Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Forkner Bounces Back to Fifth Overall at Budds Creek

2018-08-20 08:56
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner made his return to the moto podium at Budds Creek Motocross Park, eventually going on to claim fifth overall. His third in Moto 1 was his seventh moto podium of the season. Teammate Joey Savatgy rode through the heat and rutted track to finish 13th overall with an 11-16.

Austin Forkner #35
Despite battling an illness earlier in the week that still lingered on Saturday, Forkner went out to give it all he had and try for a solid finish. When the first moto gate dropped, Forkner was up near the front in fourth. It didn’t take him long to move into third on the second lap and that is where he would stay until the checkered flag.

In Moto 2, he knew it was going to be difficult to keep pace all moto when he was less than 100 percent so a good start was going to be key. He once again started fourth and did his best to maintain position and battle as hard as he could, ultimately finishing with a great effort of seventh. His 3-7 tied him for fourth, but the tie breaker pushed him to fifth overall.

“I’ve been battling being sick since Wednesday and knew I just had to try and get the best start possible so I had a chance at a good finish,” said Forkner. “After a couple tough rounds, it’s nice to rack up another moto podium, even with the sickness. Hopefully I can get back to 100 percent so I can make the most of the final race, and the place of my first overall finish in Indiana.”

In Southern Maryland, the heat and humidity were just some of the challenges that faced the riders at the penultimate round of the season. It just wasn’t Savatgy’s day but he still managed to show speed at times. During the opening moto, he got a top-10 start and eventually finished 11th. In Moto 2, Savatgy was climbing into the top 10 after an 11th place start, but dropped back just before halfway and settled for 16th. His 11-16 score was good for 13th overall.

“Today was a tough one but it makes you appreciate the good days like we’ve had the past few rounds,” said Savatgy. “We can’t get down on one race where we didn’t end up where we wanted so we’ll see how we can go out and make the most of the final race next weekend.”

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250MX Class Results (Moto Results)

RJ Hampshire, Honda (2-1)
Chase Sexton, Honda (7-2)
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (1-11)
Mitchell Harrison, Husqvarna (4-5)
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (3-7)
Alex Martin, KTM (10-4)
Justin Cooper, Yamaha (14-3)
Shane McElrath, KTM (9-6)
Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (5-10)
Michael Mosiman, Husqvarna (8-9)
13. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (11-16)

250MX Class Points Standings
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 450
Alex Martin, KTM, 366
Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 318
Shane McElrath, KTM, 305
RJ Hampshire, Honda, 299
Chase Sexton, Honda, 287
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 284
Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 281
Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 262
Jordon Smith, KTM, 259

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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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