2019 Indianapolis Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Win number five for Austin Forkner in 2019

Austin Forkner
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner grabbed his fifth main event win of the season at Lucas Oil Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Austin Forkner achieved his fifth main event victory of the 2019 AMA Supercross season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Forkner grabbed the holeshot, led all 20 laps, and now holds a 26-point lead (equivalent to one main event win) over his nearest competitor with four rounds remaining in the Eastern Regional 250SX championship.

“I am so pumped to be heading into this break with a full-race points lead,” Forkner said. “I got sick this week, so I told myself tonight we were going to do damage control, and fortunately damage control tonight was good enough for another win. I am going to use this break to let my body rest, do some outdoor testing, and then get a nice base of Supercross practice in before we get going again. The only thing on my mind right now is this championship, and I would love to wrap it up before Vegas if possible, but regardless I am going to keep doing what I am doing because right now it is working for me.”

Geico Honda’s Chase Sexton won his heat race, finished in the runner-up spot in the main event for the second week in a row, and now sits second in the point standings.

Chase Sexton
Geico Honda's Chase Sexton’s runner-up finish gives him four podiums in the last five races, and he’s now ranked second in the point standings.Brown Dog Wilson

“This is the closest race to Illinois, where I’m from,” Sexton said. “Last year this was my worst race of the year. I DNFed, so it wasn’t hard to go up from there. It felt good to win the heat race. I wish I could have put on a better show in the main event, but didn’t really ride like myself. It’s cool to have all the friends and family here. It’s cool to be at your home race, and to finish on the podium is always good.”

Justin Cooper
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper (32) rebounded from a mid-pack start to achieve his second consecutive third-place finish after passing his teammate, Mitchell Oldenburg, on the final lap.Brown Dog Wilson
Mitchell Oldenburg
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Mitchell Oldenburg (66) grabbed his second consecutive fourth-place finish after being passed by his teammate, Cooper, on the final lap. “It was a crazy week for me,” Oldenburg said. “My wife went into labor Thursday morning a month early, so it has been a pretty stressful last couple days, but baby and mama are healthy and doing good. It was pretty hard to leave them to come to race this week. It was hard to get my head straight and to get back in race mode and ride my dirt bike. We had a decent day overall. The main event was good until the last four laps. I had no idea Justin was coming and kind of just checked out mentally and let it go. We live and we learn. I’m not going to let that happen again. We’ll keep working on our progress in the next couple weeks and come into Nashville swinging.”Brown Dog Wilson
Martin Davalos
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos rounded out the top five and sits fifth overall in the point standings. “There are a lot of positives for me to take away from tonight’s race,” Davalos said. “I obviously would have liked to get that heat race win and found the podium in the main event. I went to California this past week and we did a lot of testing that pointed us in the right direction. I am kind of sad we have the break because I feel like we are on to something. I am going to do some outdoor testing during the break with my teammates and then get ready for the last three races to finish the season out strong.”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper got caught up in a first-turn melee and was pushed completely off the track. He rejoined the race in 10th and was able to pass his teammate, Mitchell Oldenburg, on the final lap to grab the final podium spot.

Kyle Peters
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Kyle Peters put his RM-Z250 in sixth place in Indianapolis. “It was a good day,” Peters said. “We are still progressing, and the speed is coming up. I’m able to run the lead pace for longer and getting more comfortable at that pace. I still have a few areas to work on with Buddy Antunez, mainly in the 90-degree turns. I always want to improve, and I felt that I could have finished fifth this weekend. Unfortunately, I was dealing with some stomach cramps at the end of the race. However, the team made it happen for me and I earned my best result of the season. That’s something to build on.”Brown Dog Wilson

“It was a hard fight all night, honestly,” Cooper said. “I had to work for the heat win and then main event time, I got a really good start and was just leaning in to the inside and everyone came in and kind of pushed me wide. I had to go off the track and it put me way back. Honestly, it was a pretty crappy feeling going around the first lap in 19th, looking over and seeing those guys already two straightaways ahead. I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me, so I just put my head down and made some quick passes. I think I was up to seventh or eighth, and I had raced with so much energy getting to that point and trying to make quick passes that I kind of hit a wall and was like, ‘Wow. I’ve got to breathe a little bit and regroup.’ “That’s kind of what did it. I kind of got a second wind toward the end and felt really good. I felt like I was back on pace and just making up a lot of time. I was keeping an eye on third. I didn’t even know if it was going to happen, but was I able to get in position to make a pass last lap for third. It was a good night for me. Good learning, good building, and good progress, so I can’t complain. It just would have been nice to get away clean in that first turn in that top three to see what we could have done toward the end of the race when those guys were getting a little tired.”

Kyle Cunningham
HRT/Freedom Powersports/Merge Racing/Honda’s Kyle Cunningham grabbed his fifth top-10 performance of the season with a seventh-place result in Indianapolis.Brown Dog Wilson
Josh Osby
CTR Motorsports Yamaha’s Josh Osby claimed his second consecutive eighth-place result. “Another eighth!” Osby said. “I put myself in a good spot in the main and felt really good but unfortunately got cleaned out. I got up in 13th or 14th and worked my way to eighth. I’m thankful for the progress and knowledge I’m learning along the way. A little break and then back at it in Nashville!”Brown Dog Wilson

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Mitchell Oldenburg and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos rounded out the top five, respectively.

Alex Martin
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin went down in the first turn and made his way up to ninth by the time the checkered flag flew. “I was super happy to qualify second in practice,” Martin said. “It was the most comfortable I felt before on a super-rutted track. It set me up for the first gate pick in my heat, which was nice. We made some changes with the clutch this past week, and I made really good progress with my starts. We finally figured some things out. I had a great start in the main, but got sandwiched and fell in the first turn. I picked up my bike and was dead last. It took two laps to even catch anyone. I was motoring and got up to ninth at the checkers. It was damage control and bittersweet, because I had the speed and capabilities to be on the podium. I’m bummed, but I’m also looking forward to this break to start testing for outdoors.”Brown Dog Wilson
Jordan Bailey
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jordan Bailey rounded out the top 10 on his FC 250. “I don’t feel like I rode to my full potential tonight,” Bailey said. “But overall, we’ll keep moving forward and get ready for Nashville.”Brown Dog Wilson

2019 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 151
2 Chase Sexton Honda 125
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha 123
4 Alex Martin Suzuki 92
5 Martin Davalos Kawasaki 89
6 Mitchell Oldenburg Yamaha 88
7 Brandon Hartranft Yamaha 82
8 Kyle Cunningham Honda 81
9 Kyle Peters Suzuki 79
10 Jordon Smith KTM 70