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Neil Elliott tops the Monster Jam Power Rankings as lead shrinks

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Neil Elliott climbed into No. 1 spot with his Max-D monster truck three weeks ago and has not relinquished it yet. Meanwhile two of his hottest rivals each gained more than 10 points last week and moved up in the rankings.

Despite maintaining the lead both in the Power Rankings and in the Stadium Series Green, Elliott had a troublesome week. He was knocked out of the racing bracket in the first round, opening the opportunity for Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) and Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger) to make up points with only four events remaining.

Kane won the overall with 39 points to Elliott’s 27 partly as the result of winning the skills challenge. It was his first skills challenge win of the year and could not have come at a more fortuitous time. Kane’s overall win is his fourth of the season and it helped him climb to sixth in the Power Rankings.

With a second-place finish in the racing competition to Jimmy Creten (Bounty Hunter) and a win in the freestyle competition, Anderson banked 38 points and climbed two spots in the rankings to fourth. The Jacksonville event will be shown Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. ET; (click here for streaming). Fans can watch the drama play out.

Todd LeDuc held onto the second position in the rankings with the Stadium Series Red taking the week off. This series will resume activity at Las Vegas on March 21.

Charlie Pauken won the overall in Arlington to climb into the Monster Jam Power Rankings. Feld Entertainment Inc.

Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) slipped one spot in the rankings, but not because he had a bad week. With pair of event wins that included multiple victories in monster truck racing, ATV racing, donuts, the speedster obstacle course and freestyle, he was a quintuple threat in the Triple Threat Series Central. He was overtaken by Anderson with his near-perfect showing in Stadium Series Green.

Rounding out the top five was Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger). Winning two of three overall events, he showed consistency and strength. Vinson won two of three ATV racing competitions and one on speedster obstacle course. With seven events remaining, he holds a 61-point advantage over Tristan England (EarthShaker).

Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) displaced Coty Saucier in the 10th spot. Pauken finished second in the Stadium Series Yellow racing competition, but Pauken took the overall win on the back of a skills competition win.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–same
3. Ryan Anderson–up 2
4. Colton Eichelberger–down 1
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Morgan Kane–up 2
7. Tom Meents–same
8. Tyler Menninga–down 4
9. Camden Murphy–same
10. Charlie Pauken-new

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Jacksonville: March 8 (Sunday); 2 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).