It felt like it could have been Cianciarulo’s day as he entered the main event, bringing in confidence from being the top qualifier and taking his heat race win. He rode an aggressive opening lap to find himself in fourth on the rough track. As the first few laps ticked off, Cianciarulo ended up challenging for the lead, but after getting into second was unable to get close enough for a pass. He never gave up, which was proven with just a 0.4 second margin at the finish between Cianciarulo and the winner.
“Being at altitude and having two sets of whoops really held me back from getting into a flow for the main event,” said Cianciarulo. “You had to be efficient and this track really didn’t allow for that. Considering I didn’t feel overall that great, I’m happy to be up here (on the podium) in second, but I really wanted that win. I know I say this every time, but I’ll be coming out swinging and we’ll fight until the end for that win.”