Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Forkner Grabs First Overall Podium with Runner-Up Finish2018-06-18 08:36
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner earned his second moto podium of the season but was able to grace the overall podium for the first time on the efforts of a 4-2 moto score at Round 4 of the Pro Motocross series. The tough High Point Raceway circuit collected riders left and right and Joey Savatgy and Garrett Marchbanks were among the riders that faced adversity, forcing them to finish 13th and 38th overall, respectively.
Following Forkner’s first moto podium two weeks ago, the No. 35 kept the momentum riding in his favor, scoring his first overall podium finish of the season. In the opening moto he got a start outside the top six and quickly found himself in fourth where he held on to the end. The second moto proved that Forkner was able to handle pressure from behind as he moved into second halfway through and held off advances to finish second. His 4-2 moto score awarded him the runner-up trophy in second overall.
“I was going to make it as hard as I could for guys to pass me in that second moto,” said Forkner. “I had pressure the whole moto from multiple guys and was able to keep it together. The track was really gnarly and the weather was tough being so hot and humid. It makes me feel like we can go to Tennessee, be aggressive and have a good weekend.”
Savatgy started the day qualifying fourth overall, putting him in good shape for the motos. In Moto 1, he didn’t get the start he was hoping for and was outside the top 10 after the opening lap. He eventually settled into a good pace and started picking off riders, making it all the way up to sixth. Moto 2 was another uphill battle for Savatgy as he was next to last at the start. He was putting on a good charge and got all the way up to 15th before going down, forcing him to retire early. His 6-34 still allowed a finish just outside the top 10 in 11th.
“The track was really gnarly and everyone was going fast so it was hard to make up a lot of ground when I didn’t get good starts,” said Savatgy. “In the second moto I was in a groove and was passing a lot of guys but made a mistake that ended up costing me a finish. We’re going to regroup this week and be back for Tennessee.”
In his first visit to High Point Raceway, Marchbanks showed much improvement, starting with his best qualifying of the season in sixth. His Moto 1 start of 21st placed him in an uphill battle for another good finish. Marchbanks was clearly making up time as he had made it up to sixth, but with two laps to go got cross-rutted in a corner and it forced him off the track. He was unable to lineup for the second moto and doctors will evaluate him this week.
“I’m hopeful that it’s not as bad as it first felt but we’ll have to wait and see what the doctors say this week,” said Marchbanks. “It’s such a bummer especially since I felt my best all season. Hopefully we’ll get some good news this week, but until then I am thankful that it wasn’t worse.”
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250MX Class Results (Moto Results)
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (1-1)
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (4-2)
Justin Cooper, Yamaha (3-4)
Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (8-3)
RJ Hampshire, Honda (7-7)
Shane McElrath, KTM (9-6)
Jordon Smith, KTM (5-10)
Alex Martin, KTM (12-5)
Brandon Hartranft, Yamaha (11-8)
Michael Mosiman, Husqvarna (13-9)
13. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (6-34)
38. Garrett Marchbanks, Kawasaki (27-DNS)
250MX Class Points Standings
Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 171
Jeremy Martin, Honda, 151
Alex Martin, KTM, 141
Justin Cooper, Yamaha, 136
Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 115
Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 105
Jordon Smith, KTM, 104
RJ Hampshire, Honda, 100
Shane McElrath, KTM, 91
Chase Sexton, Honda, 87
Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 83
Garrett Marchbanks, Kawasaki, 72
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