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ATLANTA SX RACE RECAP

ATLANTA SX RACE RECAP

This week, Supercross headed to Atlanta for an East, West showdown - where teammates and red plate holders would face off. In the end, Adam Cianciarulo would outpace his fellow Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate. However, both riders would finish first in their respective series.

 

250 CLASS

Adam Cianciarulo #94

With two wins in the race format, Adam has become somewhat of a showdown specialist. However, even with that resume, besting his undefeated teammate, Austin Forkner, was a told order. He had his work cut out for him from the beginning. After turn one, Forkner took the lead – as he has all year – and with a clear track, was off to the races. Adam, sitting in third, would show his speed as he passed Chase Sexton and later reeled in his teammate Forkner. He would light the candles in Atlanta to become the first three-time showdown winner in Supercross history.

Austin Forkner #24

For the first time this year, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates, Austin Forkner, and Adam Cianciarulo would face off. Both riders would run the red plate, however, with an undefeated win streak, Austin was the one to beat. When the gate dropped, both Kawasaki pilots wasted no time getting to the front. Austin would take the holeshot and led the opening laps. He would eventually be passed by teammate Adam Cianciarulo and later Dylan Ferrandis to finish third. However, he was the fastest east-coast rider and extends his points lead to 18.

 

Martin Davalos #73

Davalos started mid-pack in the main event. From there, he played defense to keep the competition at bay, finishing eighth on the night.

 

Garrett Marchbanks #61

Atlanta wasn’t Marchbanks night. In the main, he was pinched out of the lead group as the field rounded turn one. This would force him to work through the pack. With three minutes left, he would be involved in a crash. It took him a while to recover and he settled for 20th.

 

Rj Hampshire #31

Rj wasn’t 100% for the main, having crashed during Friday's press day. A crash in the main compounded issues, dropping him to 21st. He would regroup to salvage 12th.

 

Cameron McAdoo #44

McAdoo struggled all night. He had a rough heat race and was forced to get to the main via the LCQ. In the main, he was riding mid-pack until a crash would have him settle for 16th.

Chase Sexton #23

In Atlanta, Chase flashed his speed once again. For the first half of the race he challenged for the win. However, a few small mistakes dropped him to forth. It was just off the podium, but Chase was happy with the ride.

 

450 CLASS

Ken Roczen #94

In the main, Roczen had an impressive start – rounding the first turn from the outside in second place. Unfortunately, he would lose momentum through the first rhythm section and drop multiple positions. He would work his way to 5th and take advantage of a mistake by Plessinger to take 4th. Having lost touch with the lead group, he would finish in 4th place.

 

Chad Reed #22

Reed didn’t have a good start in the main. He would get pinched in the start and got buried in 12th. He would hold his position for most of the race, eventually finishing 13th.

 

 

450 Class:

  • 4 – Ken Roczen (+ 18.325)
  • 13 – Chad Reed (25 laps + 16.241)

250 Class:

  • 1 – Adam Cianciarulo (20 laps)
  • 3 – Austin Forkner (+ 11.821)
  • 4 – Chase Sexton (+ 14.015)
  • 8 – Martin Davalos (+ 29.244)
  • 12 – Rj Hampshire (+ 46.818)
  • 16 – Cameron McAdoo (19 laps)
  • 20 – Garrett Marchbanks (+ 34.361)

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Next week we head to Daytona for round 10.

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