Adam Cianciarulo scores first Pro Motocross 450 victory at RedBud

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Despite being injured in a fall during the second moto, Adam Cianciarulo hung on Monday for his first overall 450 victory in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

In only his fifth start in the premier class, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rookie finished first and third during the second national event in four days at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, the first Outdoors weekend doubleheader sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve won and you start to miss that winning feeling,” said Cianciarulo, who won the 2019 Pro Motocross title in 250 but battled injuries this season after moving in the 450 class of Supercross. “This is a cool place to grab my first 450 Class win.”

Cianciarulo took the holeshot in both motos, holding off a charge by three-time defending series champion Eli Tomac to win the opener. He was leading in the second moto when he collided with a lapped rider but was able to remount and finish third behind Blake Baggett and points leader Zach Osborne.

Pro Motocross Adam Cianciarulo
Adam Cianciarulo celebrates Monday at RedBud, where he won his first 450 overall Pro Motocross event (Align Media).

“I had a rough start to the day in practice and I think my finger might be broken, but I just tried to keep a positive mindset,” Cianciarulo said. “I felt a lot more comfortable in the second moto after leading the first moto, but had a small mishap that prevented what I wanted, which is a 1-1. You’re always going through ups-and-downs in this sport, which I experienced a few weeks ago, and now here I am on top of the world.”

Baggett, who was sixth in the first moto, finished second overall. Osborne was third after finishing fourth and second, extending the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider’s championship lead through five rounds to 28 points over Marvin Musquin.

“Today, I just felt a little flat all day,” said Osborne, who had swept the RedBud opener last Friday. “To come out ahead of some of my championship rivals was good and we did damage control. I’m stoked with the day. I didn’t feel as good as I did on Friday, which is something I sort of expected. Overall, I’m happy with the day.”

In the 250 class, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire won the overall with finishes of second and third. Shane McElrath and Jeremy Martin won the 250 motos, and Martin maintained a nine-point lead over Dylan Ferrandis, whom he collided with during the first moto.

“I knew we were racing for the championship and that it was going to come down to this and that Dylan was going to get aggressive,” Martin said. “That’s racing and I guess it’s on now. You’re not going to break me. I remember laying in the hospital with a broken back and the road I had to take to get back to where I am now. I’m ready to dig deep and put up a fight.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its sixth round Sept. 19 at Spring Creek Raceway.


RESULTS

Circle K RedBud 2 National (Red Bud MX, Buchanan, Michigan)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

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

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 212
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 184
  3. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 170
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 165
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 160
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 146
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 140
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 125
  9. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 112
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna – 97

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-3)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (5-2)
  3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha (1-10)
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (11-1)
  5. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (6-4)
  6. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-8)
  7. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (7-5)
  8. Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha (4-13)
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (8-9)
  10. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (15-6)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 216
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 207
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 170
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 166
  5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 158
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 132
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 127
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 125
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 101
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 95
RJ Hampshire scored the overall 250 victory Monday at RedBud (Align Media).

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi