The anticipated return of the 250SX West Region in Seattle proved to be the latest showcase of dominance from Monster Energy, as Monster Energy Supercross welcomed its newest member to the long list of winners. Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis has been knocking on the door of his first career supercross win for well over a season, and inside CenturyLink Field the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha rider put it all together to extend Monster Energy’s 250SX Class win streak to nine races.
As expected, Ferrandis received fierce challenge from West Region point leader, and fellow Monster Energy rider Adam Cianciarulo. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider brought a three-race win streak into Seattle and even avoided near disaster in the first turn of the Main Event, but despite keeping Ferrandis honest he was unable to get around his closest championship rival.
Ferrandis is the fourth different Monster Energy rider to take a 250SX Class win this season, and the victory helped keep his title hopes alive as the West Region Championship winds down.
"It's unbelievable, I'm so happy. It was difficult tonight because I was fast on the track and got a good start, and I see my teammate crash really bad in front of me, so it was a little bit sketchy. I wasn't really sure what happened to him. After I was leading, though, it was crazy. It's been a while I haven't led a race. [Adam Cianciarulo] was really fast. He pushed me... It was new for me to be out front. I kind of struggled a little bit just trying not to make mistakes. Lapped riders were really difficult to manage through. My team makes so much work for me and they deserve so much this week, so I'm just so happy."
250SX East/West Showdown
Ferrandis’ path to victory started in qualifying, where the speed he said he enjoyed was evident by posting the fastest lap. He was the only 250SX Class rider to break into the 45-second bracket, outrunning Cianciarulo. Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha’s Colt Nichols was fifth, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Garrett Marchbanks posted the 12th-fastest time.
Cianciarulo and Marchbanks were featured in the first Heat Race, where Cianciarulo got a great start and surged into the early lead. He easily managed control of the race from there on out, going wire-to-wire. Marchbanks started the Heat Race inside the top three and worked his way into second behind his teammate. The Pro Circuit duo paced the race for a couple laps before Marchbanks was forced to engage in a fierce battle with several riders. Cianciarulo cruised to an easy win, while Marchbanks earned a solid transfer spot in fifth.
Ferrandis and Nichols headlined the second Heat Race, but it was Jacob Hayes and Chris Blose who emerged ahead of Nichols in third, while Ferrandis had to do some work starting eighth. Nichols soon surged forward and moved into the lead on Lap 3. As he seized control of the race, Ferrandis was storming to the front. Ferrandis broke into the top three the same lap Nichols took the lead, and got around Blose for second three laps later. The Star duo led the way through to the finish.
Cianciarulo was the first rider to the corner to start the Main Event, but he came in with too much speed and nearly went down. That handed the holeshot to Nichols, with Ferrandis in tow. Nichols, Ferrandis and Cianciarulo briefly ran 1-2-3 but a bobble by the point leader caused him to drop to fourth. Jimmy Decotis was able to surge into the lead, but Nichols was right behind him. The Yamaha rider stalked Decotis and successfully reclaimed the top spot, but shortly after that he had a miscue in a rhythm lane, which took him down hard and forced him out of the race. Decotis then inherited the lead.
Ferrandis was aggressive in the early laps, and it allowed him to storm by Decotis for the top spot. Cianciarulo soon followed into second, and from there the Monster Energy riders pulled away from the field. Ferrandis’ exceptional pace all day in Seattle allowed him to maintain an slim advantage over Cianciarulo, and the two continued to trade fast laps. Lapped traffic changed the dynamic of the battle up front and allowed Ferrandis to put a little more distance between he and Cianciarulo, but the Kawasaki never gave up. Cianciarulo picked up the pace in the closing laps and successfully closed in on Ferrandis with one to go. In the final corner he dove to the inside of Ferrandis, but didn’t have enough speed to get ahead. Ferrandis took the checkered flag by about a bike length over Cianciarulo, completing a Monster Energy 1-2. At least two Monster Energy riders have been on the podium in all but one race this season.
