Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasakis Forkner Grabs First Moto Podium at Thunder Valley
Lakewood, Colo. (June 3, 2018) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner raced to his first moto podium of 2018, finishing third in Moto 2 that propelled him to fourth overall at Thunder Valley Motocross Park. Teammate Garrett Marchbanks collected another top-10 finish with an 8-11 effort for ninth overall. Joey Savatgy entered the day as the fastest qualifier and showed speed in the motos, but bad luck forced him to finish 17th overall.
Forkner started the day with the second-fastest qualifying time behind his teammate and he brought that confidence into the motos later in the day. His start in Moto 1 forced him to tap into that speed as he started outside the top 15. He worked his way into the top 10 and eventually crossed the finish in seventh. In Moto 2 he improved his start by coming around on the opening lap in fifth. Forkner battled for several laps to move into fourth and then nearing the end of the race made the pass for third where he finished. His 7-3 moto score landed him just off the podium in fourth.
“It was a day of progress for me,” said Forkner. “I felt like I had the speed to be up front, but had to work through my start in the first moto. I was able to avoid the carnage in the second moto and put myself in contention for the podium. I think we’re at a place where we can come out swinging the next round and hopefully get our first overall podium.”
For the third straight race, Marchbanks has put his Kawasaki KX250F in the top 10. The rookie put together two solid motos, both times making up positions. In the opening moto, Marchbanks started 10th and worked his way up to eighth, while in Moto 2 he overcame a tough start to move from 13th to 11th. His 8-11 score placed him ninth overall.
“I think we are doing pretty good so far to start the season, but I am really wanting to prove myself a bit more,” said Marchbanks. “I know I’m learning most of these tracks for the first time and the team has been great. I am looking forward to taking what I learn at each race and applying it to future rounds. Being consistent is hard in this sport so I am thankful to be putting in good rides that have placed me in the top 10. We’ll keep working hard to make improvements.”
Coming into the motos, Savatgy was on fire with a blistering qualifying time. He got a great jump on the Moto 1 start and put himself in good position early. He settled into second and eventually made his move for the lead. With a few laps to go, Savatgy was forced to retire early with a bike issue. Knowing he would have a tough gate pick in Moto 2, Savatgy gave it everything he had on the start and was rounding the outside when another rider crossed his path and he went down. He got up but had a lot of ground to make up. Even with a 30th place start, Savatgy made it all the way up to 12th, putting him in contention for the Hard Charger award for the round.
“It was an up and down day to say the least,” said Savatgy. “We had a lot of good speed which is encouraging when you look to the rounds ahead, but we really should have at least been on the overall podium today. It’s racing and everyone has their bad luck at some point. Mine came today. I’m just hoping we can put this in the past and start putting the team on top of the box.”
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250MX Class Results (Moto Results)
1. Jeremy Martin, Honda (2-1)
2. Alex Martin, KTM (3-2)
3. Justin Cooper, Yamaha (1-8)
4. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (7-3)
5. Jordon Smith, KTM (4-5)
6. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (6-4)
7. Chase Sexton, Honda (10-6)
8. Shane McElrath, KTM (9-9)
9. Garrett Marchbanks, Kawasaki (8-11)
10. RJ Hampshire, Honda (13-7)
11. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (34-12)
250MX Class Points Standings
1. Jeremy Martin, Honda, 129
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 121
3. Alex Martin, KTM, 116
4. Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 105
5. Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 98
6. Jordon Smith, KTM, 77
7. Chase Sexton, Honda, 76
8. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 75
9. Garrett Marchbanks, Kawasaki, 72
10. RJ Hampshire, Honda, 72
11. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 68
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