Ken Roczen dominates at Thunder Valley AMA Pro MX

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One week after a strong showing at the AMA Pro Motocross opener, Team Honda HRC had an even better weekend at Lakewood, Colorado’s Thunder Valley National, with Ken Roczen turning in a flawless 1-1 moto tally to notch the 450 overall win.

The German was capably backed up by his teammates, with brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence finishing second and third, respectively, in the 250 class, while Chase Sexton overcame a poor 450 moto 2 start to notch sixth overall. Between them, Roczen and Jett Lawrence won three of the day’s four motos, and each assumed sole possession of the lead in his class’s title chase.

Having set the fastest 450 lap time in qualifying, Roczen exited turn one fourth in moto one, then quickly advanced to third, made another pass for second, and took control of the lead – all on the opening lap. Although the German lost ground in the middle portion of the race – Adam Cianciarulo got by on lap six of 16, and Dylan Ferrandis did likewise four laps later – Roczen rallied to retake the lead three laps from the end, then carried it home for an impressive moto win.

In the second moto, Roczen was untouchable from the start aboard his CRF450R, quickly taking the top spot from Cooper Webb and never looking back, earning his third straight moto win, this time with an 8.9-second margin.

“I honestly don’t know what to say – we haven’t had a perfect weekend like this in a long time,” admitted 27-year-old German. “The team and I have done some work this week with suspension, but it just isn’t proven until we race, feel comfortable and get some good finishes.

“I had the pole position today and won both practices to go into the first moto. We had a great, great battle with Adam [Cianciarulo] and Dylan [Ferrandis] in the first moto, and I was able to be aggressive in the end and clinch that win.

“That was huge for us – I was really happy with that and felt strong in the end.

“I tried to get as much recovery as possible between the motos, and honestly, it was really nice before the second moto with the cloud cover — perfect conditions.

“I really liked how they didn’t go too deep with the tilling on the track because it allowed us to move around and pretty much use the entire track.

“I had a lot of fun out there. This track just really suits my style and we ended up going 1-1. It was an incredible day. I was bummed that my family couldn’t be here, but so stoked for my team and myself. It’s just what we needed. It seems like we’re hitting our stride right now and it’s also good to go into an off-weekend.”

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