Forkner overcomes Ferrandis for back-to-back Utah wins
Rookie Jett Lawrence breaks through for first 250SX West podium.
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner has kept his title chances alive with a second-straight 250SX West victory at Salt Lake City 5.
An aggressive move by Forkner saw him get by points-leader Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) on lap 15 and he went on to win by 1.751s.
While Forkner closed Ferrandis’ advantage in the championship to seven points with one Showdown round remaining next Sunday, it was a spectacular ride for Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda) to third that will also make headlines tonight.
Lawrence, only 16 years of age, ended the opening lap in 11th position and sliced his way through the pack for a first-career podium result. He made a couple of late passes on Cameron McAdoo (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) and Michael Mosiman (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) for position.
Sixth place was Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Star Yamaha) as he saw his title challenge further evaporate, edging Hunter Lawrence (Geico Honda) in what was only his second Monster Energy Supercross appearance.
It was then TLD Red Bull KTM teammates Brandon Hartranft and Derek Drake, followed by Christian Craig (Geico Honda) – who inside the top three prior to a fall – to complete the top 10.
Wednesday will see the return of the 250SX East category, before next Sunday the annual Showdown will be staged at Rice-Eccles Stadium to determine the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross champions.