CORONA, Calif., (March 14, 2014) – Following a month of 250SX East Region competition, the unblemished record of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, which features wins in every heat race and main event, has set a historic pace. Thanks to victories by each of its three riders – Adam Cianciarulo, Martin Davalos, and Blake Baggett – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has entered unchartered territory for Monster Energy Supercross and the team will look to continue its groundbreaking run this weekend as the championship returns to Detroit's Ford Field.
While Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's East Region run is historic in its own right, with 2014 signifying the first time the team has ever put three different winners atop the podium from the same region, when added to the winning success of its West Region riders Justin Hill and Dean Wilson it reaches even greater levels of achievement. Never before have five different Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders won a race in a single season and with six riders in its stable for 2014, there is still an opportunity for that record to grow.
The streaking East Region trio of Cianciarulo, Davalos, and Baggett seek to keep their stranglehold on the 250SX East Region tomorrow night in Detroit.
Cianciarulo Remains Cool Under Pressure
Since winning his first career supercross start back in Dallas, the weight of the championship and budding superstardom has rested squarely on the shoulders of Cianciarulo. However, he's handled the pressure like the champion-in-the-making that he is, experiencing some bumps in the road, but rebounding from them as only an elite rider can. With two wins in four starts, Cianciarulo hasn't finished worse than second this season and his unmatched consistency is the defining reason why he still holds onto the red plate entering Detroit.
"I really couldn't be happier with how the season has started for us," said Cianciarulo. "We've been in the mix for the win every week and Kawasaki KX250F has been a rocket out of the gates, which I think is a big reason why we've been on the box each week. I'm excited to go to Detroit and keep the ball rolling. It can be easy to get caught up in our success thus far and where we are in the championship, but my approach has just been to stay focused on each weekend as it comes and look to come out with a podium."
Cianciarulo carries a seven point in the 250SX East Region into Detroit.
Winning Urge Grows for Davalos
He's been in the thick of the hunt for victory at each round this season and while he's the only rider to lead laps in every main event this season, and one of just two riders to land on the podium at each round, Davalos is hungry for more success. Breaking through for his first career win in Atlanta was a
career breakthrough for the veteran, but he has aspirations to win a championship this season and knows that he'll need to get back on top of the box if he's to close in on his rookie teammate.
"It's obviously a good problem to have when you're a little disappointed with a podium finish, but we've proven that we have the speed to win at every race this season," said Davalos, who is a perfect 4-0 in heat races this season. "Because of that I can't help but want more. I know we're better than what we've shown so far and now is the time to start putting the hammer down, get this Kawasaki KX250F up front, and get back into this title fight with Adam."
Davalos faces a slim seven-point deficit to Cianciarulo in the East Region standings.
Baggett on the Rise
After a pair of frustrating yet resilient rides the two weeks leading up to Daytona, Baggett broke through and showed the racing world what he's capable of at the legendary speedway. His dominant performance had been brewing since he just missed out on the win at the opening round in Dallas and thanks to a strong start in Daytona, he was able to seize the winning opportunity. With momentum on his side and a surge of confidence, Baggett is eager to cement his role in the championship hunt in Detroit.
"Last week was honestly long overdue. We've been way too good to be running where we were," said Baggett. "I've put a ton of effort into improving my starts and it paid off in Daytona. We didn't get caught up in the celebration though and have been hard at work in getting the Kawasaki KX250F dialed in for Detroit. My teammates have set the bar pretty high so far this season, but I feel like we're starting to hit our groove and we're ready to start climbing our way back into the championship."
Baggett sits 15 points behind Cianciarulo in the East Region standings, and eight points behind Davalos for second.
Up Next >> Detroit Supercross
Monster Energy Supercross will end a five-year hiatus from the Motor City tomorrow night, making its return to Ford Field. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was the last 250SX winner in Detroit and will look to pick up where it left off in 2008. The track layout will honor the event's illustrious history and the 40th anniversary of the championship by running into the stands, adding an intriguing dynamic to the competition.
Daytona International Speedway – 250SX East Region
1. Blake Baggett
2. Adam Cianciarulo
3. Martin Davalos
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
250SX East Region
1. Adam Cianciarulo – 94 points
2. Martin Davalos – 87 points
3. Blake Baggett – 79 points
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