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JE Pistons Back on Top at Spring Creek

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CYPRESS, Calif. (July 23, 2019) – Despite the mud and sloppy conditions following thunderstorms earlier

in the day, Adam Cianciarulo and Alex Martin led JE Pistons to a clean sweep of the top two steps of the

250 Class podium in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Frescados Tortillas Spring Creek National.

Cianciarulo led the charge for Pro Circuit Racing with a combined 3-1 finish to collect his sixth overall

victory of the season. Meanwhile, he stretched his championship lead to 36 points with four races

remaining in the 2019 outdoor campaign.

 

Martin, the hometown rider and native of Millville, Minn., rode his JE-powered Suzuki RM-Z250 to an

impressive 2-3 finish to come home second overall and earn his first podium finish of the season.

Cianciarulo battled with GEICO Honda’s Hunter Lawrence for the holeshot in the first race of the day, and

while Lawrence had the edge after the first corner, the rider of the No. 92 Kawasaki KX250 kept him

honest for the first half of the 30-minute-plus-two-laps moto.

As the top two duked it out at the front of the field, Martin eventually found his rhythm and began tracking

down Cianciarulo for the runner-up spot. With just over four minutes remaining in the first moto,

Cianciarulo fell victim to the muddy racecourse, losing the handle on his machine and giving up second to

Martin. With time running out, the 22-year-old Port Orange, Fla., native remounted his bike and held on

for third to record his 14th top-three moto finish of the season.

“I just had a little bit of a vision issue,” Cianciarulo explained. “I’ve been with Scott (Goggles) for a long

time and their product is awesome, but it just happens sometimes in those conditions. I got a piece of dirt

stuck in between where my roll-off was and the top of the goggle. I’d pull the string but it wouldn’t move

that piece of dirt, so I ended up having to ditch my goggles and I fell like three times. Hunter rode great

and Alex got me there at the end. I was mad after the first moto, super mad. I just felt like I didn’t get as

much as I could out of it, but I was able to turn it around for the second one.”

While Justin Cooper grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, Cianciarulo stayed on his rear fender and

took over the lead before completing the first lap. From there, he had a clear track and didn’t skip a beat.

By the time the checkered flag waved, Cianciarulo built over a 14-second lead to claim the seventh

overall win of his career.

Cianciarulo’s Pro Circuit teammate Garrett Marchbanks earned a 10-9 outing to be credited with a ninth-

place overall finish.

“This was one for the books,” said Cianciarulo following Round 8. “I am so incredibly proud of my team

and our results. Days like this are where you can easily throw away a moto due to a mechanical (issue) or

get swallowed whole by the nasty weather conditions. In the second moto, I was determined to get out

front and ride with clear vision and was able to do just that. We were able to increase our points lead a bit

and keep working towards that bigger picture, which is all we can ask for at the end of the day.”

Martin, who cut his teeth racing at Spring Creek Raceway, got a solid jump out of the starting gate in the

second moto, but his No. 26 Suzuki got pushed wide in the first corner, forcing him off course at the

onset. Martin raced in the runner-up spot for the remainder of the second moto but was ultimately

penalized one position for the off-track excursion. Still, the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory rider

remained in great spirits and was pleased with his team’s progress.

“Things started off a little delayed at the home race due to weather, but I felt great on the bike right away

and qualified third fastest,” said Martin. “The motos went very well, with two second-place finishes, but it

was unfortunate to get docked a position in the second moto. All in all, it felt awesome to finally get an

overall podium for myself and the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki guys! I’m very excited with how things have

been progressing.”

Martin’s JGRMX 250 Class stablemate Kyle Peters had his hands full with the challenging conditions but

soldiered home to a 17-15 combined effort to be credited with 15th overall.

Across the pits in the premiere 450 Class pits, Sweden’s Fredrik Noren carried the JE Pistons colors for

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing, riding a 7-11 effort into a respectable eighth-place overall

finish.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the pacific northwest this weekend for the series’

traditional stop at Washougal (Wash.) MX Park.

The first moto from Round 9 of the Pro Motocross Championship from the Motosport.com Washougal

National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., July 27 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m.

Pacific. Television coverage for the second motos will televised on NBCSN on a tape-delayed basis at 10

p.m. EDT.

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About JE Pistons …

JE Pistons is the leader in high-performance forged pistons with a reputation that the competition can

only follow. JE manufacturers the highest quality pistons and components that professional engine

builders, race teams, and high-performance enthusiasts trust and rely on.

JE Pistons combines technical excellence with responsiveness to meet and exceed customer needs. JE

Pistons, Inc. is a growing and dynamic business, which prides itself on the spirit and professionalism of its

employees.

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Chase Curtis

Chase Curtis is an avid motocross and MTB rider, and he has been editing moto videos for a mere two years. He's also the Swapmoto Race Series on-site photographer and reporter. When he finishes college, he will join the SML staff full time.

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