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Cycle News 2019 Issue 35 September 4

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CN III ARCHIVES BY LARRY LAWRENCE I t was a good year for Mon- ster Energy Kawasaki in what old-school fans like to call the "outdoor nationals." Team Green won both the 450MX and 250MX Championships this year with Eli Tomac doing the honors in the 450cc class and Adam Cian- ciarulo finally getting it done in the 250cc class. It marked the fifth time in history that Kawasaki swept both classes and the first time since 2011 when Ryan Vil- lopoto and Dean Wilson did it. Tomac's win was also signifi- cant in that it now makes Kawasa- P120 That's 15 years, folks—by far the longest championship drought in the class for Big Red. We all know that after Honda lost him, RC went on and wrapped up his MX career winning two more MX championships with Suzuki. Amazingly, Cianciarulo's 250MX title also makes Kawasaki the all-time leader in the AMA 250/125 class with Kawasaki riders winning that championship a total of 15 times. That breaks a tie with—you guessed it —Honda, which has 14 titles in the smaller category. Kawasaki is now the all-time championship leader in AMA 450/250 Motocross. MX STATS ki the all-time championship leader in AMA 450/250 Motocross history. Since the launch of the AMA Motocross National Cham- pionship in 1972, Kawasaki riders have won 14 AMA 450/250 class championships. It moved them out of a tie with Honda, which is now second among manufacturers with its riders winning 13 450/250 MX titles. Call it the Carmichael curse, but Honda hasn't won the AMA 450MX Championship since 2004 when Carmichael won it for them, and then Honda inexplica- bly somehow let him get away.

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