2020 Glendale Supercross 250 Class Race Report

Two wins and a podium grant Austin Forkner his second victory of the season.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner won main events 1 and 2 of the evening, and finished third in the final race to take the overall victory.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner won main events 1 and 2 of the evening, and finished third in the final race to take the overall victory.Brown Dog Wilson

Austin Forkner clinched his second victory of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Round 4 of the series hosted the first Triple Crown race of the year, where the 250SX class racers compete in three three 10-minute plus one lap main events. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider got off to a great start in the first race and led from start to finish, crossing the line 4.5 seconds before his nearest competitor. In the second main event, he moved into the lead near the halfway point and never looked back, taking his second victory of the night. In the final moto, the Missouri native didn’t get as great of a start as he did in the first two races, but maneuvered his way into third place early on, where he remained for the rest of the race to take the overall victory.

“I’ve been working on the whoops with the team all week because I’ve really been struggling there, so I was ready to race tonight,” Forkner said. “I’ve had to dig myself out of a hole after last weekend and now 10 points down isn’t too bad. I’ll just keep grinding, chipping away at those points, and continue to dig out of this hole. Overall, it was a great night for the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we’re looking to keep it rolling.”

Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis put his YZ250F in second place in all three main events to clinch the runner-up spot in Glendale and hang onto second in the West series standings, only three points out.
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis put his YZ250F in second place in all three main events to clinch the runner-up spot in Glendale and hang onto second in the West series standings, only three points out.Brown Dog Wilson

Not known to be a great starter, Dylan Ferrandis had to battle his way from back in the pack in two of the three 250SX class main events. Regardless, the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider remained consistent throughout the entire night with second place finishes in all three races.

“I can’t say it was a bad day because it could’ve been much worse,” Ferrandis said. “I’m a little disappointed to miss the win. I feel like the bad starts cost me the win tonight, but the speed was there and I made a lot of passes. I was really stoked with my physical feeling because I was not tired at any point, my riding was really good, and the bike was awesome. We just need to improve on the starts. I don’t understand why I’m struggling with the starts right now, but we are working with the team and have made some changes. Now we are three points from first place in the championship—that’s the big goal.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman captured his first podium of the season.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Michael Mosiman captured his first podium of the season.Brown Dog Wilson

Michael Mosiman got off to a top three start in the first main event and moved into second place by lap 2, but he fell back to fourth by the race’s end. In the second race, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider got off to another top three start and once again crossed the finish line in fourth place. In the final 250SX main event of the evening, Mosiman didn’t get nearly as good of a start as he did in the first two races, beginning in 14th. He passed eight riders to finish sixth in the race and third overall for the night.

“With this season, I’m riding a lot better and the expectations are higher, and so a lot of time I just carry that pressure with me,” Mosiman admitted. “And today was just about riding for myself and riding for my God, and once I put those things in place and in priority I could relax, because I know the effort I give.”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft continues his string of top five finishes with a fourth place overall in Arizona to stand in third place in the West series standings.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft continues his string of top five finishes with a fourth place overall in Arizona to stand in third place in the West series standings.Brown Dog Wilson

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Brandon Hartranft remained consistent in Arizona with 5-6-4 race finishes. The New Jersey native sits third in the point standings after four rounds of racing.

“First Triple Crown of the year here at Phoenix [with] fourth place on the night, one-point shy of the podium,” Hartranft said. “Starts for sure held me back, but I know my effort was there all day long. [My] bike is good, I feel good, [and I’m] already looking forward to next weekend.”

Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jacob Hayes captured his first top five finish of the season inside State Farm Stadium.
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna’s Jacob Hayes captured his first top five finish of the season inside State Farm Stadium.Brown Dog Wilson

Claiming his first top five finish of the season was Jacob Hayes. The Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports/Husqvarna rider quietly put in consistent results throughout the evening and now sits tied with Mosiman for sixth in the point standings.

“I had a fun weekend in Glendale [for the] first Triple Crown of the year,” Hayes said. “A 6-5-5 for fifth overall [is] another step in the right direction.”

It was a night of seventh place finishes in all three main events for Penrite Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg. “Steady weekend going 7-7-7 for sixth overall,” Oldenburg said. “I didn’t put myself in the best positions at the beginning of the race, but it’s like that sometimes. As always, thanks to my team for all the hard work.”
It was a night of seventh place finishes in all three main events for Penrite Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg. “Steady weekend going 7-7-7 for sixth overall,” Oldenburg said. “I didn’t put myself in the best positions at the beginning of the race, but it’s like that sometimes. As always, thanks to my team for all the hard work.”Brown Dog Wilson

2020 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin’s consistent 8-8-9 results netted him seventh place overall. “Glendale was a tough race for me,” Martin explained. “A mid-week crash really hurt my chances of being competitive for a podium. I managed to stay consistent enough to grab seventh overall in the Triple Crown format. I’m happy to move on from this one and I’m looking toward making some changes this week with the team. We’ll come out swinging in Oakland.”
JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Alex Martin’s consistent 8-8-9 results netted him seventh place overall. “Glendale was a tough race for me,” Martin explained. “A mid-week crash really hurt my chances of being competitive for a podium. I managed to stay consistent enough to grab seventh overall in the Triple Crown format. I’m happy to move on from this one and I’m looking toward making some changes this week with the team. We’ll come out swinging in Oakland.”Brown Dog Wilson
Position Rider Brand Points
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha 86
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha 83
3 Brandon Hartranft KTM 77
4 Austin Forkner Kawasaki 76
5 Alex Martin Suzuki 66
6 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna 62
Jacob Hayes Husqvarna 62
8 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda 55
9 Luke Clout Honda 48
Derek Drake KTM 48
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Derek Drake led laps in the second main event and finished eighth overall in Arizona.
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Derek Drake led laps in the second main event and finished eighth overall in Arizona.Brown Dog Wilson
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper crashed in the first two main events, but came back to win the final race of the night. Despite his ninth place overall finish, he retains the point lead heading into round 5. “It was a roller-coaster night in Glendale,” Cooper said. “The track conditions were really tricky and traction was very hard to maintain. I was able to come back with the win in the third main and hold onto the points lead. We’re going to take the positives and learn from the mistakes and move on to next weekend and go for the win again.”
Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Justin Cooper crashed in the first two main events, but came back to win the final race of the night. Despite his ninth place overall finish, he retains the point lead heading into round 5. “It was a roller-coaster night in Glendale,” Cooper said. “The track conditions were really tricky and traction was very hard to maintain. I was able to come back with the win in the third main and hold onto the points lead. We’re going to take the positives and learn from the mistakes and move on to next weekend and go for the win again.”Brown Dog Wilson
Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout rounded out the top 10 on his CRF250R. “The Triple Crown was crazy!” Clout exclaimed. “[I was] taken out moto 1, [had] a crash moto 2, [and finished] moto 3 with an eighth [place]. I feel like my riding is getting better! Tenth place overall [in Glendale] and I moved to ninth place overall in points!”
Penrite Honda’s Luke Clout rounded out the top 10 on his CRF250R. “The Triple Crown was crazy!” Clout exclaimed. “[I was] taken out moto 1, [had] a crash moto 2, [and finished] moto 3 with an eighth [place]. I feel like my riding is getting better! Tenth place overall [in Glendale] and I moved to ninth place overall in points!”Brown Dog Wilson