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ARLINGTON SX RACE RECAP

ARLINGTON SX RACE RECAP

Wow, it’s good to be a race fan. The 7th round of the 2019 Supercross series, in Arlington, Texas, was billed as an exciting one and boy did it deliver. Austin Forkner took his second consecutive win in dominant fashion, furthering his points lead. In the 450 class, we witness the closest finish in Supercross history – just 0.02 seconds separating the leaders.

 

250 CLASS

Austin Forkner #24

Austin was perfect all night. He was first in his heat race, qualified first, and won the main. The Pro Circuit rider had another stellar start – rounding turn one in second place. He would quickly make the pass for 1st, lead every lap and took his second consecutive win of the season.

 

“Another solid night! Thanks team!”
 

Martin Davalos #73

Davalos had a solid night - a great rebound from last week. In the main, he started in 8th and worked his way through the field to finish 5th. This was a huge improvement from his 16th place in Minneapolis and is a promising indicator for the rest of the season. He now moves up to the top ten in the overall standings.

 

“I’m happy I came out of Dallas first turn safe this year and healthy. I’m happy to be racing again and can’t wait for Detroit!”
 

Chase Sexton #23

Chase Sexton was tormented with mistakes all night but still achieved a great result - a testament to his race-winning speed. Chase had an excellent start in the main, riding with the leaders after the first turn. He would attack the field quickly, passing three riders in the first rhythm section to secure 2nd. In the early laps, he was pressuring the leader, Austin Forkner, but would stall the bike and lose multiple positions. He quickly rebounded but lost ground again after a fall. The 3rd place finish is his first podium of the season and positions him 4th in the standings.

 

“Happy and thankful to be back on the box this weekend, but with that being said I’m frustrated with the mistakes I made when I had the chance to make a win happen”

 

450 CLASS

Ken Roczen #94

Roczen came to Texas with the red plate, and three straight podium finishes. The only thing eluding him this year was an overall win. And this looked to be his night until the very last turn. Roczen had another great start in the main and had a short battle with Musquin for 2nd place. From there, he set his sights on Tomac. He wasted no time attacking Eli and made the pass. He led the whole race which came down to the last turn. After the last set of whoops – with Roczen and Cooper riding almost bar-to-bar – Cooper would attempt the pass in the final turn before the finish line jump. Both riders lost momentum as they collided in the turn and they accelerated to the finish. Cooper would edge out Roczen by just 0.02 seconds.

 

“Nobody said it would be easy. I’m enjoying the way of figuring it out and putting the puzzle pieces all together with my team”
 

Chad Reed #22

It was a difficult night for Reed. He was sitting in 7th at the start of the 450 main but would struggle as the ride progressed and slip back to 11th.

 

“On track was a struggle all day and night just had no speed at all”

 

 

450 Class:

  • 2 – Ken Roczen (+ 00.028)
  • 7 – Chad Reed (+ 45.767)

250 Class:

  • 1 – Austin Forkner (20 laps)
  • 3 – Chase Sexton (+ 17.934)
  • 5 – Martin Davalos (+33.135)

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Next week we head to Michigan for round 8: Detroit Supercross.

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