- DETROIT SX RACE RECAP
DETROIT SX RACE RECAP
DETROIT SX RACE RECAP
Detroit was an opportunity for Austin Forkner to make a statement. Not only was the Kawasaki rider coming off two straight wins and in control of the red plate, but in the Triple Crown race format he would face off against the field three times. In the end, Austin made history.
Austin Forkner #24
Whether Austin momentum is fueled by the confidence of two straight wins or sugary pixie sticks is unclear. What’s evident, is the Pro Circuit pilot is on fire. The red plate is no weight to bear for Austin. In the challenging Triple Crown format, he came away with a 1-1-1 overall victory. This is the first clean sweep of the podium in this racing format and increases his win streak to three. Austin now holds a 13-point lead in the 250-east region.
“Great night though, really happy with my riding and starts. Feeling good”
Martin Davalos #73
Davalos matched his season best as he continues to climb the standings, moving from 10th to 8th place in the overall points race. He was in the hunt for a podium all night, and his 5-7-5 scores were enough for a 5th overall.
“I'm really happy with the starts we had tonight, and it put us in a good position to fight up front.”
Chase Sexton #23
For the second straight week, Chase Sexton took third place in the 250 East region. He clearly has the speed to compete with the best, and it seems only a matter of time until he claims his first career win. His 4-4-2 scores, in the difficult Triple Crown format, proves he is a consistent threat; he is a few mistakes away from challenging points leader Austin Forkner.
“Detroit in the books, Fastest qualifier and 3rd on the night. Not satisfied until I’m on the top so back to work this week, so we can come out swing in Atlanta”
Ken Roczen #94
Ken Roczen struggled with his starts all night; this forced him to chase the leaders throughout the three-race format. Fighting through illness, he was playing damage control; his 5-6-5 scores were enough for a 5th place overall finish. The Honda pilot now sits 6 points back from the leader, Cooper Webb.
“Glad tonight is over. Just 1 point away from the podium. I struggled all week with a flu. Still am! My body didn’t feel up to par tonight, but I tried to minimize the damage. Glad to be healthy. I hope I’m going to have a lot better week this week”
Chad Reed #22
Reed was flying all night, reminding the field he's a two-time champion; speed, great starts, and excellent line choices landed him in third place overall. In the first race, he rode with the leaders the entire event, finishing third. He followed up that stellar performance with 5th and 7th place finishes respectively; the 3-5-7 scores gave him a 3rd place overall finish in the challenging Triple Crown format. He heads to Atlanta squarely in the top-10 overall series standings.
“132 times! Trophies are cool! I’m getting the feel for this Champagne spraying”
- 3 – Chad Reed (3-5-7)
- 5 – Ken Roczen (5-6-5)
- 1 – Austin Forkner (1-1-1)
- 3 – Chase Sexton (4-4-2)
- 5 – Martin Davalos (5-7-5)
Next week we head to Atlanta for round 9: Atlanta East/West Showdown.
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