For round nine of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Team Honda HRC headed to the beautiful Pacific Northwest’s Washougal Motocross Park, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen secured his first podium finish since High Point Raceway, locking down second overall with a 2-3 moto tally.

In the opening 450 moto, Roczen launched down the start straight and around the first turn in fifth place before gaining two additional spots in the following turn to put him third heading up Horsepower Hill. Shortly thereafter, Roczen made the move into second and began working on the leader. He closed the gap and made the pass into the top spot on lap two. Once out front, the German took advantage of a clear track, riding smoothly and opening up an eight-second lead by the halfway point. Unfortunately, Roczen was unable to maintain his early race pace, which allowed Eli Tomac to close in during the final laps. The two fought hard, even coming together during their battle, but Roczen ultimately relinquished the lead and took the checkered flag in second. In moto two, Roczen got a seventh-place start but made some quick and aggressive passes, working his way into fourth on the opening lap. He continued his charge forward, making passes on third, then second before setting his sights on the leading Marvin Musquin. The two played cat and mouse for the majority of the race until Roczen came under fire from behind, once again by Tomac. He was unable to maintain his position, losing one spot to finish in third.

NOTES

  • Heavy rain throughout the week in Claremont, Florida, where Ken Roczen trains, led him to make a last-minute decision to ride press day on Friday at Washougal. Not only did this give him another opportunity to get some riding in, but it allowed him to preview the track and let the team try a few different settings prior to Saturday’s race.
  • During the morning qualifying practice, Roczen laid down a 2’17.567” lap in the first session, landing him fourth-fastest heading into the races.
  • The Washougal track features a unique first-turn section with multiple elements that pose challenges to racers. “This first turn is pretty sketchy,” explained former factory Honda racer and current Team Honda HRC test rider Trey Canard. “Not only is the turn itself really sloped but it’s also very fast coming down the start straight. Then after the first turn you have multiple rollers, which are pretty crazy when everyone’s going so fast right next to each other.”
  • Despite relinquishing the lead during the final laps of moto 1, Roczen’s speed early in the race was unmatched, as he laid down the fastest time with a 2’17.608” lap.
  • Following his second-place overall finish, Roczen remains third in the championship standings with 335 points, now only seven behind second with only three rounds remaining.
  • It was a solid day for the GEICO Honda team, as they had two riders in the top six, with Chase Sexton landing fifth overall via 4-6 results, followed by teammate RJ Hampshire in sixth with 8-5. Unfortunately, mediocre starts in both motos hindered them from fighting for podium contention. Christian Craig also made improvements this week, landing 12thwith 11-13, while Hunter Lawrence missed the race due to injury.
  • The Red Riders will now take their third and final break of the season before returning to action on August 10 for the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York. “I’m looking forward to another weekend off,” Roczen said. “We’re leaving straight from here to spend a few days with some family before I head back to Florida. I’ll take some time to relax but still work hard to finish the season strong. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for the season to end though, so I can take some real time off to recover and come back strong.”
Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen 94

“I can’t really complain today. If you’ve seen my last few weekends, today was actually really good for me. I’m pretty happy to be back on the podium and to have an overall better day than in past weeks. In both races my starts weren’t that great, but I was able to make passes and find the front of the pack pretty quick, which was nice. I was trying to be aggressive until the end and give it my all but Eli [Tomac] was on it all day and I just wasn’t able to hold him off. I’m looking forward to this weekend off and to getting back to racing at Unadilla.”

Erik Kehoe

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“To see Kenny get back on the podium today with a second overall was awesome. It’s been a tough up-and-down few weeks so today’s speed and consistency was nice to see. His end-of-race pace was still a bit tough, but he did a great job salvaging his energy and positions. We’ve got one weekend off to then finish out the season strong.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“We had a good day today. Bike-wise, we made a few small adjustments, but nothing too drastic. We’ve tried a few different setups the past few weeks to improve some issues and they haven’t worked, so we’ve continued to revert back to our base setting, which Ken knows and is comfortable with. We’ll continue to try and refine the bike, but I’m excited to see him back in the mix for the overall podium.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 27th 2019RaceRound 9 Washougal National

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1TOMAC Eli3USA25Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2ROCZEN Ken94GER22Team Honda HRCHonda
3WEBB Cooper2USA20Red Bull KTMKTM
4ANDERSON Jason21USA18Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
5MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA16Red Bull KTMKTM
6SAVATGY Joey17USA15Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
7WILSON Dean15GBR14Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
8NOREN Fredrik40SWE13Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
9OSBORNE ZachUSA12Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
10BARCIA Justin51USA11Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
11SHORT John253USA10ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
12BOGLE Justin19USA9Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
13LAMAY Ben907USA8TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
14MILLER Henry81USA7Trigger RacingYamaha
15BOWERS Tyler69USA6Bowers RacingKawasaki
16KOGA Taiki929JPN5TPJ.com/Fly RacingKawasaki
17TEASDALE Isaac921USA4Team BabbittsKTM
18LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN3NoneHonda
19WEEKS James700USA2TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
20AUTENRIETH Cade330USA1Mountain Motorsports/Factory Connection/HinsonKTM

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 27th 2019RaceRound 9 Washougal National

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1TOMAC Eli3USA25Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA22Red Bull KTMKTM
3ROCZEN Ken94GER20Team Honda HRCHonda
4OSBORNE ZachUSA18Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
5WEBB Cooper2USA16Red Bull KTMKTM
6SAVATGY Joey17USA15Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
7ANDERSON Jason21USA14Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
8NOREN Fredrik40SWE13Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
9BARCIA Justin51USA12Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
10WILSON Dean15GBR11Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
11BOGLE Justin19USA10Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
12SHORT John253USA9ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
13PLESSINGER Aaron7USA8Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
14LAMAY Ben907USA7TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
15LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN6NoneHonda
16BOWERS Tyler69USA5Bowers RacingKawasaki
17WEEKS James700USA4TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
18MILLER Henry81USA3Trigger RacingYamaha
19TEASDALE Isaac921USA2Team BabbittsKTM
20MCCONAHY Noah131USA1Merge RacingHonda

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 27th 2019

450MX Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1TOMAC Eli3USA392Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA342Red Bull KTMKTM
3ROCZEN Ken94GER335Team Honda HRCHonda
4WEBB Cooper2USA324Red Bull KTMKTM
5ANDERSON Jason21USA304Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
6OSBORNE ZachUSA295Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
7BARCIA Justin51USA221Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
8BOGLE Justin19USA185Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
9NOREN Fredrik40SWE182Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
10BAGGETT Blake4USA175Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
11FERRIS Dean111AUS136CDR YamahaYamaha
12SAVATGY Joey17USA97Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
13SHORT John253USA89ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
14MILLER Henry81USA87Trigger RacingYamaha
15LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN86NoneHonda
16BLOSS Benny60USA84Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
17LAMAY Ben907USA75TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
18BOWERS Tyler69USA66Bowers RacingKawasaki
19WILSON Dean15GBR63Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
20SEELY Cole14USA59Team Honda HRCHonda
21HILL Justin46USA51Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
22PLESSINGER Aaron7USA48Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
23WATERS Todd477AUS46Todd Waters RacingHusqvarna
24MASTERPOOL Jake146USA35NoneYamaha
25SCHOCK Coty319USA25NoneKTM
26WEEKS James700USA23TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
27KOGA Taiki929JPN23TPJ.com/Fly RacingKawasaki
28TOMITA Toshiki718JPN21Team Honda HRCHonda
29MERRIAM Dylan559USA18NoneYamaha
30TEASDALE Isaac921USA18Team BabbittsKTM