Indianapolis brought more of the same for Austin Forkner and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. At Indy, Austin won for the 5th time in the 250 East Supercross series. He struggled early on in the day, but in the main event, he was nearly flawless.
Austin Forkner #24
In Indianapolis, Austin Forkner had to overcome a tough heat race on his way to the main. He suffered a rough crash and was also battling an illness. However, when the main started, any doubt of his readiness was quickly erased. He launched out of the gate to grab the holeshot. He led the entire race at a high pace and finished over 6 seconds ahead of the runner up. The win in Indianapolis gives Austin a 26 points lead with three races remaining.
Martin Davalos #73
In Indy, Martin Davalos was looking to rebound from a disappointing 10th place finish in Daytona. In the main, he got out to an excellent start. He quickly worked his way to 3rd and was riding on pace with the leaders. Towards the end of the race, two riders were able to pass but he held on to 5th to gain his 3rd top-five finish this season.
Chase Sexton #23
Chase Sexton continues to show his speed as he chases his first career win. The night couldn’t have started better as he won his first heat race convincingly. In the main, he quickly worked his way into 2nd place behind Austin Forkner. However, he was never able to reel in the race leader. His 2nd place in Indy makes it back-to-back 2nd place finishes for the Honda pilot. He now has four podiums on the year and moves into 2nd place in the points race.
Ken Roczen #94
Ken Roczen struggled all night. In the main, he didn’t get the jump he needed. After one lap, he was in 8th. He attempted to work his way forward but was unable to make any momentum. He would hold 8th the entire race.
Chad Reed #22
The day after this birthday (3/15), Chad Reed was looking to keep the celebration going with a good performance in Indy. He had a solid start to his day – finishing 4th in his heat race and qualifying 9th overall. A podium finish would elude him this week due to a bit of bad luck. He would collide with another rider during the first lap. After remounting his bike, he was able to recover to finish just outside the top 10.
- 8 – Ken Roczen (+ 42.269)
- 11 – Chad Reed (1 lap)
- 1 – Austin Forkner (20 laps)
- 2 – Chase Sexton (+ 06.289)
- 5 – Martin Davalos (+ 22.823)
Next week, the east coast rides get a break as the west competitors get back to work. See you in Seattle for round 12.
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Born into a family of racers, from early on it was clear that Ryan Dungey was something special. Fast forward through two decades, and having already notched up first place wins at the Supercross Lites Championship and the 250 Motocross Championship in 2009, the 2010 racing season proved to be a particularly memorable one for the American rider. Ryan started the season by showing that he belonged with the big boys in supercross. By the time the North American series was finished, he was crowned 2010 Supercross Champion.
But Ryan didn’t stop there – demonstrating his abilities as inarguably the best all-around motocross racer in the world, that same year he blitzed the competition in the AMA Motocross Championship and took the title. He thus finished the season as a history-maker, coming away as the first rookie in history to win both the premier Supercross and National Motocross titles in his inaugural season. To cap off the year, Dungey led Team USA to victory in the prestigious Motocross of Nations event, held on American soil in 2010 in Colorado.
By 2012, Ryan had joined the KTM family, bringing the team its first ever win in the AMA Motocross series. He finished his Supercross season in third place, despite a collarbone break that required surgery. At the 2013 AMA SX season finale in Las Vegas, Ryan finished second place, bringing his overall season points to 337 and a third place overall finish.
In 2014, Dungey kept his momentum, taking overall second places at both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 and the 2014 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series, not to mention first place at Red Bull Unadilla National. With yet another stellar start in 2015, Ryan has demonstrated that commitment, hard work and sacrifice really do pay off with another AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross championship now under his belt.
Dungey, with back to back championships in the 2015 season, charged full steam ahead into the 2016 Supercross season energized with confidence. Ryan dominated the 2016 Supercross series winning 9 rounds that year. The 2016 Pro Motocross Championship opening round started off well for Ryan at Hangtown where he posted a 2nd place finish over-all. The very next round at Glen Helen, Ryan took home the victory and celebrated his 39th over-all win in the Motocross 450 Class. Round three in Colorado, Ryan finished with a 2-4 moto tally placing second over-all on the day. Ryan, at that race suffered a crash during the 2nd moto ending his chances of repeating his Championship in the 2016 Pro Motocross Championship. Even though the season was over, Ryan received top honors at the 2016 ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.