MENTOR, Ohio (March 7, 2018) - Austin Forkner picked up his second career win in impressive fashion with a last-lap pass to pick up his second consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class victory in Saturday night's Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at the Mercedes-Benz Dome in downtown Atlanta.
The sophomore sensation took full advantage of the second "triple crown" format of the season while also leading the charge for his ProX-sponsored Pro Circuit Racing team to bring home the second win in just his 11th supercross start.
The triple crown is new for the 2018 season and features a three-race showdown where both the 250SX Class and premier 450SX Class competes in three main events. Each triple crown event features Olympic-style scoring where the rider with the lowest point tally at the end of the night collects the overall win. Forkner's Pro Circuit teammate Joey Savatgy, who competes in the Western Regional 250SX Class, won the first 250SX Class triple crown race of the year at Round 3 in Anaheim (Calif.).
Forkner raced to a 4-2-3 finish and continues to hold down second in points where he trails leader Zach Osborne by a slim two-point margin.
"We had a great night," said Forkner. "The track conditions got really rough and rutted which made for some very technical racing. I had a blast and I'm so pumped to get another win. It was definitely quick, much quicker than it seems on TV. I wasn't really bummed with that fourth in the first main event because I knew it was just about consistency. The last time they had it, it was like one, five, three and that won, so I knew that if I could get consistent top-five or top-three, then I would be on the podium. That was just my goal. I got top-five every moto and that was good enough for the overall win."
Forkner's Pro Circuit stablemate Martin Davalos had an eventful night of his own and the South American rider rolled to an 8-1-17 effort and record an eighth-place overall finish.
Davalos scored the holeshot and early lead in the first main event but crashed on lap 4. The rider of the No. 29 Kawasaki KX 250F remounted his machine deep in the field and managed to mitigate the damage with a top-eight finish.
Forkner would earn the holeshot in the second main event and lead 11 of 12 laps, but Davalos made a brave last-lap pass of his teammate to take the checkers with one race to go.
Davalos rounded the first corner in second in the third and final 250SX Class race of the card, but a mid-race crash left him 17th when the checkers flew. The 31-year-old rider is currently tied for 10th in the championship standings with only 13 points separating him from the top six.
"Everything started really well," said Davalos. "I felt strong and fast on the track all day, but mistakes held me back all night from finishing well. I was happy to get a win in the second main event but I'm disappointed with the final result. We'll keep our head up and move on to Daytona."
Monster Energy Supercross travels to the World Center of Racing this weekend for the Daytona Monster Energy Supercross. Round 10 of the 2018 Supercross Championship will be televised live on FS1 Saturday, March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.