With Saturday‰Ûªs race marking the one-year anniversary of Ken Roczen‰Ûªs frightening crash, the German had a challenging evening overcoming his subconscious. Although he had hoped for another podium finish, he was pleased to put this race behind him and walk away healthy with a ninth-overall result.
In the first main event, Roczen took an eighth-place start and then struggled to find his rhythm, losing spots before taking the checkered flag in 11th. Another poor start in the second race left him outside the top 15 on the first lap, but he advanced to 12th by the finish. The last main saw Roczen start near the front before settling into fourth on lap five, which is where he finished.
‰ÛÏTonight was very interesting," Roczen reflected. "It‰Ûªs Anaheim 2, which is obviously where I crashed and even though I tried not to think about it at all, it lingered subconsciously in the back of my mind. I didn‰Ûªt feel like myself at all out there. I was riding bad and couldn‰Ûªt seem to do anything about it. I went into the first main, got a bad start, felt terrible on the track and basically went backwards. That definitely wasn‰Ûªt the plan but the worst part was, I had two more to go [laughs].
"Even though I didn‰Ûªt feel good, it was great to just finish it and get this one off the checklist. It was big night and obviously, it could‰Ûªve gone worse‰ÛÓas we saw here last year. We‰Ûªre walking away from here super healthy and looking forward to next weekend‰Ûªs race. All in all, it‰Ûªs a tough pill to swallow as a rider because I want to win or at least battle for the win. It for sure wasn‰Ûªt there today though. I want to move on, forget about tonight and start looking forward to the next one.‰Û