2019 Detroit Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Austin Forkner wins all three main events to take Triple Crown victory

Austin Forkner
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner became the first rider to win all three main events at a Triple Crown race.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner claimed his third consecutive 250SX class victory at Ford Field in Detroit. Forkner won all three main events and, in doing so, became the first rider to win all three main events in either class at a Triple Crown race. He maintains the Eastern Regional 250SX class point lead heading into the next round at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

“Three for three baby!” Forkner said. “I am obviously pumped on how today went and that I was able to continue to extend my point lead. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250 was once again a rocket ship that got me out of the gate and up front in each main event, which was crucial to winning the races. I am looking forward to having some fun in Atlanta next weekend and mixing it up with the West Coast riders as well.”

Jordon Smith
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith (28) put his 250 SX-F in second place overall in Detroit despite nursing a wrist injury he sustained at Arlington last weekend.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith came into the night nursing a wrist injury he sustained at the previous round at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but managed to go 2-2-4 in the three main events to finish second overall.

“It’s a lot of riding here at the Triple Crowns,” Smith said. “It’s 60 minutes of riding [including qualifying] and I didn’t get to do any riding this week. I went to Dr. Berg and got an X-ray and MRI, and luckily [there were] no breaks or tears; it was just bone bruised really bad. So [I] did as much therapy as I could during the week and I did one 10-minute moto on Thursday and, man, I was bummed after that 10-minute moto because it was hurting really bad and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it through the whole day. I’ve got to give it up to the whole [Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team]. They worked with me all day. Even the suspension guy was making changes to try and help my wrist instead of necessarily help my bike out there at times. I’ve just got to give it up to them and Dr. Navarro; without them I wouldn’t have made it through the night. It was definitely tough, and it got tougher and tougher as the night went on.

Chase Sexton
Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton was the fastest qualifier and finished third overall in the Motor City.Brown Dog Wilson

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton was the fastest qualifier early on in the day, and in the night program, he went 4-4-2 in the three main events, which gave him third overall in the Motor City. Sexton is ranked fourth in the point standings after three rounds of racing.

“[I was the] fastest qualifier and [finished] third on the night,” Sexton said. “[I will] not [be] satisfied until I’m on the top, so [it’s] back to work this week so we can come out swinging in Atlanta.”

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper finished one step off the podium in fourth and sits third overall in the point standings. “The bike was really good all night,” Cooper said. “We didn’t really play around with the settings; we were pretty happy with [the bike]. The track was really tough tonight though. It was breaking down really quick, so it was important to keep on your toes and stay focused out there. I think I managed the races pretty well, besides my starts. I felt really good on the bike. Again, I just put myself in bad situations right off the start. So I’m definitely going to work on those this week and be better for next weekend. We’re making improvements, even if the results don’t show every week. I think it’s just a matter of time. We’re on the right track.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper 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’ 5-7-5 finishes put him in fifth overall. His consistency paid off as it bumped him up two positions in the championship point standings where he now sits in eighth place. “Overall I’m happy with this weekend’s result, but I would have liked to challenge for the podium a little more tonight,” Davalos said. “We have two back-to-back top-five finishes, so we are moving in the right direction. We will get back to work this week to clean up a few minor things, but it’s going to be important to bring our A game next week as we race the West Coast guys as well.”Brown Dog Wilson
Alex Martin
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin’s best main event result came in the second race, where he earned third. His overall finishes put him in sixth in the Motor City. “I was happy with my riding in Detroit,” Martin said. “I qualified third fastest in practice, which is something I haven’t done for a few years in Supercross. I had a great jump in the first main, but I got pushed off the track on the start. I was only able to get back to 10th place. I was very happy with my third-place finish in the second main. It was the best I have ridden in a Supercross race in a long time. The third main event, I pretty much finished where I started. We’re making good strides toward being on the podium. My consistency on the starts is something we will work on this week.”Brown Dog Wilson
Mitchell Oldenburg
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Mitchell Oldenburg put his YZ250F in seventh place overall for the evening. “Tonight as a whole was all right,” Oldenburg said. “It’s just a little frustrating that my results aren’t showing what I’m capable of and how good I’m feeling and riding. We’re going to work on the starts. [My] starts are definitely slacking right now. So we’ll go back to the drawing board this week [and work on getting] some good starts. The track was really fun. I really enjoyed the Triple Crown format with the three mains. It was a pretty quick night for us and we were go, go, go. Like I said before, [the] results aren’t showing what I’m capable of and how good I’m riding. If we can get a start, we’ll be up there for some wins and some podiums. I know it.”Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Peters
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Kyle Peters improved in every main event, which netted him eighth place overall. “It was an off weekend in Detroit,” Peter said. “I wasn’t riding to my potential, but I improved throughout the night. I’m ready to put in work for Atlanta. I’m solid during the week, but I’m having difficulty carrying that over to the races.”Brown Dog Wilson
Kyle Cunningham
HRT/Freedom Powersports/Merge Racing/Honda’s Kyle Cunningham claimed his third consecutive top-10 finish in Michigan.Brown Dog Wilson
Blake Wharton
Tilube Honda’s Blake Wharton rounded out the top 10 on his CRF250R.Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 78
2 Jordon Smith KTM 65
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha 63
4 Chase Sexton Honda 60
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 51
6 Mitchell Oldenburg Yamaha 50
7 Kyle Peters Suzuki 44
8 Martin Davalos Kawasaki 43
Kyle Cunningham Honda 43
10 Brandon Hartranft Yamaha 41