Austin Forkner Makes it Three in a Row in Eastern Regional 250SX
Detroit, Mich., (February 24, 2019) The second of three Triple Crown rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship provided six Main Events packed with close racing and exciting finishes in front of a screaming crowd of 47,801 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. In the
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In the second 450SX Class Main Event Cooper Webb came out of the first turn with the holeshot with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and Tomac on his tail. Along with Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, the four pulled a gap on the rest of the field with Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen buried back in eighth. Five and a half minutes in Tomac reached the lead, and from there gapped Webb by over six seconds. Musquin went down trying to pass Savatgy; he remounted but ran out of time before being able to make the pass for a podium position. Tomac was on a roll, “I felt really good again, like I’m moving around so much better to get to my lines. It’s just fun riding on my dirt bike. The track was getting a little more broken down that time, [I] gotta be a little more careful here and there but overall still really good.”
The final race of the night was a nail-biter as Tomac got a bad start then ran wide against a Tuff Blox and then off the track. He fought from as far back as fourteenth to finish in sixth. Baggett was the early leader, but Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia was on the move, going quickly from fourth to the lead in the first four minutes of racing. Webb took advantage and got past Baggett at the same time then set his sights on Barcia. With under three minutes on the
After the third Main Event, Tomac said on the podium, “What really got me in that moto was when I went off the track, like on lap two or three. [I] almost clipped the Tuff Blox and had to go around this double, it shuffled me back. I mean, I was back in the beginning, but that really put me in the pressure cooker there and I was like, ‘Am I really doing this right now?’ So I got my head back in it and made the
When asked about his struggles in qualifying and the early races, Webb said, “I was struggling earlier and, you know, tried to reinvent the wheel, change the whole bike, do this, do that. And just wasn’t riding like myself, wasn’t focused like I should have been. The old saying ‘if it [ain’t] broke don’t fix it,’ so went back to original settings for the last one and wouldn’t you know it, that’s the best setting. So I think I just kind of struggled, but I was pumped for myself; I mean, qualifying ninth and getting better each time. The first Main Event I really struggled, so to bounce back and get a second in the second one and a win in that one. It was a close one, but it was cool. It was nice to lead again, even though it was a Triple Crown Main Event, get
Chad Reed’s last podium was at Glendale, Arizona in 2017. When asked what got him back, he answered, “Honestly just starts and finally riding to your ability. It’s been a long time. For the guy who’s stood up here more than anybody in the history of the sport, I take it on personally as just feeling less about myself for not getting up here and, you know, running around the top ten, outside the top ten. So it feels so rad to be up here. I’m really, really proud and honored to race this JGR Suzuki. It’s been a lot of fun…”
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class racers had three ten-minute Main Events and Austin Forkner dominated the night just as he’s been dominating the series. In the first Eastern Regional 250SX Main
In the second 250SX
Forkner made history by winning the third 250SX Class Main Event, becoming the first rider ever to win all three. Smith ran much of the race in third but lost that position to an aggressive last lap pass by Cooper; it didn’t matter in the overall as Smith earned second overall with 2, 2, 4 finishes. Sexton kept close to Forkner for most of the final race, and second place was good enough for third overall with 4, 4, 2 finishes.
Asked how he pulled off the first Triple Crown sweep, Forkner said, “Honestly my starts. My starts were dialed all night. The last start was the best one I had, and I knew I had it like five feet out of the gate, it was just such a good jump. My bike is the best it’s been this year as far as fast [and] handling, it’s just the complete package right now it makes my life easier. So, if I can just get a start like that, after how the first couple races went, I was pumped and I didn’t think anybody would catch me. That was the ‘Minneapolis me’ not the ‘Dallas me’ today. ‘Dallas me’ was worried a little bit too much about what was going on behind me and today I was like, ‘I’m not going to do that, I’m going to get out front and I’m going to push ahead. I’m not looking back. It doesn’t matter, I’m just going to ride as fast as I can and as hard as I can.
Jordon went 2, 2, 4, with
Chase Sexton was asked about his starts on the podium, “I had a really good start in the first race. I got a little pushed wide by Austin, we were side by side going into the first corner. Got into second place in that first race and made a little mistake and it cost me. The second start was not good; [I] came from a ways back to get to fourth. And that last moto I was like I’ve got to go out there and try and win this race. Austin’s riding really good, we’ve just got to get in front of him and give him a little pressure. I rode pretty good in the first part of the race but then we got into lappers and slowed me down just a little bit and kind of knocked me out of my groove. But [I’m] looking forward to the East/West Showdown and trying to get my first win, that’s what I’m looking for.”
Next weekend Monster Energy Supercross goes to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia for round nine of the 450SX class and the season’s first East/West Showdown where riders from both regional championships ride together for points for each series.
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450SX Class Results1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM7. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha8. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (173)2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (167)3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (161)4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (160)5. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (122)6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (120)7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (119)8. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki (114)9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (104)10. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (97)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda4. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha5. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki6. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda10. Blake Wharton, Denton, Tex., Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings1. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (78)2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM (65)3. Justin Cooper, Huntington, N.Y., Yamaha (63)4. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (60)5. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (51)6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godley, Tex., Yamaha (50)7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki (44)8. Martin Davalos, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki (43)9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Tex., Honda (43)10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha (41)
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