Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
carried the banner for RCH Suzuki Factory Racing on Saturday night as he
piloted his Suzuki RM-Z450 to a dominating victory in the Monster
Energy Supercross AMA/ FIM World Championship 10th round at the Rogers
Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The win marked the third of the
season for the Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing rider
and sixth overall for the team co-owned by freestyle motocross legend
Carey Hart and five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky
In 40 career 450SX class starts, Roczen has amassed
eight wins, including a victory last October at the Monster Energy Cup.
With his most recent win, the 21-year-old German rider was able to
narrow the gap between himself and current series leader Ryan Dungey to
34 points with seven races remaining.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro
Motocross Champion narrowly avoided disaster in the opening moments of
the Main Event when a host of riders went down in the first rhythm
section. Fortunately, Roczen came away from the multi-bike melee
unscathed and quickly mounted his charge towards the front of the
While Dungey may have grabbed the holeshot, it
took less than three-quarters of a lap for Roczen to track down the
defending series champion and just over a lap to reel in Eli Tomac and
take over the top spot for good.
Roczen paced the field for 19 of the event’s 20 laps and would eventually build his lead to just over three-and-a-half seconds.
just stayed out of trouble and rode my race,” commented Roczen. “It was
an amazing feeling being up front. It was a tough track out there. Even
the start was tricky. The track was really slippery. I got a decent
start and went around the first turn pretty good and I think someone
went down in the second turn so I got really lucky right there. I made
some good passes happen in the beginning and that helped me get a clear
track so I could ride some good, fast laps. The track got really
cupped-out so it was all about staying focused. Towards the end I had a
good lead and just kept it safe and steady and took home the win. It’s
Roczen’s RCH stablemate Jake Weimer raced his way into
the Main event via a third-place finish in his Semi and ultimately went
on to secure a solid 10th-place finish, his fifth top-10 of the season.
While the Rupert, Idaho native typically sets the bar higher
than a top-10, the 2010 Western Regional 250SX Class Champion breathed a
sigh of relief following the race after recording back-to-back
17th-place finishes in Atlanta and Daytona.
“My night was good,”
said Weimer. “After the last couple of weekends, it was definitely a
success. I was better in practice. I rode better all day than I have the
last couple weeks. My starts were bad, though, which made the racing
part difficult. But, overall I’m happy. That was an improvement over the
last couple weeks. It was a step in the right direction so I’ll take
RCH Team Manager Kyle Bentley was pleased with the entire
organisation’s efforts and was also quick to point out the challenges
the Toronto racecourse presented.
“It was a good weekend,” added
Bentley. “Anytime we go into a race, with the field stacked as it is,
and (we) come away with the win is good for the team and RCH Racing as a
whole. It’s good for Ken Roczen. We’re really happy. The track was
difficult and had a hard-packed base. It had a little bit of loose soil
on top of the surface and the whoops were the biggest ones we’ve seen
this year. That’s a real separator of the field when you get whoops that
size. That really separates the guys from one another. It was a good
night for Ken and a good night for RCH.”
Supercross returns stateside this weekend when the series visits Ford
Field and the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
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