Motocross

Ken Roczen endures physical issues in a tough day at the The Wick 338 National

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Ken Roczen finished ninth overall at the Wick 338 National.
Although the warm, humid weather and rough, sandy track meant that Southwick, Massachusetts‰Ûª The Wick 338 National was anything but easy for HRC's Ken Roczen.

What likely made things even more difficult for the German were the absolutely brutal conditions of the previous week‰Ûªs Florida National in Jacksonville.

So challenging was that event that it apparently reignited the endurance issues that had plagued the German for much of the AMA Supercross series, but that he had largely put behind him for AMA Pro Motocross, in which he had posted a pair of overall victories prior to this, the sixth round.

After qualifying third fastest, Roczen once again showed impressive speed in the early going of both motos at Southwick, setting quick lap times and making strong passes, only for his physical limitations to then thwart his progress and see him overtaken by several competitors.

In the end, Roczen‰Ûªs 12-10 scores held him to just ninth overall, but he and his team are determined to continue working for solutions in an effort to secure a strong second half of the outdoors season.

Although he was disappointed with his results, Roczen posted the fastest time of any rider in the second moto, his 2‰Ûª18.465‰Û
Roczen got the round off to a good start qualifying third fastest but it went down hill from there.
‰ÛÏI was coming into Southwick fairly excited, though struggling a little bit recovering from last weekend‰Ûªs race," Roczen explained.

"Still, I came in with full motivation and a new fork setting that unfortunately didn‰Ûªt work out very well for me in the first moto. On top of that, I could‰Ûªve recovered a little better from the weekend before, but I knew that I went out there and gave my best. For sure it wasn‰Ûªt what we were looking for, but we‰Ûªre going to continue working hard on the bike and I‰Ûªm going to continue working on myself to get back in top shape and get back to winning races.

"For now I have to take it as it is, but I‰Ûªm going to keep my head up and hope for a much, much better result from RedBud. I‰Ûªm going to do everything I can throughout the week to prepare myself and get back to the very top. Other than that, there‰Ûªs not much to say about my result besides we‰Ûªre not very happy with it and are looking to turn it around next weekend.‰Û
Roczen slipped a spot to third in the points standings, two behind second place.

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