Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen made it two-in-a-row victories and five for
the season after putting together an almost-perfect performance and
winning Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross
penultimate round at MetLife Stadium in America.
While the rider
of the #94 Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John's Suzuki RM-Z450 was forced to
officially concede the 2016 Supercross title to Ryan Dungey with one
race left in the season, Roczen won the holeshot, lead every lap; and
picked-up his eighth career win. Meanwhile, the win marked the seventh
premiere class points-paying victory for the team co-owned by Carey Hart
and Ricky Carmichael.
Said Roczen: “We grabbed the holeshot and
never looked back. I felt great out there. We were as consistent and
you could possibly be out there, in my eyes. We didn’t make any mistakes
and had an awesome night. It’s exactly what we were shooting for. Now
we have to keep the ball rolling. We got the job done. We got a heat
race win and then a Main Event win so I would say that’s almost a
perfect night. I think that’s the first time I’ve gone back-to-back so
hopefully another one next week and make it three-in-a-row.”
RCH team-mates Jake Weimer and Broc Tickle earned their respective
trips to the Main Event via the first and second 450SX semi-finals of
the night: Weimer snagged the holeshot and finished second the first
semi while Tickle finished fourth in the second.
In just his
third race back after an extended break while recovering a wrist injury,
Tickle raced with the leaders early and went on to turn-in a
hard-fought 13th-place showing.
“It was an improvement from last
week,” said Tickle. “I got a better start in the Main than I did the
last couple of weekends. I was in the mix there with those guys but if I
could’ve been just a little better this week, it would have been a
really good night. I felt better on the bike and more comfortable riding
in the pack. I just need a little more intensity and speed throughout
the race and I’ll have a good result. I just need to keep building. I’m
not too pumped about finishing 13th but it’s a step in the right
Weimer’s performance in his semi was the highlight
of his night, but unfortunately, the solid showing in the semi didn’t
translate to the Main Event.
“The semi was definitely the
positive of the night,” said Weimer. “I got the holeshot and led a few
laps so that’s always good. I’m a little disappointed with the way the
night turned out because I felt like the semi was a decent ride and I
could build on that but it just didn’t work out.”
Manager Kyle Bentley was pleased with his team’s showing in the shadow
of New York City and expects to close-out the season strong in this
weekend’s season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
Bentley: “It was a good night with two wins in a row. That’s awesome for
the team. I’m super-stoked for Ken. It was another dominating night for
him. He won by over 19 seconds, so that’s pretty impressive. It’s a
little bittersweet though; we lost the championship but we have
momentum. We’re looking forward to Vegas, trying the get the final win
of the Supercross season and carry that into ‘Outdoors.’ We’ll see if we
can’t come away with the championship out there.
“Broc had a
great start from the outside so I was really happy with that. He ran-up
front a little bit but he’s still trying to get back in the swing of
things. We’re pumped with where he’s at, given the injury early in the
season. Jake is still a little beat-up from Foxboro’ but he got the
holeshot in his semi and almost won so that was a net positive for him.
Everyone is healthy so we’ll go to Vegas this weekend and try to finish
out the Supercross season on a high note.”
The curtain rings
down on the 2016 AMA/ FIM World Supercross season this weekend in Las
Vegas where Round 17 of the Monster Energy Supercross-supported series.
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