In the first 250 A session, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider went triple-triple-triple but came up just short on the final landing and went over the handlebars hard. Forkner immediately went to his feet but walked right off the track as he disregarded his bike. Television producer Chris “Bondo” Bond posted a video from the TV truck of Forkner’s get-off, check it out below.
Then at about 3:55 p.m. EST, the Kawasaki Racing account posted an update that Forkner had indeed suffered an injury.
The Pro Circuit team account posted the following:
"BUMMED ➡️ @austinforkner suffered an injury in practice today in Houston and unfortunately it will sideline him for the night."
RJ Hampshire went down in the same section as Forkner at the very end of the untimed practice (the first session of the day), and endoed hard on the jump. He has also been ruled out for the evening as well, we hear he might have suffered a hand injury.
Getting word that RJ Hamsphire is out for the night after that practice crash— Racer X (@racerxonline) January 23, 2021