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St. Louis, MO - Supercross Race Recap

St. Louis, MO - Supercross Race Recap

St. Louis, MO - Supercross Race Recap

 

This weekend saw the Supercross series make its way to St. Louis for the 11th race on the schedule for the 450 riders, and the 5th round for the 250 east series. Austin Forkner entered the weekend tied with Zach Osbourne in the championship standing. The two riders would share the red plate for the night.  

 

250 Class –

 

Both Fox Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki riders started the day strong with Austin Forkner qualifying 2nd and Martin Davalos setting the 4th fastest time heading into the night.

 

As the night got underway, Austin and Martin were both lined up in the first heat race of the night. Both riders got off to great starts with Austin grabbing the holeshot and Martin close behind in second. Both riders would put in great rides finishing in the same order and getting great gate picks for the main event.

 

The main event would see Austin get out to a great start rounding the first turn side by side with series co-leader, Zach Osbourne. As the series leaders lead the pack into the first rhythm section, it looked like Osbourne would have the preferred inside line coming our of the section. The riders were still side by side mid-way through the rhythm lane when Forkner uncorked the tricky quad on the exit of the section. This move would see Austin clear Zach in the next 180 left hander and start to build a nice lead for the first half of the 15 minute main event.

 

With 7 minutes to go in the main and Austin still holding onto the lead, Zach started to apply pressure. That came just as the riders started to encounter lappers. As Austin tried to work his way around a lapper and hold off Zach, he came up short on a small dragon back double. This would see Forkner go down and Osbourne take the race lead. Austin would remount in 6th, working to gain as many points as possible in the closing laps. Austin ended up 5th on the night with Zach taking the win and an 8 point lead in the championship as the riders head to the first east/west shootout in Indianapolis next weekend.  

 

Davalos would not have the night he was looking for in the main event. A hard crash midway through the main would see Martin walk off the track under his own power but in obvious pain.

 

450 Class –

 

Chad Reed qualified directly into the main event finishing 7th in his heat race. In the main, Chad tangled with another rider mid-way through the race damaging his bike and forcing him to pull out of the race after completing just 9 laps.

 

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