A long-standing health issue has put Adam Cianciarulo out of the remaining rounds of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross season. He is undergoing surgery today.
The 24-year-old Floridian announced the news via social media after being challenged “mentally and physically” with an ulnar nerve problem since the end of 2019.
He has undergone procedures to resolve the problem, but the issue has continued to impact the Kawasaki Racing Team pilot.
“I’ve been dealing with an ulnar nerve issue for the past couple of years,” he said. “Randomly, I started having problems with it at the end of 2019. In 2020 it was mostly manageable and I really thought it was just arm pump. However, it continued to get worse this past off-season to the point where I couldn’t do more than a few laps at a time.
“After a lot of tests and scans, I had nerve decompression procedure right before Supercross 2021. I’ve experienced minor relief from that, but not enough to be myself out there.
“I lose what feels like most of the strength in my right hand gradually as I’m riding. I’ve tried to be smart and do my best, but at this point, the only logical decision is to get it fixed.
“It’s a relatively simple procedure, but it will put me out for the rest of this season.
“This has been difficult, mentally and physically. It’s driven me mad a few times if I’m honest. I’ve learned a lot about focusing on the things you can control and not getting lost worrying about the things you can’t.
“Ultimately, I’m always grateful for my challenges and the things they teach me. Surgery is this morning and I’m happy to get it sorted so I can continue going after my goals and get back to having fun on my dirt bike. I’ll be back and better.
“Thank you for your continued support. Talk to you soon.”
Cianciarulo was expected to compete at Washougal this weekend, the seventh round of the 2021 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.