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Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo is another of the riders who can’t get away from injuries. Similar to Dean Wilson, their careers seem to be destined for a single AMA 125 motocross championship (which isn’t too bad is it). 

I have to admit, as much as I love both riders and wish them both big success, the fact they continue to keep their factory rides over such a long period of continued injuries surprises me and be it in the 1980s, 90s or early 2000’s, they wouldn’t have lasted this long. 

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In an era where depth isn’t really like it used to be, and the younger riders coming through don’t seem to have something too special to replace them, both riders keeping their factory rides seems a lot easier than it once was.

Let us hope both can get fit for 2022 and get some podiums or race wins under their belts. Both are clearly good guys, who get on with team members, but injuries have to eventually have some say in what riders get picked for factory teams. Or Not?

Adam Cianciarulo: Hey guys, Happy New Year. I hope you are all well. I wanted to give you an update from me personally. We have this thing in dirt bike racing where we do not talk about injuries. I don’t really know if anybody knows why, maybe it’s some kind of masculinity thing. Regardless, I had a crash a few weeks ago. I did hurt my shoulder. It’s a Grade three AC separation, my first time doing that. Obviously not ideal, but I had a great off-season up until that point. The last few weeks I’ve been doing what I can to stay in shape. I got on the test track today, did some laps, got a little bit of air and it’s feeling good enough. I’ll be ready to race at A1. Obviously, circumstances are not ideal but that’s life sometimes. Stoked to line-up and battle with the boys again. Again, wanted to give you guys an update directly from me. See you Saturday. Let’s do it.

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