2019 MONSTER ENERGY CUP SUPERCROSS RESULTS

 

In his first race on a 450, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured the overall in one of the most prestigious stand-alone races in the world. He won the Monster Energy Cup with a 2-2-1 score, missing out on the $1 million offered for a perfect tally, but elevating his status in the Supercross world by beating his teammate Eli Tomac in an epic, wheel-to-wheel final race.

MAIN 1

Eli Tomac made an aggressive pass on Vince Friese for the lead.Photo by Travis Fant.

It started out with Cianciarulo in front wearing his brand new number 9. Smartop Honda teamsters Vince Friese and Malcolm Stewart were in the mix while Eli Tomac  had to make due with a so-so start, around sixth. Cianciarulo looked fast and started to pull a gap, but then he grabbed too much front brake and went down, dropping to fourth. Then it was Friese in the lead. Tomac climbed up to second, then simply forgot the track layout and attempted a triple that was out of reach. He landed hard and lost a position to Stewart.  Eventually he climbed back up to Friese’s rear wheel, then bumped his way into the lead. Cianciarulo recovered from his mistake and got to second by the end, leaving Tomac the man with a shot at $1 million.

1 Eli Tomac
2 Adam Cianciarulo
3 Malcolm Stewart
4 Vince Friese
5 Justin Barcia
6 Jeremy Martin
7 Tim Gajser
8 Chad Reed
9 Benny Bloss
10 Kyle Chisolm
11 Tyler Bowers
12 Alex Ray
13 Jerry Robin
14 Justin Starling
15 Ryan Breece
16 Adam Enticknap
17 Robbie Wageman
18 Tevin Tapia
19 Mike Alessi
20 Austin Politelli
21 Scott Champion
22 Aaron Plessinger

MAIN 2

After a nine-month break from racing, Malcolm Stewart won the second main. Photo by Travis Fant.

It started with a Jeremy Martin holeshot, but he was quickly passed by Vince Friese. Eli Tomac wasn’t far behind, but his teammate Cianciarulo was buried in the pack.  Soon, Tomac was in second closing on Friese, but then he suffered a small crash that ended his chance for the $1million prize. He dropped back to 10th before he could remount. Then it was the Smartop Bullfrog teammates battling for the lead. Malcolm Stewart made a sweet pass for around Friese and took the lead all the way home. Cianciarulo got up to second before it was all over. Tomac took a chance by taking the Joker lane early and it paid off. He passed several riders on the final lap to take third.

1 Malcolm Stewart
2 Adam Cianciarulo
3 Eli Tomac
4 Tim Gajser
5 Vince Friese
6 Jeremy Martin
7 Benny Bloss
8 Justin Barcia
9 Tyler Bowers
10 Justin Starling
11 Kyle Chisolm
12 Chad Reed
13 Austin Politelli
14 Alex Ray
15 Adam Enticknap
16 Ryan Breece
17 Aaron Plessinger
18 Robbie Wageman
19 Mike Alessi
20 Tevin Tapia
21 Scott Champion
22 Jerry Robin

MAIN 3

Adam Cianciarulo best and worst days of the year have come in Sam Boyd Stadium. Photo by Travis Fant.

The final main of the night saw three riders in a tie for the best score. Malcolm Stewart (3-1), Adam Cianciarulo (2-2) and Eli Tomac (1-3) would come into the race in a head-to-head battle for the overall. The $1 million was off the table, but there was still $100,000 at stake for the overall winner. Adam Cianciarulo took the holeshot with World Champion Tim Gjaser close behind. Tomac wasn’t far behind him, but Malcolm Stewart was mid-pack. Very quickly it developed into a head-to head battle between Cianciarulo and Tomac, as the two of them pulled slowly away from everyone else. Tomac seemed to try everything to get into the lead, but nothing would stick. At one point he held the lead for perhaps a second, but Cianciarulo tucked under him to retake the top spot. It came down to the second to last lap, when Tomac again gambled,  taking the Joker Lane early. He lost a place to Stewart, who had climbed up to third. Cianciarulo and Stewart both took the Joker Lane on the final lap. In the end, Cianciarulo kept the lead, but only by a hair. He took the win, the $100,000 and a huge boost in confidence.

1 Adam Cianciarulo
2 Eli Tomac
3 Malcolm Stewart
4 Tim Gajser
5 Vince Friese
6 Justin Barcia
7 Benny Bloss
8 Aaron Plessinger
9 Justin Starling
10 Chad Reed
11 Tyler Bowers
12 Kyle Chisolm
13 Alex Ray
14 Jeremy Martin
15 Adam Enticknap
16 Austin Politelli
17 Mike Alessi
18 Ryan Breece
19 Robbie Wageman
20 Scott Champion
21 Tevin Tapia
22 Jerry Robin

FINAL POINTS

1 9 Adam Cianciarulo New Smyrna Beach, FL 5 2 2 1
2 1 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 6 1 3 2
3 27 Malcolm Stewart Haines City, FL 7 3 1 3
4 64 Vince Friese Cape Girardeau, MO 14 4 5 5
5 243 Tim Gajser Milan Italy 15 7 4 4
6 51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 19 5 8 6
7 50 Benny Bloss Oak Grove, MO 23 9 7 7
8 6 Jeremy Martin Millville, MN 26 6 6 14
9 22 Chad Reed Dade City, FL 30 8 12 10
10 34 Tyler Bowers Lake Elsinore, CA 31 11 9 11
11 56 Justin Starling Deland, FL 33 14 10 9
12 11 Kyle Chisolm Valrico, FL 33 10 11 12
13 61 Alex Ray Milan, TN 39 12 14 13
14 722 Adam Enticknap Lompoc, CA 46 16 15 15
15 7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 47 22 17 8
16 92 Austin Politelli Murrieta, CA 49 20 13 16
17 71 Ryan Breece Athol, ID 49 15 16 18
18 72 Robbie Wageman Newhall, CA 54 17 18 19
19 800 Mike Alessi Hilliard, FL 55 19 19 17
20 67 Jerry Robin Corcoran, MN 57 13 22 22
21 211 Tevin Tapia Lake Elsinore, CA 59 18 20 21
22 184 Scott Champion Orange, CA 62 21 21 20

 

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