Hunter Sayles from Merrill, returned to the Monster Energy Supercross Championship series this past weekend placing 17th in the 250SX Main Event on his #367 Woodstock KTM, Jenneration MX I AM A COMEBACK, TZR, DeCal Works, Parts Unlimited, Thor, Alpinestars, 100%, Renthal, FMF, Acerbis, Hoosier, Motoseat, Maxima, Pro Filter, Rekluse, Dubya, Galfer, #SHARKNATION KTM 250 SX-F.
Sayles was at the 11th Round of the of the schedule at Lucas Oil Stadium at Indianapolis, IN and earlier attended the sixth round at Minneapolis Feb. 9 where he finished 21st. The Minneapolis event was also the first event of the Eastern Series, the earlier races all part of the Western event.
Sayles started 14th in the 22-bike field having moved through the group of 46 to the final.
The Wisconsin racer started out strong, finishing the first lap 11th before falling back to 14th on the second lap. Sayles dropped off the lead lap near the race’s halfway mark and finished his 18th lap right behind Austin Forkner from Richards Mo., who led the race from hole shot to checkers for his fifth win in six races since Minneapolis.
Sayles started out the event in one of three qualifying groups and he showed his talents in a pair of qualifying sessions. Sayles topped the sheet in the first qualifying session with a best lap time of 53.581 seconds, 7/10 of a seconds in front of second place qualifier Mason Kerr of Altoona, IA on his Kawasaki KX 250. Sayles led the way again in the second qualifying session, this time posting a best time of 51.344 seconds, more than two seconds better than his previous best and nearly two seconds in front of Hunter Hilton of Youngsville, LA on a Husqvarna FC250.
Sayles ran the same Heat event as Forkner, staying seventh in the 20-racer field. Sayles dropped back to 10th at the start but jumped up to ninth the second lap and back to seventh on the fourth where he stayed until the ninth and final lap, qualifying him for the main event and bypassing the Last Chance Race.
Sayles sits 26th in series points with eight, despite appearing in only two of the six East events. Forkner has a commanding lead in the points race with 151.
The series moves west again for the next two events. The next East series race will be April 6 at Nashville.