CYPRESS, Calif. (May 1, 2018) - Pro Circuit Racing's Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy turned in gritty performances, riding their JE Pistons-powered Kawasaki's to second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in Saturday night's Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Both Cianciarulo and Savatgy came into the penultimate round of the Western Regional 250SX Class Supercross Championship focusing on collecting as many points as possible while both riders worked to position themselves to race for a championship when the season wraps up this weekend in Las Vegas.
Cianciarulo and Savatgy entered the ninth race of the Western Regional 250SX Class title fight second and third in points, looking to make a move on leader Aaron Plessinger. After setting the fastest time in 250SX Class practice, Cianciarulo went on to win his heat race while Savatgy finished third.
Savatgy grabbed the holeshot in the main event and set the pace early. The rider of the JE-sponsored No. 17 KX250F led for eight laps before getting out of shape in the whoop section, allowing Cianciarulo and eventual race winner Shane McElrath, to get by. Cianciarulo kept McElrath honest and held on to finish second with Savatgy coming home third.
"I had a great day," said Cianciarulo. "I felt amazing on the bike and nearly had the win. I believe my riding and speed were there, but I didn't get the start I needed. We'll take this momentum into Vegas and give it everything we've got."
Cianciarulo trails Plessinger by a manageable 13 points heading into Las Vegas while Savatgy holds down third in the standings, 22 out of the top spot.
"We had a good shot at making up a lot of points Saturday, but couldn't quite get it done," explained Savatgy. "Overall, the bike and the team were on point and we're still in contention for the championship."
In premier 450SX Class Action, JE-Pistons powered Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Weston Peick won his heat race and went on to grind out a gutsy seventh-place finish in the second-to-last main event of the season.
Despite being collected in a multi-rider incident early and being mired deep in the field, Peick gutted it out and rode his Suzuki RM-Z450 to his 12th top 10 of the season. Peick's JGRMX stablemate Malcom Stewart was scored 14th in the final rundown.
"It was the same kind of deal as last weekend," said Peick, who sits sixth in points. "I felt good all day. I went into the main event expecting to be on the podium but (my) start wasn't there again. I got antsy. I didn't leave too late but had a bit of wheel-spin in the dirt and got tangled up in the first turn. From there I had to play catch up. With the track being so slick and difficult it was hard to make up time. I settled in and finished seventh. It wasn't the best weekend, but I had some speed.
"I am putting the pieces together. With one Supercross race remaining, my plan is to get a good start in the main and put my Suzuki on the podium."
"Peick had an awesome day," added JGRMX Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht. "He got tangled up in a start, but, if not for that, would have done really well. He fought hard and rode all of the way up to seventh. Malcolm had a tough time in the whoops so I know he's looking for a better finish in Las Vegas."
After rattling off 16 races in 17 weeks, Monster Energy Supercross wraps up the season in style with the series' traditional trip to Las Vegas for this weekend's season finale.
The 17th and final race of the year rings down the curtain on the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season Sat., May 5, at Sam Boyd Stadium. Live television coverage on FS1 begins at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 p.m. Pacific.