Austin Forkner Wins First 250SX Triple Crown of 2020

Austin Forkner puts a move on a fellow competitor in Anaheim 2. Photo by Rachel Schuoler / Kickin' the Tires Photo by Rachel Schuoler / Kickin' the Tires

After winning two of three main event races on Saturday, Austin Forkner earns his second win of the 2020 AMA Supercross 250 West season at Glendale in the first Triple Crown race of the year.

“I was just ridin’,” said Forkner once he was in third position in the last main event to lock in the overall win.

Forkner has had an up-and-down start to the year. He crashed while leading at Anaheim 1, but rebounded for a top-five finish. St. Louis brought redemption from that mistake and was his first victory of the year. But despite winning his heat race at Anaheim 2, a bad start and a crash in the whoops resulted in a poor 17th place. Coming back to win the overall in Glendale allowed him to close the championship point gap back down to 10 points behind the top spot.

But for the Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, he isn’t letting the points get to him just yet.

“I mean, it’s always good to go from 22 points down to 10,” he said. “It’s still a long season. I knew that I had to dig myself out of a hole, and still kinda have a hole to dig out of. I still have to make up some points. I wasn’t going to stress myself out about it. Last weekend was not good, and I lost a lot of points, but it’s a long season. I gained 12 points in one race tonight.

Just shows that anything can happen, and just take it race by race.”

Dylan Ferrandis and Michael Mosiman completed the podium at Glendale, but no one is relaxing even though the west division of the 250SX class is approaching their mid-season break.

“I think the only one happy is the guy who wore the red plate tonight (Justin Cooper, current points leader),” said Ferrandis looking at his current status going into the upcoming break in a few weeks. “The bike is really good, the team is working really hard for me, and we need to improve on the starts. We feel really confident. This break is going to feel weird, six weeks is gonna be really long.”

For Mosiman, he has quietly put together a couple good runs this season, and now has earned his first career 250SX West podium.

“Happy where I’m at in the points? No,” Mosiman shared. “Happy with the bike. We’re still working on a few things. The bike’s really fast, but we’re working on the whoops. It’s definitely a weakness of mine. Looking forward to the break a little bit to get healthy again – I’ve had a couple big (crashes).”

Justin Cooper still leads the championship points, but struggled in the main event with a ninth place finish. Ferrandis, Mosiman, Forkner and Brandon Hartranft along with the rest of the field all look to cut down that points lead even further as the series heads to Oakland this weekend.

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