Mar 17, 2019
Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Continues Hot Streak With Win in Indy
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana played host to Round 11 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship that featured another dominant performance from Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner who was able to capture his fifth win of the season and extend his championship points lead to 26 points with his teammate Martin Davalos finishing fifth. In the 450SX class, both Monster Energy Kawasaki riders of Eli Tomac and Joey Savatgy were able to string together consistent results with fourth and sixth place finishes respectively. After qualifying on pole once again, both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders lined up in Heat 2 where it was once again Forkner beating everyone to the first corner, but a miscalculation caused him to get tangled with a tuff block that sent him straight to the ground. Forkner would quickly remount on his KX™ and work his way through the field to a fifth place finish. Meanwhile it was Forkner's teammate, Davalos, who put together an impressive ride where he rode in third much of the race and with two laps to go he passed into the lead, but was passed back on the last lap crossing the finish line in second place. The main event hot streak continued for the No. 24 KX™250 as he once again nabbed the holeshot, led all 20 laps, and took the win in the 250SX Main Event. Forkner's performance was so dominant that he was even able to lap riders all the way up to the ninth place position. After six rounds of racing, Forkner has been the fastest qualifier four times, won four heat races, has six holeshots, won all three Triple Crown main events in Detroit, and won five out of the six races he has competed in. Five for five is how it goes for the No. 73 of Davalos with a fifth overall in the 250SX Main Event and currently sitting in fifth overall in the 250SX Eastern Region Championship Points Standings. Davalos was able to find his stride in Indianapolis as in both his heat race as well as the 250SX Main Event; he was a constant front-runner and podium contender that showed that he has the speed to compete.
"I am so pumped to be heading into this break with a full race points lead. I got sick this week so I told myself tonight we were going to damage control, and fortunately damage control tonight was good enough for another win. I am going to use this break to let my body rest, do some outdoor testing, and then get a nice base of supercross practice in before we get going again. The only thing on my mind right now is this championship and I would love to wrap it up before Vegas if possible, but regardless I am going to keep doing what I am doing because right now it is working for me."
- Austin Forkner
"There are a lot of positives for me to take away from tonight's race. I obviously would have liked to get that heat race win and found the podium in the main event. I went to California this past week and we did a lot of testing that pointed us in the right direction. I am kind of sad we have the break because I feel like we are on to something. I am going to do some outdoor testing during the break with my teammates and then get ready for the last three races to finish the season out strong."
- Martin Davalos
Indianapolis, known for its rich heritage of racing, did not disappoint for the fans packed inside of Lucas Oil Stadium. It was another successful night of racing for the Monster Energy Kawasaki riders of Tomac and Savatgy. The day started out with Savatgy earning his second career pole position in the 450SX class as he qualified fastest into the night show, and was able to leap another position in the 450SX Rider Point Standings by the end of the night where he now sits in eighth place. Tomac kept his championship hunt alive as he was able to finish in fourth place and now sits in third place in the 450SX Rider Point Standings. In 450SX Heat 2, it was Savatgy who once again impressed with the speed that earned him fastest qualifier of the day by getting a top-5 start and chipping away at the competition ahead of him, crossing across the line in second place. Kawasaki teammate, Tomac, also rode well in Heat 1 where he battled the entire race with three other competitors as he grabbed a fourth place. The 450SX Main Event saw both Monster Energy Kawasaki KX™450 motorcycles running up front with Savatgy in second and Tomac in third out of the gate. Savatgy would make a costly mistake that sent him to the ground, he quickly remounted and battled his way into a sixth place finish overall. After passing his teammate, Tomac would run in second place for much of the race but after a few mistakes and a wild moment from a competitor that forced the Team Green rider to check up, Tomac fell back to fourth place where he would ultimately finish the race.
"Tonight was a tough pill to swallow for me. I rode well tonight but a few couple minor errors on a tricky track ultimately cost me. I am happy to be leaving here healthy and already looking forward to Seattle next weekend."
- Eli Tomac
"Man, today was just one of those days. I was super pumped to start the day as the fastest qualifier. It gave me the confidence that I needed to know I had the capability to contend for my first 450 podium, which is a bummer we fell short of that tonight. In the main event, I made a tiny mistake in the corner after the finish line jump that made me slide out and shuffled me back from second back to sixth. I tried making my way forward but the lapped traffic was heavy tonight. I'll take the sixth but I am hungry for more now."
- Joey Savatgy