Motocross

Roczen Scores Moto Victory En Route to Second Overall at RedBud National

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With the series now past its halfway point, Roczen sits fourth overall in the championship standings with 246 points, only 18 points away from third.
In front of a massive Independence Day Weekend crowd at the iconic RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, Team Honda HRC‰Ûªs Ken Roczen had a monumental day for round seven of AMA Pro Motocross, earning his first moto victory since 2016 before securing second place overall.

In moto one, Roczen got a solid jump out of the gate and was near the front of the pack when a rider went down ahead of him in turn two, briefly holding him up and leaving him outside the top 10. After the completion of the opening lap, Roczen had worked his way up to fifth. He continued his charge forward, moving to second on lap four. It looked as though Roczen would ride to a solid runner-up finish, but with three laps remaining, a mechanical issue for the leader Eli Tomac allowed the German to move into the front spot, taking his first victory since suffering two serious injuries over the past couple of seasons.

When the gate dropped on the day‰Ûªs second race, Roczen was once again toward the front, even leading at times on the first lap. He settled into second, playing cat-and-mouse with the riders leading and trailing him for much of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race. He fought hard to maintain his pace but ultimately slipped to third by the checkered flag.
Roczen greets the chequered flag first for the first time this season.
‰ÛÏIt was a great weekend overall and this is my second podium this season, so it feels good," Roczen said. "I kind of got lucky grabbing that moto win because a few of the good guys were in the back and Eli [Tomac] had that issue. Still, I‰Ûªll take the win because that‰Ûªs racing. Either way, it felt so great to cross the finish line for that first win since everything that has happened.

"We had a bit of a dip down in the results the last couple weeks, but to be back on the podium is awesome," the German reflected. "I had a mellow week and feel like I just came back this weekend even hungrier and was riding a lot better. We‰Ûªve really just been figuring out the bike more. We made a pretty drastic change this week to see which way we should go with things, and it really helped me out a lot. I‰Ûªm excited for the rest of the season and looking forward to getting back out there in Millville.‰Û
A moto win and a third gave Roczen second overall for the round.

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