ROCZEN REGAINS POINTS LEAD AFTER PODIUM FINISH AT ANAHEIM 2!
ANAHEIM, California – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned his second podium finish of the season at the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series while his teammate Ryan Dungey salvaged a sixth place result after rebounding from a mid-race crash.
Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen of Germany had a good night out in the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series to finish in third in the 450SX class to reclaim the red plate. Factory teammate Ryan Dungey fought back to salvage sixth place after rebounding from a mid-race crash.
Roczen had the top time in the early afternoon qualifiers and continued to show his good form to finish his heat second place for an easy transfer to the main. Dungey had a decent jump in his heat but got pushed out as the riders rounded the first corner. He then picked off riders to move into fourth to pick up the final transfer spot into the main.
Roczen and Dungey lined up together for the main but it was Dungey who grabbed the holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F. Dungey led the first quarter of the race while a major battle evolved behind him between five top riders.
Then Dungey fell in a corner just before the half way mark and lost the lead to James Stewart. Behind Stewart, Roczen, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed all battled for the second place position.
Roczen and Villopoto swapped positions three times with Roczen eventually gaining the spot. Then Reed slipped by Roczen and Stewart and went on to take the lead and the win. Stewart finished second while Roczen hung on to finish third. Dungey recovered from his crash to finish sixth.
Roczen´s podium performance heped him regain the red plate as championship leader, which was also his after his win in his first 450SX class ride at Anaheim 1 to open the season. Dungey is tied for third just three points behind Roczen.
Next Round: January 25, 2014 – Oakland, CA
Results 450SX class Anaheim 2
1. Chad Reed (USA), Kawasaki, 17:41:874 (20 laps)
2. James Stewart (USA), Suzuki, +1.297
3. Ken Roczen (GER), KTM, +2.686
4. Justin Brayton (USA), Yamaha, +6.346
5. Ryan Villopoto (USA), Kawasaki, +15.593
6. Ryan Dungey (USA), KTM, +16.465
9. Andrew Short (USA), KTM, +30.055
13. Ivan Tedesco (USA), KTM, +51.973
16. Matthew Goerke (USA), KTM, 1 lap
Standings 450SX class after 3 of 17 rounds
1. Roczen, 60 points
2. Villopoto, 59
3. Reed, 57
4. Dungey, 57
5. Brayton, 55
8. Short, 38
15. Tedesco, 18
19. Goerke, 12