Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press office
Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen scored his fourth victory of the 2016
Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship season on Saturday
at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Eagle/ Jimmy John’s Suzuki RM-Z450 rider needed a win to keep his title
hopes alive and Roczen did exactly that, dominating Round 15. He proved
his mettle throughout the day and the 21-year-old German’s RCH-prepared
Suzuki RM-Z450 was easily the fastest machine across the 22-rider field,
with Roczen picking-up five points to narrow the gap on series leader
Ryan Dungey to 43.
“I feel like I’m one with the bike and that’s
been the difference,” explained Roczen following his eighth career
Monster Energy Supercross win. “We’ve made great strides with the bike
and everyone is working really well together. That’s what makes it fun.
We’re still in this championship fight. Anything can happen. I’m really
glad we came away with the win because I was tired of finishing second.
We’ve got the speed and we’re consistent every week so I’m glad to
finally make it happen. The track was tricky. It was really hard-packed
and had some ruts. The whoops got really rough and the ‘lappers’ were
there so we had a little bit of everything.”
Roczen’s RCH team-mates Broc Tickle and Jake Weimer didn’t fare quite as
well: Weimer was collected on the third lap – an incident not of his
own making - and was forced to retire his machine immediately. Tickle
also went down on the same lap but was able to pick his bike up and
solider home to finish 14th.
“It was a good night overall for
RCH,” commented RCH team manager Kyle Bentley. “Any time we can come
away with the win, it’s a good night. Ken had a so-so start and was able
to push to the front, make a pass on the series champion (Ryan Dungey)
and stretch it out. (Eli) Tomac gave us a run for our money in the
middle of the race but Ken was able to pull away and come home with the
victory. We’ve had the fastest bike in town the last three weeks so it’s
a great feeling to come away with the win. We’ll press on to New Jersey
next weekend and try and win the last two.
“Broc rode awesome.
He had a mid-pack start, got caught-up in some mayhem in one of the
rhythm sections but was still able to finish strong. He was happy with
the motorcycle. It was an unfortunate incident for Jake Weimer; another
rider cross-jumped him in one of the rhythm lanes and he didn’t have
anywhere to go. Someone landed on the back of him and he got pretty beat
up. We’ll evaluate his situation and hopefully he’ll be ok to race this
coming weekend,” added Bentley.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
returns to East Rutherford, New Jersey this weekend when the series
visits MetLife Stadium for the 16th of 17 races on the 2016 Monster
Energy Supercross calendar.
Was this post helpful? Add yours to our service or subscribe to our feed above.