It was a wet and wild day in Minnesota for round eight of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Millville, Minnesota’s Spring Creek MX Park, as lightning and heavy rain throughout the day caused delays and challenging track conditions. Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen struggled to find his rhythm on the slick track in the opening 450 class moto, but he found redemption in the second outing, leading for the majority of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap-race before he took the checkered flag in second. His 14-2 scores slated him fifth overall on the day.

Moto one saw Roczen get a good jump off the line, but as the 40 racers careened into the first turn, he was covered in mud and shuffled back to 17thplace. While working his way forward, another rider went down in front of him, leaving Roczen nowhere to go and taking him down too. The German once again began working his way through the field, advancing to 12thon lap four. With seven minutes remaining, Roczen came under fire, relinquishing two spots before crossing the line in 14th. When the gate dropped on moto two, Roczen rocketed his CRF450R down the straight to a second-place start. He quickly began stalking the leader, and the two swapped positions several times before Roczen was able to capitalize on a mistake by his rival, allowing him to gain control of the front spot. Roczen rode strong up front for much of the 30-minute-plus-two-laps race, but he was unable to maintain his pace in the closing laps, ultimately relinquishing the lead and finishing second.

NOTES

  • On Friday, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen was joined by GEICO Honda’s Chase Sexton, Christian Craig, RJ Hampshire and Hunter Lawrence at Cycle City of Rochester for a dealer appearance, where they signed autographs and took photos with eager fans.
  • Severe rain through the morning forced officials to cancel the first qualifying session and delay the second. When Roczen finally took to the track, he was only able to complete four laps before lightning prompted the red flag to end practice. He secured the sixth-quickest lap in the shortened session with a 2’12.265”.
  • As the day progressed and the track developed, Roczen found his speed in the second race, laying down the fastest lap of the moto at 2’10.701”.
  • Privateer Honda rider John Short had a career-best performance in Millville, notching two strong starts and riding his CRF450R to an impressive seventh overall with 6-8 finishes.
  • After eight rounds, Roczen remains third overall in the championship standings with 293 points, 11 behind second and five in front of third.
  • In the 250 class, the GEICO Honda squad celebrated a moto win and third-place overall finish by young Australian rider Hunter Lawrence, who put his MXGP experience to good use on the muddy track, riding strong to secure 1-6 finishes. RJ Hampshire overcame inconsistent starts to finish eighth overall with 6-11 marks. Teammates Chase Sexton and Christian Craig both returned to action in Millville, but it was not the day either rider had hoped for, as both suffered mechanical issues in the opening moto. Sexton recovered with a seventh in the second race, landing him 12thoverall, while Craig finished 20th.
  • Next up for Team Honda HRC is round nine of the AMA Pro Motocross series, which takes place in the scenic Pacific Northwest at Washington State’s Washougal MX Park on July 27.

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Ken Roczen

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“It was a crazy day. The weather wasn’t on our side, at least for the first half of the day. We only had about 10 minutes of practice and then it was a waiting game for the motos. My first moto was terrible, so not much to say other than that. I didn’t have a good drive down the start straight and fell way back outside the top 15. Then right after the finish line, another rider went down in front of me and I was unable to avoid him so I went down too. I tried a new setting but just couldn’t get comfortable at all, so for the second race we switched back to my base setup, which is what I’m most familiar with. I hooked up great off the start and came around the first turn in second. Cooper [Webb] and I swapped back and forth a few times before I made the pass. I stayed in the lead for most the race but unfortunately got pretty tired those last few laps and he was able to get back by me. I tried to make a final charge on the last lap and we were right together across the finish, but I ended up second. It was good redemption from the first race, so I’m happy with how it ended.”

