After getting through Anaheim 1 unscathed having missed the majority of last season due to injury with a solid ninth, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo made further steps in the right direction by finishing eighth in San Diego.
Words: Edward Stratmann | Lead Image: Kawasaki
Beginning his day by bagging an admirable seventh in qualifying, this was a good precursor for things to come, as he looked fast and comfortable on track.
Further positives could then be extracted from his heat race, where he slotted into second early behind Ken Roczen and enjoyed a composed and assured ride to claim third to ensure safe passage into the big dance.
Wanting to carry his momentum into the main event, he did precisely that, as he jumped out of the gate to lead out of the first turn before proceeding to hold the ascendancy in the early running.
Although Cooper Webb took over out front a couple of minutes in, it was a joy watching the likeable #9 holding his own, riding smoothly and leading some laps, especially after all his struggles.
While he steadily dropped back as the likes of Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Chase Sexton and Dylan Ferrandis got by him, there was no doubting what a beneficial hitout this was that enabled him to continue building.
Making further gains in terms of intensity, his decision making and just getting familiar again racing at this elite level against the plethora of heavy hitters in the class, plenty of upside could be drawn from his consistent night at the office.
“Overall, I’m pleased with my performance tonight, particularly my strong starts and ability to contend with the lead group in the main event,” he explained.
“There certainly is still room for improvement but, I believe tonight marked a step forward from my previous race. I will keep working hard week by week and with the support from the fans and the team at Monster Energy Kawasaki, aim for an even better race next weekend.”
Getting better with every passing round and taking an intelligent, measured approach upon returning to the fold, which has certainly been paying off so far, the gifted Cianciarulo will now turn his attention to Anaheim 2 next weekend, where he’ll be keen to get some more valuable action under his belt in his quest for additional progress.
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