Pair of Podiums For JE Riders at Seattle SX
Adam Cianciarulo and Jimmy Decotis led the charge for JE Pistons Saturday night where the rider of the No. 92 Kawasaki KX 250 and the rider of the No. 64 Suzuki RMZ250 finished second and third, respectively, in Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional 250SX Class racing. Cianciarulo, the Western Regional championship leader, knocked down his fifth podium finish in seven races and holds a respectable 12-point lead over second place and Seattle race-winner Dylan Ferrandis.
“Wow, the crowd was amazing,” commented Cianciarulo following his seventh top five in seven races this season. “They were cheering so loud that I felt I was carrying that energy with me on the track. That’s such a special feeling that never gets old… It’s hard not to feel a little disappointed with not winning, although second is a good position to be in. Once you get that feeling on the top step, it’s hard not to want to get there every week. We’ll get back to it this week and prepare for Houston.” Cianciarulo’s Pro Circuit Racing teammate Garrett Marchbanks had an up-and-down evening. After starting the 250SX Main Event outside of the top-10, he worked his JE-powered Kawasaki through the field to pass six riders before the slightest error cost him a handful of positions, leaving him 12th in the final rundown.
Meanwhile, Decotis rounded out the podium finishers aboard his JE-backed JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki. The Peabody, Mass., native turned in his second podium finish and third top five of 2019. Decotis is tied for eighth in points but sits just nine markers outside fifth in the championship standings. “I had a solid night in Seattle,” said Decotis. “I rode great all day, had an awesome heat race, and finished third in the main event. My Suzuki RM-Z250 is amazing, and I feel like I’m riding so well right now. I didn’t have the best main event, but to finish third on a track that difficult is a positive. I’m excited to keep things rolling in Houston.” Enzo Lopes, Decotis’ teammate and rider of the No. 67 Suzuki, has seen his share of adversity this season and looked to improve on his rookie year with a solid effort in Seattle. The native Brazilian rode a fifth-place effort in his heat race into the main event where he spent much of the early laps racing with the front runners. As the night wore on during the 15-minute-plus-one lap feature race for the 250SX Class, Lopes began to fade, but the 19-year-old hung tough to finish ninth and earn the best Supercross finish of his youthful career. In 450SX Class action, JGRMX fan favorite and two-time Supercross Champion Chad Reed came into the his 249th start looking to make a splash at one of the more technical tracks the series has seen this year. The 37-year-old journeyman racer was riding a head-shaking streak of 64 straight starts into Seattle, looking to earn his second podium finish of the year. Unfortunately, Reed’s uber-impressive streak came to an end following round 12 after his Suzuki kicked sideways off a jump, causing a chain-reaction incident that left him with a host of injuries, leaving him unable to continue and likely sidelined for the final five rounds. “Chad was on it all day,” explained JGRMX Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht at the end of the night. “He was happy with the bike and feeling great. I thought he would do well on that track, especially with how difficult the whoops were. He slid off the face of a double in the main and came together with a couple of riders. It was a weird incident. We will see how long the injury takes to recover from and will provide more information at that time.” Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Houston’s NRG Stadium where the best riders in the world take on the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans. The 13th race on the 2019 Supercross schedule will be televised live on NBCSN Sat., March 30 beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5 p.m. Pacific. -30- 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.