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Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

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Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Adam Cianciarulo captured his first professional championship by claiming the 250 Class. Photo: Jeff Kardas
After a captivating, highly competitive season, the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday with the STACYC Stability Cycle Ironman National from Ironman Raceway.

The focal point of the fifth anniversary of this event was the battle for the 250 Class title between Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki‰Ûªs Adam Cianciarulo and Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis. The lone riders mathematically eligible to capture the Gary Jones Cup were both chasing their first career national title, with a 30-point cushion sitting in Cianciarulo‰Ûªs favor. When all was said and done, Cianciarulo made life easy on himself by clinching his first professional title at the conclusion of the opening moto.

The battle for the victory at Ironman saw Ferrandis do exactly what he needed to do coming into the afternoon, riding to an impressive 1-1 sweep of the motos and his fourth 250 Class victory of the season. In the 450 Class, with the championship already decided one week ago, Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Eli Tomac capped off his historic three-peat with an emphatic win.


The first 250 Class moto of the afternoon saw JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing‰Ûªs Kyle Peters prevail with the MotoSport.com Holeshot, followed by Mitchell Falk and Ferrandis. Right behind the top three was Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Justin Cooper and Cianciarulo. As Peters solidified his hold on the lead, Ferrandis quickly charged up into second. Behind him, both Cooper and Cianciarulo moved forward into second and third, respectively.

Peters held on to the lead for a lap, but Ferrandis made his move and put his Yamaha right where it needed to be out front. It didn‰Ûªt take long for both Cooper and Cianciarulo to also make their way around Peters and set the stage for what would ultimately be the deciding battle for the championship. Ferrandis appeared to have control of the moto, but he soon came under fire from a hard-charging Cooper. The teammates went at it for several laps, with Ferrandis able to fend off numerous pass attempts. Eventually, Cooper‰Ûªs persistence paid off and he took the lead just over a quarter into the moto.
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Dylan Ferrandis ended the season with a dominant 1-1 performance. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Cooper continued to charge ahead and soon opened up a comfortable lead. However, after they passed the halfway point of the race Ferrandis picked up his pace and went to work on chipping away at the deficit. As the 30-minutes-plus-two-laps moto surpassed the 20-minute mark Ferrandis was back on the rear fender of his teammate. With about seven minutes to go he pulled the trigger on a pass and took away Coopers line, reclaiming the top spot. The Frenchman was able to quickly distance himself, and it soon put Cooper within reach of Cianciarulo, who started to make a late push in recognition of what transpired ahead of him.

While Ferrandis continued to lead in the waning moments of the moto, Cianciarulo caught Cooper and was able to make the pass for second with a minute remaining. Cianciarulo continued to close on Ferrandis over the final two laps, but he didn‰Ûªt need anything better than second to wrap up the title. Ferrandis carried on to his class-leading eighth moto win of the season by 3.6 seconds over Cianciarulo, who mathematically eliminated Ferrandis with the result. Cooper soldiered home in third, with GEICO Honda‰Ûªs Chase Sexton fourth and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Michael Mosiman fifth.

The final 250 Class moto of the season got underway with Ferrandis surging to the MotoSport.com Holeshot, with GEICO Honda‰Ûªs RJ Hampshire, Cooper and Cianciarulo in tow. Both Cooper and Cianciarulo were able to fight their way by Hampshire on the opening lap and establish the same lead trio as Moto 1.

250 Class established a solid hold on the lead, and it didn‰Ûªt take long for him to move out to a multiple second advantage over his rivals. In their chase of the Frenchman, Cianciarulo and Cooper engaged in a spirited battle for second. The Kawasaki rider made multiple attempts to get by Cooper, but was unable to find a way around. Cooper eventually put some distance between he and Cianciarulo and proceeded to track down Ferrandis for the lead. Cianciarulo continued to lose ground, ultimately giving up third to Sexton.
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Justin Cooper was in the hunt both motos and finished second overall. Photo: Jeff Kardas
A few bike lengths for several laps separated the Yamaha teammates, but Ferrandis was able to stabilize his lead late in the moto and carry it through to the finish for a wire-to-wire victory by 4.9 seconds over Cooper. It was his ninth moto win of the season. Sexton followed in third, with Cianciarulo finishing fourth.

It was Ferrandis‰Ûª fourth overall win over the final six rounds of the summer, three of which came via 1-1 sweeps.

‰ÛÏI knew winning today wasn‰Ûªt going to be enough to win the championship today. AC rode great all season, and he deserved the title. He was too hard to beat,‰Û
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Adam Cianciarulo's third overall was good enough to become crowned champion. Photo: Rich Shepherd
Cianciarulo‰Ûªs championship campaign was highlighted by his unparalleled consistency, in which he finished on the overall podium at all 12 rounds. That‰Ûªs 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 championships.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a journey, for sure," Cianciarulo said. "Like I‰Ûªve said, when I was a kid I knew I‰Ûªd be here [winning championships], but then things got taken from me and I didn‰Ûªt 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,‰Û
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Eli Tomac captured a sixth overall victory of the 2019 season in the 450 Class. Photo: Jeff Kardas
The first 450 Class moto saw Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen and Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Joey Savatgy battle side-by-side coming to the MotoSport.com Holeshot, with Savatgy just narrowly getting the advantage. However, Roczen pushed his Honda into the lead immediately and looked to open a gap on the field. Behind the lead pair, newly crowned champion Eli Tomac slotted into third aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki, while Frenchman Marvin Musquin gave chase from fourth.

