There will be a shuffle to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki lineup this weekend at the 2017 Ironman MX. The team has announced Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy will sit out the weekend, but that Justin Hill will return from injury for the final round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Hill initially suffered a wrist injury during practice at the 2017 Spring Creek MX and despite his best efforts to ride that weekend and the 2017 Washougal MX, was unable to race the two rounds. The 250 West Coast SX champion struggled through the summer months and finished outside the top-ten in multiple motos. He is currently nineteenth overall in the 250 championship.
Hill is also slated to race the 2017 MXGP of USA round of the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship one week later in Florida.
Savatgy is sidelined with a foot injury, which first occurred during a run-in with a lapped rider at the 2017 Unadilla MX and was further damaged in a hard practice crash at the 2017 Budds Creek MX. Savatgy claimed three wins in six motos in the latter half of the summer series and is currently ranked fourth overall in the 250 championship. Since there are two point-paying motos left to run this weekend, he’ll likely finish fifth overall in the final standings.
Like we’ve stated in past posts, Forkner is still recovering from a concussion, the second hard hit to the head that he’s suffered this summer. In a recent interview posted on Racer X Online, the second-year pro said that he acted unusually shortly after the crash.
Savatgy and Forkner will return to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in 2018, but Hill is at the end of his current contract and will soon part ways with the team.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo is bringing confidence into the final round at Ironman MX in Crawfordsville, Indiana after riding to his first career moto and overall win at the penultimate round. Justin Hill will return to racing after sitting out several rounds to heal several injuries. Joey Savatgy will remain sidelined after going down in practice at Budds Creek.
The road to Cianciarulo's first career overall motocross win was a lot longer than he anticipated, making the victory that much sweeter for the Floridian. A win had slipped through his fingers throughout the season, but in Budds Creek it looked as if it came with ease and newfound confidence. Cianciarulo will be using that confidence to try and make it back-to-back wins this weekend.
"When you win, it's a feeling you don't want to go away so you better believe I am going to do everything I can to make it happen again," said Cianciarulo. "My team has been incredible, giving me everything I need to succeed and being able to pay them back is amazing. I am really eager to get to Indiana and do it again."
Hill had taken some time to recover from some nagging injuries that were preventing him from showcasing his speed. With one round remaining, Hill wanted to go out on a high note and put in two solid motos.
"With injuries it's tough because as a racer we always want to come back quicker than we should," said Hill. "We have to listen to what our bodies are telling us and since I wasn't in the title hunt, it was good to let my body recover. I'd love to have a solid final race to end the season."