Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Forkner Wins Three-In-A-Row with Perfect Triple Crown Race
DETROIT (February 24, 2019) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner rose to the occasion of a challenging Triple Crown format to come away with a 1-1-1 overall victory inside Ford Field. The sweep was the first of the new format and increased Forkner’s win-streak to three – and the team’s to five straight. After three rounds, Forkner has led all but one lap and now holds a 13 point lead in the Eastern Regional standings. Teammate Martin Davalos matched his best finish of the season with a fifth, scoring 5-7-5 on the night. Davalos continues to move up the standings, now sitting eighth.
Forkner entered the night as the man to beat, but the change in race format left room for others to hope he would lose some momentum. That would not be the case as the No. 24 found the front of the pack in each start, allowing him to take all three wins.
In Main Event 1, Forkner came around in second and quickly took over the lead on Lap 2. He wouldn’t look back and came across the finish line a whole 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up. In Main Event 2, it was a similar story with Forkner at the front, this time moving into the lead right away. He led every lap on the way to a victory margin of 6.2 seconds.
The final race would be one of endurance having already completed two 14-lap races. Forkner grabbed the holeshot and worked his way through a deteriorating track, making adjustments and finishing 2.9 seconds ahead of second.
“This format is tough because you have to change up how you normally approach a race,” said Forkner. “From eating and warming up, there are enough changes that it could affect you, but the team I have behind me put me in the best position tonight and I’m really thankful I could repay them with a win. It’s going to be fun next week battling with my teammate from the west coast when we’re in Atlanta.”
Davalos entered the weekend with a solid result to build upon in Detroit. In Main Event 1, he got a great start and was in the mix at the front, eventually finishing fifth. In Main Event 2, Davalos got a decent start and was keeping pace, coming across the finish in seventh. The final main event proved the Pro Circuit-backed machines were on point with Davalos coming around in third. He held fourth for much of the race before taking fifth at the checkered flag. The 5-7-5 was consistent enough for fifth overall.
“A triple crown format is a lot of racing and the starts are very crucial,” said Davalos. “I’m really happy with the starts we had tonight and it put us in a good position to fight up front. The east/west showdown is going to be a fun race and hopefully our whole team can finish up front.”
250SX Class Eastern Regional Main Event Results – Detroit, Michigan
Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 1-1-1
Jordon Smith (KTM), 2-2-4
Chase Sexton (Honda), 4-4-2
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 3-5-3
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 5-7-5
Alex Martin (Suzuki), 10-3-6
Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 6-6-8
Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 11-8-7
Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 8-11-10
Blake Wharton (Honda), 9-10-16
250SX Class Eastern Region Points Standings
Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 78
Jordon Smith (KTM), 65
Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 63
Chase Sexton (Honda), 60
Alex Martin (Suzuki), 51
Mitchell Oldenburg (Yamaha), 50
Kyle Peters (Suzuki), 44
Martin Davalos (Kawasaki), 43
Kyle Cunningham (Honda), 43
Brandon Hartranft (Yamaha), 41
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