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Ken Roczen Impresses with Another Second Overall at Spring Creek National

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Ken Roczen Impresses with Another Second Overall at Spring Creek National
Ken Roczen (94) leads the field through turn one in moto1.
Last weekend marked round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross series, at Millville, Minnesota‰Ûªs Spring Creek MX Park, where Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen rode strong, leading over half of the first moto en route to second-place overall result, via 2-3 finishes.

Roczen started the day on a solid note, riding well during the morning qualifying practice to secure the third-quickest time, with a 2‰Ûª13.438‰Û
Ken Roczen Impresses with Another Second Overall at Spring Creek National
Roczen is fourth in the standing, just behind Justin Barcia in third.
In moto two, Roczen turned in another solid start, coming around the first turn in third and then sneaking into second while charging down the big downhill on the opening lap. With 15 minutes remaining, a mistake allowed Tomac to close in, and a heated battle ensued. The two diced back and forth for some time before Roczen was overtaken and then went on to finish third.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty happy with today," Roczen said. "I think this is one of the best weekends we‰Ûªve had overall. I felt comfortable all day and had a lot of fun. I did pretty good in qualifying, got good starts, and felt like I was flying in the first moto, so I‰Ûªm happy with second. Obviously in the second moto there wasn‰Ûªt enough left in the tank, but we have to just keep building from here.

"We made another small adjustment on the bike, but nothing major. The team and I are still working to refine the bike because this is my first season riding it outdoors and I came into it without much testing, so I‰Ûªm searching for what works best. We‰Ûªve definitely made the bike better and I think it showed today. Normally I‰Ûªm 4-5 seconds behind in qualifying practice and I was pretty close today, so it was good. I‰Ûªm doing what I can and am enjoying the process of returning. I feel like once we win again, it‰Ûªll just be that much sweeter.‰Û
Ken Roczen Impresses with Another Second Overall at Spring Creek National
Following the Spring Creek National, Roczen flew directly to the West Coast, where he will spend this week testing with Team Honda HRC in California.
Team Manager, Erik Kehoe, echoed Roczen's thoughts.

‰ÛÏI think today was an even better second place than last time," Kehoe said. "Ken‰Ûªs starts are on point, he led more laps, and his intensity level was higher for longer. I think he‰Ûªs just getting stronger each week and starting to build on his momentum, so it was definitely a great day and progress in the right direction. The intensity level in the races is so much higher than training during the week, so right now Ken is still racing himself into race shape. He just needs to continue to get good starts and be in the hunt up front each week, and we‰Ûªll continue to see him on the podium.‰Û
Ken Roczen Impresses with Another Second Overall at Spring Creek National
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty happy with today. I think this is one of the best weekends we‰Ûªve had overall. " Roczen said
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National
Spring Creek MX Park - Millville, Minnesota - July 21, 2018

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-3)
3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-2)
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (3-4)
5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-5)
6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (6-6)
7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (7-7)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (10-7)
9. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna (8-10)
10. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (11-8)

450 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 351 Points
2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 344 Points
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha - 296 Points
4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda - 288 Points
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 270 Points
6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 223 Points
7. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM - 199 Points
8. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna - 196 Points
9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki - 114 Points
10. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki - 107 Points

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