Roczen Returns to AMA Supercross – “L’attesa è finita…”

Scritto lunedì 8 gennaio 2018 alle 23:30.

The first round of AMA Supercross, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, was an exciting one for Team Honda HRC as it saw the return of Ken Roczen, who scored an impressive fourth-place finish after being sidelined for nearly a year. When the gate dropped for the main event, the German was slow off the line, leaving him outside the top 15 around the first turn. By the completion of the opening lap, Roczen had made his way into 12th. He continued his charge through the field, moving into sixth halfway through the 24-lap main event. Despite a mistake around the middle of the race, Roczen took the checkered flag in fourth.

Despite having to shake off some pre-race nerves, Cole Seely put together a solid performance to finish sixth on the night. The Californian got off the line to a less-than-desirable start but made quick passes on the opening lap, moving into seventh. He gained one more position after that before settling into sixth.

Ken Roczen 94

“Earlier, I said if I win, get third, or fifth, it doesn’t matter and I’ll be happy, but when I came off the track, it did matter to me. I really wanted to win. I was bummed because halfway through, I had the speed and was catching those guys, but I made a mistake where I scrubbed and dragged my boot on the ground and almost crashed. I was riding a little tight and tried to shake it off, but towards the end I tried to just keep it smart. I didn’t want to do anything stupid because there’s a lot of racing left. The more I think about it, fourth place isn’t too bad. We could’ve had a way worse night, and I really think without that mistake I would’ve been on the podium. There were some nerves on the line just due to lack of experience starting with 20 riders. I kind of messed up both times and just dumped the clutch, so I was pretty far back in the main event, which was a little sketchy. I think if I had gotten a better start, my night would’ve been even better. I’m happy to be here and excited to keep racing.”

Cole Seely 14

“It’s a typical thing to say after Anaheim 1, but it’s good to get the first one out of the way. I think nerves got the best of some of us. I wasn’t really stoked on how I rode. My bike felt good but I was pretty tight. I kind of let other riders dictate my pace, so I was kind of bummed. With it being the first one, I can take all these things in, learn from them, and move on to the next one.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Tonight was a good start to the season. It’s nice to get this first one out of the way and have everyone leaving safe with good, solid finishes. This first round, nobody really knows what to expect, especially Kenny after being off for such a long time, but he was impressive. A fourth is something he can build on to get some more confidence in a normal race situation. Cole learned some stuff and has a few things to work on. His fitness is at a different level this year, so he has the strength and speed but he still needs to work on his aggressiveness during the middle and end of the race.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Tonight was awesome and a great start to the season. Before this we didn’t even know where we stood. Kenny followed the plan of staying out of trouble and I think he was just one mistake away from being on the podium. His starts weren’t good but that can almost be expected after not racing for almost a year. If someone would’ve said 11 months ago that he would be fourth today, we would’ve been super-stoked. We kind of lost track of how far he’s actually come though, after he qualified first in timed practice, and almost went back to our normal expectations! We changed the suspension throughout the day, and we still have some work to do with the settings, but overall I’m really happy.”

 

Rich Simmons

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

“Overall, tonight wasn’t bad. I just think there were a lot of nerves with it being the first race. I’ve seen Cole like this before but I’ve also seen him do really well here, so it’s just a mental thing that he needs to work on. He was aggressive in the heat race, which was good, and he rode well during the main, but if he was a few tenths-a-lap better, he probably would’ve gotten in front of [Weston] Peick and been with Kenny. He needs to just work on not falling into line with guys and either get around them quicker or move them out of the way—not by taking anyone out or crashing himself, but if he has to be a little more aggressive to get around them, then that’s what it takes. In terms of setup, we kind of chased bike balance all day. We made some adjustments again after the heat races and he said it was good in the main. I don’t take too much from here because with the nerves, everything feels a little different.”

 
AMA Supercross 2018 
Race Round 1  

450SX Main Event

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA26Red Bull KTMKTM 
2ANDERSON Jason21USA23Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna 
3BARCIA Justin51USA21Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha 
4ROCZEN Ken94GER19Team Honda HRCHonda 
5PEICK Weston23USA18Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki 
6SEELY Cole14USA17Team Honda HRCHonda 
7BRAYTON Justin10USA16Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda 
8TICKLE Broc20USA15Red Bull KTMKTM 
9GRANT Joshua33USA14Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki 
10WEBB Cooper2USA13Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha 
11MARTIN Jeremy6USA12GEICO HondaHonda 
12BAGGETT Blake4USA11Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM 
13FRIESE Vince45USA10Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda 
14BOWERS Tyler69USA9Bowers RacingKawasaki 
15REED Chad22AUS8CR22Husqvarna 
16CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA7H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki 
17LAMAY Ben907USA6TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda 
18RAY Alex USA5Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha 
19BISCEGLIA Matt58USA4Nut Up Industries/RBI MotorsportsSuzuki 
20TEDDER Dakota90USA3Team TedderKTM 
21ENTICKNAP Adam722USA2The Privateer JourneyHonda 
22TOMAC Eli3USA1Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki 
 
AMA Supercross 2018 

450SX Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA26Red Bull KTMKTM
2ANDERSON Jason21USA23Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
3BARCIA Justin51USA21Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
4ROCZEN Ken94GER19Team Honda HRCHonda
5PEICK Weston23USA18Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
6SEELY Cole14USA17Team Honda HRCHonda
7BRAYTON Justin10USA16Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
8TICKLE Broc20USA15Red Bull KTMKTM
9GRANT Joshua33USA14Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
10WEBB Cooper2USA13Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
11MARTIN Jeremy6USA12GEICO HondaHonda
12BAGGETT Blake4USA11Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
13FRIESE Vince45USA10Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
14BOWERS Tyler69USA9Bowers RacingKawasaki
15REED Chad22AUS8CR22Husqvarna
16CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA7H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
17LAMAY Ben907USA6TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
18RAY Alex USA5Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha
19BISCEGLIA Matt58USA4Nut Up Industries/RBI MotorsportsSuzuki
20TEDDER Dakota90USA3Team TedderKTM
21ENTICKNAP Adam722USA2The Privateer JourneyHonda
22TOMAC Eli3USA1Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki