After qualifying with the third fastest 450SX lap-time during the day and finishing a close second to Ken Roczen in his heat race at the first of seven planned Salt Lake City Supercross’, Monster Energy / Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo went down hard and was run over by Cooper Webb on the second lap of the main event while battling for the lead. AC was not able to rejoin the race and we feared him might be out of action again, but today the 450SX rookie sent out an encouraging update
“Man, I am so frustrated with how today ended up,” AC said after the race. “I cannot tell you how stoked I was to be back racing my KX450 with my whole Monster Energy Kawasaki crew. I felt good all day, rode solidly in my heat race, and got a great jump in the main event. I just made a small mistake that cost me big time. I’m pretty sore from getting ran over, but we’re going to let the body rest and take all the necessary steps so we are ready for Wednesday.”
Overall, this is great news from the #9—who is just coming back from a broken collar bone sustained at his last race in Arlington. AC has two second-place finishes, three top-5’s and has finished inside the top-10 in every main event he has finished during his rookie 450SX season so far. After three missed main events due to his collar bone injury and only scoring one point in Sunday night’s main event, AC is currently 11th in the points. While it looked shaky on Sunday night, I still think we will see Adam on the top step of the 450SX podium before his 2020 freshman SX season is over.