The 2019 AMA Pro Motocross season came to an exciting close at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, as Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen battled hard throughout both of the day’s 30-minute-plus-two-lap motos to finish second overall with 2-3 scores, securing second in the championship points standings.

Roczen kicked off the day with a fifth-place start in moto one, then swiftly made passes and took over the lead before the green flag. He continued to push once in front, opening a small gap early in the race. At the halfway point, Roczen was unable to maintain his early pace, allowing Eli Tomac to close and begin applying pressure. It turned into a three-way battle for the lead, as Marvin Musquin moved in and ultimately made the pass into second behind the German. Roczen didn’t give up easily, fighting hard to maintain the front spot, but he ultimately relinquished the lead on lap 15. In moto two, Roczen got off the line to an eighth-place start but moved into second on the opening lap, then made an impressive pass into the lead over the large uphill jump. Once again, Roczen laid down strong laps out front and fought hard to fend off advances but eventually gave up two positions, taking the checkered flag in third.

NOTES

  • On the eve of the AMA Pro Motocross finale, Team Honda HRC hosted a team barbecue in the Ironman MX pits to honor Cole Seely, who recently announced his retirement from professional racing. After dinner, Team Manager Erik Kehoe, Technical Director Takashi “Sam” Mishima and HRC Technical Support Naoki Serizawa presented Seely with custom trophies, one from American Honda and the other from Japan’s Honda Racing Corporation and HGA (Honda motorcycle R&D). Seely spent 10 years in the Honda family. The GEICO Honda team was also in attendance, bidding farewell to longtime rider RJ Hampshire, who departs for another team next season.
  • Following his recent successful strategy, Ken Roczen scored the top spot in qualifying for the third consecutive week, laying down the fastest laps in both sessions, with a top time of 2’00.762”.
  • After the racing action concluded, Roczen and his crew joined the rest of the riders and teams for an end-of-season barbecue and awards banquet hosted by series promoter MX Sports. Roczen was presented with the award for second in the championship. “I’m really happy,” he said. “Since the actual championship was wrapped up [early], second was my ultimate goal for the last round. It’s not how I’d want to get it, with [Marvin] Musquin getting hurt in moto two, but it’s not over until it’s over, so I’ll take it.”
  • Despite the 2019 season’s ups and downs, Roczen was pleased overall, having campaigned every race in both the AMA Supercross and the AMA Pro Motocross series. “I’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at me these past three years, so honestly, the biggest goal and accomplishment from this year is racing all 29 rounds,” he said. “We achieved that this year and it’s going to be a huge setup for the next year already.”
  • The GEICO Honda crew wrapped up the season on a high note, with Chase Sexton finishing fourth in the first 250 class moto before scoring a third-place moto-two result, landing him fourth overall aboard his CRF250R. In his final showing with the squad, RJ Hampshire secured seventh overall with 9-6 marks. Rookie Amsoil Honda rider Jett Lawrence wrapped up the day in 13thwith 12-14 finishes, while teammate Jo Shimoda was 15thwith 14-16 scores.
  • Now that the season is over, Roczen will take nearly a month off to allow his body time to rest and recover before he begins his preparation for the Red Bull Straight Rhythm on October 5. “I’m honestly looking forward to just taking some actual time off,” he said. “I just want to get healthy and the only way for me to do that is to not really do anything and just rest. After the season I’m going to Hawaii, Germany and Lake Powell.”

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“This season has been tough. We had a lot of ups and downs but I’ve also checked off and accomplished some goals, including finishing the whole year, battling for wins and getting back to 1-1 at Unadilla. I tried to ride my heart out this year, gave it my all each weekend and never backed down, which is important to me. Overall today was good though, finishing second on the day. The first moto was crazy; we were going 100% the whole race. I had Eli [Tomac] and Marvin [Musquin] on me almost the whole time, so it made for a three-way battle, which hasn’t happened too much this year; it was cool to race it but also exciting for the fans. It was a bummer to give up the win in the final laps but the track was really gnarly and I just made some mistakes. I just wanted to go out in the second moto again and just fight hard. I think this year will set us up good for 2020 but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to a much-needed break.”

