Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green Gets 2012 Motocross Season Underway at Mini-O’s

Published November 29th, 2011

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Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green headed to Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., to kick-off the 2011-2012 amateur mx race season at the 40th Annual Thor Winter National Olympics (Mini O’s) presented by Pro Circuit. The weather in Florida was hot and humid as usual, even with a day of rain that saturated the supercross track the night before the finals. The first half of the week racers competed on the supercross track and spent the second half of the week competing on the motocross track. In the supercross events, Team Green riders earned 11 championships, 13 runner-up spots, and 16 third-place finishes. On the motocross track, Team Green riders secured 9 championships, 12 runner-up spots, and 10 third-place finishes.

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Shakedown

Every season the Mini-O’s marks the beginning of the amateur motocross race season. The event provides a proving ground for riders who have changed classes, bike sizes, or both. Team Green’s talented group of riders came to the event with brand new 2012 KX(TM) bikes looking to take over the podium. After a week of challenging racing on hardpacked Florida clay, Kawasaki riders emerged with 20 championships and a total of 71 overall podium finishes.

“I’m happy with the overall result and feel everyone rode well,” said Team Green Supervisor Ryan Holliday. “Most of our guys found the podium and consistently placed within the top-five of their respective classes, which I felt was a good start to the season. Unfortunately a few of our guys also got injured, but should be back in action for the Spring Classic. Since this was a transition race for many of our racers, it was a good shakedown for the upcoming 2012 race season. It’s good to see where everyone stands and what they need to work on. This event also provided a proving ground for Kawasaki’s 2012 model KX bikes. We won championships on every new KX model, from the KX(TM)65 up to the KX(TM)450F. Kawasaki also swept several podiums in the Vet classes and one Supermini class. Overall it was a good event and I feel our team did a good job.”

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Flawless Victory

Adam Cianciarulo came to Mini-O’s and dominated every moto he raced. On the supercross track, he piloted his KX(TM)100 to wins in both Supermini classes, finishing first in all four motos. On the motocross track, Cianciarulo repeated the amazing performance, grabbing two more championships in both Supermini classes. He wrapped up a flawless week of racing with four championships in four classes and a total of eight moto wins.

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Stacking Trophies

Tanner Stack was the second most winning Team Green amateur rider at the Mini-O’s aboard his KX(TM)85. He started off the week on the supercross track going 2-1 in the 85 (9-11) Stock class to win the championship. Stack secured his second championship in the 85 (9-11) Modified class with a 1-1 moto result. On the motocross track, Stack earned the title in the 85 (9-11) Stock class after going undefeated with a 1-1 result. He also grabbed third in the 85 (9-11) Modified class after finishing 3-2.

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Young Gun

Lance Kobusch is one of the fastest up-and-coming young riders in the nation. Aboard his KX65, Kobusch started off the week strong on the supercross track going 1-1 in the 65 (7-9) Modified class to win the championship. He took second overall in the 65 (7-9) Stock class after finishing 1-2 as well. On the motocross track, Kobusch went 2-2 in the 65 (7-9) Stock class to secure the runner-up spot on the podium.

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Warp Speed

Coming from his recent win at the inaugural Monster Energy Cup, Justin Hill arrived in Florida prepared for battle. He came out swinging on the supercross track, earning runner-up spots in both the 250 A/Pro Stock and Open A/Pro Stock classes aboard his KX(TM)250F and KX450F, respectively. Hill also grabbed a third-place finish in the Open A/Pro Modified class. On the motocross track, Hill pushed his KX450F to warp speed and won the undisputed title in the Open A/Pro Modified class with a perfect 1-1 moto result.

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Comeback Kid

After sitting out most of 2011 with an injury, Colt Nichols came to Florida on a mission. He got to work quickly on the supercross track, and piloted his KX250F to the top of the podium in the Schoolboy (13-16) class after finishing 3-1. Aboard his KX450F, Nichols finished on the podium in the Open B/Stock class, taking third place with a 1-3 moto result.

