Five Takeaways From Supercross Round 8 At Detroit

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Eric Ellis.

In years past we’ve recapped each Supercross race with a series of questions posed to several of our Chaparral Motorsports employees and industry insiders. This year we’ve decided to change things up a bit and will be posing questions to you guys via our Facebook and Instagram (@chaparralMoto) pages, so be sure to head over and give us your thoughts on our questions. For our blog we are going to give our insight on the Top Five Takeaways from each race. A mix of highlights, lowlights, or just random observations; you’ll get to read what we saw, or what we thought we saw.

Editor’s note: I have never raced dirt bikes, so I have no personal experience as to the grit and grind these guys sacrifice their bodies to week in and week out. But I love watching the races and respect the hell out of each and every one of them for putting their lives and livelihood on the line each and every time they roll up to the starting line.

Green Machine Triple Crown Domination

In Detroit we were treated to the second Triple Crown event of the season, the first for the 250 East series. And just like we saw at Anaheim II, both the 250 and 450 classes were won by the same manufacturer. However, this time instead of 250 and 450  KTM riders holding up both trophies it was green Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac for the 450 Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory team and Austin Forkner for the 250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Team.

We nearly saw a clean sweep of the top podium spot from both riders in all three main event’s in their respective classes. While both riders were extremely fast all night, they showed it in different fashions. Forkner was fast out the gate every time and was pretty much gone. Tomac on the other hand struggled with starts in the first and third races and had to navigate his way through the pack. Unfortunately he missed the first place sweep in the third race by finishing 6th but was still able to scrape out the overall—thanks to Ken Roczen.

Tomac Owes Roczen A Big Thank You

Aside from showing extreme determination all night, Tomac’s 6th place finish came by way of a little bit of luck. Once Webb took the lead from Justin Barcia, and with Tomac sitting back in 7th, it put Webb and Tomac tied at 9 points overall for the night.

 

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With the tie the finishing position of the final race would determine the overall winner, and with Webb coming in first that would have given the KTM rider his fifth win of the season and second Triple Crown. But that’s not how it played out. With 1:47 left Roczen inadvertently took out Wilson which shuffled Tomac into 6th giving him a one point advantage over Webb and the overall win. Tomac owes Roczen a big thanks and at least a pat on the back to Wilson.

Forkner Is Freaking Fast!

Forkner is putting on a clinic this season! He is perfect for the season so far going three for three in wins this season--technically six for six if you count the three Triple Crown races. By sweeping all three Triple Crown races Saturday night he became the first rider to do so since the race format was introduced into the Supercross series. How great was he on Saturday night? He led EVERY SINGLE lap of the night except for the very first lap in the first main. That’s 41 out of 42 laps! But screw that, let’s look at the bigger picture. There have been 81 laps ridden in the 250 East main events so far this season and he has led 80 of them!!!!! So yeah he’s fast!

Things are going to be very interesting when Forkner faces off with his West Coast Pro Circuit Kawasaki Teammate Adam Cianciarulo this coming Saturday night for the East/West 250 Showdown in the ATL. Cianciarulo is having a spectacular season as well winning three out of five races so far and holding an eight point lead over Shane McElrath. Who knows who will come out on top but more than likely those Mitch Payton KX250s are going to get a lot of air time Saturday night.

Forkner’s Pixy Fuel

We were all treated to a rather odd sight immediately after Forkner crossed the finish line for the first time Saturday night as he appeared to be sucking down the contents of a Pixy Stix. For athletes that spend so much time, money, and energy ensuring their bodies are in pristine shape and capable of performing at super hero like levels, to see a professional athlete pound straight sugar was pretty intriguing.

 

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It was later confirmed by the commentators and Forkner himself that he was relying on quick sugar highs to get him through the night.
With little time to refuel between races and the need for concentrated burst of energy to keep him pumped for the next race it was decided by his trainer and nutritionist that Pixy Stix were a good solution. Pretty interesting. Question is, how many Pixy Stix will we see in the pits next week?

Reed Rides To Familiar Territory

132 times Chad Reed has made it to the podium in his storied career. He doesn’t need to be out there punishing his body week in and week out. He’s already proven himself several times over and accomplished goals that many will only dream of. But for a rider to make a podium at 36 years old in a sport as grueling as Supercross and have a big ear-to-ear smile on and celebrate like it’s his first time on the podium, he absolutely deserves to be out there!

 

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