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Supercross/Motocross | 10/21/2013
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Austin Forkner Wins Monster Energy Cup Super Mini Class
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Austin Forkner Wins Monster Energy Cup Super Mini Class
Irvine, Calif. (October 21, 2013) – The third annual Monster Energy Cup took place Saturday from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., where one million dollars was up for grabs. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Austin Forkner repeated his 2012 performance as he grabbed both holeshots and ran away with both Super Mini race wins to take his second-consecutive Monster Energy Cup Super Mini championship. The Amateur All-Stars class was a crapshoot as the top riders swapped race scores with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Zac Commans taking second overall. The Cup class was full of drama as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer took first and third in Race 1, but were unable to finish Race 2 and 3. Dean Wilson made his return to racing with ninth overall despite a crash in Race 1.
Undefeated
The 15 year old from Missouri was unstoppable on Saturday night on his new 2014 KX™100. Forkner was second quickest in qualifying and was one of few to clear the massive 100-foot triple. In the night show he grabbed both holeshots, one from each start gate, and was able to build a large enough gap that he cruised to both six-lap race wins. Forkner became the only two-time Monster Energy Cup champion in any class.

“I was a lot more prepared this year coming in,” said Forkner. “We rode more supercross tracks and had the bike set up perfect for the track. The new 2014 KX100 made all the difference, especially getting over that huge triple where you needed all the horsepower you could get. To win in front of that many people and be seen around the world is so cool.”
Strong Start
After two false gate drops before Race 1, Kawasaki got off to a great start as Villopoto grabbed the holeshot and ran away with the win while Weimer followed close behind in third place, putting them both in contention for the overall win. Unfortunately they both suffered misfortune in Race 2 and were unable to finish the race. Weimer again suffered a crash in the final race while Villopoto sat out Race 3 as a precaution following his crash.
On the Mend
Despite missing the third and final race of the night. Villopoto returned to Florida following the race to get everything checked out. Although sore and disappointed, he will waste no time as his preparation continues for another title-defending Monster Energy Supercross season.
Tomorrows Stars
The Amateur All-Stars class was one of the most exciting races of the night as the top A and B riders battled it out on the hybrid track. Consistency turned out to be the key for Commans as his 5-4 race score was enough to land him on the podium in second overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Mark Worth finished fourth overall going 6-6, followed by Darian Sanayei who grabbed the holeshot in Race 2 to finish sixth overall with an 11-2 score. Thomas Covington was one of the top qualifiers all day, but settled for a top-10 finish with an 8-9 score for eighth.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be up on the podium,” said Commans. “I had a minor setback when I hurt my wrist trying to get ready for Monster Cup which cost me come testing time so it’s even more rewarding to be up here.”
Back Behind the Gate
The 2011 250 AMA Pro Motocross Champion has had an up and down couple of seasons and was excited to return to racing. Wilson got three great starts on his KX™450F and had it not been for a crash in Race 1, could have been in contention for the overall podium. He bounced back from Race 1 to finish 5-6 in the final two races and showed that he is back in full form. Wilson will race the KX250F full-time in 2014.
Mini Os
With pro racing wrapped up until the start of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season in January, Team Green sets their sights on the Thor Winter Olympics from Gatorback in Gainesville, Fla. The event is a favorite amongst the amateur racing community as it takes place over Thanksgiving weekend from November 25-30th.
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