Corona, Calif. (August 29, 2016) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team arrived at Ironman Raceway ready to complete the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The morning rain did not scare the team and they were ready to ride into battle. Austin Forkner started off the day with the second best time in the early qualifying rounds. The team rode their way to the podium and Austin Forkner grabbed the overall win for Ironman! Austin’s overall win marks the 250th win for the team!
Seeing Saturday as his final chance to grab his first overall win, Austin Forkner entered the day’s motos more determined than ever. In the first moto, he and his KX250F blasted out of the gate and he easily took the holeshot. Leading the pack throughout the entire race, he crossed the checkers in 1st. Keeping the momentum going in Moto 2, he took the second holeshot and found himself guiding the pack throughout the track. Relying on his speed, he rode fast and crossed the checkers in 3rd. His 3-1 for the day earned him his first career overall win. Austin Forkner finished overall 4th in the point standings and was awarded the AMA Pro Motocross Rookie of the Year!
“Today was a really good day. Practice started off really muddy, with very deep ruts, but I ended up qualifying well. In the first moto I earned the holeshot and told myself not to look back no matter what. I finally did about 20 minutes in and there was no one behind me at all. My mechanic kept me updated with everything throughout the end of the moto and I was able to cruise home for the win. In the second moto I earned the holeshot again, settled in and kept it out front for at least 20 minutes. After the finish line I jumped wrong and landed in a really soft hole, cross rutted and tucked the front. Luckily I didn’t stall the bike, but my bars were bent and I had a bunch of sweat in my eyes from going down. Another rider got by me so I slipped to third, but that, with my Moto 1 win, earned first overall, the first one of my career. I’m fourth in points, two moto wins and five podiums in my rookie season, I’m really happy and can’t wait for next year.”
Adam Finishes Strong
Adam Cianciarulo started the season with the goal of completing every moto and he accomplished this goal on Saturday. Despite the challenges that he face, he overcame all of them and maintained a positive attitude. In the past two weeks he has demonstrated growth and improvement. He displayed great speed throughout the day as he made his way to the front of the pack. Adam wrapped up the day in 6th overall.
“It was another good day. I had a good bit of confidence from the last round and felt strong. I’ve had good speed and my body is catching up and I’m getting back to where I belong. My goal for the year was to get through all the motos and I did that, now I’m working towards keeping my speed at every round. I’ve got what it takes to win I just need it every weekend.”
Solid Season for Joey
Joey Savatgy finished the season in the Top 3 in the 250 MX Overall Point Standings. Throughout the season he flew past the competition and was no stranger to the podium. He was determined to protect his Top 3 position during the final round. In Moto 1, he was against teammate Austin Forkner for first. Relying on his speed he was able to stay up front throughout the entire race and crossed the checkers in 2nd. Joey ended his day in 9th overall and looks forward to perform even better in 2017.
Tonus Completes the Season
Arnaud Tonus has let nothing bring him down this season. After returning to racing from a previous injury, he persevered and continued the fight. Staying positive, he pushed himself every weekend. Facing challenges on the weekend, he persevered and finished overall 7th for the day.
“This was my best race of the year. My speed and the way I rode, I’m really happy with today. At the end of the first moto I felt great and made a late moto pass. In the second moto unfortunately I went down early on and started basically last. It was a hard ride but I pushed really hard and crossed the line in ninth, which I’m happy with. The shoulder injury from Monster Energy Supercross held me back a bit early on but no excuses and I ended the season well.”
Chris Continues the Push
Eager to race, Chris Alldredge came into the day ready to close out the season. Despite only recently returning to racing, he entered the motos ready to ride. Staying consistent throughout both motos, he finished the day in 16th. Working through his challenges, Chris has always remained enthusiastic and positive on race day.
250MX Results From Ironman
1. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 45
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 38
3. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 38
4. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 38
5. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 31
6. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 30
7. Mitchell Harrison, Yamaha- 26
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM-22
9. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 22
10. Justin Hill, KTM-20
16. Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 13
250MX Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 495
2. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 422
3. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 383
4. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 376
5. Aaron Plesssinger, Yamaha- 351
6. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha -321
7. Zach Osbourne-, Husqvarna 312
8. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 266
9. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 243
10. Mitchel Oldenburg, KTM- 237
26. Chris Alldredge, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki-32