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Podium Specialist

Keith Johnson was the most winning vet rider at the event, piloting his KX450F to the podium a total of six times. On the supercross track, Johnson earned the Plus 30 and Plus 40 class championships with a perfect score of four moto wins. He also grabbed runner-up in the Plus 35 class to secure his third supercross podium of the event. On the motocross track, Johnson went 1-1 in the Plus 40 class to win the overall title and took third in the Plus 25 and Plus 35 classes.

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Sweeping Up

In the Vet classes, the KX450F proved the most dominant bike at the event scoring podium sweeps in five classes. On the supercross track, KX450F riders swept the Plus 25, Plus 30, and Plus 25 classes. Out of six classes on the supercross track, Kawasaki riders won five championships, with Team Green’s Johnson scoring two of the wins. On the motocross track, KX450F pilots swept the Plus 25 and Plus 35 classes. Out of six classes on the motocross course, Kawasaki riders earned four championships with Scott Sheak leading the charge with two championships. Throughout the course of the event, Kawasaki vet-riders scooped up an impressive 75 percent of all available championships.

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Results

40th Annual Winter National Olympics (Mini-O’s)

Gatorback Cycle Park – Gainesville, Florida

November 21-26, 2011

Supercross Class Results

Championships

Lance Kobusch – 65 (7-9) Modified

Tanner Stack – 85 (9-11) Stock

Tanner Stack – 85 (9-11) Modified

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini (12-15)

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini (13-16)

Colt Nichols – Schoolboy (13-16)

Augie Lieber – Plus 25

Keith Johnson – Plus 30

Keith Johnson – Plus 40

John Grewe – Plus 35

Thomas Dretzka – Plus 50

Second-Place Finishes

Lance Kobusch – 65 (7-9) Stock

Adrian Aguero – 85 (9-11) Stock

Austin Forkner – 85 (12-15) Stock

Austin Forkner – 85 (12-15) Modified

Blake Green – Supermini (12-15)

Justin Hill -250 A/Pro Stock

Justin Hill – Open A/Pro Stock

Dylan Rouse – 250 C Stock

Jake Baumert – Open B Stock

James Evans – Plus 25

James Evans – Plus 30

Keith Johnson – Plus 35

John Grewe – Plus 45

Third-Place Finishes

Lance Kobusch – 85 (9-11) Stock

Mitchell Harrison – Supermini (12-15)

Blake Green – Supermini (13-16)

Brice Klippel – 250 C Stock

Justin Hill – Open A/Pro Modified

Colt Nichols – Open B Stock

Dylan Rouse – Open C Stock

Dylan Rouse – Open C Modified

Jim Neese – Plus 25

Jim Neese – Plus 30

Scott Sheak – Plus 35

John Grewe – Plus 40

Earl May – Plus 45

James White – Plus 50

Jordan Jarvis – Girls (9-11)

Theodore Pauli – Four Stroke

Motocross Class Results                          

Championships

Tanner Stack – 85 (9-11) Stock

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini (12-15)

Adam Cianciarulo – Supermini (13-16)

Justin Hill – Open A/Modified

Augie Lieber – Plus 25

Scott Sheak – Plus 30

Scott Sheak – Plus 35

Keith Johnson – Plus 40

Leah Cantrell – Women (12+)

Second-Place Finishes

Lance Kobusch – 65 (7-9) Stock

Carter Halpain – 85 (9-11) Modified

Austin Forkner – 85 (12-15) Modified

Dillan Epstein – 250 A/Pro Stock

Brice Klippel – 250 C Stock

Dillan Epstein – Open A/Modified

Matt Beers – Open C Stock

James Evans – Plus 25

James Evans – Plus 35

Jim Neese – Plus 30

John Grewe – Plus 45

Jordan Jarvis – Girls (9-11)

Third-Place Finishes

Stilez Robertson – 65 (7-9) Stock

Devin Kusmider – 65 (10-11) Modified

Tanner Stack – 85 (9-11) Modified

Tommy Maxey – 85 (12-13) Stock

Austin Forkner – 85 (12-13) Modified

Keith Johnson – Plus 25

Keith Johnson – Plus 35

John Grewe – Plus 40

Earl May – Plus 45

Ron Downen – Plus 50


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