LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2018) - Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki enjoyed a double celebration inside Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night to close out the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season. Not only was the team celebrating Adam Cianciarulo's first win of the 2018 season but also the 150th supercross victory. Cianciarulo's come-from-behind ride showcased his raw speed as he did everything he could to have a chance at the championship, ultimately coming up only two points shy. Teammate Joey Savatgy also had a great run in Las Vegas, finishing just off the podium in fourth.
Cianciarulo entered the season finale with three runner-up finishes and it was time for him to grace the top step of the podium. He qualified on top during timed practice and finished second in his heat race. When the gate dropped on the main event, Cianciarulo was funneled back a bit and sat fifth after the first lap. He wasn't taking his time getting to the front and as the clock ticked halfway through the main event, Cianciarulo had made his way into the lead. He had some healthy competition but still managed to come across the line with almost a three-second gap to earn his first win of the 2018 season.
"It was a rollercoaster day because I've come in with the burden of a torn ACL all year, but then I twisted my ankle a bit in practice," said Cianciarulo. "Maybe it evened me out, but I felt ready to get this win and I'm so happy it ended up being Pro Circuit's 150th supercross victory. Since the knee ended up bothering me more than I thought it would during the supercross season, I have decided to get surgery on it so I can enter the 2019 season healthy and ready to bring the team a championship. It was a tough decision because I love riding outdoors, but it's the best decision for the long term."
Savatgy entered the final race with some momentum from a solid showing in Salt Lake City. As a former winner of the showdown race in Las Vegas, Savatgy was prepared and made a quick impact with his first heat race win of the season. In the main event, Savatgy was one of the first riders to the first turn and started the race in third. After a shuffle of riders at the front, Savatgy was pushed back to fifth, but was able to make a pass on the final lap to finish fourth. He ended the season fourth overall in the championship standings.
"I really wish I could have ended the season on the podium, but we're healthy and ready to go after a championship outdoors," said Savatgy. "I feel really good and confident that the speed will be there for the motocross season. I got a win and several podium finishes, so the supercross season was solid."