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Adam Cianciarulo on his ‘tough pill to swallow’

Adam Cianciarulo

Adam Cianciarulo

Rookie Adam Cianciarulo kicked the day off in Tampa by qualifying with the fastest lap time (47.704) with his team-mate Eli Tomac hot on his heels in second, for the seventh week in a row. The duo were the only riders to break into the 47-second range on the Tampa layout.

Similarly, to the heat race, Cianciarulo shot out front in the 450SX Main Event leading the 22-rider field. Cianciarulo led 10 of the 26 laps before his team-mate would take over the lead. An unfortunate late-race mistake in the whoops section sent Cianciarulo and his KX450 crashing to the ground. The mistake proved to be costly as the #9 rider was able to remount and cross the finish line in eighth place. Cianciarulo maintains his fifth-place position in the championship points chase.

“Man, I wanted that 1-2 Kawasaki finish so bad,” Cianciarulo said. “I felt great all day long and obviously with it being somewhat of a hometown race for me I wanted to put on a show for my friends and family. Finishing in eighth is a tough pill to swallow because we had that podium finish in our hands.

“My team and I have already made a plan on how to clean up these errors and will be ready to get our sprint on next week in Dallas for the next Triple Crown event.”

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