ROCZEN SECOND AT SOUTHWICK
SOUTHWICK, Massachusetts – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned second overall in the 250MX class at round six of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Moto-X 338 race track while teammate Marvin Musquin finished eighth overall.
In the opening 250 moto, both Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin were caught up in the first turn along with a bunch of riders. Musquin went down in the corner and was forced to race a come from behind moto while Roczen navigated his way through to challenge the opening lap from a mid-pack position. Both riders made up substantial amounts of time in the early laps of the race with Roczen slicing his way from 11th to third position in just five laps. Musquin rounded lap one in 24th place and by lap 10 had worked his way to 10th. During the closing stages of the race Roczen went down but was quick to get back up and finish the moto in third position. Musquin finished 10th.
Moto two welcomed top starts for both riders with Roczen nabbing the holeshot with the KTM 250 SX-F and Musquin close behind him in second. Roczen went on to ride a perfect second moto leading every lap of the race enroute to the moto win. Musquin who has been fighting a head cold this week struggled to fend off advances from a number of faster riders and he went on to finish the moto in ninth position. Roczen’s 3-1 results put him second overall with Eli Tomac beating him for the overall (1-2) and Musquin said goodbye to Southwick 8th overall.
“I’m really happy to win another moto,” expressed Roczen. “It always feels good winning. I got a really bad start in the first moto when Marvin (Musquin) was forced into me in the opening turn. Starting a race mid-pack always ends up being a lot of extra work so I was happy in moto two when I go the holeshot and was able to ride my own race. I didn’t get tired and felt good the whole moto which I’m really happy about. The team and I have also come a long way this week dialing my race bike in to my likings. Every rider is different and what works for Marvin set-up wise doesn’t necessarily work for me. We worked a lot on my set-up this past week and it showed today. I’m really happy with the way everything panned out this week.”
Next Round: Buchanan, MI – July 6th, 2013
Results 250MX Class Southwick
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda (1-2)
2. Ken Roczen (D), KTM (3-1)
3. Zach Osborne (USA), Honda (5-3)
4. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki (2-8)
5. Jason Anderson (USA), Suzuki (6-4)
8. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM (10-9)
19. Jesse Wentland (USA), KTM (17-18)
Standings 250MX Class after 6 of 12 rounds
1. Roczen, 265 points
2. Tomac, 258
3. Baggett, 223
4. Musquin, 222
5. Osborne, 185
13. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM, 89