First Professional Career Podium for Austin Forkner
Corona, Calif. (July 11, 2016) - Round 7 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brought the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team to Southwick for Saturday’s race. Wasting no time getting the day started, the team quickly got to work during qualifying. Austin Forkner led the 250 class in best time followed by Joey Savatgy. In Moto 1, Arnaud Tonus finished 3rd and Austin Forkner finished 2nd in Moto 2 and took 3rd overall!
Displaying his true talent, Austin Forkner showed that the Massachusetts sand was no match for his KX250F. The day was off to a great start during morning qualifying. After finishing fastest during practice, he continued the momentum during both of the day’s motos. He was able to stay on pace throughout both races and found himself on the podium for the first time in his professional career!
“Today was really good,. After setting the fastest lap in qualifying, I got two decent starts in both motos and charged as hard as I could. I was absolutely “sending it” in Moto 2 and it felt great to battle for the lead with the points leader. I feel great with how I performed today and am looking forward in continuing to learn and grow.”
Tonus Brings the Heat
Arnaud Tonus demonstrated his speed and style throughout the day. In the final minutes of the first moto, he made his way to the front of the pack. Having made valuable passes, he arrived on the podium for the first time this season after finishing 3rd during Moto 1. In the second moto, he once again found himself competing with the leaders for the top spot. Ending the day in 6th, he continues to improve his overall score every week.
“Today was step in the right direction. I felt really comfortable on the bike and rode strong all day. After all the struggle I went through, it feels great to perform at 100% again for myself and the team.”
Savatgy Continues to Fight
In morning qualifying, Joey Savatgy rode alongside teammate Austin Forkner for the top qualifying position. Entering the day’s motos in second, he was prepared for battle. Although the track offered less than ideal terrain, he stayed consistent through both of the motos. Joey remains 2nd in the standings and looks forward to Round 8!
“The day started off well after qualifying second. Ran up front in the second moto for a bit and made a few strong passes and felt I had the pace to win before going down. I was able to salvage points today and am still in the championship hunt. It’s a long series and anything can happen.”
Cianciarulo Remains Confident
Moving past the halfway point of the series, Adam Cianciarulo stays motivated as he presses on. In round seven, he pushed himself throughout the day. He remained smooth and steady as he made his way throughout the Wick’s sandy track. Adam left Massachusetts in overall 14th and looks forward to advance as the series continues.
“Today was tough. The track conditions got the best of me today. I felt like I rode well and my lines were good but it didn’t show in the results. We’re still taking each race one at a time and trying to improve. We’ll come back swinging next weekend.”
250MX Results From Southwick
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 47
2. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha- 43
3. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 38
4. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 34
5. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 34
6. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 33
7. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna- 27
8. Luke Renzland, Yamaha- 21
9. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawaaki- 21
10. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 20
14. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 14
250MX Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 290
2. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki- 253
3. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha- 252
4. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 232
5. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna-217
6. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 202
7. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 186
8. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 138
9. Shane McElrath, KTM-132
10. RJ Hampshire, Honda-132
12. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki-123
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