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HRC Honda’s Ken Roczen Maintains Supercross Championship Lead with Fighting Fourth at Anaheim 2

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Ken Roczen has had a consistent start to the season and now sees himself with the 450SX class championship lead.
Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen put together a solid performance at round three of the Monster Energy AMA Supercoss Championship at Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA, to maintaining control of the series points lead.

With the round being the first of three Triple Crown events for the season, Roczen launched to the holeshot and early lead in race one. He rode comfortably and confidently at the front front until a last-lap mistake allowed eventual round winner Cooper Webb to make the pass, forcing the German to settle for second.

After the gate dropped on the second race, Roczen came around the first turn in sixth but worked his way up to third by the halfway point. He then went down in the whoops and remounted in seventh. He spent the remainder of the race fighting for positions, ultimately taking the checkered flag in fifth. In the night‰Ûªs final race, Roczen got a poor start, completing the first lap in sixth, but he put his head down and worked his way into fourth by the finish. with a scored card of 2-5-4 he was classed 4th overall for the night.
Roczen finished 2-5-4 at round three to maintain his championship lead heading to round four at Oakland, CA, this weekend.
‰ÛÏOverall, it was a good night of racing," Roczen said. "We showed a lot of speed and are happy with this Triple Crown race. We got off to a great start in the first race, getting the holeshot and leading the whole race until I made a mistake in the one of the last rhythm sections, which unfortunately cost me the win.

"We still came in second, which was great. I didn‰Ûªt get the best start in the second race but weaseled my way through and felt like I was going really fast. I found myself in third and was catching the guys up front but I made a mistake and went down in the whoops and had about five guys go by me. I didn‰Ûªt let that distract me, rode strong and worked my way back up to fifth. We were just trying to get through the third race, where I finished fourth and unfortunately, just missed the podium. It was a bummer not to be on the overall podium, but we still have the points lead and red plate so that‰Ûªs awesome.‰Û
Cole Seely is settling back in after a bad injury last year and finished 6th.
Team Manager, Erik Kehoe, was satisfied with the nights result.

‰ÛÏIt was a solid night for the team," Kehoe said. "Ken is walking away with a fourth and still has the red plate, while Cole finished sixth. I know Ken wanted to be back on the podium but he showed a lot of speed tonight. We‰Ûªre seeing a very patient Ken and I think it‰Ûªs a testament to his long-term commitment to this championship hunt; he knows that consistency is key. Cole also rode really well and his starts in the first two races were much better than they have been the past couple weeks. He‰Ûªs continuing to build and make progress.‰Û
As usual, Ken Roczen spent plenty of time with his fans and signing autographs.

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