Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo has been delivered yet another blow, as the knee problem that he suffered at the third round of 2022 Monster Energy Supercross will sideline him for the remainder of the current season. The damage that was sustained exactly has been left to the imagination – it is not much of a stretch for one to guess the injury that would sideline him for the next four months though. Cianciarulo was already battling a shoulder injury, which he bravely battled through at rounds one and two.
Jason Anderson will be Monster Energy Kawasaki’s sole representative from this point on, unless a fill-in rider is going to be drafted in. Broc Tickle, the team’s test rider, was told to be on standby, in case a seat had to be filled, but it has not yet been confirmed whether he will leap into action. Tickle acts as Anderson’s trainer and coach, as well as being the test rider for the team, so has many commitments that keep him active at the track. Kawasaki’s official statement is below.
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Foothill Ranch, Calif. (January 26, 2022) – 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 three 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 maximising every day of recovery to get back to doing what I love at my best.”
“As we have 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 number nine Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450SR 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.