Words: Oliver / Photos: WG & Dirker
Missouri native, Austin Forkner, is no rookie to crossing the checkered flag first. Just recently making the move to the big bike, Austin showed he can confidently man-handle his KFX250F with ease by winning 4 titles at Mini O’s. A couple weeks ago Forkner went out to California to do some more testing to get the bike dialed and to hit some warmer weather. Forkner says “Now I'm back home and probably not going to do a whole lot of riding for the next couple weeks, but I will be in the gym nearly everyday.” The Missouri weather is not the best to ride in when it comes to being winter time, however Forkner says you can guarantee to see him riding when the weather is nice out. Already in the planner, Forkner says he will be at Village Creek in two weeks for the Texas Winter Series. While in Texas, the #214 rider plans to hookup with his friend Carter Halpain to tear up some parks on their scooters. Forkner plans to return to Texas to hangout in Dallas to watch Supercross , then Austin and his mechanic Jeff are headed to Florida and tear up the Florida soil at the Daytona Amateur Supercross.
MP: I saw you pulled up to the track driving and everyone running out the way... [laughs] How long have you been driving?
Austin: Hahaha well I haven't had a wreck or ran over anyone.......yet. I've been driving for a couple months now since I got my license and just got a van to haul my bikes and stuff so I'm pumped about that.
Started getting a little nervous when the stadium started to fill up though. Motos came around and got good starts all night and had a good battle with Tennant in the second moto but ended up winning both motos and the championship. The track was super good all night and the fans were awesome so it was super fun!
MP: Talk a little bit about your mechanic, how did you guys meet?
Austin: Well I met Jeff at Loretta's and he helped us out a little there. Then we hired him to be my mechanic and it's been good ever since. My bikes are always fresh and run great and so far we've gotten 4 titles so that's good to! He also takes me to skateparks and we watch Cat Williams a lot!!
MP: Carter Halpain, a name that pops up in your bio when clicking on your instagram profile, you two are obviously pretty close tell me about how that started.
Austin: Carter Halpain? Oh you mean the kid on the fold up razor from Walmart just trying to be cool hahaha. Nah but we met a Mammoth a couple years ago and went to the skatepark there and ever since then we've been super good friends. Love to ride moto and scooters with him and despite the fact that he's a park rat he's one of my best friends.
MP: Besides scooting and riding what else do you like to do in your free time?
Austin: Me and my cousin hang out a lot and we ride pit bikes, jump on the trampoline, play xbox, and me and my grandma play board games a lot too.
MP: You have raced tons of different races over the years, winning most and losing a few. If you could go back and change the results of one race which one would it be?
Austin: The first moto at Loretta's last year. I came all the way through the pack into the lead and then with like 2 laps to go a rut blew out and I crashed and got 4th. Lost that championship by 1 point so if I would of won or even got 3rd I would of won both supermini titles.
MP: I know you have a long list of people helping you out, who would you like to thank for helping you get this far?
Austin: God for keeping me safe, family, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Pro Circuit, Fox, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Asterisk, Renthal, Maxima, Dubya, Ryno Power, Polar, Trek, and my mechanic Jeff Nix.
MP: Thanks for your time Austin and keep up the solid work!
Austin: Thank you!