2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race Report

Fifth overall victory in six races for Adam Cianciarulo.

Adam Cianciarulo races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo achieved his fifth overall victory in six rounds thus far in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at The Wick 338.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo came away with his fifth overall victory in six rounds thus far in the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts. The Florida native's 1-2 moto finishes awarded him with 47 championship points on the day, and he now holds a 23-point lead over his nearest competitor in the championship standings.   "I try to make good decisions [when I'm out there]," Cianciarulo explained. "The more I mature as a racer, the more you just learn [how to handle situations]. I managed that [second moto], for sure. I'm not sure if I had Dylan's pace in that [second] moto. He deserved that one. I tried to follow, but I'll admit, I was a little bit fatigued. We still leave here with another win, and it's amazing what we continue to accomplish as a team."

Dylan Ferrandis races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis captured his second moto victory of the season at Southwick.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis captured his second moto win of the season in moto 2, and his third place finish in moto 1 was enough to give him second overall at Southwick. The Frenchman sits third place in the point standings at the halfway point in the series.   “I feel like even with the heat, I’m still alright,” Ferrandis said. “It’s nice to get another moto win. We improved between the motos after going the wrong way for moto 1. We talked a lot and we figured it out for moto 2. I’m exhausted but happy to be up here and we’ll go after the overall again next weekend.”

Justin Cooper races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper rounded out the overall podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper rounded out the overall podium with his 2-3 moto finishes, which was his fifth podium finish in six races. Cooper maintains the runner-up spot in the point standings leading into the second half of the series.   “The track was the roughest I’ve ever ridden Southwick,” Cooper said. “Not that I’ve been here that much, but even watching it on TV has never seemed to be this rough. I made some good changes between motos, but the braking bumps were really tightening my back up and I just wanted to make sure we maintained through the whole moto. It was gnarly, and a really physically and mentally demanding track. I gave it my all out there today.”

RJ Hampshire races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire’s consistent 4-4 moto finishes gave him fourth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s RJ Hampshire raced to two consistent fourth place moto finishes, which awarded him with fourth overall on the challenging Southwick track.

“[It was a] solid day,” Hampshire said. “I struggle with getting a good start when they till the start straight really deep, so I came from behind in both motos. First moto felt really good, but I used a lot of energy catching those guys. Second moto I got another bad start and my legs weren’t as strong as I would have liked them to be. I made a push around half way and closed on [Justin] Cooper a little bit for third, but it wasn’t going to be enough, so I backed it down the last couple laps. I’m happy to get two solid motos in; I just wish [my] starts were better.”

Shane McElrath races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath grabbed his two best moto finishes of the season at Southwick.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath achieved his two best moto finishes of the season thus far at The Wick 338. McElrath went 6-7 for fifth overall at the sandy Southwick track.

“[It’s] pretty cool to have two sand races on the circuit now,” McElrath said. “We are making progress and [are] ready for another solid week!”

Alex Martin races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin grabbed sixth overall on his RM-Z250. “I managed a decent start in the first moto, only to have it last for three corners with a silly tip-over crash,” Martin said. “I felt like I rode well to go from about dead last to eighth, before a small crash put me back to tenth. I overcame a mid-pack start in the second moto to finish fifth. I am still frustrated with my starts. I will continue to make that a priority this week leading up to Redbud.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 250MX Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki 269
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 246
3 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 232
4 Colt Nichols Yamaha 178
5 Chase Sexton Honda 167
6 RJ Hampshire Honda 165
7 Hunter Lawrence Honda 162
8 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 148
9 Alex Martin Suzuki 143
10 Shane McElrath KTM 108
Brandon Hartranft races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft put his YZ250F in seventh overall. “Southwick was a good one [with] 7-8 for 7th overall,” Hartranft said. “[It] felt so good to be up front and to run the pace [of] the leaders for a few laps. I feel that I have more in me and I’m ready to show it. Thanks everyone who has been supporting me this year. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”Brown Dog Wilson
Colt Nichols races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Colt Nichols finished fifth in the first moto, but an 11th place result in moto 2 held him back in the overall standings for the day. “The bike was great all day and I’m honestly happy with the changes we have made in the past week or so,” Nichols shared. “The conditions were brutal. The typical Southwick rough and tough you could say. I’m bummed I had a crash first lap of the second moto, but that’s racing. We get to try again next weekend.”Brown Dog Wilson
Cameron McAdoo races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Cameron McAdoo put his 250 SX-F in ninth overall for the day.Brown Dog Wilson
Jacob Hayes races at the 2019 Southwick National Motocross 250 Class Race.
Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha’s Jacob Hayes rounded out the top 10.Brown Dog Wilson