News 13 Mar 2023

‘I’ve never been so stoked for sixth place’ – Cianciarulo

Season-best result for Monster Energy Kawasaki rider in Indy return.

Image: Octopi Media.

Upon his return from injury in Indianapolis, Adam Cianciarulo delivered a solid top-six result amidst the brutal conditions and commented emotively post-race that he’d ‘never been so stoked for sixth place.’

Unfortunately, Cianciarulo has experienced a number of injuries throughout his professional career, missing nearly all of Supercross and 450MX last year.

He was also forced out prematurely during the Pro Motocross and 450SX championships in 2021, but was steadily building throughout the opening races of the 2023 Supercross season before a wrist aggravation in Arlington again forced him to the sidelines.

Cianciarulo made his return at round nine, running inside the top five for a number of laps before ultimately taking the checkered flag a season-best sixth, the magnitude of the result clearly visible for the number nine following the adversities he has overcome.

“I rode on Wednesday, I didn’t put a lot of time in the last few weeks, but I’m so happy with my night, I have never been so stoked for sixth place,” Cianciarulo stated.

“Just when it comes to my racing, the last couple of years, it’s been difficult with injuries and stuff like that, and I was telling Jake Weimer who was here helping me out, and I was like ‘dude, I can’t remember the last time I was actually proud of myself on a dirt bike’. Just with all of this, I’m just so, so grateful to still have this opportunity and to be out there in the battle with the guys.

“Obviously, I finished a ways back but still up there, and I’ve still got it. To feel that belief in myself again, I’ve been through a lot and it means a lot to me.”

Round 10 of Monster Energy Supercross takes place this Saturday at Ford Field, Detriot, and despite his absence from Daytona while recovering, Cianciarulo is currently 10th in the 450SX standings.