2019 Detroit Supercross 250 Class Race Report
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.”
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.
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.”
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos rounded out the top five, respectively.