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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Leaves Daytona Seeing Green as Baggett’s First Win Leads Podium Sweep

CORONA . Calif. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki dominance continued last Saturday night in Daytona with arguably the team’s most convincing effort yet in the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East Region Championship. The famed speedway served as a playground for Blake Baggett, who showcased his affinity for rough conditions to claim his first victory of the season.

He was flanked on the podium by teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos to secure the team’s second podium sweep of the season.

Iconic NFL coach Vince Lombardi has been quoted as saying that perfection is not attainable, but the chase of it can result in excellence. Through the first four rounds of the East Region season, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has been the perfect representation of that. The green brigade has topped the charts in every practice, won every heat race, and claimed victory in every main event to compile an undefeated résumé up to this point.

Each of the three East Region riders for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki have now stood atop the podium and the trio has extended the team’s overall win streak to six races, dating back to the Anaheim 3 stop of the West Region. Additionally, Cianciarulo, Davalos, and Baggett are once again 1-2-3 in the East Region standings.

Baggett Back with a Vengeance

Coming into Daytona, Baggett knew his results weren’t a reflection of his speed and on-track performances, and with a tally of 2-5-5 finishes there was still plenty to be happy about. Nevertheless, Baggett entered his favorite venue with a chip on his shoulder and knew if he could be consistent out of the gate and get good starts, he would be the rider to beat.

Baggett began the afternoon with the second-fastest lap of practice but also suffered an injury to his thumb after a crash, leaving his status for the night show somewhat in limbo. Baggett wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of his shot at victory and after getting checked out, he had his thumb wrapped and stabilized for racing. He then went on to dominate his heat race and make a statement heading into the main event.

A strong start would be the key to Baggett’s chances and he did just that in the main event, coming from about fifth and into second after the second corner with a strong outside pass on several riders. On Lap 2, Baggett acted quickly and made his move for the lead on Davalos. Once out front, he set a torrid pace aboard his Kawasaki KX250F despite exceptionally rough conditions on a deteriorating track, leading 14 of the 15 laps and winning by over 16 seconds for his fourth career victory.

“I put in a lot of time this week on my starts and I knew that if I just did what I know how to do out of the gate, then I’d be in a position to win,” said Baggett. “I love coming to Daytona, this track just suits my style perfectly and I’m just so pumped to be able to get my second win here and do it with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. We had a bit of a scare there this afternoon with my thumb, but all is good right now. Nothing was going to keep me from racing tonight and getting this win.”

Baggett moved back into third place in the East Region standings behind his teammates and sits 15 points out of first.

Memorable Daytona Debut for Cianciarulo

He’s paced the championship standings since the opening round of the East Region season and despite being a rookie, Cianciarulo continues to show exceptional comfort and composure in that position. While he was hopeful for a win at his hometown race, Cianciarulo was still able to fulfill a lifelong dream by racing at Daytona, leaving with another podium finish and the red number plate still firmly in his grasp.

It’s become the norm in recent weeks to see Cianciarulo atop the practice charts and that continued at Daytona when he not only set the fastest time in the 250SX Class, but also emerged as the fastest rider of the entire event, surpassing the time set in the 450SX Class. In his heat race all was going to plan for Cianciarulo out front, but he unexpectedly lost some drive on his motorcycle on the final lap and finished fifth, still earning his spot in the main event.

In the main event, Cianciarulo put his Kawasaki KX250F into third on the opening lap and began to make his charge towards the front. As Baggett took over the lead and started to pull away, Cianciarulo knew he needed to make a move quickly in order to keep his teammate in sight and worked his way by Davalos for second on Lap 5. The gap between he and first was simply too much to overcome for Cianciarulo in the end, but he has still finished either first or second in each of his first four supercross attempts.

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for the opportunity to race here in Daytona and it just feels so good to be standing up here in the same position I saw guys like [Jeremy] McGrath and [Ricky] Carmichael in for so many years,” said Cianciarulo. “I’ve been told how gnarly this track is and everything I’ve heard is absolutely true. This is a tough race and only the best walk away victorious. We were really good tonight, but Blake [Baggett] was just on another level. I can’t congratulate him enough and I’m proud to see Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki go 1-2-3 again.”

Cianciarulo extended his lead over Davalos in the East Region standings to seven points.

Davalos Extends Podium Streak

Davalos endured arguably his toughest test of the 2014 season in Daytona, but still walked away with yet another podium result and continued consistency in the title hunt. He’s had to endure adversity on several occasions this season, but continues to rise above and show how invaluable veteran experience can be.

Davalos rounded out a dominant practice for the team by posting the third-fastest lap of the afternoon and then proceeded to maintain his undefeated record in heat races by passing Cianciarulo on the final lap.

The veteran put himself into the lead early in the main event after grabbing the holeshot, but eventually gave way to Baggett on the second lap. He battled alongside Cianciarulo for several laps in second before ultimately asserting himself into third and claiming his fourth podium result in as many starts.

“My teammates were on it tonight and I just didn’t quite have their pace,” said Cianciarulo. “The Kawasaki KX250F was running really well and I felt great, but I just wasn’t quite able to lay down the kind of time they were laying down each and every lap. The track was really difficult and tested all of our physical endurance, and I think I found some areas where I can improve as a result of it. Being up here on the box is the most important thing, but I’m ready to go out and get some more wins as the season continues.”

Davalos now sits seven points behind Cianciarulo in the East Region standings and holds an eight-point advantage over Baggett in third.

Looking Ahead Detroit’s Ford Field

Monster Energy Supercross has not visited Ford Field since 2008 season. Detroit has long been one of the sport’s most storied cities and has been a successful city for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, which has won five races across the old Pontiac Silverdome and Ford Field. The most recent triumph came in at the championship’s last visit in 2008, when Ryan Villopoto grabbed the win.

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