Erik Kehoe

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Well that’s a wrap on the season. It was great to see Ken end on a strong note with another podium and securing second in the championship. He definitely had some highs and lows throughout the year, but overall it was a success with Ken racing every round. He made a lot of progress and showed some incredible speed all year, so this is definitely something we can build on in 2020. Once he takes some time off to allow his body to rest and recover, Ken will be a total threat.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Today was pretty bittersweet. Not only did it mark the end of the season but it was also my last race with Ken. We’ve had a fun and crazy few years together, filled with a lot of highs and lows, so I’m going to miss working with him. This year overall has been positive considering we made it through the whole season, but it did have its difficulties. It was great to see him capture three overall wins this year, finish the season with another podium and second in the championship.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, August 24th 2019RaceRound 12 Ironman National

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA25Red Bull KTMKTM
2ROCZEN Ken94GER22Team Honda HRCHonda
3TOMAC Eli3USA20Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
4SAVATGY Joey17USA18Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
5OSBORNE ZachUSA16Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
6ANDERSON Jason21USA15Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
7BARCIA Justin51USA14Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
8BLOSS Benny60USA13Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
9WILSON Dean15GBR12Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
10NOREN Fredrik40SWE11Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
11SHORT John253USA10ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
12CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA9H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
13BOWERS Tyler69USA8Bowers RacingKawasaki
14MILLER Henry81USA7Trigger RacingYamaha
15OSBY Josh70USA6NoneYamaha
16WEEKS James700USA5TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
17HAND Jeremy332USA4Hand RacingHonda
18TOMITA Toshiki718JPN3Team Honda HRCHonda
19WINTER Dustin332USA2NoneYamaha
20WELTIN Marshal285USA1NoneKTM

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, August 24th 2019RaceRound 12 Ironman National

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1TOMAC Eli3USA25Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2OSBORNE ZachUSA22Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
3ROCZEN Ken94GER20Team Honda HRCHonda
4BARCIA Justin51USA18Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
5ANDERSON Jason21USA16Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
6SAVATGY Joey17USA15Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
7WILSON Dean15GBR14Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
8BLOSS Benny60USA13Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
9BOGLE Justin19USA12Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
10NOREN Fredrik40SWE11Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
11WELTIN Marshal285USA10NoneKTM
12CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA9H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
13MILLER Henry81USA8Trigger RacingYamaha
14BOWERS Tyler69USA7Bowers RacingKawasaki
15WINTER Dustin332USA6NoneYamaha
16TOMITA Toshiki718JPN5Team Honda HRCHonda
17HAND Jeremy90USA4NoneHonda
18NEESE Luke125USA3NoneHonda
19TENNANT Caleb444RSA2NoneKTM
20OSBY Josh70USA1NoneYamaha

AMA Pro Motocross 2019 Saturday, August 24th 2019

450MX Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1TOMAC Eli3USA521Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
2ROCZEN Ken94GER463Team Honda HRCHonda
3MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA451Red Bull KTMKTM
4ANDERSON Jason21USA407Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
5OSBORNE ZachUSA403Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
6WEBB Cooper2USA324Red Bull KTMKTM
7BARCIA Justin51USA315Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
8NOREN Fredrik40SWE240Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
9BOGLE Justin19USA222Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
10BAGGETT Blake4USA175Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
11SAVATGY Joey17USA160Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
12BLOSS Benny60USA160Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
13WILSON Dean15GBR140Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
14FERRIS Dean111AUS136CDR YamahaYamaha
15SHORT John253USA135ACM Services/ Short racingYamaha
16MILLER Henry81USA117Trigger RacingYamaha
17LOCURCIO Lorenzo44VEN103NoneHonda
18BOWERS Tyler69USA99Bowers RacingKawasaki
19LAMAY Ben907USA84TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
20CUNNINGHAM Kyle39USA76H.E.P MotorsportsSuzuki
21PLESSINGER Aaron7USA75Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
22SEELY Cole14USA59Team Honda HRCHonda
23WEEKS James700USA53TPJ.com/Fly RacingYamaha
24HILL Justin46USA51Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
25WATERS Todd477AUS46Todd Waters RacingHusqvarna
26TOMITA Toshiki718JPN39Team Honda HRCHonda
27SCHOCK Coty319USA38NoneKTM
28MASTERPOOL Jake146USA35NoneYamaha
29TEASDALE Isaac921USA31Team BabbittsKTM
30KOGA Taiki929JPN23TPJ.com/Fly RacingKawasaki