Corona, Calif. (July 24, 2016) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team entered round nine of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship prepared for battle. As usual, the team got the day started with solid performances during the morning’s qualifying rounds. Entering the day’s motos, the team stayed cool and collective as the gate dropped in the first round. Throughout both motos, the team stayed towards the front of the pack. At the end of the day, Austin Forkner found himself on the podium following his first professional moto win of his career.
Podium for Forkner
Each week, all eyes remain on the rookie Austin Forkner as he continues to impress. The day seemed like it was off to a rocky start after a less than ideal Moto 1. Knowing that he could perform better, he put his head down and got to work during Moto 2. With little effort, he found himself among the leaders and continued to pursue the top spot. Speeding past the other riders early on, he took the leading position and never looked back. Austin dominated throughout entire race and earned his first Pro Motocross moto win of his career and finished second overall for the day!
“I spun off the start in Moto 1 which hurt us going into the first turn, but I did what I could and climbed my way back up inside the top-10. I knew my speed was there in Moto 1, but I just needed a start. So I adjusted a few things for the second moto and got off to a much better start. When my teammate left the door open for me to pass him and the leader, I took it and the next thing I knew I couldn’t hear anyone behind me, so I began to sprint as hard as I could to get away. I basically just rode as smooth and consistent as I could to maintain my lead and sure enough it worked and came home with the win. I was so happy that I was screaming in my helmet the entire last lap.”
Savatgy Pushes Through
Exiting qualifying feeling extremely confident, Joey Savatgy knew he was in a good place for the day. He immediately found himself in the fight for the lead in the first moto. Crossing the checkers in second, he arrived on the podium once again this season. Hungry to return to the podium, he quickly found himself leading the pack in the second moto. After losing his leading position, he began to climb his way back back to the top. Never giving up, Joey ended his day in 4th overall and remains optimistic.
“The first moto was good, even though I should have made the pass for the lead a few times but didn’t want to take the risk in falling down. I got off to another great start in the second moto until I tangled with another rider. Unfortunately, the incident bent a lot of parts on the bike in which hurt my overall performance. I’m stoked to leave in one piece and looking forward in having a nice long break.”
Adam Cianciarulo continues to push himself at each round. During Saturday’s race, he stayed smooth and steady. His speed allowed him to stay in the front of the line in both motos as he continued to advance. Adam consistently stayed within the Top 10 this weekend and his 6-7 earned him 6th overall for the day.
“Today was good. I was really gelling with the track all day and the team had the bike working awesome. Overall, today was by far my best ride of the year so far, which feels great going into the two week break.”
Tonus Makes Headway
Arnaud Tonus has demonstrated progress throughout every round during this series. Every week his ride keeps getting better. He made some valuable passes throughout the day and stayed among the front of the pack during the day. Leaving Washougal, his 7-8 earned him 8th overall for the day. Driven by his personal successes this season, Arnaud keeps his head held high and remains in the fight!
“I made a lot of strong passes all day and my intensity was high all moto which is an improvement for me, which feels nice. I just need to keep building on each weekend.”
250MX Results From Washougal
1. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 47
2. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 36
3. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 35
4. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 32
5. Justin Hill, KTM- 31
6. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 29
7. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 28
8. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 27
9. Jessy Nelson, KTM- 25
10. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM- 22
250MX Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Yamaha- 372
2. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha- 321
3. Joey Savatgy, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 319
4. Alex Martin, Yamaha- 317
5. Austin Forkner, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 257
6. Zach Osbourne, Husqvarna- 253
7. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 245
8. Arnaud Tonus, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 190
9. Adam Cianciarulo, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki- 179
10. Mitchell Oldenburg, KTM- 169