Adam Cianciarulo 2022 Anaheim 1 Supercross-8693


Unfortunately, Adam Cianciarulo came into the 2022 Supercross season with a injury that was hindering him. Specifically, he had a grade-3 separation in his shoulder that he sustained in the final two weeks of training leading up to Anaheim. However, Adam assured us in our interview with him Friday at San Diego Supercross that he wasn’t making his shoulder any worse by continuing to ride and race, although it was painful.

His first two Rounds of the season showed great speed and great starts, but he slowly dropped backwards each race as his shoulder fatigued. Adam finished 11th at A1 and 12th at Oakland, but explained that he was glad to still be at the races and that he was using the time he spent up at the front of the pack to build his speed and fitness for later in the season when his shoulder felt better.

At San Diego, Adam had a crash in 450 Heat race 2 that resulted in him riding off the track pre-maturely, after lap two. We expected Adam to lineup for the 450 LCQ, but he didn’t show. Originally, we suspected that his shoulder injury had flared up, which prompted the decision to retire from the night early. However, Kawasaki has confirmed that he suffered a knee injury at San Diego and will be out for the remainder of the season.

The next question is, will Broc Tickle get the fill-in rider for Monster Energy Kawasaki? Broc has been a full-time test rider for Kawasaki and there have been talks about him filling in if the opportunity arose. It seems like a plug-n-play fit.


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Kawasaki press release: Foothill Ranch, California—Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo will be sidelined for the remainder of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship due to a knee injury sustained during Round 3 in San Diego, California.

Cianciarulo had an impressive start to the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with courageous performances that had him leading laps in back-to-back 450SX Main Events. Despite competing with the adverse effects of a pre-season shoulder injury, Cianciarulo persevered to score valuable points at the first two rounds and kept his sights set on the long-term goal of championship contention.

“The start of this year has been challenging for me mentally and physically as I’ve done my best to overcome a slowly recovering shoulder injury,” said Cianciarulo. “I’m proud of what I’ve been able to achieve given the situation but, I’m obviously now faced with a big setback. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to fully rehab my body, so I’m focused on maximizing every day of recovery to get back to doing what I love at my best.”

Adam Cianciarulo 2022 San Diego Supercross Qualifying-8235Before the night show, Adam Cianciarulo qualified 7th quickest in the 450 class at San Diego, less than a second off his teammate Jason Anderson who had the fastest time. 

“As we’ve seen from Adam through previous years, he displayed exceptional promise and heart in his riding this season,” said Kawasaki Racing Senior Manager, Dan Fahie. “His performances at the first couple of races were right on track with our hopes for him and he was progressing nicely into the swing of things. This injury will unfortunately stall that progress until Adam is healed up and ready to return to racing but, we will continue to fully support him through that time and look forward to his return.”

The pilot of the No.9 Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450SR was on track with the team’s expectations for his performance and recovery when an untimely mistake through the whoop section at San Diego Supercross on Jan. 22, resulted in an injury to his right knee. After consultation with medical professionals, it was determined that the injury will force an early conclusion to Cianciarulo’s 2022 Monster Energy Supercross efforts. Further updates on Cianciarulo’s expected return to racing will be announced in the near future.

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Adam Cianciarulo and his riding coach Nick Wey walking the track at San Diego.

Adam Cianciarulo KX450 2022 San Diego Supercross-9The next question is, will Kawasaki’s team test rider, Broc Tickle, get the fill-in spot?


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