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Ken Roczen Makes Championship Gain Despite Tough Highpoint National

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Ken Roczen Makes Championship Gain Despite Tough Highpoint National
HRC's Ken Roczen escaped any injury after he was involved in a huge first turn pile up in moto 1.
Coming off the season‰Ûªs first break and his first full week of solid training at home in Florida, Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen was eager to return to action at Pennsylvania‰Ûªs High Point Raceway for round four of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Roczen qualified 5th fastest in his first visit to the track since 2016. Although a crash thwarted his efforts at scoring another podium finish, the German and his team were pleased to walk away with fourth overall via 7-3 scores.
Ken Roczen Makes Championship Gain Despite Tough Highpoint National
"He delivered a solid result, is now fourth in points, and is leaving healthy, which is the number-one goal," Team Manager Erik Kehoe said.
In moto 1, Roczen got a solid jump out of the gate but was involved in a large first-turn incident that left him and his CRF450R at the bottom of a pileup. He remounted in nearly last and began an impressive come-from-behind ride, advancing from 31stat the completion of the opening lap to seventh by the checkered flag. When the gate dropped for the second moto, Roczen was looking for redemption, rocketing down the start straight with the holeshot. On lap two, he made a mistake and lost a position. He tried to stay within striking distance of the leader while also fending off the advances from behind, but he eventually slipped to third, which is where he remained until the finish.
Ken Roczen Makes Championship Gain Despite Tough Highpoint National
with fourth overall via 7-3 scores, Roczen has moved to third in the championship, 9 points behind Justin Barcia,
‰ÛÏI kind of struggled with the track, especially in practice, I wasn‰Ûªt really gelling with the new layout," Roczen lamented.

"As always though, I went to the first start confident. I got a decent jump, but there was a big pileup in the first turn that I was involved with. I got run over, had bikes on top of me, and was basically at the bottom of the pile. Luckily nothing was hurt or wrong with the bike, so I just had to come from behind and made my way up to seventh.

"After the first moto, I came back in and just tried to get as much rest as possible before the second race. I told Oscar [Wirdeman] that I was going to get the holeshot and I did, so I was pretty stoked about that. I tried to run up front as long as possible, but I didn‰Ûªt have it today and faded. I still finished third, which is good. I have to be okay with it, even though I‰Ûªm a little bummed. The first start crash could‰Ûªve been worse, and I‰Ûªm happy I was able to bounce back in the second race with a good start and be up front for a bit. I‰Ûªm happy with fourth overall," Roczen concluded.

With his High Point performance, Roczen moved up one position in the championship standings, to fourth, with 131 points (just nine behind third), with 16 motos remaining in the season.
Ken Roczen Makes Championship Gain Despite Tough Highpoint National
Ken Roczen at the Highpoint National in Pennsylvania.
Red Bull High Point National - High Point Raceway
Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania - June 16, 2018

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-2)
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (3-5)
4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (7-3)
5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (4-6)
6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (9-4)
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-7)
8. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (6-8)
9. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda (8-10)
10. Kyle Cunningham, Alvord, Texas, Suzuki (10-12)

450 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 197 Points
2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM - 169 Points
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha - 140 Points
4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda - 131 Points
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 130 Points
6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 118 Points
7. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM - 101 Points
8. Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Husqvarna - 92 Points
9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 73 Points
10. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda - 69 Points

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