Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Davalos Nearly Misses Podium at Penultimate Round2019-04-29 09:04
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos finished just off the podium in fourth as the series faced its penultimate round inside MetLife Stadium. Despite having rained all day Friday, the track was dry and difficult for all the riders to navigate. Austin Forkner put in an effort worthy of a champion but during the main event he was forced to retire early as the pain in his knee continued to increase.
Davalos entered the race with confidence coming off his win two weeks ago. He tested the difficulty of the track in his heat race as he nearly won but a small mistake pushed him back to second. The main event saw Davalos take over the lead on the first lap and keep pace for the opening six laps. He made a small mistake and went back to fourth but regrouped to hold on to the position at the checkered flag.
“It was a tough day with the track conditions being a bit tricky,” said Davalos. “We got out front early but I made a few mistakes and had some guys go by. After that happened I tried to make sure I was hitting my marks so I wouldn’t let anyone else come close and was able to keep a good gap over fifth. I’m looking forward to coming back together with the west coast guys next week and put in a great race for the team in Las Vegas.”
Forkner came to New Jersey with a positive attitude and was hopeful that he would be able to put in a good enough race to stay in the championship hunt. After working hard during the off-weekend, he qualified straight to the main event from his heat race, keeping his seat time to a minimum. On the start, Forkner tucked in behind teammate Davalos at the front but when he came up a little short on a landing, he knew something wasn’t right and pulled off, being credited 22nd.
“We worked really hard to make it to this point and it’s disappointing to see all that hard work not end up becoming a championship,” said Forkner. “It’s probably hardest because we were so close. The whole team has been amazing with their support and now I’m ready to start the recovery process and get back out there at 100 percent.”
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250SX Class Eastern Regional Event Results - East Rutherford, NJ
Chase Sexton (Honda)
Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha)
Justin Cooper (Yamaha)
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki)
Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha)
Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
Alex Martin (Suzuki)
Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna)
Lorenzo Locurcio (Kawasaki)
Anthony Rodriguez (Honda)
22. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
Chase Sexton (Honda), 174
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 165
Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 152
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 134
Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 128
Alex Martin (Suzuki), 121
Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 118
Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 115
Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 108
Jordan Bailey (Husqvarna), 91
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