- ROCZEN & FORKNER SWEEP AZ SUPERCROSS
ROCZEN & FORKNER SWEEP AZ SUPERCROSS
ROCZEN & FORKNER SWEEP AZ SUPERCROSS
Round 4 of the AMA Supercross Championship rolled into Arizona over the weekend for the first "Triple Crown" format race of the year. After a 2nd-place finish at Anaheim 2, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen gained control of the points lead in the 450 class, and donned the red plate for the first time this year. In the 250 Class, Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Forkner looked to bounce back in after a big crash in Anaheim. With one of the biggest stadiums on the Supercross calendar, Glendale's track layout promised some great racing, and the Triple Crown format always delivers plenty of excitement.
Glendale Supercross Qualifying
Race day started out with the daytime qualifying sessions. Again, it was Adam Cianciarulo that owned the timing board in the 450 Class. The rookie has been extremely impressive in qualifying, clocking the fastest time at every round of the season. In the 250 Class, Austin Forkner put in a solid time, qualifying 3rd overall. Geico Honda's Christian Craig qualified just behind him in 4th place.
Glendale Supercross 250 Main Events
In the first of the three 250 Class main events, Austin Forkner shot out to an early lead and quickly gained control of things at the front of the pack. He put in a great performance, led every lap and took his first win of the evening. Following the race, Forkner knew he had more work to do, but the #52 had a quiet confidence as he set his sights on the overall win. Christian Craig also had a solid ride in the first 250 main, finishing third.
The second 250 Main didn't start off quite as easily for Austin Forkner, but the 21-year-old quickly cut through the pack during the chaotic opening laps and took just before the halfway point. When the checkers flew it was Forkner with his second win of the night, setting himself up perfectly for the final main event and an overall win. Unfortunately, things did not go as well for Christian Craig who suffered a big crash that ended his night. Get well soon CC!
The pressure was on Austin Forkner as he came into the final 250 Main of the night having won the first two races. He was 4th out of the start and put himself in a strong position to take the overall win as he settled into 3rd. Thanks to the inconsistency of his competition, Forkner had the luxury of not having to win the final Main to bring home the overall victory and the Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider rode smart and did exactly what he needed to do. He ended up finishing 3rd and his 1-1-3 results were enough to hand him the Overall win, his second of 2020 in only 4 tries. Forkner also cut his points deficit in half and now is only 10 points behind series leader Justin Cooper.
Glendale Supercross 450 Main Events
As racing began in the 450 Class, Ken Roczen put himself in a strong position in the first 450 Main Event and moved past Eli Tomac for the lead on lap 2. Adam Cianciarulo was also in the mix and slotted into third behind Roczen and Tomac as the race leaders put in a blistering pace. Roczen did an amazing job to hold off a hard charge from last week's winner, Tomac and earned the win in the opening race of the evening.
A big first turn crash in 450 Main Event #2 forced a red flag restart, but Ken Roczen was able to nail and lead the pack out onto the track from the green flag. The German rider led the race wire to wire for his second win of the night and set his sights on the never before done feat of sweeping all three Main Event wins in a 450 Triple Crown SX. Adam Cianciarulo had a tougher go of things in Main Event #2 as the Kawasaki pilot went down in a corner while running 2nd on Lap 4. AC regained his composure however and salvaged a 6th place finish.
After more chaos in the 450 Class and another red flag restart, it was Ken Roczen yet again leading the field as the final race of the night hit the track. Ken showed incredible poise and his classic smooth style as he made it look easy at the front of the pack - leading every lap of the race on his way to a massive victory. Roczen also made history as the first rider to ever sweep an AMA Triple Crown Supercross with 3 wins. Adam Cianciarulo also had a great ride going as he climbed from outside the top ten up to 3rd place, but a big crash in the final laps ended his night a bit early. Fortunately, AC walked away with no major injuries and should be good to go for next week in Oakland.
On top of the win, Ken Roczen was also able to increase his points lead on the rest of the 450 Class and holds an 8 point gap as the series heads up Oakland next weekend for Round 5.
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250 SX West Round 4 Results - Glendale, AZ
- Austin Forkner
- Dylan Ferrandis
- Michael Mosiman
- Brandon Hartranft
- Jacob Hayes
- Mitchell Oldenburg
- Alex Martin
- Derek Drake
- Justin Cooper
- Luke Clout
250 SX West Season Point Standings
- Justin Cooper - 86 Points
- Dylan Ferrandis - 83 Points
- Brandon Hartranft - 77 Points
- Austin Forkner - 76 Points
- Alex Martin - 66 Points
- Michael Mosiman - 62 Points
- Jacob Hayes - 62 Points
- Mitchel Oldenburg - 55 Points
- Luke Clout - 48 Points
- Derek Drake - 48 Points
450 SX Round 4 Results - Glendale, AZ
- Ken Roczen
- Eli Tomac
- Jason Anderson
- Cooper Webb
- Justin Barcia
- Justin Brayton
- Malcolm Stewart
- Adam Cianciarulo
- Aaron Plessinger
- Blake Baggett
450 SX Season Points Standings
- Ken Roczen - 92 Points
- Eli Tomac - 84 Points
- Justin Barcia - 81 Points
- Jason Anderson - 78 Points
- Cooper Webb - 72 Points
- Adam Cianciarulo - 71 Points
- Justin Brayton - 63 Points
- Malcolm Stewart - 62 Points
- Blake Baggett - 55 Points
- Zach Osborne - 51 Points