ROCZEN EXTENDS LEAD AFTER CAPTURING WIN AT SEATTLE SUPERCROSS!
SEATTLE, Washington – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen secured his third win of the season at the seventh round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX West Championship held at Centurylink Field.
Ken Roczen was in the second heat where he got off to a 2nd place start and quickly passed Jason Anderson to move into the lead. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged quickly after and the riders returned to the gate for the restart. When the gate dropped again, Roczen launched out to another 2nd place start. Shortly after, Roczen suffered a crash in the mud and fell to 8th position. A lap later he crashed again and dropped to 12th. After remounting he was able to come back to 7th to qualify for the main event.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Roczen put his KTM 250 SX-F up front rounding the first corner in 4th position. He made the pass for 3rd on the first lap and moved into 2nd the lap after. Once in 2nd position, he picked up his pace and began to close in on the lead ride of Eli Tomac. The two riders quickly gapped the field. Around the halfway point Tomac suffered a hard crash allowing Roczen to inherit the lead. Roczen quickly pulled away and went on to lead the remaining laps to take the win by nine seconds.
“It feels great to get the win here tonight,” remarked Roczen. “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.”
With two rounds remaining, Roczen now holds a 20 point lead in the championship standings.
Next Round: Salt Lake City, UT – April 27, 2013
Results 250SX Class Seattle
1. Ken Roczen (D), KTM, 14:27.615 min (15 laps)
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, +9.610 sec
3. Zach Osborne (USA), Honda, +12.058
4. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +13.312
5. Tyla Rattray (USA), Kawasaki, +32.012
8. Joey Savagty (USA), KTM, +40.176
11. Malcolm Stewart (USA), KTM, +56.962
Standings 250SX Class after 7 of 9 rounds
1. Roczen, 163 points
2. Tomac, 143
3. Seely, 113
4. Osborne, 102
5. Jason Anderson (USA), Suzuki, 99
8. Savatgy, 75
14. M. Stewart, 56