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Fifth place at Salt lake city sees Roczen lose ground in title chase

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Ken Roczen got the holeshot in his heat race and went onto the win, it wasn't the same in the main with a bad start and a resulting fifth place.
Ken Roczen launched a strong recovery from a so-so start at round 12 of the 2020 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship at Salt Lake City, only to end up fifth at the finish.

Starting from the far-inside gate, the Team Honda HRC rider was balked in the right-hand first turn and finished lap one in eighth, but he went on a tear that carried him to fourth in the space of just five laps. As the track became slipperier, he lost momentum and ended up riding to a safe top-five result.

Although Roczen lost ground in the title chase, he showed good speed and is ready to apply lessons learned for round 13 in four days.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm feeling good on the bike and had a good heat race, but obviously I‰Ûªm having issues that prevent me from keeping it going," Roczen said. "I‰Ûªm trying to figure it out and do my best to come back stronger. This thing isn‰Ûªt over yet, but obviously fifth place is not where we want to be. The main goal is to try to be better, and especially get a better start; I took a chance going to the very inside on the start gate and that didn‰Ûªt work out. I‰Ûªm going to rest and recover, and I look forward to trying our best in the next race.‰Û
Ken Roczen and mechanic Jordan Troxell
Roczen‰Ûªs teammate Justin Brayton finished ninth for the second race in a row, although this time it came about in a much different way. After getting held up in the first turn and completing lap one back in 15th place, Brayton quickly advanced four positions, then slipped a spot, but regrouped in the latter stages of the 27-lap race and mounted another charge that landed him ninth.

"I think I might‰Ûªve been last around the first turn and came back to ninth, so I felt good about the ride. I had really good lap times, especially the last 10 to 15 laps, so I just need to get a better start and I think we‰Ûªll be good to go here in four days," Brayton said.

Round 13 is set to run this Sunday. The two-a-week pace will continue until the series finale on June 21.
Justin Brayton finished ninth for the second race in a row

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