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NASHVILLE SX RACE RECAP

NASHVILLE SX RACE RECAP

Nashville was a wild one. Before the main event even started, a crash of championship implication would shake-up the 250 East series. In the 450 class, Ken Roczen was on fire, however, a bit of bad luck would end any chance of victory.

 

250 CLASS

Martin Davalos #73

With his teammate out, Martin Davalos rose to the occasion as the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team’s only rider in Nashville. In the main, Davalos took advantage of a crash in front of him to gain valuable positions. By the end of lap one, he had secured the lead. With an open track in front of him, he blitzed the track, gapping the field (at one point) by 10 seconds. He slowed up a bit to savor the victory and lit the candles with a 3.5-second lead.

 

Austin Forkner #24

Austin Forkner suffered a hard crash in practice. He attempted to ride in the final practice, but ultimately his team decided to sit out the rest of the Nashville SX. His return is still to be determined.

 

Chase Sexton #23

Chase Sexton had an up and down day in Nashville, however, one thing was consistent - his speed. Chase qualified first and won his heat race. In the main, the Geico Honda rider started 3rd. Sprinting through the first rhythm, he made the pass for 2nd. And, by end of lap one, he had taken the lead. However, soon after the pass, he would get cleaned out by Justin Cooper. Undaunted by the fall, Chase remounted his Honda and worked his way back to 2nd. With Austin Forkner unable to compete, Chase is now only 3 points back from the overall lead.

 

450 CLASS

Ken Roczen #94

All signs pointed to this being Ken Roczen’s night. He was first in qualifications and won his heat race convincingly. However, a bit of bad luck would play spoiler. In the main event, Ken started 8th but made short work of the riders between him and his prize. While in 3rd, he was putting tremendous pressure on Joey Savatgy who was in 2nd place – a pass seemed imminent. Nobody doubted he would go on to catch and pass the leader Cooper Web. Instead, Savatgy would fall in front of the Honda pilot creating an unavoidable crash. When Ken remounted he had gone from 3rd to 22nd. By the checkered flag, he had worked back to 8th.

 

RESULTS

450 Class:

  • 8 – Ken Roczen (+ 50.242)

250 Class:

  • 1 – Martin Davalos
  • 2 – Chase Sexton (+ 03.508)

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Next week we head to Denver for round 15.

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