Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo took on the familiar Orlando supercross track as weather conditions prevented the series from changing the layout during the week.
Cianciarulo clocked the sixth-fastest time in overall qualifying aboard his KX450.
Assigned to the first 450SX heat race of the night, Cianciarulo found himself in second place behind Ken Roczen from start to finish and earned the third gate pick heading into the Main Event.
When the gate dropped for the main, Cianciarulo launched out to a first-place start where he would lead the first 10 laps of the 25 lap race.
As the main event progressed, the local Florida-native rider Cianciarulo engaged in a battle for first position where he ultimately relinquished the position. But determined to make a pass back for the lead, Cianciarulo began studying where his opponent was faster on the track.
Unfortunately, his night would come to a halt after a mistimed jump entering the whoops sent the sophomore 450SX rider over the handlebars and ultimately ended his night of racing.
“Well, today certainly didn’t go the way we would have liked it too,” Cianciarulo said. “We had some great momentum all day long. I qualified in sixth, finished second in the heat, and in the main event, I got such a great jump out the gate on my KX450 and was able to just lead some solid laps.
“Once Cooper [Webb] got by me, I was able to see some lines where he was a touch quicker than me and felt like he wasn’t getting away from me, but as I began to look for lines to try and make a pass back, a lapper threw off my whoop section and I miscalculated my jump into the whoops that resulted in me going down.
“It was not the way I wanted to end the night, but I can’t thank the Monster Energy Kawasaki team enough for their support on the good days and the bad days.”
Update February 23, 18:49 GMT: Cianciarulo has confirmed his injury from Orlando 2 with a post to social media. “A lot of time and effort goes into each season and it’s extremely frustrating to have a set back like we did this past weekend,” he said. “I broke my collarbone and I’m gonna be off the bike for a bit.
“I’m really pissed off at myself for making that mistake. It’s completely unacceptable.
“I won’t be discouraged, though. I love what I do and I put my heart and soul into it. I’m going to keep working on the things I need to in order to reach my goals. Simple as that. I appreciate my supporters and I’ll keep you guys updated.”
Update February 23, 16:18 GMT: Still no official word from Cianciarulo or the team about his injury status. Steve Matthes has said he heard it was a broken collarbone. We’ll update here when we know more.