By totalmotorcycle #ROCZEN & $SUZUKI CLOSE SX SEASON SECOND OVERALL
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 11.
While Mother Nature may have ruled the day, RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing closed out the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season with its best overall performance at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Severe thunderstorms soaked the Las Vegas area late Saturday afternoon dropping torrential downpours and hail, leaving riders, teams and series officials scrambling to prepare for nothing short of a full-blown ‘mudder.’
Ken Roczen made a key pass on Ryan Dungey early in the race and positioned himself to win his third straight and sixth Main Event of the year. Unfortunately, Roczen’s lead was short-lived after the 22-year-old rider tucked the front end of his RM-Z450 three corners later and was ultimately forced to park his bike after completing just six laps.
Still, it was a career best season for Roczen with the German-born rider not finishing outside the top six until the final round. Over that same stretch, he earned five wins, 11 podiums and 13 top fives, closing-out the 2016 indoor campaign second in points – another career best.
“It turned out to be a pretty big crap shoot with how much it rained but we made the best out of it,” explained Roczen following the event. “I had a good heat race and was feeling strong. I had a good start in the Main Event and was able to make a pass happen for the lead. Unfortunately, I hit the wrong rut and went down. After that, my bike was really bent up and we couldn’t get it straightened out so we had to call it a day.
“I’m healthy and ready for the outdoor season. I’m super-happy with the 2016 Supercross season, especially with how consistent we were over …read more