Heartbreaking outcome for Monster Energy Kawasaki talent.
Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner has been forced out of the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross Championship remainder after sustaining a right knee injury during the start of Anaheim’s 250SX West main event.
Forkner fell heavily in the run to turn one after connecting handlebars with RJ Hampshire (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and teammate Cameron McAdoo.
The pain and heartbreak were immediately evident for the number 55, prematurely sidelined on multiple occasions throughout recent years. Prior to the incident, Forkner qualified fastest at Angel Stadium and notched a podium in his heat race.
“I felt great going into this year and was ready to challenge for the championship,” said Forkner. “I think my qualifying and heat race speed proved that the preparation from the whole team was on par to win races.
“Unfortunately, I was involved in a racing incident during the start of the main event and injured my knee. This is definitely a frustrating situation, but I’m extremely motivated to focus on my recovery and I will get back to work with the team.”
The decision was made for Forkner to make an early exit from the 2023 250SX West Championship after consultation with medical professionals. Further updates on Forkner’s return to racing will be announced when available.