Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces Contenders for 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Monster Energy® Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki are ready for this year’s Pro Motocross Championship. The riders will line up for 11 grueling rounds across the nation to take on the best of the best, in hopes of clinching the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and secure their spots for the 2023 SuperMotocross Championship.
Monster Energy® Kawasaki will begin the 2023 Pro Motocross season with Adam Cianciarulo in his 18th year riding for Kawasaki. In 2020, Cianciarulo finished runner-up in the championship standings capturing two overall victories and is looking to return to the podium in 2023. Kawasaki teammate Jason Anderson will sit out the season opener while he continues his recovery following the injury he sustained in Supercross and will return as soon as possible. In the 250 class, Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki will continue with its roster of talented riders and proven race winners with Jo Shimoda, Ryder Difrancesco, Carson Mumford and making his professional debut, Jett Reynolds.
“We are ready for the Pro Motocross season and looking forward to continuing the momentum from Supercross.” said Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. “Adam and the team have been putting in the hours and we are looking forward to lining up on Saturday aboard the KX™450SR. We are optimistic about Jason’s return to the gate once he is physically ready to showcase the work and dedication that he’s put in during his time off.”
The No. 9 KX450SR of Cianciarulo looks to maintain the momentum gained from the Supercross season to come into the Pro Motocross Championship and fight for the top step at each round. The KX450SR rider has shown massive growth over the last few Supercross rounds and is ready to be a top contender for the 2023 Pro Motocross season.
”I’m going into this season with a positive mindset. I’ve proved to myself that I can battle for the podium and I’m more motivated than ever. I am confident in my progression and I’m looking forward to a great summer with the whole Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team.” said Cianciarulo.
A partnership with more than 30 years of professional racing history, the Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team will enter the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross season with a strong lineup of up and coming racers. Shimoda, DiFrancesco, Reynolds and Mumford will be on the hunt weekly battling for a chance at glory at the 11 rounds of Pro Motocross.
“Coming into the first round of Pro Motocross we feel prepared. We have a great team that has been putting in long hours to get us where we are today.” said Mitch Payton. “Jo had strong finishes in Supercross so we are expecting front running results from him. Both Jett and Ryder have been hard at work to be top contenders this year and we look forward to helping them continue to progress for the rest of the season.”
After recovering from an injury sustained in the early 2023 season, Shimoda returned to Supercross and immediately placed himself in the top-five in Atlanta. From then on he continued to improve and round out the remainder of the Supercross season on a high note with multiple top-five finishes including a podium in Nashville. Shimoda is ready to carry on his momentum and success into the Pro Motocross season at Pala where he has previously shown consistent success.
After another successful Supercross season in the futures class, DiFrancesco looks to return to the Pro Motocross Championship on his KX™250 as one of the riders to watch this season. Coming off multiple top-three finishes, the No. 75 looks to start strong at Fox Raceway.
The remarkable amateur, Reynolds is back up to speed showing tremendous growth and ready to head to Pro Motocross to make his professional debut with the Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team in 2023.
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is looking forward to having Carson Mumford on the Pro Motocross team for the 2023 season after showing consistent results and progress throughout the Supercross season.
Carson Mumford Joins Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki for AMA Monster Energy Supercross Western Regional Championship
FOOTHILL RANCH, CA – January 18, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team welcomes Carson Mumford to compete alongside Cameron McAdoo in the 2023 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Western Regional Championship, while Austin Forkner continues his recovery. Mumford returns to Team Green™ with a proven history of amateur success aboard Kawasaki KX™ motorcycles. Mumford secured three top-10 250SX Class finishes in 2022 and looks to continue his success aboard the KX™250 when he joins the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team at Oakland Supercross on February 18th.
Mumford will fill the role for the remainder of the 250SX Western Regional Championship while Forkner focuses on recovering from the injuries he sustained at Anaheim 1. The team and Mumford look forward to the No.52 rider challenging near the front of the pack with teammate Cameron McAdoo.
“I’m grateful to Mitch and the whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for offering me this opportunity. It’s a huge privilege to line up on the gate with the support of the most proven team in the paddock and I’m more motivated than ever to show what I’m capable of on the racetrack. The plan is to take a couple of weeks to adjust to everything with the team before we line up in Oakland. I’m excited to line up on the KX250 and I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish together when the gate drops.” – Carson Mumford
Mumford has begun preparations with the team and will look to make his competition debut with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team on Saturday, February 18th at Oakland SX in Oakland, California.
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BREA, CA – January 1, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Suzuki Motor USA, LLC is pleased to announce its continued support for the BarX Suzuki 250-class race team. The BarX Suzuki team is ready to attack the 2023 Supercross season with several new and returning riders for the 2023 season.
Derek Drake and Carson Mumford return to BarX Suzuki for 2023 and are joined by two new teammates, Robbie Wageman and Ty Masterpool.
|Derek Drake (53)
||Carson Mumford (52)
|Robbie Wageman (59)
||Ty Masterpool (81)
Both Drake and Mumford are looking to push their Suzuki RM-Z250s toward the top of the standings. Mumford, from Simi Valley CA, competed in the 2022 Supercross 250 West championship, finishing 12th. Drake, hailing from San Luis Obispo, CA finished tenth in the Supercross 250 West championship in 2022.
Newcomers to the BarX team are Wageman and Masterpool who are both showing great potential aboard the Suzuki RM-Z in pre-season testing. Wageman, from Newhall, CA, finished ninth in the Supercross championship last season and is looking to break into the top tier of the championship. Masterpool, from Paradise, TX, in only his second season in Supercross is excited to put more RM-Zs in competition.
Buddy Antunez ready to take on the 2023 Supercross season as the Team Manager for BarX.
BarX has also announced Buddy Antunez as their new Team Manager. “I’m excited to be a part of the BarX Suzuki program. I believe with our team and rider lineup; we will be battling for top spots this coming season. Let’s go!”, Antunez stated.
The BarX Suzuki team will be aboard the race-ready 2023 RM-Z250.
BarX Suzuki is excited to compete in 2023 and looks forward to seeing all the RM-Army faithful throughout the 2023 Supercross season. The season begins at Angel Stadium on January 7th, 2023, for Anaheim 1.
For more racing news, results, team information, and special team content please visit suzukicycles.com/racing/motocross.
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