Reed 14th as Cianciarulo breaks through for 250SX West victory.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM’s Blake Baggett has earned a stunning career-first 450SX main event victory at Glendale’s second round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship, in what proved to be an eventful night in Arizona.
The initial main was red-flagged just a number of laps in when Malcolm Stewart (Smarttop Bull Frog Spas MotoConcepts Honda) suffered a heavy fall at the end of the whoop section, which ultimately saw the race restarted with riders lining up in single file on the main straight led by Ken Roczen (Honda HRC).
Reigning champion Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) forced the issue on Roczen upon restarting, taking down the number 94 for the top spot, however it was only a matter of time before Baggett charged his way by to take the win.
Roczen recovered for third, granting him the championship lead, finishing ahead of Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), as Australian Chad Reed (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) wound up in 14th position.
In the 250SX West category, Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo broke through for victory, clinching a commanding 9.557s win over Colt Nichols (Monster Energy Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha), who still maintains control of the championship.
Third was credited to Shane McElrath (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM) followed by RJ Hampshire (Geico Honda) and Jimmy Decotis (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing), while Australian Tomas Ravenhorst (Husqvarna) fell short of qualifying for the main event.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship heads to Anaheim next weekend for round three of the 17-stop series.