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Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep

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Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Ken Roczen had an emphatic win in Glendale winning every race he started to increase his championship lead.
Ken Roczen was on his A-Game at round four of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross at Glendale, Arizona, taking all three 450 class race wins in the first of the Triple Crown events while Austin Forkner took the overall win in the 250 West class.

Roczen showed little mercy on his way to victory at Glendale. The only blemish on the HRC Honda riders night was in qualifying where he only managed third fastest. From there he crossed the line first in all of his races.

Race on saw Eli Tomac lead the first lap, but once Roczen was by, he went on to lead every lap for the remainder of the race. Tomac never made it easy though as they were both taking it to the limit, but Roczen had Tomac's number in the end. Tomac's Monster Energy Kawasaki team-mate Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the podium almost four seconds adrift.


After a restart due to a heavy first turn crash that saw Justin Bogle need medical attention, the restart saw the current championship leader take the lead from the opening lap and go on to a gate to flag victory. Defending champion Cooper Webb kept him honest for the first few laps until he eventually finished sixth. Tomac was once again second after getting past Cianciarulo while Jason Anderson rounded out the top three.

Moto three saw Roczen put the icing on the cake with another gate to flag victory in what was a dominant performance. Webb was once again in the mix and ran second early on only to fade back to fourth after Jason Anderson and Tomac got by.


Roczen's three wins gave him the nights overall win to strengthen his lead in the championship standings. A pair of seconds and a third was enough to provide Tomac with second overall while a fifth, third and second secured the final podium place for Jason Anderson.

Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia and Justin Brayton rounded out the top six respectively. Australian Chad Reed once again had to make the main event through the LCQ and from there had a shocker of a night 18-19-19 for twentieth overall.

‰ÛÏI can‰Ûªt believe we won all three main events! I think it‰Ûªs the focus that we bring. Between my team and especially my mechanic, we just have a good regimen going into all the races," Roczen said.

"Every time we go down there for a gate drop, I just want to put maximum focus, put myself in a good position and make life a lot easier‰ÛÓand safer as well. We had some good battles with Eli [Tomac] in the first one, but I was stoked to pull it off. I got a decent start in the second one, and then we had to do a restart unfortunately. I grabbed that holeshot and rode a super-solid race and won. The first start for race three was not good, and me and Tomac were battling in like eighth or something. Then we had another restart, and I pulled the holeshot there and just rode a super-solid race. I had a good time tonight, and I‰Ûªm really happy with how the team has been excelling and making changes to the bike. We‰Ûªve been working really well together, and the team spirit is high right now. Obviously, I‰Ûªm beyond stoked and want to enjoy tonight and tomorrow, but then get back to work and keep 100% focus.‰Û
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Eli Tomac was happy to remain constant with second overall after all the drama that unfolded on the night and is still in the championship hunt.
Eli Tomac was happy to remain constant with second overall after all the drama that unfolded on the night and is still in the championship hunt.

"These Triple Crown races are already crazy and then to add the two red flags, there was just a lot going on. We technically had five starts tonight and I didn‰Ûªt exactly help myself on those, but I was able to make my way to the front and remain consistent with my finishes. Consistency really was the key tonight and the team worked their tails off to help me finish up on the podium. We still have some work to do but overall, we had a successful night and I‰Ûªm glad we‰Ûªre close in the point standings."
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Jason Anderson secured his second 450SX podium of the season and feels he is getting better each week. Photo: Align Media
Jason Anderson secured his second 450SX podium of the season and feels he is getting better each week.

‰ÛÏAll-in-all, I had a great night,‰Û
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Austin Forkner rebounded strongly from a bad week last week to claim the overall win in the 250 West Coast class and be back in the championship hunt.
Austin Forker rebounded strongly at Glendale following the disaster last week at Anaheim that saw the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider crash heavily in the whoops and finish fifteenth.

A pair of wins and a second-place was enough to take the nights win over last weeks winner Dylan Ferrandis and Michael Mosiman. Brandon Hartranft just missed the podium for the third week with fourth overall.

Race one saw Forkner dominate after overcoming a fast-starting Alex Martin early in the opening lap. From there, like Roczen, he led every lap to the chequered flag. Ferrandis came through from a sixth-place start to claim second place while Christian Craig took third. It was a shocking start to the night for points leader Justin Cooper after trouble in an opening lap mallee eventually saw him finish twentieth. Aaron Tanti was the best of the Australians with twelfth while Luke Clout was sixteenth and Jay Wilson seventeenth.
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Defending champion and last weeks winner Dylan Ferrandis scored three second-place finishes to end the night second overall in the 250 West Coast class.
Race two was a bit harder for Forkner as he had to overcome early leader Derek Drake and Cooper, who had a blinder of a first lap only to throw it away with a crash. Forkner managed to take the lead on lap six of the eleven and from there was never headed. Ferrandis once again took the runner up place in another come from behind ride after he was ninth on the opening lap. Logan Karnow was third ahead of Drake and Michael Mosiman. Of the Australians, Jay Wilson was the best performer with twelfth while Clout was fourteenth and Tanti nineteenth.

The final race of the 250 West Coast class saw current points leader Justin Cooper find some luck and form and take a gate to flag win ahead of his Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha team-mate Ferrandis. Third place for Austin Forkner was enough for him to take the nights overall after a fierce battle inside the top four.

After the points were tallied up a 1-1-3 night was enough for the overall for Forkner while a trio of second places gave Ferrandis second overall. A pair of fourth and a sixth saw Michael Mosiman take the final podium spot.

‰ÛÏI came into the night with last week fully behind me,‰Û
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Michael Mosiman, made his first podium appearance of the season with a solid third-place in the 250SX West division. Photo: Align Media
Ferrandis was a little disappointed not to get the win but was happy with his fitness.

"I can‰Ûªt say it was a bad day because it could‰Ûªve been much worse. I‰Ûªm a little disappointed to miss the win," Ferrandis lamented. "I feel like the bad starts cost me the win tonight, but the speed was there and I made a lot of passes. I was really stoked with my physical feeling because I was not tired at any point, my riding was really good and the bike was awesome. We just need to improve on the starts. I don‰Ûªt understand why I‰Ûªm struggling with the starts right now, but we are working with the team and have made some changes. Now we are three points from first place in the championship ‰ÛÒ that‰Ûªs the big goal.‰Û
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep
Ken Roczen dominates Glendale Supercross with a clean sweep

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