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.”