Monster Energy® Kawasaki Introduces 2018 Roster

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10/1/2017 1:16 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/1/2017 1:27 AM

No surprises, but now it’s all official.


October 1, 2017 | Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. | Foothill Ranch, Calif.


Foothill Ranch, Calif. (October 1, 2017) – After earning the AMA Motocross Manufacturer of the Year Award for the second consecutive time, Monster Energy® Kawasaki will have a team of familiar faces looking to continue their winning ways in 2018. Kawasaki had a successful year in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross in both classes, accruing two championships and 24 event wins, a dominating 41% of the total number of events. For 2018 the Monster Energy Kawasaki roster will feature Eli Tomac and Josh Grant with plans to place both of their KX™450F motorcycles on the podium.

"Looking into 2018, we have a great team on and off the track," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. "All of our riders have won races and I believe this year will be no different. I'm looking forward to the new season and the success that lies ahead."

Fresh off of winning the 450MX Championship, Tomac is looking forward to continuing working with the team and keeping the momentum going for the Monster Energy Cup into the upcoming year. After a few weeks off, Tomac will return to the gate in Las Vegas on October 14th donning the No. 1 plate and look to defend his 2016 Monster Energy Cup Championship. Marking his third year with the team, Tomac relentlessly proves to be a top contender in the premier class after his substantial success in 2017. Along with the Pro Motocross Championship Tomac added nine moto wins in motocross and nine main event wins in supercross to his impressive résumé, and earned an overall podium at MXGP of USA.

Grant finished the supercross season in the top 10, confirming he is still a strong contender after 10 years in the premier class. After a solid start to the motocross season with multiple podium finishes, Grant was forced to end his season early after only competing in six rounds due to injury. Grant has since recovered and has been putting in laps as he prepares to join his teammate on the line at the Monster Energy Cup.



Returning to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team for 2018 aboard their KX™250F motorcycles are Adam Cianciarulo, Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner. The team also welcomes the return of Martin Davalos to compete in the 250 class. Davalos last competed for Pro Circuit in 2014 where he captured two main event wins and brings over 10 years of experience in the AMA to round out the four-rider roster of championship contenders. The young crew consistently proves they are a force to be reckoned with based on the multiple feats they accomplished this year. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team secured the 2017 250SX West Region Championship, marking the 30th AMA championship plate they have hung on the door of their race transporter.

“We have a great team for the 2018 season,” said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. “I am looking forward to watching our riders and helping them reach their full potential. I have high expectations for them and know they will all do well each weekend.”

The 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship drops the gate on Saturday, January 5th, 2018 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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10/1/2017 2:08 AM

PC really has a good team for the next year. I would expect a title or two from those boys.

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10/1/2017 5:54 AM

Thank you for posting that.

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10/1/2017 9:22 AM

Jesus god, Davalos on a 250 again, he did good on the 450 outdoors, what's the problem?

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Now don't swig it boy! just a open your craw sows I can pour it right through.

10/1/2017 9:23 AM

LappedU wrote:

Jesus god, Davalos on a 250 again, he did good on the 450 outdoors, what's the problem?

No 450 spots available.

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10/1/2017 9:24 AM

Love that timing. Just a nice reminder that he's not at the MXdN.

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Cheers, Crush
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10/1/2017 9:38 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/1/2017 9:39 AM

Crush wrote:

Love that timing. Just a nice reminder that he's not at the MXdN.

They are in England chillin, probably somewhere like this

https://instagram.com/p/BZtFLMChMgC/

smile smile smile

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10/1/2017 9:44 AM

Crush wrote:

Love that timing. Just a nice reminder that he's not at the MXdN.

kkawboy14 wrote:

They are in England chillin, probably somewhere like this

https://instagram.com/p/BZtFLMChMgC/

smile smile smile

It sure is pretty!

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Cheers, Crush
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10/1/2017 9:45 AM

Crush wrote:

Love that timing. Just a nice reminder that he's not at the MXdN.

kkawboy14 wrote:

They are in England chillin, probably somewhere like this

https://instagram.com/p/BZtFLMChMgC/

smile smile smile

Crush wrote:

It sure is pretty!

And dry with a big screen tv wink

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10/1/2017 9:48 AM

Davalos lol.

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10/1/2017 10:00 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/1/2017 10:01 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Davalos lol.

I wouldn't hate on a guy for feeding his family! Speaks volumes for the state of the sport when a guy can do as good as he did and not land a 450

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10/1/2017 10:01 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Davalos lol.

250 ride that pays 300-400k plus bonuses or privateer 450 out of pocket?

Pretty sure I know what I would do.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

10/1/2017 10:06 AM

Sucks for Davalos after looking so good on the 450. But it is what it is.

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Are you smart enough to buy a bike that costs less, weighs less, makes more horsepower per cubic centimeter, can be rebuilt for recycled aluminum can money and is giggle inducing? It is hard to believe that the American riding public flunks this test en masse. How stupid are you?

10/1/2017 11:10 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Davalos lol.

-MAVERICK- wrote:

250 ride that pays 300-400k plus bonuses or privateer 450 out of pocket?

Pretty sure I know what I would do.

I highly doubt Mitch Peyton is paying Marty D 300-400k for a 250 ride.

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10/1/2017 11:26 AM

TDeath21 wrote:

Davalos lol.

