Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo has parted ways with renowned trainer Aldon Baker on the eve of his third professional season. “I just felt that it was time for a change,” said Cianciarulo, via text message. “But yes, it’s true. I am no longer working with Aldon Baker.”
Cianciarulo first began working with Baker when he was still racing 85s for Kawasaki Team Green, and the pair has enjoyed several race wins together. When asked is he had lined up a new trainer yet for 2016 and beyond, AC replied, “No sir!”
“To be honest, it caught me by surprise,” said Baker. “Obviously, I respect Adam’s decision to try something new and I wish him all the best in the future. We’ve been working together for many years now and his whole family is like family to me. My program is not an easy one and it takes some work to follow. It’s not for everyone. Adam is a great kid and I hope the best for him.”
Recently, Baker invested in a considerable chunk of land near Center Hill, Florida, dubbed The Baker’s Factory. On it is a full-sized workshop, two Supercross tracks and a National-caliber MX track. With Cianciarulo’s departure, that leaves an open slot for a fourth rider to train alongside existing Baker’s Factory clients Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin. “It will be interesting to see who steps up to join our crew of riders,” said Baker.