EAST RUTHERFORD SUPERCROSS PRE-RACE REPORT: AUSTIN FORKNER TO RACE WITH TORN ACL (UPDATED)
EAST RUTHERFORD SUPERCROSS PRE-RACE REPORT
JUSTIN BRAYTON AND CHRISTIAN CRAIG ARE BACK AT THE RACES.
Both Justin Brayton and Christian Craig announced this week via Instagram that they will be back racing at the final two rounds of the season. One month ago, at round 12 Justin Brayton was caught in the huge first lap pile up with Chad Reed and Kyle Chisholm at the Seattle Supercross. After being evaluated by his doctor, Brayton said that he tore his MCL and sprained his ACL in his knee. Luckily his knee didn’t require surgery and he was able to just take time off and do therapy to recover. He also mentioned in the next sentence that his goal was to make it back for East Rutherford and Las Vegas and he accomplished that goal.
Justin Brayton is back and excited to race in East Rutherford. He posted on Instagram saying: “I’m so happy to be lining up again tomorrow in East Rutherford @supercrosslive. It was five weeks ago when I was injured in Seattle. Didn’t really know if I’d make any races but I’ve worked really hard to get back. Three days on the bike this week. Let’s go racing!”
Christian Craig posted on Instagram two weeks ago stating that he was excited to be lining up at the final two rounds of Supercross.
A pre-season thumb injury made for a tough start to the 2019 East Coast Supercross series for Craig. He tried to race through the injury at the first round in Minneapolis, but he wasn’t able to push through it. After taking time off to recover, and training on outdoors in preparation for the upcoming AMA Nationals, we didn’t except to see Christian back at the Supercross races. Most of the time riders who are injured in Supercross will set their focus on Outdoors, but Christian wants to go racing indoors again before the season is over. Plus, his teammate Chase Sexton is in a heated battle for the Championship and we’re pretty sure that the Geico Honda team is hoping Christian Craig will be able to get in-between Chase and his competitors to help him gain maximum points.
WILL COOPER WEBB HOLD IT TOGETHER?
With two rounds remaining in the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season, the pressure is rising for the title competitors. In the 450 class, Cooper Webb holds a nice 18-point lead over Eli Tomac, but with two rounds left, anything can happen. After doing the math, we figured out that if Eli wins the final two rounds, Cooper would have to finished 5th and 6th place to win the Championship by 1 point over Eli Tomac. If Cooper went 6-6 in the final two main events, and Eli won both, the two riders would tie for the Championship and Eli would win the tiebreaker with 7 total wins over Cooper’s 6 wins. After doing the math, it doesn’t seem like such a tall feat for Eli Tomac to make the famous come back and finally win his first 450 Supercross Championship.
After suffering from a torn ACL and a deep bone bruise in Nashville two and a half weeks ago, all eyes will be on Austin Forkner during the first practice session to see how well he can ride in New Jersey.
CAN AUSTIN FORKNER RACE WITH A TORN ACL? CAN HE WIN?
Coming into the 2019 250 East Coast Supercross Championship we all knew that Austin Forkner would be good, but most people didn’t expect him to win every race (except the 250 East/West shootout in Atlanta). But Austin surprised us and he took charge of the 250 East class straight from the beginning. Although he was flawless in the main events, Austin did have many crashes during practice and time-qualifying sessions. He entered round 7 of the 250 East Coast series with a 26-point lead, but after crashing hard during qualifying early in the day, Austin would have to sit out the night show and watch his competitors gain valuable points on him while he nursed an injured knee. Mitch Payton confirmed to Ralph Sheheen at the Denver Supercross that Austin’s injuries included a torn ACL and a deep bone bruise in his left knee.
In a press release from Pro Circuit Austin Forkner said: “I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well the therapy has been going on my knee and I’ve really been trying to keep a positive attitude about the situation,” said Forkner. “The whole team has been really supportive and doing everything they can to make sure I have what I need to try and bring them home a championship.”
Although Chase Sexton (#23) and Justin Cooper (#32) are still trying to earn their first Supercross main event wins, all of the sudden they have found themselves amongst a title fight with a shot at winning their 250 East Coast Championship.
Luckily for Austin, his teammate Martin Davalos won the 250 Main Event in Nashville with Chase Sexton finishing second and Justin Cooper third. Chase scored 23 points in Nashville while Austin didn’t score any. Now with two rounds left, the points are tight and the pressure is on for Austin Forkner as he will attempt to race with a torn ACL, while Chase Sexton and Justin Cooper will do everything in their power to beat him, and each other. Chase is three points behind and Justin is seven points back in the fight. The 250 East division will race this Saturday in East Rutherford and then again May 4th at the 250 East/West showdown in Las Vegas.
2017 EAST RUTHERFORD SUPERCROSS HIGHLIGHTS
450 highlights from the last time Supercross stopped in East Rutherford, New Jersey back in 2017.
250 highlights from the 2017 East Rutherford Supercross.