Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Riders Hang Tough at Spring Creek
CORONA, Calif., (July 29, 2013) – The annual AMA Pro Motocross stop at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minn., greeted riders with unseasonably cool temperatures and even a touch of rain on Saturday, resulting in ideal conditions for the ninth round of the 2013 season. With the welcomed weather came arguably the closest competition of the season as well, as riders took advantage of the balmy conditions to step up their efforts. In the end, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad secured solid results; with all six riders grabbing top-15 finishes.
Baggett Bounces Back
Following a tough outing at Washougal the week prior, defending 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett was looking to turn things around in Minnesota. The trademark hard-charging nature that has made Baggett one of the most prominent competitors in the 250 Class paid off as he overcame a start outside the top 10 to finish sixth in Moto 1. He carried the momentum of the strong ride into Moto 2, securing a podium result to take fifth overall aboard his Kawasaki KX250F and missing out on a podium finish by a single point.
“Everyone stepped up their game today so you really had to be smart and patient,” said Baggett. “I was able to make some good moves out there and grab some solid results. I’m pumped to come back strong after last weekend. We’ll keep going to work and will head to Unadilla with our sights on a podium or a win.”
Baggett still sits fourth in the championship standings.
Hill Strong Again
After the best outing of his rookie season at his home race in Washougal, Justin Hill kept the ball rolling at Spring Creek to capture another strong top 10 performance. Hill and teammate Blake Baggett mixed it up throughout the opening moto of the afternoon, with Hill finishing seventh. In Moto 2, Hill started outside the top 10 but rode strong en route to an 11th-place result that ultimately secured eighth overall.
“Back-to-back weeks of top 10 finishes, I couldn’t be happier,” said Hill. “I wish I had gotten a little better start in the second moto, but I felt really comfortable aboard the KX250F and knew what I had to do. My confidence is higher than ever and it’s definitely paying off. I’m just having fun out there and want to keep it going.”
Hill moved into a tie for 10th in the 250 Class standings, and sits just 13 points out of ninth.
Cianciarulo Narrowly Misses the Top 10
An all around consistent day for Adam Cianciarulo on one of the toughest tracks in the championship resulted in a spot just outside the top 10. The rookie was a fixture in the battle for the top 10 in each moto, claiming ninth in Moto 1, and doing battle with fellow rookie teammate Justin Hill in Moto 2 en route to a 12th-place finish. The moto scores landed Cianciarulo 11th overall, one point outside the top 10.
“It was really competitive out there today and it forced me to step up my game a bit,” said Cianciarulo. “This tracks is constantly challenging you and because it was so cool, everyone’s pace was higher than normal. The KX250F was really good and I’m happy with how I raced, but I feel like if I can make my starts a little more consistent then I can run towards the front.”
Cianciarulo moved up two spots in the 250 Class standings, now occupying 16th and sitting just eight points out of a spot inside the top 15.
Durham Puts in Hard Charge
Darryn Durham started his afternoon in Millville with a solid outing in the opening moto, taking advantage of a strong start to secure a 10th-place finish. However, in Moto 2 the veteran rider was forced to climb his way from a start outside the top 20 and did so impressively. In the end, Durham passed 10 riders en route to a 15th-place finish in the final moto to ultimately secure 12th overall behind his teammate Adam Cianciarulo.
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