races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Michael Mosiman rounded out the top five with fifth place finishes in both motos.Brown Dog Wilson

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Michael Mosiman finished fifth in both motos, which gave him fifth overall at the final round.

“It was a good season for me overall,” Mosiman said. “Today was a really solid day. I started out P1 in the first qualifying session and I felt really good all day. I’m stoked with how far we’ve come and where we’ve ended up this season and I hope to carry it into next year.”

Alex Martin races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin finished sixth overall on the day and sixth in the series point standings as well. “Indiana was a solid weekend,” Martin said. “I had decent speed in the morning qualifying practice sessions. I was bummed about my start in the first moto. I completely butchered it! Oddly enough, it was the best I felt in a first moto all year. I charged up to sixth place. My start was better in the second moto, but I struggled to find a flow and seek out good lines. I finished sixth overall in the points standings. There are lots of positives to take into next year!”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 519
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 499
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha 461
4 RJ Hampshire Honda 337
5 Chase Sexton Honda 316
6 Alex Martin Suzuki 305
7 Colt Nichols Yamaha 292
8 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 290
9 Shane McElrath KTM 285
10 Hunter Lawrence Honda 252
RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire put his CRF250R inside the top 10 in both races with 9-6 moto finishes. “[It was a] pretty emotional day,” Hampshire said. “I wanted to end it with a good weekend for this team, but I didn’t have it all day. [In the] first moto I rode well, but came from way back then crashed [with] two to go and lost four spots. [In the] second moto I got a good start and thought I was going to be able run up there ,but I did not feel comfortable at all. Also, my pants had a bit of a malfunction and fell down so my whole butt was hanging out; it felt like I was sitting on a fire from about halfway on! I’m happy to end the season healthy and earn a career number. We were dealt with a lot this year—myself and the team. I’m thankful to have spent the last five years with this team and to be leaving on good terms!”Brown Dog Wilson
Shane McElrath races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath went 8-9 for eighth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Garrett Marchbanks races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks finished ninth overall at Ironman. “It's been a challenging season, but I'm proud to have officially wrapped up my second Pro Motocross season,” Marchbanks said. “I continue to learn and grow as a person and an athlete, and I look forward to continue working with the team to find even more success.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cameron McAdoo races at the 2019 Ironman National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Cameron McAdoo rounded out the top 10 on his 250 SX-F. “I struggled pretty bad dealing with my ribs from the Unadilla crash; I was in survival mode by moto 2! No excuses though; we got through it and now it’s time for a little bit of rest.”Brown Dog Wilson