2019 Monster Energy Cup Race Report

Adam Cianciarulo wins in his debut 450 race.

In his debut ride with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Adam Cianciarulo took home the overall win at the 2019 Monster Energy Cup.
In his debut ride with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Adam Cianciarulo took home the overall win at the 2019 Monster Energy Cup. “That’s what racing is all about,” Cianciarulo said. “That last race was as fun as it gets, and I’m so proud that we finished what we started during qualifying. Hard work really does pay off. This was huge for me and I’m really looking forward to carrying this momentum into the Supercross season.”Brown Dog Wilson

Adam Cianciarulo clinched the overall victory in his debut race with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team at the Monster Energy Cup this past weekend. The Florida native captured two runner-up finishes in the first two main events, followed by a victory in the third and final race, which was enough to edge out his competition and take home $100,000.

“My first thought was, ‘What a life I get to live!’ ” Cianciarulo exclaimed. “That whole race I knew [Eli Tomac] was behind me. We had a gap and I knew it was going to come down to the Joker Lane. [Eli has] accomplished so much and just to be on the track with him… I’m stoked to be out there. Honestly, I always looked up to [him], and so just to be out there racing with him is unreal. And to come out on top of my first race, I just can’t ask for anything better.”

After winning all three main events last year, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac settled for the runner-up spot after winning the first race and finishing on the podium in the other two.
After winning all three main events last year, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac settled for the runner-up spot after winning the first race and finishing on the podium in the other two. “What a battle,” Tomac said. “We came to race and put on a show, and that’s exactly what we did. I felt good and was having fun all day. A small mistake cost me, but I can honestly say that was some of the most fun I’ve had in a while. After riding with Adam a few times out in California, I knew we would be battling like this, so I’m just happy we could take the 1-2 for the entire Kawasaki team.”Brown Dog Wilson

Last year’s overall winner Eli Tomac kicked off the day by qualifying fastest in practice. During the night program, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider finished in the runner-up spot, landing on the podium in every main event with 1-3-2 scores.

“Going into the Joker, I thought I just couldn’t really make the pass anywhere stick, so I was like, ‘Let me get into this thing a lap early and see if I can make the speed up on the track,’ ” Tomac said. “Basically, I ended up in the same exact spot there, eating a lot of roost. [It was a] great battle with Adam there. Coming out in the losing spot is going to get at me a little bit, but overall [it was a] really fun weekend, a great weekend for the team, and, man, that was a battle.”

Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart won the second race and rounded out the overall podium.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Malcolm Stewart won the second race and rounded out the overall podium. “What a night!” Stewart said. “3-1-3 for third overall! It felt good to be back out there mixing it up with the guys [with] three solid gate drops!”Brown Dog Wilson

After an injury that ended his 2019 Supercross season at round 2, Malcolm Stewart returned to action at the Monster Energy Cup. The Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider secured the win in the second main event of the night en route to third overall.

“Just going out here having fun and getting some gate drops just kind of sets a little barrier of where we’re going to be for the 2020 season,” Stewart explained. “[We’ll] just keep our heads down and keep moving forward. It’s been a long road for us. Nine months ago, we weren’t looking so hot, so the fact that I’m standing up here with a third overall means a lot to me.”

Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese finished inside the top five in each main event with 4-5-5 moto scores.
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese finished inside the top five in each main event with 4-5-5 moto scores.Brown Dog Wilson

Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Vince Friese and Team Honda HRC’s Tim Gajser rounded out the top five overall, respectively.

Reigning MXGP champion Tim Gajser rounded out the top five overall. “[The Monster Energy Cup] was amazing,” Gajser said. “With just five days of training on the Supercross track, I was happy with my riding and top five [result]. I enjoyed it a lot.”
Reigning MXGP champion Tim Gajser rounded out the top five overall. “[The Monster Energy Cup] was amazing,” Gajser said. “With just five days of training on the Supercross track, I was happy with my riding and top five [result]. I enjoyed it a lot.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Monster Energy Cup Results

Position Rider Brand Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 2 2 1 5 |  
2 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 1 3 2 6
3 Malcolm Stewart Honda 3 1 3 7
4 Vince Friese Honda 4 5 5 14
5 Tim Gajser Honda 7 4 4 15
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha 5 8 6 19
7 Benny Bloss KTM 9 7 7 23
8 Jeremy Martin Honda 6 6 14 26
9 Chad Reed Honda 8 12 10 30
10 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki 11 9 11 31
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia, who won the Monster Energy Cup back in 2012, put his YZ450F in sixth overall on the night. “My bike felt really good; we just needed a few things,” Barcia said.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia, who won the Monster Energy Cup back in 2012, put his YZ450F in sixth overall on the night. “My bike felt really good; we just needed a few things,” Barcia said. “Any race we go to we want to win; that’s always the goal, but there were some positives to take from today. We learned a few things about the new bike, and for me there are a few things I need to work on as well.”Brown Dog Wilson
In his final race with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS team, Benny Bloss put his 450 SX-F in seventh overall.
In his final race with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS team, Benny Bloss put his 450 SX-F in seventh overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin returned to action following a 16-month hiatus due to an injury he sustained at the 2018 Muddy Creek National, notching an eighth place overall result with 6-6-14 marks.
Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin returned to action following a 16-month hiatus due to an injury he sustained at the 2018 Muddy Creek National, notching an eighth place overall result with 6-6-14 marks.Brown Dog Wilson
22 Motorsports’ Chad Reed raced a Honda CRF450R to ninth overall.
22 Motorsports’ Chad Reed raced a Honda CRF450R to ninth overall.Brown Dog Wilson
Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers rounded out the top 10 on his KX450.
Triggr Racing/Blud Lubricants/AHM Factory Services/Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers rounded out the top 10 on his KX450.Brown Dog Wilson