The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team has announced its 2021 roster for Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
As expected, Austin Forkner, Jordon Smith, and Cameron McAdoo will all return to the team from last year’s roster and new amateur standout Seth Hammaker will make the jump to the pro ranks to fill the fourth spot on the team.
Forkner turned pro with the team during the 2016 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and has raced with them ever since. Two thousand twenty one will be his fifth go in supercross—where he will once again enter as a title favorite. Smith and McAdoo will be back for their second years with the team and Hammaker will make the jump to full-time pro for both AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross.
Below is the full press release from the team.
Foothill Ranch, Calif.—The upcoming 2021 racing season marks 28 years of winning for Kawasaki and Pro Circuit. The successful Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boasts an impressive resume including the most combined supercross/motocross wins in the 125/250 class at 29 championships, including the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross championship achieved by Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo.
Returning to the Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team for 2021 aboard their all-new 2021 KX™250 motorcycles is long-time Team Green™ racer Austin Forkner along with Jordon Smith and Cameron McAdoo. The trio welcomes, Seth Hammaker, as he graduates from the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green amateur race program.
“We have a great team returning for the 2021 season combined with an all-new KX250 motorcycle,” said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. “We’re looking forward to continuing to work with our solid group of guys and Hammaker joining the crew. There is a lot of talent between our four riders, and we will provide all the necessary tools to help each of them reach their full potential. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has high expectations to put Kawasaki and Pro Circuit on top of the podium.”
Forkner will enter the new season as the most experienced rider on the team. The 12-time 250 class race winner has high hopes of capturing multiple championships after his successful 2019 and 2020 seasons were cut short due to injury. 2020 brought the fresh face of Smith who earned three top-5 finishes out of the four rounds he competed in before withdrawing early due to injury. McAdoo returned in 2020 to the brand that he found great success with throughout his amateur career, achieving career-bests in both supercross and motocross series, and looks to keep that momentum going into next season. Making his professional debut, Hammaker is set to join the team for both series at the beginning of the 2021 season.
The 2021 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team is positioned for another championship campaign and awaits the announcement of the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship and AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
Main Image: Seth Hammaker, photo by Andrew Fredrickson