On lap 11, Seely made a big mistake while leading, costing him several positions. He remounted in fourth but struggled to get back into his groove, losing two more spots before taking the checkered flag in sixth.
Meanwhile, back at the front, Roczen continued to put together solid laps and had his sights set on his first win of the season. As the German navigated the challenging track, lapped riders began to play a bigger role, and Roczen came under fire from Jason Anderson during the closing laps. Both riders made mistakes during their heated battle and swapped positions multiple times before Roczen was edged out by just .839 seconds at the end.
‰ÛÏIt was a great race tonight. I was really bummed because we worked so hard just to pretty much give away the win on the last half of a lap," Roczen said. "All in all though, we‰Ûªre healthy and in the championship hunt so it was a good night.
"We‰Ûªre moving forward and getting that much closer. I got a good start and tucked right in there behind Cole. He was going really good but made a mistake in front of me and I took over the lead. I was trying not to get too amped up and push even more because I knew the track was going to get worse and worse. It‰Ûªs easy, especially in those tight rhythm sections, to rush and possibly make a mistake, so I just tried to be patient.
"There were definitely a few close calls out there with lappers and the track, but I feel like I rode pretty clean for most of the race," Roczen continued. "The last couple laps were something else though. Jason [Anderson] got by me somehow‰ÛÓcan‰Ûªt even remember to be honest because it was like tunnel vision‰ÛÓbut we had a good battle to the very end. I really wanted that win but it was good to lead laps. We‰Ûªve got a lot more races to go so we‰Ûªll keep chipping away at it.‰Û