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