Atlanta Supercross 250 Class Photo Finish
The first-ever AMA Supercross race held inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta hosted the second Triple Crown event of the 2018 season. Introduced this year, the Triple Crown is a three-city showdown where riders race three main events in one night. The Georgia round saw Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner claim his second-consecutive 250SX main event victory on his KX250F.
“Tonight went really well,” Forkner said. “The track conditions here in Atlanta got really rough and rutted, which made for some very technical racing. I had a blast racing this track and I’m so pumped to get another win.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne finished second overall in Atlanta after winning the first main event, finishing the second main event in third, and holding fifth in the final race on his FC 250 machine. Osborne retains his championship point lead by two over Forkner.
“It was a decent night,” Osborne said. “I missed out on the overall in the last main. It is what it is, but I’m still happy with the night. I had a great ride in the first main and two strong rides after that. I hit my nose and my face pretty hard in the second main when I crashed, but I’m going to keep fighting.”
Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith finished in third overall for his first podium finish of the season. Smith finished the first main event in third, the second in fourth, and the third in sixth place on his 250 SX-F machine.
“I had a lot of positives out of tonight and just need to keep pushing to make it to the top step,” Smith said. “I’m right there now [and I] just need to put it all together. Thanks to the team and all of my family and friends who came out to support me tonight.”