The win helped Ferrandis pick up valuable points on Cianciarulo in the West Region standings, where 12 points now separate the two. Despite being unable to finish the race, Nichols still maintains a strong hold on fourth.
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Dylan Ferrandis, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha
2. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
3. Jimmy Decotis, Suzuki
12. Garrett Marchbanks, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
22. Colt Nichols, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha
Western Regional 250SX Class Standings
1. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 163
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha - 151
3. Shane McElrath, KTM - 123
4. Colt Nichols, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha - 121
5. RJ Hampshire, Honda - 103
10. Garrett Marchbanks, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 85
The 450SX Class has seen some exceptional competition throughout the 2019 season, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac grabbing a trio of wins to remain in the thick of the title fight. Additionally, his Monster Energy Kawasaki rookie teammate Joey Savatgy has been a pleasant surprise, regularly mixing it up with the big names of the division.
In Seattle both riders were hoping to find success, along with Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia. The annual visit to the Pacific Northwest also signified the 2019 debut of veteran Josh Grant, who was tabbed to fill in for an injured Aaron Plessinger for the remainder of the season. In the end, the Kawasaki teammates’ tenacity carried them both to top-five finishes, with Tomac capturing his sixth podium result of the season.
Both Tomac and Savatgy were strong to start the day in Seattle, each serving as two of just five riders to post a sub-46-second lap time. Grant and Barcia followed with the 15th and 16th-fastest lap, respectively.
Barcia was the lone Monster Energy rider in the first Heat Race of the night. Things started challenging as Barcia emerged back in 15th, but he immediately went to work and successfully broke into the top 10 after just two laps. He continued to move forward, earning a transfer spot in eighth.
The remaining three Monster Energy rider competed in the second Heat Race, and both Tomac and Savatgy rode well. Tomac got underway right on the heels of point leader Cooper Webb and paced the KTM rider throughout the race, finishing in the runner-up spot. After starting third, Savatgy waged a tight battle for the position with Dean Wilson. Savatgy kept the fight the whole way, finishing just off the podium in fourth. In his first race of 2019, Grant missed out on a transfer spot in 10th. Grant would encounter misfortune in the LCQ and miss out on the Main Event.
When the Main Event got underway, it was rookie Zach Osborne who earned the holeshot. Tomac emerged as the top Monster Energy rider in fifth, and as he battled to secure a spot inside the top three Marvin Musquin moved into the lead. Savatgy started his Main Event in eighth, while Barcia was 13th.
Tomac was able to get around Osborne and move into fourth, while an aggressive Savatgy stormed his way right behind his teammate in fifth. Tomac then pressured Cole Seely for several laps before successfully moving into podium position on Lap 7, and as Savatgy attempted to follow him into fourth he tipped over and lost an additional spot.
Tomac successfully closed in on the lead duo of Musquin and Ken Roczen, but lapped traffic prevented his ability to mount a serious challenge on either rider. Musquin carried on to take his second straight win, with Roczen second, while Tomac brought home a solid third-place finish.
Savatgy recovered from his mistake to finish fifth, while Barcia endured to take a 17th-place finish.
A post-race penalty was given to Musquin for jumping through a red-cross flag in the early stages of the race, resulting in the deduction of seven points. As a result, Tomac outscored both of his championship rivals – Musquin and Webb – resulting in a successful night for the Kawasaki rider.
Tomac remains third in the championship standings, 19 points out of the lead and just five points out of second with five races remaining.
450SX Class Results
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM
2. Ken Roczen, Honda
3. Eli Tomac, Monster Energy Kawasaki
4. Cooper Webb, KTM
5. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy Kawasaki
17. Justin Barcia, Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing
450SX Class Standings
1. Cooper Webb, KTM - 262
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM - 248
3. Eli Tomac, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 243
4. Ken Roczen, Honda - 239
5. Blake Baggett, KTM - 200
7. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 159
9. Justin Barcia, Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing - 144
12.Aaron Plessinger, Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing - 123