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Glen Helen 2017

28/05/2017 //
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo Finishes Just Off Podium at Glen Helen
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (May 28, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Adam Cianciarulo bounced back from a tough opening moto to nearly ascend to the podium after scoring a 7-3 moto result, which placed him fourth overall. After the dust had settled, the team kept its streak alive as it has put a rider on the moto podium in four out of four races so far this season. Teammate Joey Savatgy finished inside the top-10 in ninth, while Austin Forkner and Justin Hill finished 13th and 18th, respectively. The start to the opening moto didn’t go to plan for Cianciarulo, who was involved in a first lap crash. He came around the lap in 27th with grit and determination on display and would eventually break into the top-10 and end up an amazing seventh in Moto 1. Cianciarulo was determined to have a better second moto and it ended up coming to pass as he finished on the podium in third, giving him fourth overall. “Crashing on the first lap, just a few turns in was really frustrating,” said Cianciarulo. “I’m in this for the title and I knew every position counted so I worked as hard as I could until the end. Moto 2 I was able to come out at the front, which made things a lot easier for that race. I know I’m capable of leading races so I just need to be patient because it will come.” Savatgy’s day got going with an awesome jump off the start in Moto 1 that saw him tuck behind the leader on the opening lap. After settling in, Savatgy clicked off lap after lap at a solid pace and came away with his first moto podium of the season. The second moto he didn’t have as great of a start, but was coming through the pack after starting outside the top 15. Savatgy had made his way into the top 10 when he had to retire early because of a mechanical. With his good opening moto, his 2-29 was good enough for ninth overall. “I felt great today,” said Savatgy. “I just need to keep my eye on the prize and not let any misfortune get me down. I’ll be focusing on the really good ride I had in Moto 1 and I was feeling good in Moto 2. Things happen, so it’s my job to keep a good outlook and come back swinging next weekend.” With his results at Round 1 not showcasing his raw speed, Forkner came to Glen Helen determined to show what he could do. In Moto 1, he had really made some progress as he ran with the front-runners, but was forced to end the moto early with a mechanical issue. Forkner came back swinging in Moto 2 and ended up sixth after some great battled throughout the race. His 38-6 moto score placed him 13th overall. “It was a bit of an up and down day,” said Forkner. “I felt good, but struggled here and there in that first moto and then we had the issue. I am glad we were able to come back in Moto 2 and prove our speed a little bit more. We have another weekend and another chance to show what we can do so I’m really looking forward to Colorado.” The start to Hill’s Moto 1 forced him to work through the pack after coming around the first turn outside the top 20. Hill was only a few laps into the race when he came back to the pits with a bike issue. With his limited time on the track in Moto 1, Hill was fresh to do damage in Moto 2, but had to overcome another tough start in 21st. He used every lap to charge forward and by the checkered had made it up to 12th. His 40-12 moto result still gave him 18th overall. “A little bummer in the first moto, but at least I was well rested for Moto 2 because I didn’t get a great start and had to work through the pack,” said Hill. “I think I’ve been improving each week so now we have to get a handle on the starts because with 40 riders headed into the first turn, it’s a pretty big deal to get up front early.”
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