Austin Forkner

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Richards, Missouri

Team: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

Current Residence: Richards, Missouri

Birthdate: September 2, 1998

Manufacturer: Kawasaki

Team Manager: Mitch Payton

Mechanic: Tony Archer

Turned Pro: 2016

Best career season result: 3rd in 2019, 250SX EAST & 2020, 250SX WEST

2022 Season result: 9th place, 250SX EAST


 Racing Accolades

  • 2020 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West 3rd place
  • 2019 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East 3rd place
  • 2015 Monster Energy Cup Amateur All Stars Champion
  • 2012 & 2013 Monster Energy Cup Supermini Champion
  • 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Rookie of the Year
  • 2015 AMA Horizon Award Winner
  • 6-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion

 Lifestyle & General Interest

  • Mentored by five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael
  • Considers fellow racer Trey Canard to be his idol
  • Considered to be one of the most promising young talents in the world
  • Races for the most successful team in the history of the sport
  • Nicknamed “Farm Boy”

2022 Season Recap: Forkner came out swinging in 2022 with a second-place finish to kick off another year with his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. During round 3 of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class championship, Forkner came together with eventual champion Jett Lawrence and crashed out, injuring his collar bone. Forkner returned to action just four weeks later to grab a seventh-place finish at Round 7 and then went on to win Round 8, a tremendous feat coming off injury and taking on the likes of Jett Lawrence and RJ Hampshire. During the Pro Motocross season this past summer, Forkner battled injury once again and called it a season after the first round where he placed 6th. He has since undergone a shoulder procedure to fix the issue ahead of 2023.


2023 Outlook: Forkner returns to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki for the 2023 season with the hopes of making this his last season in the 250SX Class as he looks to elevate to the 450 Class during the Pro Motocross season. Forkner has proven success countless times yet has continuously fallen short of capturing the overall title come the season end. If Forkner can stay out of harm’s way, this could this be the year he challenges for his first 250SX Class championship.

Points Standings

Year Class Overall Points
2023 250SX West 38 1
2022 250SX East 9 98
2021 250SX East 21 40
2020 250SX West 3 176
2019 250SX East 3 152
2018 250SX East 4 137
2017 250SX West 6 114


Date Race Class Make Model Position
2023-01-07 1 – Anaheim I 250SX Kawasaki KX250 22