HANGTOWN 250 CLASS: CIANCIARULO’S REVENGE!

Adam Cianciarulo came through in the mud of an epic second moto to claim the first 250 overall win of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. It was a big moral booster after his disappointing Supercross season, which came up again and again over the weekend. “It just goes to show you, we have big lows and big highs in this sport,” he said. “The most important race is always your next one.” For extended coverage of Hangtown 2019, click here.

The 2019 Hangtown Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 class podium [in order]: Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Cooper, Colt Nichols

MOTO ONE

Star Yamaha’s Justin Cooper got the holeshot and led every lap of the race. It wasn’t a smooth, easy race for him, though. Throughout the race, Adam Cianciarulo applied relentless pressure. Halfway though the race, the two riders were side-by-side, but Cianciarulo just couldn’t close the deal. Behind him, Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton was fairly lonely for most of the race, but things heated up  in a big way on the final lap. Dylan Ferrandis made a wild last-minute charge to take over third place on the final turn.

Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper kicked off the 2019 Pro Motocross series with a win in moto 1.

“I had a crash in practice and qualified 10th,” said Cooper afterward. “I  wasn’t having the best day.  But I got the start and just took it from there. It was a long race and I had a couple of close calls, but I’m happy to get it done!”

Justin led the 250 class moto 1 from start to finish.

Adam Cianciarulo was upbeat despite getting second. “It was difficult race. Justin was killing it on the uphill and around the outside, but I could catch him a little near the finish. Actually I got arm pump, which is weird for me. But, second is as good as the first in the first moto.”

This was Adam Cianciarulo’s view for most of the first moto. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider made a few charges for the lead but ultimately fell short.

250 MOTO ONE RESULTS

1 Justin Cooper
2 Adam Cianciarulo
3 Dylan Ferrandis
4 Chase Sexton
5 Colt Nichols
6 R.J. Hampshire
7 Michael Mosiman
8 Garrett Marchbanks
9 Martin Davalos
10 Derek Drake
11 Hunter Lawrence
12 Ty Masterpool
13 Christian Craig
14 Shane McElrath
15 Wilson Todd
16 Kyle Peters
17 Jordan Bailey
18 Jacob Hayes
19 Jordon Smith
20 Martin Castelo
21 Jerry Robin
22 Nick Gaines
23 Alex Martin
24 Zane Merrett
25 Yusuke Watanabe
26 Benjamin Nelko
27 Thomas Covington
28 Killian Auberson
29 Dylan Bolinger
30 Ciaran Naran
31 Kai Aiello
32 Nathen Laporte
33 Corbin Hayes
34 Brandon Hartranft
35 Adrian Galamba
36 Chris Howell
37 Mitchell Falk
38 Challen Tennant
39 Deegan Vonlossberg
40 Wade Brommel

250 MOTO TWO

Adam Cianciarulo was the king of moto two in the mud.

The rain came down without break in the second 250 moto. That caused a chaotic first lap that saw a number of riders go down. Cianciarulo seemed immune to the conditions, getting into the lead immediately. Justin Cooper wasn’t so lucky. “I got tied up with another rider in the first turn and I couldn’t see,” he said. “I went from the top five to about 12th in the second turn. Then I just had to put my head down and deal with it.” For JGR’s Alex Martin, the muddy second moto was redemption. “It was actually embarrassing after my first moto,” he said of his 23rd-place finish. “It was my worst race in a long time. But we were able to salvage a good finish in  this race. We were fortunate we got one dry moto in. It was like a GNCC out there in the last race.” Martin’s second place in moto two got him eighth overall. In the end, Cooper caught up to fourth, which was good enough for second overall. Oklahoma rider Colt Nichols was third in moto two and that was good for third overall.

Alex Martin felt he had to make amends for his first moto.

1 Adam Cianciarulo
2 Alex Martin
3 Colt Nichols
4 Justin Cooper
5 Dylan Ferrandis
6 Chase Sexton
7 R.J. Hampshire
8 Shane McElrath
9 Wilson Todd
10 Christian Craig
11 Michael Mosiman
12 Hunter Lawrence
13 Jordon Smith
14 Ty Masterpool
15 Killian Auberson
16 Kyle Peters
17 Garrett Marchbanks
18 Jerry Robin
19 Jordan Bailey
20 Benjamin Nelko
21 Jacob Hayes
22 Thomas Covington
23 Zane Merrett
24 Dylan Bolinger
25 Derek Drake
26 Martin Castelo
27 Nathen Laporte
28 Nick Gaines
29 Challen Tennant
30 Adrian Galamba
31 Kai Aiello
32 Joshua Prior
33 Wade Brommel
34 Corbin Hayes
35 Chris Howell
36 Yusuke Watanabe
37 Ciaran Naran
38 Deegan Vonlossberg
39 Brandon Hartranft
40 Martin Davalos

250 OVERALL

1 Adam Cianciarulo 2 – 1
2 Justin Cooper 1 – 4
3 Colt Nichols 5 – 3
4 Dylan Ferrandis 3 – 5
5 Chase Sexton4 – 6
6 R.J. Hampshire 6 – 7
7 Michael Mosiman 7 – 11
8 Alex Martin 23 – 2
9 Shane McElrath 14 – 8
10 Christian Craig 13 – 10
11 Hunter Lawrence 11 – 12
12 Wilson Todd 15 – 9
13 Garrett Marchbanks 8 – 17
14 Ty Masterpool 12 – 14
15 Martin Davalos 9 – 40
16 Derek Drake 10 – 25
17 Jordon Smith 19 – 13
18 Kyle Peters 16 – 16
19 Killian Auberson 28 – 15
20 Jordan Bailey 17 – 19
21 Jerry Robin 21 – 18
22 Jacob Hayes 18 – 21
23 Benjamin Nelko 26 – 20
24 Martin Castelo 20 – 26
25 Zane Merrett 24 – 23
26 Thomas Covington 27 – 22
27 Nick Gaines 22 – 28
28 Dylan Bolinger 29 – 24
29 Nathen Laporte 32 – 27
30 Yusuke Watanabe 25 – 36
31 Kai Aiello 31 – 31
32 Adrian Galamba 35 – 30
33 Challen Tennant 38 – 29
34 Corbin Hayes 33 – 34
35 Ciaran Naran 30 – 37
36 Chris Howell 36 – 35
37 Wade Brommel 40 – 33
38 Brandon Hartranft 34 – 39
39 Deegan Vonlossberg 39 – 38
40 Joshua Prior DNS – 32
41 Mitchell Falk 37 – DNS

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