JE Pistons Back on Top at Spring Creek
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
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
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
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