2019 Arlington Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Austin Forkner leads all 19 laps to claim second consecutive victory

Austin Forkner
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed his second consecutive 250SX main event victory of the season at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He once again led every lap of the main event and extended his points lead to eight over his nearest competitor.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner continued his dominance of the 2019 Eastern Regional 250SX championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He posted the fastest qualifying time in practice, won his heat race, and led wire to wire in the 250SX main event. The Kawasaki rider holds an eight-point lead over his nearest competitor in the championship standings heading into the next round at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

"This weekend felt good!” Forkner said “I felt great all day, but I struggled a bit in the main because I was so focused on what I needed to fix from my heat race that the first five minutes I didn't really breathe. I got a bit winded after about halfway, but I was able to bounce back and create enough of a gap to pull off another win. We're two rounds in and I'm stoked on how well our program is doing. Back-to-back wins is exactly how you would want to kick off the season, and you can bet that we'll roll into Detroit ready to go and to defend this red plate."

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper achieved his second consecutive podium finish in only his third-ever Supercross race. The Yamaha rider now sits second in the championship points standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper maintained a steady pace throughout the main event, in what was his third career Supercross race. While a couple of riders ahead of him made mistakes, he was able to move up the running order and crossed the line in second place when the checkered flag flew. It was the New York native’s second consecutive podium result, as he improved on his third place finish from the opening round in Minneapolis.

“It feels great to get two podiums in a row,” Cooper said. “Compared to last year, we were sitting out the second round, so to start the season out like this is pretty cool. The track was pretty tough today. We just had to take what we could get out there. Still, big improvements, and we’re not going to stop here. The bike was great all day again. We’ll just keep searching for new things and keep trying to better our self each time we get out on the track.”

Chase Sexton
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton put his CRF250R in second place early on, but stalled his engine in a corner and had a separate crash, both of which pushed him back in the running order, but he was able to remount and finish on the final step of the podium.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton put himself in second place early on in the main event, but stalled his bike prior to one of the wall jumps and crashed right before the other wall jump, both of which put him back in third place on the night.

“I felt really good,” Sexton said. “I kind of struggled all day long, trying to just find a flow with the track. The track was pretty difficult. It was a little slick and in some parts, tacky and rutted. We made a lot of bike changes today and I was really excited with how we came together and made it a lot better. That main event, it was there. I had what it took to win that race. [I] just [made] two small mistakes. Right about when I made my mistake is when I was like, ‘I’ve got to make this happen.’ I had five minutes to go. I came into that corner and I don’t know what happened. I had the clutch in ready to hit the corner and stalled it. Then I crashed on a different wall jump—so a stall and a fall on the wall jumps got me tonight. I’m looking forward to next weekend in Detroit. We have the Triple Crown [format]. Hopefully [I’ll] get off to some good starts and just get away from the chaos.”

Jordon Smith
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith ran in second for most of the race, but crashed in the whoops and settled for fourth at AT&T Stadium. “[It was a] bummer to end it the way it did [in Arlington],” Smith said. “[I] was feeling good in the main and pushing hard to try to battle for the win at the end. Unfortunately, [it] didn’t go my way and [I] went down in the whoops. [I’m] a little banged up, but [am] going to do everything I can this week to be 100 percent for next week.”Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos rounded out the top five, respectively.

Martin Davalos
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos put his KX250 in fifth place in Arlington; a big improvement from his 16th place performance the prior weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "After a tough start to the series last weekend in Minneapolis, I'm really happy with this weekend's result,” Davalos said. “I know what the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is capable of, what I am capable of, and I'm going to do everything in my power to get us there. Mitch [Payton] has put a lot of faith in me and I don't want to let him down. Two rounds down and I'm ready to continue improving and moving forward with better results."Brown Dog Wilson
Mitchell Oldenburg
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Mitchell Oldenburg won his heat race and achieved his second consecutive sixth place result in the main event. “The track conditions were tough tonight,” Oldenburg said. “It was super soft and rutted. I kind of got off to a slow start in the main again this week, but I was able to regroup fairly well and finish with a decent sixth. I’m really pumped on my heat race and how the practices went this morning. So I’m looking to build on this race and go to Detroit for the Triple Crown next weekend and come out swinging.”Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Peters
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Kyle Peters was credited with the holeshot and ran near the front in the beginning of the race before sliding back to seventh by the time the checkered flag flew. “Overall, I made improvements from the opening round in Minneapolis,” Peters said. “I felt better in practice. We did some testing this past week and made some quality changes. Having said that, I’m still not where I want to be. I am better than my finish shows. I had a good start in my heat race, but then I slid a bit in the first turn and almost crashed. I figured things out for the main event and got a nice holeshot. Then I rode a bit tentative in the opening laps and got tight. From there, I had to play catch up, and tried to relax and breathe. We will keep working until we’re up on the box again. I’m excited for the Triple Crown in Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson
Alex Martin
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin put his RM-Z250 in eighth place in Arlington. “It was nice to be back racing in Texas for the first time in three years,” Martin said. “Practice went well. I qualified sixth again, like last weekend. I was really happy with my riding and passed into third place in my heat race. I double- clutched off the start and came out just inside the top 10. I was up to eighth on the second lap when [Mitchell] Oldenburg cleaned me out in a left-handed bowl turn. I struggled to get going again and salvaged an eighth place finish. I’m not happy with the end result, but I’m feeling really great on the bike. I can’t wait for Detroit!”Brown Dog Wilson
Brandon Hartranft
Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha’s Brandon Hartranft finished inside the top 10 for the second weekend in a row. “Ninth place in Arlington [and I’m] not satisfied at all,” Hartranft said. “I know where I belong and it’s frustrating being buried the first few laps. [I’m going to] work on my weaknesses and be ready for Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Cunningham
HRT/Freedom Powersports/Merge Racing/Honda’s Kyle Cunningham achieved his second consecutive top 10 finish in a row. “[I’m] really happy with my riding for the short time [I’ve had] on the bike,” Cunningham said. “[10th place] last night after a crash and being dead last. Everything is coming together [and now we’re] onto Detroit.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 52
2 Justin Cooper Yamaha 44
3 Jordon Smith KTM 42
4 Chase Sexton Honda 39
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 34
6 Mitchell Oldenburg Yamaha 34
7 Kyle Cunningham Honda 29
8 Kyle Peters Suzuki 29
9 Brandon Hartranft Yamaha 29
10 Martin Davalos Kawasaki 25