Roczen Secures Fourth Overall at Tennessee National

For the second consecutive week, Team Honda HRCs Ken Roczen finished just shy of the podium, scoring another fourth-place overall result with 3-4 moto finishes at round five of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Blountville, Tennessee. In moto one, Roczen rocketed down the start straight with the holeshot and early lead. He immediately came under fire but was able to fend off the attacks until lap six, when he relinquished the front spot. He tried to mount a charge but was once again forced to play defense before falling to third and riding smoothly and consistently for the remainder of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race.

In the second race, the German was once again unstoppable off the start, launching his CRF450R to another holeshot. He fell to second halfway through the opening lap, then lost an additional position one lap later. He maintained third until again coming under fire with eight minutes remaining. Roczen fought hard, but as lappers entered the picture he fell to fourth, which is where he finished.

NOTES

  • On Friday, Team Honda HRCs Ken Roczen, along with GEICO Hondas Jeremy Martin, RJ Hampshire, Chase Sexton, and Cameron McAdoo, attended a pre-race open house at Atlas Motorsports, where hundreds of enthusiastic fans were on hand to meet their favorite riders.
  • Light rain during the early part of the day made for slick and muddy track conditions throughout qualifying practice. After two sessions, Roczen qualified sixth-fastest with a 154.228 time.
  • It was a bittersweet day for the GEICO Honda squad, as rookie Chase Sexton celebrated his career-first 250MX podium finish of third overall with 8-4 results, while Jeremy Martin had a hard crash early in the second moto that sent him to the hospital with a burst fracture to his L1 vertebrae. Martin has full mobility but will undergo surgery today (Monday) to stabilize the area.
  • On June 30, Team Honda HRC will campaign the sixth round of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross championship at The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts.
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