Ken Roczen Anaheim 2 Post-Race Interview

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Round 3 winner Ken Roczen shared his thoughts immediately after winning A2 in an impression fashion.

Q: How did that race go for you?
Ken Roczen – RCH/Dodge/Jimmy John’s/Sycuan/Suzuki RM-Z450: My day started off a little bit rusty. The track was very special and not easy to ride. I knew after track walk that I was not going to stress about first or second practice, so that’s exactly what I did. The track came around in the Main. It was pretty tricky as there were some ruts and it was a pretty big track with long lap times. It definitely made it interesting tonight. We got good starts when we needed to, which I think is important. I think everybody saw that my bike works awesome and I am super happy about that. I had a great Heat race and carried that confidence into the Main. I didn’t get the holeshot, but I was up front on the start and that was all I needed. I put in a few strong laps and couldn’t really rest because Ryan (Dungey) got a little bit close at times. Overall, it was a really good night and it was good to fight back after last weekend. We’re going to keep going and inch away at small points. As long as we are winning, we are good.

Q: How did it feel to get to the front so early in the race?
KR: I had to put a pass in there. Shorty (Andrew Short) is a hard guy to pass and didn’t really want to get tangled up behind him, so I had to make the move. After that, I had to ride smart and definitely needed to keep the intensity because everyone was going really fast and there were parts of the track that offered good traction. My bike worked awesome, I felt great, and that’s all that matters.

Q: Do you feel that this is the most technical track so far this year?
KR: Definitely. Even though the lap times were very close, the track was very tricky out there. I think we ran a good pace during the Main event too. I saw that most of the time we were running 2:03 lap times. It was definitely a tricky track.

Q: Was today a better day for you than Phoenix?
KR: Definitely. I worked a lot on my body during the week. The people that help me out with that side of my training are amazing. I had to loosen everything up and fight back.

Q: Were you physically ill in Phoenix or were you just not feeling it?
KR: I wasn’t ill, but my body just wasn’t feeling that great and I felt a bit tired. When you don’t feel great and get a 2nd place, I can be happy with that.

Q: How does it feel to be the first two-time winner this season?
KR: It feels great! Hopefully I can win Anaheim 3 too.

Q: How would you compare this track to Anaheim 1?
KR: It’s a lot different. Anaheim 1 was really tacky and tonight was very hard and rocky. As far as track design, Anaheim 1 was very easy. They definitely built everything up tonight. They made the lips steep and sharp, which made it tricky.

Q: How do you feel about next weekend?
Ken Roczen: I feel great about next weekend. I have got to keep doing what I am doing and continue working on getting my body feeling better. I was still not at 100-percent tonight, but it feels great to have another win and we are going to fight back hard again next weekend.

Photography by Don Williams