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Ken Roczen Proud To Give RCH Suzuki Maiden Win

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Ken Roczen and RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy Johns/ Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a dominant performance in Saturday night‰Ûªs opening round of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season at Anaheim in California with a first-time 450 SX win for the team co-owned by Freestyle Motocross pioneer Carey Hart and 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael.

Last year‰Ûªs opening round winner Roczen was first and second-fastest respectively in both of Saturday afternoon‰Ûªs qualifying sessions. After the gate dropped on the 450 Main Event, he dispatched of holeshot winner Mike Alessi and took over the lead from Andrew Short before completing the first of 20 laps. Over the remaining 19 trips around Angel Stadium, the 20-year-old German-born rider increased his lead to just over four seconds.

‰ÛÏGreat weekend." Roczen enthused. "It was our first race together so it was cool to actually get going. The night couldn‰Ûªt have gone any better. To come out with the win and obviously, the first for the team, I take a lot of pride in that.

"That makes me really happy and proud. It just shows how hard we have worked. We‰Ûªre going to keep going from here.

"There‰Ûªs more to come. It‰Ûªs just good to get this first one out of the way. Now, we‰Ûªll go home and keep working.‰Û
After starting the team over eight years ago, team co-owner / manager Carey Hart would not have been more happy to see Roczen cross the line in first place.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a long time coming,‰Û
Broc Tickle was also solid on his return from injury for the RCH Suzuki team - - Credit: Supplied (Suzuki)
For his part, Carmichael was all smiles after the race. After spending the night in the television booth calling the race for FOX Sports 1, the five-time Monster Energy Supercross winner was eager to get back to the pits and congratulate both of the team‰Ûªs riders.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy for the team, Ken, Broc and all the people who have made the sacrifices that it took to put RCH in this position,‰Û
The RCH Team Celebrate their first ever win - Credit: Supplied (Suzuki)
Roczen‰Ûªs win proved to be a collective sigh of relief for the entire organisation, especially Hart, the team‰Ûªs founder.

‰ÛÏIt was the longest 18 minutes and change of my life,‰Û

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