The Kawasaki teammates engaged in a battle for second for a couple laps and kept Roczen within reach throughout. Eventually, Tomac made the move around Savatgy, which allowed him to settle into a rhythm to try and close in on the lead. A couple laps later Musquin got by Savatgy for third and began his quest to track down his primary rivals up front.

The leaders found themselves mired in lapped traffic early on, which ultimately played a significant role as the moto continued. Tomac successfully closed in on Roczen and applied heavy pressure for the lead, but lapped riders put some distance between them and also allowed Musquin to close in from third. Throughout the second half of the moto the top three sat within mere bike lengths of one another in what became the most competitive moto of the entire season. Lapped traffic continued to alter the pace of all three riders, which saw the distance between each of them fluctuate each and every lap.

With mere minutes left in the moto, Musquin was able to take advantage of Tomac‰Ûªs pass on a lapper to dive to the inside and steal second. He then chased Roczen for a lap before making another impressive pass as they came to take the 2-lap board. Once by, Musquin was able to establish a bit of a gap on Roczen, but the German battled back on the final lap. He attempted to make a pass on the final turn, but Musquin prevailed with an impressive moto win that saw him move from third to first in a matter of two laps. Roczen finished second, seven tenths back, while Tomac followed in third. Savatgy earned a career-best moto finish in fourth, with Zach Osborne fifth.
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Ken Roczen led both motos early and held on to finish runner-up. Photo: Rich Shepherd
The 24th and final moto for the 450 Class began with Savatgy once again claiming the MotoSport.com Holeshot, followed closely by Osborne and Musquin. As they battled for the position behind Savatgy, Osborne and Musquin came together which caused Musquin to crash. He was unable to return to the race, ending both his hopes of victory and securing the runner-up spot in the final championship standings.

Savatgy carried on out front, and Tomac was able to fight his way up to second. However, all attention was on Roczen as the German stormed his way from fourth to second before the completion of the opening lap. He continued to push and made the pass on Savatgy on the following lap. Tomac gave chase and was able to pass his teammate for second, while Osborne eventually dropped Savatgy off the podium with a pass for third.

Much like the first moto, Tomac closed in on Roczen and the two multi-time champions traded fast laps, separated by just a handful of bike lengths. Osborne stayed close to keep the lead duo honest. With 10 minutes left in the moto Tomac attempted to mount a challenge, trying alternate lines in his search for a way around. After a few laps Tomac‰Ûªs persistence paid off and he made the move by the German. That opened the door for Osborne to apply pressure on Roczen from third. The rookie 450 Class rider made the pass happen and gave chase for the lead.

Tomac dropped the hammer in the closing stages of the moto and stormed to his 11th moto win of the season by 8.1 seconds over Osborne. Roczen held on to finish third.

It‰Ûªs the sixth overall victory of the season for Tomac (3-1), and the 23rd of his career, which gives him sole possession of fourth on the all-time 450 Class wins list.

‰ÛÏEven though the title was clinched it was still a fun day. We came in here with the plan to do the same thing. The mindset was to attack,‰Û
Adam Cianciarulo wraps up 2019 AMA 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Zach Osborne rounded out the overall podium in third. Photo: Jeff Kardas
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - STACYC Stability Cycle Ironman National
Ironman Raceway ‰ÛÒ Crawfordsville, Indiana - August 24, 2019

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
2 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-3)
3 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (5-2)
4 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-6)
5 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (7-4)
6 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (6-5)
7 Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (9-7)
8 Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (8-8)
9 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-40)
10 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki (10-10)

450 Class Championship Standings
1 Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 521 points
2 Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda ‰ÛÒ 463 points
3 Marvin Musquin, France, KTM ‰ÛÒ 451 points
4 Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 407 points
5 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 403 points
6 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 324 points
7 Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 315 points
8 Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 240 points
9 Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM ‰ÛÒ 222 points
10 Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM ‰ÛÒ 175 points

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
2 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (3-2)
3 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-4)
4 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (4-3)
5 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (5-5)
6 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (6-8)
7 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (9-6)
8 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (8-9)
9 Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (11-7)
10 Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, KTM (7-13)

250 Class Championship Standings
1 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki ‰ÛÒ 519 points
2 Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 499 points
3 Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 461 points
4 RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda ‰ÛÒ 337 points
5 Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda ‰ÛÒ 316 points
6 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki ‰ÛÒ 305 points
7 Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha ‰ÛÒ 292 points
8 Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna ‰ÛÒ 290 points
9 Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM ‰ÛÒ 285 points
10 Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda ‰ÛÒ 252 points

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