BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 25, 2017) – The rain that was predicted at the end of the week was short-lived and a beautiful day graced race fans at Round 5 of the Pro Motocross series at Muddy Creek Raceway. The track suited Austin Forkner as he claimed his first overall podium of the season with a 3-3 moto score. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo was also a podium contender but settled for fourth overall with a 2-5. Joey Savatgy pushed his results into the top-10 after two heartfelt rides in Tennessee. Justin Hill was showing speed throughout the day, but after some bad luck scored 15th overall with a 17-13.
A muddy and rainy practice broke through for sunny skies for both motos. The conditions were hot, but Forkner went to work early getting a great start in Moto 1 just behind his teammate Cianciarulo. He would charge the whole moto and held on to third. In Moto 2, Forkner’s start was on point once again and his speed kept him with the front pack to earn third, claiming the final podium spot of the day.
“Today was very good in terms of consistency,” said Forkner. “I felt good all day even with the track changes from muddy in the morning to dry in the afternoon. It feels great to finally get that first podium finish and I just hope there will be plenty more in the future.”
As second qualifier, Cianciarulo proved he was confident in the morning muddy conditions. When the track changed for the motos, Cianciarulo again showed he was ready to ride up front. A great start in Moto 1 put him second and he held on to the rear wheel of the leader until the end. In Moto 2, Cianciarulo started sixth and pushed until the end where he finished fifth. His 2-5 result was good enough for fourth overall.
“It was a decent day, but felt good enough for the podium so it’s a little disappointing,” said Cianciarulo. “I’ve been fourth three times already this season and it’s really tough to nearly miss the podium. If anything, we know we’re going fast and I just need to keep my head down and pushing next weekend.”
Savatgy’s day started with an uphill battle after going down in the opening turn. He came around the first lap 27th and kept his head down to nearly break into the top 10 in 11th. The second moto he stayed out of trouble in the first turn and was 10th after Lap 1. He picked off a few riders throughout the hot and humid moto to finish seventh for eighth overall.
“First turn crashes on the opening moto are tough because you’re going to be pushing harder than you normally do to make up all those spot,” said Savatgy. “Thankfully I felt good in Moto 2 but was probably a little more conservative on the start to try and stay out of trouble. The front pack was really pulling away early and once I made it to seventh it was hard to make up the time.”
Hill showcased his comfort in the muddy conditions after qualifying seventh in the morning sessions. He was able to translate that good gate pick into a nice start in Moto 1 where he came around just outside the top 10. He was pushing forward but had an issue during the moto that pushed him pack to finish 17th. Moto 2 started well again and he was able to maintain his position in 13th to end the day 15th overall.
“I feel like I’ve had different strokes of bad luck with some issues here and there, but having troubles forces you to really put your head down and work harder,” said Hill. “I’ve shown my speed, but haven’t been able to put it together for a good result since Hangtown. I’m hoping the halfway race at Red Bud will be a turning point.”
250 Class Results (Moto Results)
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha (1-2)
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna (5-1)
- Austin Forkner, Kawasaki (3-3)
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki (2-5)
- Alex Martin, KTM (4-4)
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha (8-8)
- Shane McElrath, KTM (6-11)
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki (11-7)
- Jeremy Martin, Honda (13-6)
- Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha (10-10)
15. Justin Hill, Kawasaki (17-13)
250 Class Points, After 5 of 12 Rounds
- Zach Osborne, Husqvarna, 207
- Alex Martin, KTM, 176
- Jeremy Martin, Honda 171
- Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha, 165
- Austin Forkner, Kawasaki, 159
- Adam Cianciarulo, Kawasaki, 147
- Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki, 144
- Colt Nichols, Yamaha, 124
- Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, 118
- Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha, 111
- Justin Hill, Kawasaki, 68