Born: September 2, 1998
Birthplace/Hometown: Richards, Missouri
Parents: Mike (Farmer) and Julie (Teacher) Forkner
Education: Through 7th Grade Public School Home School Since 2011
Team: Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Bike: Kawasaki KX250F
Austin Forkner (aka: Farm Boy) started racing motocross in 2003 at the ripe old age of five. In his first year racing, Austin won the Show-Me Fall Series and was hooked. Austin continued racing in his home state until 2005 when he entered his first amateur national event at Ponca City where he finished top 10 in both 50cc 7-8 classes.
Racing and being competitive “runs” in Austin’s veins. His father Mike was a smooth motocross rider in his own right and Austin's mother, Julie was a barrel racer on horses so it’s only been natural for Mike and Julie to support Austin. His parents were Austin’s primary support through 2010. That same year is when Austin was the only youth rider to win TWO National Titles at Loretta’s. Since his first AMA National title at Loretta's, Austin was picked to join the highly coveted Kawasaki Team Green amateur team as a factory supported rider.
In 2015 Austin set his sights on the pro ranks and made a plan on how he would transition to professional racing. He finished out his amateur career at the Loretta Lynn National Championships in August of 2015 with 2 victories, bringing his total to 6, and started working on his pro program. In September in his first pro race he finished 4th behind 3 seasoned veterans of the sport. In January he raced 2 Arenacross races winning the second one in Greensboro. Austin wrapped up his amateur career with wins at Daytona and Freestone. From there it was all about his first pro race the Hangtown Pro Motocross in California. Austin went to work with his team and finished 8th, the highest finishing rookie of the event and won his first overall in the final race of the season. Austin finished 4th in the standings that season, the highest ever for a rookie, and took home the rookie of the year honors.
In 2017 the progress continued for Austin. In his debut Supercross season Austin managed 2 podiums and another in the Motocross season.
2018 started off well with Austin as he continued to show why he is one of the sports brightest prospects, he picked up 2 wins and 3 podiums leading the championship for a couple rounds before an injury forced him to miss a couple rounds.
Austin went to work in the off season and has come out swinging in 2019, having won 4 out of 5 main events and having lead all but 3 laps so far this Supercross season.