Motocross

Roczen Keeps Building with Fifth at Glen Helen National

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"The goal for Ken is to get out there, get stronger, and get in a routine, so this weekend was awesome for him." team manager Erik Kehoe said.
Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen scored an impressive fifth overall in only his second race back from injury, via 3-8 moto scores at Glen Helen Raceway last weekend.

The German made his retur to the Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Championship last week, where the former champion struggled to maintain his speed while fighting through soreness and fatigue in his previously injured right hand.

Roczen declared he was going to do some work during the week on both himself and the bike and show up at Glen Helen in a good mood and ready to rock. Whilst he still was not at 100% he made good gains and finished further up the order.

Starting the day with the eighth fastest qualifying time bode well for a positive day ahead.

In moto one Roczen moved into lead after his holeshot winner and team-mate Christian Craig crashed out. He held the lead for over half of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race. A small mistake allowed Eli Tomac to close the gap, but Roczen held tough, fighting hard to maintain the front spot. With 11 minutes remaining, the German was unable to fend off Tomac‰Ûªs advances and relinquished the lead. During the final laps, Roczen came under fire once again, losing one more position before taking the checkered flag in third.
A wayward rock that got lodged in his countershaft-sprocke caused some worry and was the only hick-up at round two.
When the gate dropped in moto two, Roczen came around the Talladega first turn in fourth and quickly moved into second, but when he heard a noise he decided to be cautious and roll to the mechanics‰Ûª area, where a rock was found wedged in his countershaft-sprocket cover. Once it was removed, Roczen returned to action in nearly dead-last position. He spent the remainder of the 14-lap race surging through the pack, putting together an impressive come-from-behind performance to finish the moto in eighth.

‰ÛÏThe result is one thing, but there are always certain things that are out of your hands, which is what happened in the second moto, Roczen explained. "Still, leading for over 20 minutes in the first moto was good, especially for only our third moto back. I tried not to be like ‰Û÷Oh my god, I‰Ûªm leading‰Ûª; I just tried to keep a steady and calm mood. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to hold Eli [Tomac] off, then Marvin [Musquin] got by me too. I tried to make a last-minute attack but got messed up by lappers, so I really just settled into third, which we were all happy with.

"The second moto, I got another good start but heard a noise and wasn‰Ûªt ready to just send it over any of the big jumps when there might be a problem, so I went into the pit lane. It ended up that there was a rock in my front sprocket area, but better safe than sorry. After that I just went out and wanted to use this as good practice, and I kept telling myself, ‰Û÷Don't quit.‰Ûª We made it all the way up to eighth place, which is pretty sweet. We‰Ûªve been working really hard, and it‰Ûªs unfortunate because I think today we could‰Ûªve been on the podium. We have a lot of motos to go, so it‰Ûªs coming. I‰Ûªve got to just keep building and I think we‰Ûªll get there.‰Û
Ken Roczen showed plenty of speed around the gnarly hills of Glen Helen,

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