ROCZEN LANDS ON THE PODIUM AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
TOOLE, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned 3rd overall in the 250 Motocross class at the eleventh round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at a new location, Miller Motorsports Park. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, made the best of an off day and was able to finish inside the top ten with 7th overall.
Both Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen suffered from poor starts at the beginning of moto one. Roczen was marked in 14th position at the end of the first lap while Musquin was 8th. Roczen quickly set to work to pick off riders and had moved into 7th position by the fourth lap of the race. He continued to plug away and improve his pace and found himself inside the top five around the halfway point. With five laps to go, Roczen made his way around Zach Osborne to take over 4th position but ran out of time to catch the podium riders.
“I really made a lot of mistakes at the beginning of the race and lost a lot of time,” stated Roczen. “I felt really good near the end of the moto and thought my bike was running well for the track conditions. Unfortunately, I just took too long to get started.”
His teammate was able to finish one position behind him in the first moto, taking home 5th place. “I did not feel good the whole moto,” reported Musquin. “The track was tough, but they always are. I just struggled a little and have some things I need to work on. My thumb got a little sore so I will need to work on that before the next moto.”
In the second moto, both KTM teammates came around the first corner in approximately 5th position. Roczen made a move past Musquin and a few other riders early on to move into 3rd place by the end of the second lap. Meanwhile, Musquin raced for 4th position for the first half of the race. Unfortunately, Musquin suffered a big crash at the halfway point of the race and lost a lot of time and positions as he recovered. He eventually returned to the track in 10th position. He spent the remainder of the race making up time and was able to climb back to 8th place by the moto end. His 5-8 results earned him 7th overall for the day.
Out front, Roczen was able to move into the lead position by the end of the fourth lap. He went on to lead for the next eight laps before losing the position to Eli Tomac. It was around this time that the wind began to kick up and cause a huge dust storm to blow across the track and the pits. Many spectators assumed the race might get red flagged. It caused many riders, including Roczen, to slow down and stop jumping some of the jumps. The race was not red flagged, and unfortunately, the caution Roczen took allowed Blake Baggett to close in. On the final lap, Baggett was able to pass Roczen to take over 2nd place and Roczen went on to finish the moto immediately behind him in 3rd position.
“It was definitely scary to race the last few laps with the wind,” stated Roczen. “Visibility was really poor and it did not feel safe to race at the normal pace so I had to back off. I am bummed it cost me a position, but happy to finish safely and on the podium.” Roczen’s 4-3 moto results earned him 3rd overall for the day.
Next Round: Lake Elsinore, CA – August 24, 2013
Results 250MX Class Utah
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki (2-2)
3. Ken Roczen (D), KTM (4-3)
4. Adam Cianciarulo (USA), Kawasaki (3-9)
5. Justin Bogle (USA), Honda (9-4)
7. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM (5-8)
Standings 250MX Class after 11 of 12 rounds
1. Tomac, 505 points
2. Roczen, 454
3. Musquin, 388
4. Baggett, 373
5. Zach Osborne (USA), Honda, 322