ROCZEN 2ND AT SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS
published at 10.02.2013 / created by Christy LaCurelle
SAN DIEGO, California – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen finished second at the San Diego Supercross event tonight and with three rounds in the 250 SX West Coast Series remaining has a solid points lead in the championship standings.
Ken Roczen rode great all day starting from the early afternoon practice session where he qualified 5th fastest. In his heat race, Roczen jumped 4th out of the start gate and maintained that position until the races end. His solid heat finish gave him a good gate pick for the main event.
Off the start of the 250 SX main, Roczen hustled mid pack rounding the opening turn yet managed to maneuver his way into third place by the completion of the opening lap. With Eli Tomac out front, Roczen set his sights on Jason Anderson for the number two spot and successfully made the pass on him by the midway point in the race. Never one to go down without a fight, Roczen set about reeling in Tomac for the lead on his KTM 250 SX-F and by the races end was just 0.2 seconds shy of the race win.
With six rounds down and a ten week break scheduled before the next round in West Coast series resumes in Seattle, Roczen holds an 18 point lead in the championship standings.
“I’m actually really happy with the way I rode tonight,” said Roczen. “I was kind of uncomfortable on this track all day but I think I put together a good race come the main event. I guess my focus at this point in time is just to stay healthy and to keep things going the way they have been going at the races while our series is on a break and come out blazing again in Seattle.”
Next Round: April 20, 2013 – Seattle, WA
Results 250 SX Class San Diego
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda, 11:58.662 min (15 laps)
2. Ken Roczen (D), KTM, +0.202 sec
3. Jason Anderson (USA), Suzuki, +15.657
4. Austin Politelli (USA), Honda, +19.595
5. Kyle Cunningham (USA), Yamaha, +23.188
11. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM, +36.389
12. Josh Cachia (USA), KTM, +46.829
20. Malcolm Stewart (USA), KTM, 11 laps, +29.250
Standings 250 SX Class after 6 of 8 rounds
1. Roczen, 138 points
2. Tomac, 121
3. Cole Seely 8USA), Honda, 95
4. Anderson, 88
5. Cunningham, 83
8. Savatgy, 62
14. Stewart, 46
17. Cachia, 29