Monster Energy Kawasaki formally announced today that rookie Adam Cianciarulo will miss the remainder of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250SX East Region effort. Cianciarulo will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder, which was injured this past weekend in Toronto.
Cianciarulo entered his first season of Monster Energy Supercross as a rider to watch thanks to one of the most successful amateur motocross careers in history. Cianciarulo made his pro debut last summer in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but a brutal bout with salmonella poisoning put him behind the eight ball from the get go and ultimately prevented him from showing his true potential.
After breaking through to become the first rider since Trey Canard in 2008 to win his supercross debut, Cianciarulo established himself as a rising star. He went on to win three of his first five starts, with a worst result of second, and looked to be the rider to beat for the East Region title. Unfortunately, Cianciarulo’s season took a heartbreaking turn in Toronto when his shoulder popped out of its socket on multiple occasions last Saturday night.
Cianciarulo had hoped to tough it out, particularly because it was an injury he was familiar with, but further discussion from his team and support staff resulted in the decision to fix the problem and prevent any future issues.
“This setback is very disappointing,” said Cianciarulo in a press release. “We had a great start to the supercross season and I wanted to win a championship for my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. As much as I would love to tough it out like I did last weekend, the people around me and I feel this is the best decision to fix my shoulder for good. I know I will come back stronger and ready to compete as soon as I can.”
The surgery will sideline Cianciarulo for three-to-four months, meaning he will also miss several rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer.