Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Roczen and RCH Suzuki Factory Racing tipped the balance of the
championship scales a little further in their favour in Round 10 of the
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Unadilla Motocross at the
weekend where Roczen dialled-up a flawless 1-1 performance to earn his
13th career and seventh overall victory of the season.
At the same time, the Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing
rider collected his 16th moto win of the year and extended his points
lead to 63 over second-placed Eli Tomac with two races left on the 2016
calendar. After mixing-it-up with Tomac over much of the outdoor
campaign- and trading moto wins in two of the last four races - Roczen
turned-up the wick at Unadilla and left no doubt that he was the man to
The #94 Suzuki RM-Z450 rider served notice to the field in qualifying
and was almost two seconds faster than the competition in Saturday
morning’s second and final 450 Class warm-up.
The 2014 Pro Motocross Champion got a great jump out of the starting
gate in both motos, including the holeshot in the second, affording the
German-born rider a clear track for practically the entire afternoon.
As a result, Roczen won the first moto by just over 13 seconds and put
an exclamation point on the day after winning the second moto by almost a
Said Roczen: “Both motos for me were really good and my starts were as
good as they’ve been all year. The first one, I was about third and made
some quick passes. I got myself in the lead and put down a few good
laps. Towards the end, I tapered down and played it safe to make sure we
got the win. I grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, which is an
amazing feeling. I feel like my starts have been a lot better. I just
put the hammer down. I think Marvin (Musquin) went down so I had a
super-huge gap. I just tried to stay focused and not do anything stupid.
We had another really good day. We need two more weekends just like
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship races in the shadow of
Washington this coming Saturday when the series returns to Budds Creek
Motocross Park for Round 11 and the penultimate race of year.
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