Adam Cianciarulo To Race Hangtown

Cycle News Staff | May 9, 2013
  Adam Cianciarulo made his big-bike debut at the Monster Energy Cup in October 2012. Photography by Kit Palmer

Adam Cianciarulo, who made his big-bike debut last year at the Monster Energy Cup, will suit up for the outdoor Nationals in the 250 class at Hangtown. Photography by Kit Palmer.

The most decorated minicycle motocross rider ever, Adam Cianciarulo, will make his Pro debut at the opening round of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Series at Hangtown, May 18.

The 16-year-old Cianciarulo will ride the number-292 KX250F as a member of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, pitting alongside teammates Tyla Rattray, Blake Baggett, Martin Davalos and Dean Wilson. Cianciarulo’s first race on the big bike (250F) was at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas in October, where he went 5-1 in the Amateur All-Stars race. An injury after has since kept him off the bike since February, and that’s when he started training and preparing for the upcoming outdoor Nationals.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” said Cianciarulo. “This is something I’ve been dreaming about since I saw my first ever Supercross race when I was four years old. To be able to race for Mitch Payton and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is an honor. I am looking to learn a lot this year because everyone knows how good this team is and I know my job is to put more number-one plates on the door of the truck.”

“Adam is a testament to Kawasaki’s Team Green amateur racing program,” said Senior Manager of Kawasaki Racing Reid Nordin. “Like many Supercross and motocross champions, Adam has grown up on green and I am excited to see how he continues to mature as a professional.”

“Obviously we have been watching Adam for a long time,” said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Mitch Payton. “He is a special kid who will bring a lot to the team this summer. I know he has been working hard all spring to get ready to race and we are going to provide him with the best equipment on the track. It will also help him to have veteran teammates like Blake [Baggett], Martin [Davalos], Dean [Wilson] and Tyla [Rattray] who can help him as he makes the jump to professional racing.”