Posted by Redbull Action
Ken Roczen earned his first Supercross class career podium aboard his KTM 350 SX-F, which was a great ride for the German teenager who has been contesting the SX Lites East competition this season.
The race also saw the highly anticipated return of factory teammate Ryan Dungey after a six-round injury break with a broken collarbone.
Both Dungey and Roczen did well in their SX heats. Roczen showed his KTM 350 SX-F had the power to run out front when he pulled the holeshot in the first and went on to finish second behind Ryan Villopoto. Dungey did not earn the holeshot in his heat but quickly assumed control of the race and led every lap to take his third heat win of the season.
In the main event, it was Roczen who piloted his KTM 350 SX-F out front early to be second in the first corner while Dungey settle in at fifth. Then Roczen and former teammate leader Andrew Short began a battle for the lead that lasted the first half of the race while Dungey began to reel in Justin Brayton for fourth. Then on Lap 8 Dungey made the pass on Brayton but clipped his wheel and crashed. He quickly recovered but lost two positions, going on to finish in sixth place.
Dungey, aware of the fact that he was short on recent practice too the long term view. “Finishing sixth tonight is definitely not where I want to be,” he said. “However, the best way to improve in racing is to race and that is what I intend to do for the next few rounds to help me improve and prepare for the outdoors.”
Meanwhile out front Roczen was having the race of his Supercross class career as he was still holding down second. He held his pace and finished on the podium alongside his good friend Andrew Short who took his first career win.
“Tonight was such an amazing night,” remarked Roczen. “I had a great heat and a great main event. I am so happy to be on the podium and I am even more excited for my friend ‘Shorty’ (Andrew Short) to get his first win. We had a great battle at the beginning of the race and it was really exciting to compete for the win.”