ProX Racing Parts was well represented on a pair of big stages over the weekend where Pro Circuit Racing’s Austin Forkner picked up his fourth win in five races at the Daytona Supercross and Tayla Jones took the checkered flag at the Big Boar GNCC in nearby Palatka.
Forkner was consistently fast throughout the day at Daytona International Speedway and went on to win his heat race by over 17 seconds heading into Saturday night’s main event for the Eastern Regional 250SX Class.
The rider of the ProX-sponsored No. 24 Kawasaki KX250 snagged the holeshot for the main event before yielding the point and slipping back to third. It didn’t take long for Forkner to reel in the top two and by Lap 3, he was back on top of the leaderboard.
As the laps clicked off, Forkner held down the top spot but not without pressure from the competition. GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton turned in an impressive effort and had his sights set on the leader, but it was Forkner who took the checkers and treated the boisterous crowd to a post-race burnout on the pavement in the middle of Daytona’s famed tri-oval.
"It was tough," Forkner said of the demanding Ricky-Carmichael designed race course. "Just not making mistakes was one of the biggest things. I honestly didn't feel like I was going super-fast. Just every rhythm, every jump, every lap was perfect - that was the key.
“This is like a dream come true to win the Daytona supercross! The track and fans here are so unique and unlike anything else … Tonight was a night I will remember forever. I have never gotten to do a burnout on the pavement. I was just holding it wide open as the crowd was cheering me on.”
An hour north of Daytona, the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) kicked off its season at the fifth annual Big Boar GNCC where Tayla Jones defeated some of the best women motorcycle racers the industry has to offer in Sunday morning’s WXC Class race.
The savvy Australian was strong out of the blocks, played it smart throughout the two-hour endurance contest and went on to pick up her eighth-career GNCC victory.
“It was great to get the first one in the books and take home the win in Florida,” Jones said via her Instagram account. “The track was fun, and I had a great time. A few too many crashes but we are all good and ready for Georgia this weekend to do it all again! A big thank you to all of my awesome sponsors who make it possible for me to go racing.”
The 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Championship resumes this weekend, in Washington, Ga., with the Specialized General GNCC.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross series visits the “Racing Capital of the World” this weekend for its annual tilt at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 11th of 17 races of the 2019 supercross championship calendar will be televised on a same-day-delayed basis on NBCSN Saturday, March 16 beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern Daytlight Time, 8 p.m. Pacific.
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