Erik Kehoe

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Today was a rollercoaster but Ken turned it around for the second race and finished on a positive note. The conditions were terrible in that first moto; it was really muddy and he just struggled to get comfortable, especially after going down with that other rider after the first lap. I know Ken also had some issues with his goggles, getting mud behind his tear-offs, and it always sucks when your vision is impaired like that. We made some changes for that second moto and I think he redeemed the day. He was riding much more aggressively; it was definitely a big improvement.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“It was an interesting day. The weather this morning and early afternoon was pretty crazy. Once again we tried to start with a new setup, but after getting only four laps in with the shortened practice it was hard for Ken to really get a feel for it. He raced the first moto and struggled to get comfortable in both the conditions and with the bike. We decide to switch back to our base setting, which has proven to work well for us in the past. He got a great start, passed early for the lead and rode really strong. He said he got tired again toward the end, which is when Cooper was able to get back by him, but Ken still rode well. We’ll take that second after how to day started.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 20th 2019RaceRound 8 Spring Creek National

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1WEBB Cooper2USA25Red Bull KTMKTM
2TOMAC Eli3USA22Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
3MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA20Red Bull KTMKTM
4OSBORNE ZachUSA18Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
5MILLER Henry81USA16Trigger RacingYamaha
6SHORT John253USA15ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
7NOREN Fredrik40SWE14Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
8SAVATGY Joey17USA13Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
9PLESSINGER Aaron7USA12Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
10BOGLE Justin19USA11Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
11BARCIA Justin51USA10Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
12ANDERSON Jason21USA9Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
13TEASDALE Isaac921USA8Team BabbittsKTM
14ROCZEN Ken94GER7Team Honda HRCHonda
15WILSON Dean15GBR6Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
16BLOSS Benny60USA5Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
17BAGGETT Blake4USA4Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
18WEEKS James700USA3TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
19KOGA Taiki929JPN2TPJ.com/Fly RacingKawasaki
20LAMAY Ben907USA1TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 20th 2019RaceRound 8 Spring Creek National

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1WEBB Cooper2USA25Red Bull KTMKTM
2ROCZEN Ken94GER22Team Honda HRCHonda
3OSBORNE ZachUSA20Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
4BARCIA Justin51USA18Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
5TOMAC Eli3USA16Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
6BLOSS Benny60USA15Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
7MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA14Red Bull KTMKTM
8SHORT John253USA13ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
9BAGGETT Blake4USA12Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
10ANDERSON Jason21USA11Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
11NOREN Fredrik40SWE10Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
12WILSON Dean15GBR9Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
13CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA8H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
14MILLER Henry81USA7Trigger RacingYamaha
15LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN6NoneHonda
16BOGLE Justin19USA5Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
17BOWERS Tyler69USA4Bowers RacingKawasaki
18SCHOCK Coty319USA3NoneKTM
19LOPEZ Felix577MEX2NoneKTM
20TEASDALE Isaac921USA1Team BabbittsKTM

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, July 20th 2019

450MX Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1TOMAC Eli3USA342Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA304Red Bull KTMKTM
3ROCZEN Ken94GER293Team Honda HRCHonda
4WEBB Cooper2USA288Red Bull KTMKTM
5ANDERSON Jason21USA272Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
6OSBORNE ZachUSA265Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
7BARCIA Justin51USA198Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
8BAGGETT Blake4USA175Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
9BOGLE Justin19USA166Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
10NOREN Fredrik40SWE156Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
11FERRIS Dean111AUS136CDR YamahaYamaha
12BLOSS Benny60USA84Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
13MILLER Henry81USA77Trigger RacingYamaha
14LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN77NoneHonda
15SHORT John253USA70ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
16SAVATGY Joey17USA67Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
17LAMAY Ben907USA60TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
18SEELY Cole14USA59Team Honda HRCHonda
19BOWERS Tyler69USA55Bowers RacingKawasaki
20HILL Justin46USA51Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
21WATERS Todd477AUS46Todd Waters RacingHusqvarna
22PLESSINGER Aaron7USA40Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
23WILSON Dean15GBR38Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
24MASTERPOOL Jake146USA35NoneYamaha
25SCHOCK Coty319USA25NoneKTM
26TOMITA Toshiki718JPN21Team Honda HRCHonda
27MERRIAM Dylan559USA18NoneYamaha
28KOGA Taiki929JPN18TPJ.com/Fly RacingKawasaki
29WEEKS James700USA17TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
30CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA16H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki