FORKNER MAKES IT LOOK EASY IN INDIANAPOLIS
INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2019) – When it’s your night, well, it’s just your night.
Despite not feeling his best and being bucked off his motorcycle and clipped by another rider in his heat race, Austin Forkner bounced back to collect his fifth main-event win in six races in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Lucas Oil Stadium aboard his JE
Pistons-powered Kawasaki KX250.
Forkner was the fastest rider in both Eastern Regional 250SX Class practices and quickly flexed his muscle in his heat race by grabbing the holeshot and leading the field to the first corner. Unfortunately, he lost the handle on his Pro Circuit machine in the first set of jumps and went down with the pack hot on his
As scary as the incident appeared, Forkner was quick to dust himself off, pick up his bike and get back to work. After remounting his bike shotgun on the field, the Richards, Mo. rider was up to the challenge and rode his way from dead last all the way to fifth in only nine laps.
Forkner’s hot streak continued in the main event where he snared another holeshot and led all 20 laps to score the win. His Indianapolis performance was so dominant that he lapped every rider up to ninth place. After six rounds, Forkner has been the fastest qualifier four times, won four heat races and five main
“I am so pumped to be heading into this break with a full race points lead,” said Forkner who holds a commanding 26-point lead in the championship hunt. “I was sick coming into the race so I told myself we were going to focus on damage control, and fortunately, that strategy was good enough for another win.
The only thing on my mind right now is this championship and I would love to wrap it up before Vegas. Regardless, I am going to keep doing what I am doing because right now it is working for me.”
Forkner’s Pro Circuit stablemate Martin Davalos had a solid outing of his own. The native Ecuadorian found his stride Saturday night where he finished second in his heat race and came home with a solid top-five finish in the main event. The spirited outing powered the rider of No. 73 Kawasaki up to fifth in
points where he sits just three markers outside the top four.
“There were a lot of positives for me to take away from the race,” commented Davalos. “I obviously would have liked to get that heat race win and found the podium in the main event. I went to California last week and we did a lot of testing that pointed us in the right direction. I am kind of sad we have the break
because I feel like we are on to something. I am going to do some outdoor testing over the next couple weeks with my teammates and then get ready for the last three races to finish out the season.” Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads for the Emerald City this weekend where Adam Cianciarulo and the Western Regional 250SX Class will get back to work following a three-week break. Round 12 of the 2019 Supercross championship tilt will be televised live on NBCSN Saturday, March 23 beginning at 10
p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 7 p.m. Pacific.
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