In the 250SX class, it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider, Forkner, who remained undefeated this season against his Eastern Region competition. As Forkner captured his fourth win of the season, increasing his championship points margin to 23 points, teammate Martin Davalos balanced out an up and down day with a 10th place overall.
The ever so fast Forkner kept his dominant streak alive as he once again ran away from the competition on a track that was extremely demanding. The gate selection in Daytona played a huge roll in deciding who would likely start up front and the No. 24 Kawasaki was able to qualify second fastest on the day to earn the first gate pick in Heat 1. He took the inside gate, grabbed the holeshot, and never looked back finishing a remarkable 17-seconds ahead of the next rider and earned the top gate pick for the Main Event.
In the 250SX Main Event, Forkner grabbed the holeshot, but was shuffled back and forced to make some quick passes. On Lap 3 he made the pass for the lead, dropped the hammer and checked out from his competition for his fourth victory this season. Forkner has now led an astonishing 62 out of 64 main event laps raced this season in East Region competition.
Every time the rider from Ecuador, Davalos, lines up to race at Daytona, he draws a massive crowd of fans from his home country, cheering on the No. 73 rider. The day started strong as he qualified seventh coming into the night program. In Heat 2, Davalos rocketed out of the gate for a top-3 start but was taken out by a competitor in Turn 2. From the last position in his heat, Davalos would remount to an impressive charge that would see him crossing the finish line in fifth place. In the 250SX Main Event, Davalos once again with another stellar start, found himself inside the top-5, where he would run for more than half of the race before fading back to finish in 10th.
#24 Austin Forkner
#73 Martin Davalos
“This is like a dream come true to win Daytona supercross! The track and fans here are so unique and unlike anything else. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250 was once again a rocketship that allowed me to run up front all day and night, from qualifying to my heat race win, to being out front early in the main event and set my own pace. Tonight was a night I will remember forever, as I have never gotten to do a burnout on the pavement. I was just holding it wide open as the crowd was cheering me on!”