2019 Arlington Supercross 250 Class Race Report
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."
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.”
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.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos rounded out the top five, respectively.