Ken Roczen has charged to a hard-fought win in the sixth round of the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship at the final of the three rounds held in Indianapolis, making it a clean sweep of the Indy events.
Keeping his winning run going, Roczen raced to a heat race victory before again showing the field who they needed to chase in the 2021 championship, grabbing the holeshot when the gates dropped on the main event.
Unlike the previous race, however, Roczen was not able to ride away from the field, with Troy Lee Designs Factory GASGAS racer of Justin Bacia stalking the German ace early, before putting in a desperate attempt for the lead that nearly took both riders down. Despite the contact, the duo continued to hold down the lead two position with the lead fluctuating between 1.5 and 2.5 seconds in the early going.
Behind the Red Bull KTM Racings Cooper Webb and Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac lurked in third and fourth respectively while Tomac's team-mate Adam Ciancarulo slowly worked backward through the field with both Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racings, Malcolm Stewart, and Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin working their way forward past the number 9 Kawasaki.
Back up front, the gap between Roczen, Barcia, Webb, and Tomac closed up as the four riders started to work their way through lapped traffic. After a run-in with Vince Friese last week while lapping him, Roczen once again came close to making contact with his fellow Honda racers, allowing Webb, who had moved into the second position, to close right in on the Roczen's rear wheel.
Barcia was not so lucky while lapping Friese, making contact with the Friese rear wheel in the air, and crashing heavily. Barcia fell right in the path of Tomac, leaving both riders on the ground and losing many positions.
The crash left, Roczen and Webb in a head to head battle over the final three laps, and with Webb having a history of making late-race passes on Roczen, the crowd anticipated another late-race charge from the 2019 champion. It was not to be, however, with Roczen despite a couple of small mistakes, held on for this third straight victory, giving him 50% of this season's 450 Main Event race wins and a healthy 16 point championship lead over Webb in this years title race.
Behind Webb, Musquin made a late-race pass on Stewart to round out the podium, with Stewart holding down 4th position head of Cianciarulo in 5th and Rockstar Husqvarna's Jason Anderson in 6th on his return from injury.
Tomac, was able to recover for a 7th place finish; but lost a handful of valuable championship points, slipping to 24 points behind Roczen. Barcia was not so lucky, finishing the race down in 19th position.