Ken Roczen came out on top during the seventh round of the AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship held at Centurylink Field in Seattle. The German teenager recovered from a tricky heat race to record maximum points.
Roczen’s heat race was interrupted by a red flag, but there were no such problems in the main race of the night. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider put in a classy performance to get the better of rival Eli Tomac, who eventually crashed out of the main race.
“It feels great to get the win here tonight,” said Roczen, who holds a 20-point lead over Tomac with two rounds remaining. “We had a long break, and it is good to return to racing and ride up front. The track was very challenging, and it was all about riding a smart race. I am happy I didn’t suffer any crashes in the main event and could gain more points in the championship standings.”
Rookie Barcia wins 450SX, Dungey Finishes Fourth
Justin Barcia won his second 450SX class race of the season at Seattle, keeping championship leader Ryan Villopoto at bay all the way to the finish. “I tell you what, that holeshot is so key,” said Barcia. “We made some great changes today on the bike. It was a tough track with so many lines, but there was one main line that was so much better than any other.
Meanwhile, a multi rider collision at the first corner of the 450SX main race saw Ryan Dungey fall back to 14th place at the end of the first lap. Dungey then set about picking off riders in a remarkable charge through the pack as he came close to finishing on the podium in Seattle.
“I am really bummed that I suffered a crash in the first corner,” said Dungey. “I am happy with my ride back through the pack, but I lost some valuable points in the championship tonight. I am really looking forward to the final two rounds where I feel like I can battle for the win and hopefully get on the top step of the podium for my team before the end of the series.”