Austin Forkner Kicks Off Eastern Regional 250 SX Series With a Win
Minneapolis, Minn., (February 10, 2019) The weather was below zero outside but inside the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota the temperature was plenty warm for 47,421 fans because the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship racing was hot. In the 450SX
Just as he did in his heat race, in the Main Event Webb hugged the inside of the first turn to grab the holeshot, but Monster Energy Kawasaki’s rookie Joey Savatgy slipped into the lead before the second turn. Savatgy, who was the fastest qualifier earlier in the day, rode smoothly and without any major mistakes even with the pressure of Webb, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, round two winner Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS’ Blake Baggett, and Webb’s teammate at Red Bull KTM Marvin Musquin on him the whole time.
Point leader Eli Tomac,
Up front, Savatgy was alternately pulling a small gap on Webb or fending off heavy pressure from the KTM rider. Just past the
Baggett and Musquin also made their way past Savatgy in the final quarter of the race, then Baggett shorted a jump in the rhythm section and walked off the track and out of the race. Cooper Webb brought the win home, and Roczen crossed in second, earning the red plate and points lead but, yet to win a race this year. Roczen has had two tough seasons and this marks the first time in three years that he’s still in the series after the sixth round – and with the points lead no less. Tomac eventually reached sixth place, dropping him to two points back in the points chase.
The 450SX Class podium, left to right: Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb, and Marvin Musquin. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
On the podium race
Roczen said just after re-claiming the red plate in 2019, “I had a little wheelie on the start and came around in third and was just in third for forever. It’s really hard to pass out here. I mean, it gets rutty but we’re all taking kind of similar lines and it was tough. Once I got by Joey – I wish I could have had a clear lap earlier because I feel like I could have done a charge towards the end. But I’m happy with
Musquin’s third-place put him only two points out of the championship lead. Amazingly, that also means he’s in fourth place in the points. He referred to his heat race where he uncharacteristically made four mistakes in the closing laps to put himself in a bad position for his gate pick for the Main Event. “Third place is a good spot. It was a tough track, a tough heat race, I was running second, made a few mistakes and qualified eighth. That’s not good when you get on the gate like 16th I think… I was all the way inside. I knew I could make it happen and I was maybe in the top eight, top ten off the start. So, it was tough; tough to pass so it was not ideal. But I tried my best, I gave 100% and capitalized a little bit on some of the mistakes of the other guys, especially Baggett towards the end,
In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class it was a thrilling race for everyone except
The 250SX Class podium, left to right: Jordon Smith, Austin Forkner, and Justin Cooper. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Regarding the tacky dirt and deep ruts on the jump faces, Forkner said atop the podium, “It’s been a heck of weekend, honestly… Practice, like I said earlier, didn’t go the greatest. I really – my trainer Robbie Reynard had to just mellow me out. Like, I had the first-round jitters and I was riding too hard. I was over-riding the track in practice, and I know that I’ve been super good at the test track the past couple weeks, and I know how to ride, and what I was riding in practice just wasn’t it. And I cleaned it up and man [after that] I didn’t even feel like I was trying out there, honestly, but I feel like, with a track like tonight that’s what you have to do; you have to be smooth, just click off laps, and that’s what I did… …I got the red plate, and I’m probably a little too excited for having the red plate after the first round; it’s a long series, but I’m pumped to get back to racing, I’m pumped to start it off like this.”
Austin Forkner started the Eastern Regional 250SX Class series by dominating the day. His early jitters didn’t show once the Main Event was underway. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Jordon Smith had anything but a smooth ride to second place, starting with the rear-wheel swap that was done literally on the starting line with seconds to spare, “They got that thing changed so fast, and I can’t thank my mechanic enough, Christian, and Wayne all of them tonight to get that wheel on and get it switched, that was unbelievable. Then I had time for about one deep breath before I took off, and off we were.”
In only his second Monster Energy Supercross, Justin Cooper said from
Minneapolis also played host to the launch of the philanthropic partnership between Feld Entertainment and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where more than 100 Supercross athletes and influencers kicked off a fundraising and awareness campaign that will be showcased during each of the 11 remaining races through on-air, digital and social media promotion. The total funds raised for St. Jude during the season will be announced during the live broadcast of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, an FIM World Championship, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 4.
Next Saturday Monster Energy Supercross carries the battles into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for round seven of the 450SX series and round two for the 250SX East Coast riders.
For the latest media highlights, please click the links below:
450SX Class Results1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM4. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki5. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki8. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna9. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
450SX Class Championship Standings1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (125)2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (124)3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (123)4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (123)5. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (95)6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (88)7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (82)8. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (81)9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (79)10. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda (77)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM3. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha4. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha7. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha9. Jordan Bailey, Orlando, Fla., Husqvarna10. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (26)2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (23)3. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha (21)4. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (19)5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (18)6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha (17)7. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda (16)8. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (15)9. Jordan Bail
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