-MAVERICK- wrote:

250 ride that pays 300-400k plus bonuses or privateer 450 out of pocket?

Pretty sure I know what I would do.

mb60 wrote:

I highly doubt Mitch Peyton is paying Marty D 300-400k for a 250 ride.

Whatever those numbers are (and Mav get's it waaaaaaay more than most do)...

The POINT is: Martin got paid considerable money to go race for a Premier Team that has THIRTY AMA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Oh, and, that team races KX250Fs. So, HE WAS offered A WHOLE LOT MORE to race A 250 than anyone was offering him TO RACE A 450.

It's funny...when the Internet-Brain-Trust "knows more" than Mitch.

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

10/1/2017 1:55 PM

TeamGreen wrote:

Whatever those numbers are (and Mav get's it waaaaaaay more than most do)...

The POINT is: Martin got paid considerable money to go race for a Premier Team that has THIRTY AMA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Oh, and, that team races KX250Fs. So, HE WAS offered A WHOLE LOT MORE to race A 250 than anyone was offering him TO RACE A 450.

It's funny...when the Internet-Brain-Trust "knows more" than Mitch.

No doubt he can make more money for PC. And that is a big problem in my opinion in the sport today. You are giving a guy whatever kind of money at 31 years old that has not won very much. I don't understand why Harrison was not given this ride as he is younger and has more upside then a guy 31 years old riding a 250f. Good for Marty D if he can get that kind of money at this stage of his career.

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10/1/2017 2:49 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

250 ride that pays 300-400k plus bonuses or privateer 450 out of pocket?

Pretty sure I know what I would do.

mb60 wrote:

I highly doubt Mitch Peyton is paying Marty D 300-400k for a 250 ride.

TeamGreen wrote:

Whatever those numbers are (and Mav get's it waaaaaaay more than most do)...

The POINT is: Martin got paid considerable money to go race for a Premier Team that has THIRTY AMA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Oh, and, that team races KX250Fs. So, HE WAS offered A WHOLE LOT MORE to race A 250 than anyone was offering him TO RACE A 450.

It's funny...when the Internet-Brain-Trust "knows more" than Mitch.

You mean they don't?

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10/1/2017 3:24 PM

mb60 wrote:

I highly doubt Mitch Peyton is paying Marty D 300-400k for a 250 ride.

TeamGreen wrote:

Whatever those numbers are (and Mav get's it waaaaaaay more than most do)...

The POINT is: Martin got paid considerable money to go race for a Premier Team that has THIRTY AMA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Oh, and, that team races KX250Fs. So, HE WAS offered A WHOLE LOT MORE to race A 250 than anyone was offering him TO RACE A 450.

It's funny...when the Internet-Brain-Trust "knows more" than Mitch.

mb60 wrote:

No doubt he can make more money for PC. And that is a big problem in my opinion in the sport today. You are giving a guy whatever kind of money at 31 years old that has not won very much. I don't understand why Harrison was not given this ride as he is younger and has more upside then a guy 31 years old riding a 250f. Good for Marty D if he can get that kind of money at this stage of his career.

Because Davalos can possibly win some sx races next year, and Harrison probably not.

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10/1/2017 4:32 PM

mb60 wrote:

I highly doubt Mitch Peyton is paying Marty D 300-400k for a 250 ride.

TeamGreen wrote:

Whatever those numbers are (and Mav get's it waaaaaaay more than most do)...

The POINT is: Martin got paid considerable money to go race for a Premier Team that has THIRTY AMA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Oh, and, that team races KX250Fs. So, HE WAS offered A WHOLE LOT MORE to race A 250 than anyone was offering him TO RACE A 450.

It's funny...when the Internet-Brain-Trust "knows more" than Mitch.

BobbyM wrote:

You mean they don't?

The Internet Brain Trust might not know. The Vital Brain Trust on the other hand....lol.

Either way Party Marty will more than likely get some wins, run upfront and give his sponsors air time which is one of the main things to look for in a rider all while making a very good living doing what he loves.

A little off topic but does anyone know why Ecuador doesn't field a team for the MXdN? I'm sure they have decent riders in their country. Davalos started riding there before going to the US and looks like he has a pretty big following in his home country. Not sure why he doesn't push Ecuador to field a team. Seems like the type of guy who would line up for that race. Has Ecuador ever sent a team?

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

10/1/2017 8:20 PM

Congrats to Marty. Earned my fanship this year; and I'm definitely not the only one. He put a bid in for a 450 ride outdoors, got it, proved to everyone what he really is capable of, but was unable to secure a solid big bike ride for 18, so took the most logical option.

For anyone that wants to bag him for this, ask yourself as you drive to work: how much money are you making racing dirt bikes for a living?

Earned my respect this year, good luck to him.

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10/2/2017 2:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/2/2017 2:27 AM

Davalos is good now, but it took him 8 years to get there.

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10/2/2017 6:57 AM

Man I was looking forward to see Davalos on a 450 for supercross. I think that bike suits him better than the 250. Oh well.

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"Don't allow native morons to breed and keep foreign ones out" -Dr. Henry K. Goddard-

10/2/2017 6:59 AM

smee113 wrote:

Davalos is good now, but it took him 8 years to get there.

How long was MM in the 250 class?

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