Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Forkner Earns Back-To-Back Wins with Triple Crown Victory

2018-03-04 17:36
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner made a last lap pass in the final main event race to win his first triple crown and take back-to-back wins at the first-ever supercross inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The win also kept the streak alive for Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki as the only team with wins in the special format - Joey Savatgy won the first triple crown race in Anaheim. Forkner now sits just two points back of the championship leader. Teammate Martin Davalos had several shining moments including a win in the second main event. His 8-1-17 results scored Davalos eighth overall.

All eyes were on the young gun Forkner after taking his first-career victory last weekend in Tampa. The three-race format meant that starts would be critical and Forkner was able to lock down three good starts to put himself in contention. In Main Event 1, he got a decent start but was forced to push his way through the pack from sixth to finish fourth. He really took charge of the start in Main Event 2 when he got out front early and led nearly every lap before finishing second.

With the overall on the line, Main Event 3 was chaotic after Forkner got a mid-pack start but was quickly pushing his way to the front. He had time on his side with the final race being the longest. As he entered the final lap, Forkner sat second overall but a last-lap pass pushed him into a tie for the overall with Forkner winning the tie breaker and taking the win.

“The format is really fast and it makes that final race pretty crazy,” said Forkner. “We did know where we needed to be in that final race to end up on the podium or get a win, but I saw my mechanics’ pit board with two laps to go and knew I needed to get by the rider in front of me. It’s really cool to take the win and make up even more points. There is a lot of racing left and I think I’m really going to like Daytona.”

Davalos had an up and down nightwith a lot of great moments. In Main Event 1, he was out front for the first several laps before going down. He quickly got up and still finished eighth. Main Event 2 was very solid for Davalos who charged from third to finish with the win. He put himself in contention for the win when he started second in Main Event 3, but went off the track after the whoops and it took some time to get going again. His 17th-place finish in the final race pushed him down to finish eighth. With all the chaos and Davalos’ win in Main Event 2, he moved up to 10th in the overall points.

“Today was such a rollercoaster for me and I felt like I had the speed to win or at least be up on the podium,” said Davalos. “The track was really tricky and I know I wasn’t the only one who had issues throughout the night, but I need to try and execute because I want to win for the team.”

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250SX Class Main Event Results - Atlanta, Georgia

Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 4-2-3
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 1-3-5
Jordon Smith (KTM), 3-4-6
RJ Hampshire (Honda), 7-5-4
Jeremy Martin (Honda), 6-10-1
Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 5-11-2
Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 11-7-7
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 8-1-17
Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 12-8-9
Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 9-14-8

250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 70
Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 68
RJ Hampshire (Honda), 57
Jordon Smith (KTM), 55
Colt Nichols (Yamaha), 54
Jimmy Decotis (Suzuki), 47
Jeremy Martin (Honda), 47
Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 42
Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 34
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 34

About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 30 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.


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