2019 San Diego Supercross 250 Class Photo Finish
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo achieved his third 250SX main event victory of the season at round 5 of the 2019 AMA Supercross series at Petco Park in San Diego. He grabbed the holeshot in the main event and led all nine laps to take the win and the point lead.
“What a night!” Cianciarulo said. “It has been an up and down first couple weeks of racing for me, but to get the win tonight is huge. It eases my mind going into the break with [the] point lead and the red-background plate. I can’t wait to see it on my KX250. I also want to give a shout-out to my teammate Garrett Marchbanks on his first-ever podium. It was awesome to have the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team go 1-2 tonight.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Marchbanks had an evening of career firsts in San Diego. He scored his best-ever qualifying position in third going into the night program. A first-turn crash in the second heat race sent him to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he would go on to win the first LCQ of his career. In the main event, Marchbanks found himself inside the top 10 off the start and quickly began to charge forward. However, due to the muddy conditions, he struggled with vision while coming through the field and was forced to remove his goggles, but he soldiered on and fought up to second place behind his teammate. The rookie currently sits in eighth place in the point standings.
“Tonight is a night I will never forget,” Marchbanks said. “I felt good all day as I qualified in third place and I got a good jump in my heat race, but then another rider took me out off the start and I wasn’t able to recover. In the LCQ, I knew I needed to just get out front, which I did. I didn’t have the best gate pick, so I knew I just needed to send it off the start. By lap two, I couldn’t see out of my goggles and just ditched them. Once I was able to see, I was able to make some passes into second place. I can’t thank my whole team enough. It feels so good to put my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki up on the podium!”
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Jimmy Decotis finished third in his heat race and grabbed a top-five start in the main event. He methodically picked off riders through the muck and passed for third place on the final lap to tie his career-best finish. Decotis’ performance moved him up to sixth in the point standings, only two points out of fifth place.
“The San Diego mudder was an absolute blast,” Decotis said. “I surprised myself in the muddy conditions. I pulled off my first podium of the year in some of the craziest conditions I’ve ever seen. I’m loving this Suzuki RM-Z250 so much. I’ve been so comfortable. We are just continuing to build each and every week. I’ll have several weeks off before we head to Atlanta. I’m excited to keep progressing! Thank you to all the crew and everyone on the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath and Red Bull/Thor/KTM Canada’s Jess Pettis rounded out the top five, respectively.