Round 3 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship brought the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team back to Anaheim this past Saturday. Having experienced wet weather for much of the week, the sun came out and welcomed the team back to Angel Stadium. Quickly setting the pace for the day, Justin Hill and Austin Forkner got to work during qualifying and carried the momentum into the night’s heat races and Main Event. At the end of the evening, Justin Hill led the 250 class and found himself on top of the box.
Having nearly taken the win last weekend in San Diego, Justin Hill was more than ready to takeover this weekend. He and his KX250F had no problem setting the fastest time during qualifying. After a top three finish in Heat 1, the Main Event was looking better and better for number 46. He charged through the pack in the main and in Turn 1 he snagged the lead. Maintaining his position, he captured his first win of the season!
"The weekend ended great. It's funny because I started the day feeling off, but when the main comes around and there's points on the line, it's go time. I let it all hang out on the track and I was able to do it confidently. When I took over the lead I didn't expect to get it at that time, it came faster than I thought and I just went with it. I'm excited about the rest of the season and about right now."
Demonstrating constant improvement, Austin Forkner arrived in Southern California fit for battle. In Heat 2 he grabbed the lead and rode aggressively to maintain his spot. Keeping an impressive pace, the rookie Supercross rider experienced his first heat win! Austin blasted past the compeition in the main and took the holeshot. Staying solid all day, he finished just outside of the top three and remains eager and enthusiastic for a podium finish!
"I was charging pretty hard in the first lap. I was stood up a couple times and then made a mistake in the whoops and went back to fourth. Most of the race all happened in the first couple laps for me. If I was able to get the first few laps clean I would have had a better result. After I started riding smoother, I was able to match the pace of the riders in front of me and I feel really confident moving forward."
250SX Anaheim 2 Main Event
1. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 25
2. Aaron Plesssinger, Yamaha- 22
3. Shane McElrath, KTM- 20
4. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 18
5. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 16
6. James Decotis, Honda- 15
7. Dan Reardon, Yamaha- 14
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha- 13
9. Joshua Hansen, Husqvarna- 12
10. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 11
250SX West Overall Championship Point Standings
1. Shane McElrath, KTM-70
2. Aaron Plessinger, Yamaha- 64
3. Justin Hill, Kawasaki- 63
4. Martin Davalos, Husqvarna- 54
5. Austin Forkner, Kawasaki- 47
6. James Decotis, Honda- 42
7. Jeremy Martin, Honda- 40
8. Tyler Bowers, Yamaha -33
9. Dan Reardon, Yamaha-32
10. Phillip Nicoletti, Suzuki-26