PR... Monster Energy Kawasaki Race Team Announces 2020 KX450 Roster

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8/6/2019 11:09 AM

Foothill Ranch, Calif. (August 6 2019) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team returns with a set of familiar faces, looking to continue their winning ways in 2020. The team has had a successful year in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and is in the thick of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship battle in both classes. For 2020, the Monster Energy Kawasaki roster of riders aboard KX™450 motorcycles will feature two-time defending AMA Pro Motocross Champion and current AMA Pro Motocross Championship points leader Eli Tomac. Joining him will be Adam Cianciarulo making his premier class debut. Following his record-setting amateur years with the Team Green™ race team and a successful career underneath the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team awning, he will now join the factory 450 effort. After a successful debut in the 450 class, Joey Savatgy will finish the final three AMA Pro Motocross rounds with full support of the team to close out his rookie season.

"We have a very strong 2020 team roster," said Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. "We still have work to do this summer in hopes that both Eli and Adam can bring home championships in their respective classes. We are excited to be continuing our championship journey with Eli and welcoming Adam and his storied Kawasaki racing career onto our 450 team. We learned a lot about our KX450 and are in a good place heading into 2020 with the development of the motorcycle."

Tomac and Cianciarulo aim to complete the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a green sweep of the championships in both the 450MX and 250MX classes. Tomac and his new premier class stable-mate Cianciarulo will then head to Las Vegas on October 19thto battle in the desert for the coveted “Monster Million” at the annual Monster Energy Cup, where Tomac sets his sights on claiming the ultimate prize for the second year in a row. Marking what will be his fifth year with Kawasaki Racing, Tomac relentlessly proves to be a top contender in the premier class, earning 27 450SX wins. He currently sits fifth on the all-time 450MX Class win list with 18 overall wins and 36 podium finishes aboard his KX450 motorcycle. Meanwhile, Cianciarulo looks to carry the momentum of his 2019 success into the premier class. Cianciarulo currently holds the points lead in the 250MX class with six moto wins and six overall wins, and is the only rider in the class to have finished every moto on the podium this season.

“I’m thrilled to continue the relationship with Kawasaki,” said Tomac. “I feel we have an outstanding team in place, an excellent KX450 motorcycle and a common goal of winning races and championships. Right now our focus is on winning this Pro Motocross Championship and then we will begin preparing for the 2020 Supercross season. Let the good times roll!”

“I am super excited and grateful for this opportunity," said Cianciarulo. “I was just a little kid when I signed with Kawasaki in 2004, and it’s been a dream of mine since then to reach this point. From growing up in the Team Green program, to my 250cc career with Mitch Payton and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, I feel I’m prepared to take on this next challenge of competing at the highest level. The work has just begun and I’m ready to get started on my new KX450.”

The 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, drops the gate on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

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8/6/2019 11:13 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/6/2019 11:13 AM

I wonder if this means Savatgy takes Seely’s spot at HRC.

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8/6/2019 11:20 AM

Really wish they'd hang on to Savatgy a second year. Kid has busted his ass for them and he deserves it IMO. That said, I hope he gets the HRC ride.

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8/6/2019 11:22 AM

ga_pike wrote:

Really wish they'd hang on to Savatgy a second year. Kid has busted his ass for them and he deserves it IMO. That said, I hope he gets the HRC ride.

I'd like to have seen Savatgy stay on the Kawi as well. I think he's shown some real promise.

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8/6/2019 11:24 AM

RACER111 WHERES MY NEW KX450 BRO?!!

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8/6/2019 11:25 AM

ga_pike wrote:

Really wish they'd hang on to Savatgy a second year. Kid has busted his ass for them and he deserves it IMO. That said, I hope he gets the HRC ride.

This!! He at least deserves another year. Bad move on Kawis part. Really hope he gets the HRC seat and shows them what they let go!!! And I’m not a Joeyfanboy just think he’s got a shitty deal after performing so well

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Now a member of the Orange brigade

8/6/2019 11:27 AM

kb228 wrote:

RACER111 WHERES MY NEW KX450 BRO?!!

Yep, mine also. Waiting . Probably vanished with his insider source. Lol. Crow tastes good with butter. Haha.

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8/6/2019 11:28 AM

Prediction among some of my buddies: Savatgy lands a factory Yellow or Red ride for 2020.

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8/6/2019 11:32 AM

personally I hope JS17 lands the JGR / Factory ride , Reed JS17 and fast Freddie would make a good team roster.

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8/6/2019 11:53 AM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

Prediction among some of my buddies: Savatgy lands a factory Yellow or Red ride for 2020.

Shocking prediction.

