Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen picked-up his
second win of the season in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA/ FIM
World Supercross Championship race at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,
Roczen and defending series champion Ryan Dungey waged a
spirited duel throughout the 20-lap Main Event and when the chequered
flag waved on the seventh race of 2016, the 21-year-old German came out
on top, winning by the narrowest margin of victory this season.
picked-up his first Holeshot Award of the year and only yielded the
point to Dungey once before snatching the lead back on lap two where he
held down the top spot for the rest of the night.
“I think I have more wins than Holeshot Awards. It was great to get that
one. Me and Ryan (Dungey), we battled the entire time. He passed me. I
passed him back. It was tough out there. We had some good traction and
in some parts we had some slick spots. They had the triple. They had a
little double on the inside that was really hard to make. You had to get
a good lift and just land in that pocket and make it. It was tough. It
was a good race. He was pushing hard. I was pushing hard and we won it.
It (the track) was tight in certain spots. It made for some good racing.
I hope the fans enjoyed it.”
With the win, Roczen picked-up
three points on Dungey and now trails the current points leader and
defending series champion by 23 heading into next weekend. The win was
especially satisfying for the six-time Supercross winner after having
struggled with the mechanics of his race starts for much of the first
“We won it,” added Roczen following his fifth
straight podium and second win in three races. “We got the start. I
think he (Dungey) was right behind me and we battled the whole way. My
Soaring Eagle Jimmy John’s Suzuki got me off to a great start and that’s
what we wanted and needed and we got it. The championship is still
good. We only made-up three points but we’re going to keep fighting
until Vegas, that’s for sure.”
Despite a 10th-place finish and
his fourth top-10 of the season, Roczen’s RCH team-mate Jake Weimer was
critical of himself following round seven. The Rupert, Idaho native
struggled during practice and had to race his way in to the Main Event
via the first of two 450SX semi-final races.
Still, the 2010
Western Regional 250SX Class Champion rode a smart Main Event, stayed
out of trouble and brought home a respectable finish.
happy but I’ll take it,” explained Weimer who held down his 10th-place
position in the championship. “I’m getting to the point now where we’re
testing some stuff and we’re figuring some things out and I show up
expecting more out of myself. It has nothing to do with the team, it’s
just me wanting to be better. I end up trying too hard and I end up
stressed-out. It was kind of a weird day, and rough. I’m just trying to
sort through it and build.
“I’ll take it, for sure. I’d just
like to have a good day, the whole thing, which I haven’t yet. I would
like to have a good day where I have three good practices before I get
to the Main. If I can do that, I think it’ll help me by the time the
night show comes around. So, I have some things to work on. We’ll try
some different things during the week and work on getting better for
Roczen, Weimer and the rest of the Monster Energy
Supercross crew continue east this weekend when the series visits
downtown Atlanta for its annual visit to the Georgia Dome for round
eight of the 2016 Supercross Championship.
450 Class Results: 1 Ken Roczen (RCH Suzuki), 2
Ryan Dungey (KTM), 3 Jason Anderson (Husqvarna), 4 Cole Seely (Honda), 5
Eli Tomac (Kawasaki), 6 Marvin Musquin (KTM), 7 Davi Millsaps (KTM), 8
Christophe Pourcel (Husqvarna), 9 Trey Canard (Honda), 10 Jake Weimer (RCH Suzuki).
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