MOMENTUM CONFIDENCE EXPECTED TO SERVE CIANCIARULO WELL AT HIGH POINT NATIONAL
CYPRESS, Calif. (June 11, 2019) – Three races into the season, Adam Cianciarulo, rider of the JE Pistons powered No. 92 Kawasaki KX250, already has three overall wins to his credit.
While expectations have been high for Cianciarulo dating back to his professional debut in 2013, it appears the 23-year-old has hit his stride in 2019. That’s bad news for the competition.
Cianciarulo has notched three consecutive wins to start his 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship campaign and currently holds a six-point advantage over his next closest title rival.
Prior to this season, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit rider had earned just one overall Pro Motocross victory, three podiums, and spent the 2014 and 2018 outdoor seasons on the sidelines nursing injuries. While there were plenty of top fives sprinkled across four years, podiums and wins were scarce.
After losing the championship in a heartbreaker at the final round of his 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional 250SX Class campaign, Cianciarulo hit the reset button and has set a high bar across the paddock to put his competitors on notice.
“I think I came in with more of a chip on my shoulder this season,” explained Cianciarulo. “You can say that’s from Vegas but I think I would have been the same, either way. I just feel like I’ve made a lot of improvements. Half the time before, I’m in my own head because I’m not fit enough. That was my problem and now I’m fit enough. I go to the gate with confidence. Like Nick Wey (Cianciarulo’s trainer) and I always say, ‘Pack a lunch’ we’ll figure it out. If we’re not fast enough in the beginning, we’ll figure it out by the end of the second moto. Pack a lunch. That’s our motto. I’ve just really put a lot of emphasis on my technique.
“I feel like I’m the best guy and that’s the difference so far. When I get to the gate, I feel like I should win. I think before, I lacked a little belief in myself and I’d think maybe Zach Osbourne should beat me, maybe Alex Martin should beat me. I don’t feel that now. I feel like I’m the guy, for lack of a better term. I’m not trying to be cocky. That’s just the difference.”
In the series most recent stop at Thunder Valley Motocross Park near Denver, Cianciarulo rode a 2-1 effort to the checkered flag, but the win didn’t come without debate.
While racing for lead in the second moto, Cianciarulo’s JE-powered Kawasaki got out of shape in the track’s roller section, causing him to veer outside the racing surface and into the banners lining the course. With no defined space to re-enter the track, he rolled out of the throttle and re-entered the track in a safer area so as not to provide himself with an unfair advantage for cutting the course over leader Justin Cooper.
Despite the unplanned detour, and once he was able to get back in the throttle, Cianciarulo tracked down Cooper and took over the lead on Lap 6. From there, he stretched his lead to nearly 10 seconds before wrapping up his third win of the year with a comfortable two-second lead.
“I saw Jeff Canfield from the AMA walking up there with one of the Star Yamaha guys (Cooper’s team) and I’m like ‘I gotta go up there, too,’ Cianciarulo said in his post-race media availability. “So, we just went over where I went out and where they thought I should get back in. And I told them in the meeting, ‘If you think I was wrong, can you please tell me where I should get back on the track because I stand by where I got back on.’
“I talked to Justin a little bit and we both know it’s nothing personal. There’s a lot of money on the line and we all work hard to win races. It’s unfortunate, because I won my third National in a row and I’ve had to deal with this for the last several hours. It’s kind of taken the excitement out of it a little bit but that’s racing sometimes. Overall, I’m super stoked on the day.”
With Round 4 at Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway up next on the schedule, Cianciarulo looks to keep his momentum rolling. With only one top two and a pair of top fives in six motos at High Point, the chip on his shoulder should serve him well this weekend.
The first motos from the Circle K High Point National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., June 15 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. NBSCN will carry the second 250 Class moto live at 4 p.m., EDT, 1 p.m. Pacific. Fans can also purchase the Pro Motocross Pass on NBC Sports Gold to view all 12 rounds live and commercial free.
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