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8/6/2019 11:55 AM

Where's that dude that has been blowing this place up the last week saying AC is going red?

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It

8/6/2019 11:57 AM

Joey had an interesting comment.

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8/6/2019 11:58 AM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

Where's that dude that has been blowing this place up the last week saying AC is going red?

Hes at the kawi dealer buying everyone kx450s

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8/6/2019 12:04 PM

I like Adam and am glad to see him get the ride. I just really, really hope the 450 doesn't bite him more than the 250 did. Seems like with his riding style he can get away with it on the 250. 450 probably not so much....

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8/6/2019 12:05 PM

DEMONDAVE wrote:

personally I hope JS17 lands the JGR / Factory ride , Reed JS17 and fast Freddie would make a good team roster.

I heard at Washougal that JGR sounds more likely than Honda...but don't have team confirmation.

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8/6/2019 12:05 PM

kb228 wrote:

Joey had an interesting comment.

Pretty sure Joey knew that all along. He’s the one that signed the one year contract.

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8/6/2019 12:08 PM

Johnny Ringo wrote:

Where's that dude that has been blowing this place up the last week saying AC is going red?

kb228 wrote:

Hes at the kawi dealer buying everyone kx450s

Hopefully he comes back and admits he was wrong.

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8/6/2019 12:09 PM

I wonder what gear company will snap him up.

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8/6/2019 12:13 PM

DEMONDAVE wrote:

personally I hope JS17 lands the JGR / Factory ride , Reed JS17 and fast Freddie would make a good team roster.

GuyB wrote:

I heard at Washougal that JGR sounds more likely than Honda...but don't have team confirmation.

Interesting. If Savatgy goes to JGR, wonder who will take Seely's spot at HRC?

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8/6/2019 12:14 PM

kb228 wrote:

Joey had an interesting comment.

Damn savage haha.

I understand it is a hard pill to swallow for Savatgy. He had a great rookie season. However, he hopefully will end up with a good ride.

Good for AC! Just a question, how many years is he signed on this 450 deal?

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8/6/2019 12:14 PM

DEMONDAVE wrote:

personally I hope JS17 lands the JGR / Factory ride , Reed JS17 and fast Freddie would make a good team roster.

GuyB wrote:

I heard at Washougal that JGR sounds more likely than Honda...but don't have team confirmation.

I agree with that. He's fast, and seems like he'd be a good fit at jgr. Not to mention the resources jgr has as a team.

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8/6/2019 12:15 PM

That was a heck of a seat warmer.

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8/6/2019 12:16 PM

DEMONDAVE wrote:

personally I hope JS17 lands the JGR / Factory ride , Reed JS17 and fast Freddie would make a good team roster.

GuyB wrote:

I heard at Washougal that JGR sounds more likely than Honda...but don't have team confirmation.

Jimmy Jingles wrote:

Interesting. If Savatgy goes to JGR, wonder who will take Seely's spot at HRC?

maybe Cole comes back!!!!

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8/6/2019 12:17 PM

He'd be a seat warmer at HRC as well, I wonder if that's why they couldn't come to terms?

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8/6/2019 12:18 PM

kb228 wrote:

Joey had an interesting comment.

Cortami79 wrote:

Damn savage haha.

I understand it is a hard pill to swallow for Savatgy. He had a great rookie season. However, he hopefully will end up with a good ride.

Good for AC! Just a question, how many years is he signed on this 450 deal?

Probably one, gotta keep the seat open for Forkner

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8/6/2019 12:23 PM

slumpstone wrote:

Probably one, gotta keep the seat open for Forkner

Even more likely in 2021 would be Chase Sexton or Jeremy Martin.

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8/6/2019 12:25 PM

Joey on the phone with Mitch after this news surfaced.

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8/6/2019 12:26 PM

Spooner wrote:

I wonder what gear company will snap him up.

I wouldn't be surprised to see him in Alpinestars. He rode for them as an amateur.

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

8/6/2019 12:30 PM

kb228 wrote:

Joey had an interesting comment.

Cortami79 wrote:

Damn savage haha.

I understand it is a hard pill to swallow for Savatgy. He had a great rookie season. However, he hopefully will end up with a good ride.

Good for AC! Just a question, how many years is he signed on this 450 deal?

slumpstone wrote:

Probably one, gotta keep the seat open for Forkner

Ill bet forkner stays down for 2 years and eli retires and then forkner moves up

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8/6/2019 12:40 PM

Damn, that is about as good of a 450 team as you can get. Bummer for Joey, he showed great speed and was relatively consistent. No doubt he will get a good ride somewhere.

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Jason Anderson FTW