Adam Cianciarulo on riding through the pain at A1

It was a tough day for Adam Cianciarulo at Anaheim 1, with a crash in practice not helping his injured shoulder, but by main event time AC pulled it together to run third for a while before the weakness and pain in his shoulder set in and the factory Kawasaki rider dropped back to 11th. But it is points in the bag for Cianciarulo who made the best of a bad situation having only been back on the bike a few days earlier following that grade 3 shoulder separation.

An honest Cianciarulo said on his social media channel: “First round in the books obviously not ideal with the shoulder, probably the most pain, most weakness I have ever ridden with in my life. The track didn’t help me, two pretty gnarly sets of whoops, especially the ones after the finish line. Felt like I was okay when the track was pretty flat, it was super sponges today and I felt like once the front end got going in a certain direction I couldn’t do much it was about trying to keep my feet on the pegs, do what 8 can. I exceeded my expectations, got a good start ran up front for a while, did what I could it was an 11th, best 11th of my life, hope I never have to do that again! Only up from here.”