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