Look Up! There's A Lot To See In Kickstart From Atlanta
Of all the rounds on the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series schedule, few hold the same prestige as the 2018 Atlanta Supercross. The Deep South stop has long been one of the best-attended events in the history of the sport because fans from all parts of the East Coast will make the trip to see the stars of the sport do battle on the red clay. This year was the first time that knobby tires rolled into the Mercedes Benz Stadium and the excitement of the new building was matched with the action of the Triple Crown format. Want to know the details? Let’s get into it…
OSBORNE & FORKNER
Much as been made about the run-in between Zach Osborne and Austin Forkner in 250 Main Event Two, but what did the riders have to say about the incident? Osborne rode directly to the AMA after the checkered flag to voice his concerns and expected a further discussion with the officials, hence his silence in the press conference and How Was Your Weekend. Forkner, meanwhile, had no issue stating that he intended to block the line in the rhythm lane but felt like he lost control and farther over than he anticipated, also citing a rear brake issue. We learned on Saturday evening that the AMA viewed it as a racing incident and felt that no punishment was necessary for either rider. Keep an eye on these two in coming weeks, because both riders are not pleased with the other and there is a lot of tension building with each Main Event.
BOGLE & BARCIA UPDATES
Justin Bogle and Justin Barcia were both on hand in Atlanta to sign autographs with their teams and shared updates on their recoveries from injury with us. Barcia’s right hand is in a soft brace due to the surgery, but the healing process is going quickly and there’s a chance that the team will have him back before the end of the Supercross season. Bogle, meanwhile, doesn’t need a cast for his humerus break but he’s still experiencing some discomfort in his back. Both riders were in good spirits and seemed anxious to be back on the starting line when the time is right.
Yannis Irsuti is the rider that went down over the triple jump in the 250 LCQ. The way the French rider hit the ground and laid motionless for a lengthy amount of time drew concerns from all watching, and he was taken out of the stadium on a backboard. We were surprised to see a Monday update on Irsuti’s Instagram story on Monday that showed him relaxing by a pool and not a hospital bed. This setback might mark the end of the French rider’s time in the United States this year.