News 24 Aug 2021

Confidence of Forkner on the rise following Budds Creek

Consistent starts bring first 250MX top-five since 2018.

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Austin Forkner is continuing to build momentum through the end of the Pro Motocross season, gaining confidence after his first top-five of the season at Budds Creek.

The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider’s return to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the first time since 2018 has been full of ups and downs.

Finishing as low as 17th at Southwick, Forkner has managed to find the top 10 in three out of the last four rounds and surfaced at the front of the pack in both motos at Budds Creek.

“It felt great to get the starts in both motos and run up front with those guys,” Forkner explained. “The track was rough and you had to be smart when picking your lines.

“I made a few small mistakes that cost me. But overall I am happy with the day and to finally put two motos together for a good overall result.”

Eventually going 4-5 for fifth overall, he showed consistency he’s been lacking so far this season, giving him confidence as the series heads into the final three races of the year.

“Overall, today was a big step in the right direction for me,” he continued. “My starts were better, my riding was fast in practice and in the motos, and I was consistent in both races. This is definitely a building block that will help me going forward.

“The goal from here is to keep trending upward and to execute these rides with regularity. I know I am capable of challenging the guys at the front and now we are starting to get there. I’m looking forward to Ironman.”

Forkner’s next shot at a podium will come this Saturday, 28 August, as the series hits the track in Indiana at Ironman.