2016 Arlington Supercross Results: Roczen Takes 2nd Win of SX Season
After a short early battle with Monster Energy Supercross points leader Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen solidified his lead and took the Main Event win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.Roczen’s win, his second in the last three races, moved him to 23 points behind Dungey in the standing, taking away the full-race lead Dungey had going into the race.
Although Roczen’s qualifying performance for the seventh round of the Monster Energy Supercross series wasn’t impressive, Roczen went on to beat Dungey in their Heat race and convincingly win the uneventful Main on his Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450With his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition grabbing the holeshot, Dungey looked poised to take his fifth win of the season, but minor errors allowed Roczen to get by on Lap 2 and build a safe cushion, leading 19 of the 20 laps.GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle has struggled with injuries this year, but got off to a great start in the Main, after being forced to qualify out of the Semi. Bogle had 3rd after three laps, but started fading. He was down to 8th by Lap 14 when he came together with Smartop MotoConcepts’ Vince Friese. Remounting, Bogel could only manage an 18th place finish.Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson won his Heat race for the first time in the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season, but could not turn his first gate pick into a good start. In 6th at the holeshot line, Anderson followed Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely toward the front, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac in tow.The trio of Seely, Anderson, and Tomac passed Bogle and Smartop MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi (3rd at the holeshot line), and began their battle for the final podium spot behind the disappearing duo of Dungey and Roczen. After following Seely for 14 laps, Anderson put the pass on Seely on Lap 15 and took off. Seely settled into 4th, ahead of Tomac. Tomac rode consistently, but never truly challenged Anderson or Seely and took 5th.Anderson’s 3rd place finish was his second podium of the year, and first since he won at Anaheim 1. Continuing his streak, Anderson is the only rider besides Dungey to have top 5 finishes every week. Anderson sits in 3rd place in the Monster Energy Supercross standings, eight points clear of Seely, and 12 behind Roczen.Poor starts in the Main hobbled Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin (he tangled with Tomac and went down), Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard (15th at the start), and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chad Reed (18th).Musquin rode hard, putting in consistent 52-second laps, and worked his way up to an impressive 6th place, passing BTO Sports KTM’s Davi Millsaps for the spot on Lap 10. Millsaps held that position, finishing 7th.Canard had worked his way up to 10th place by Lap 9, but went down, dropping him back to 17th. He remounted and repassed his way up to 9th, behind Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel. Pourcel’s 8th was his first top 10 finish in this year’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. As usual, Pourcel qualified strongly — 3rd this week — but can’t turn it into a podium-challenging Main. Reed had found his way into the top 10, but went down on the final lap, losing three positions and finishing 12th.Devan Raper on a Kelly’s Kawasaki KX450F qualified for his first Main of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Weston Peick had a difficult night, with the lowlight being a DNF due to a mechanical. BTO Sports KTM’s Andrew Short (13th) and Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Phil Nicoletti (15th) had their best finishes of 2016. Friese qualified out of the Heat race for the first time this year.The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team sat out another round, with both James Stewart (concussion) and Blake Baggett (shoulder) on the disabled list.Photography by Simon Cudby2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Results – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas 1. Ken Roczen, Suzuki RM-Z450 2. Ryan Dungey, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 3. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna FC 450 4. Cole Seely, Honda CRF450R 5. Eli Tomac, Kawasaki KX450F 6. Marvin Musquin, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 7. Davi Millsaps, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 8. Christophe Pourcel, Husqvarna FC 450 9. Trey Canard, Honda CRF450R 10. Jake Weimer, Suzuki RM-Z450 11. Justin Brayton, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 12. Chad Reed, Yamaha YZ450F 13. Andrew Short, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition 14. Wil Hahn, Kawasaki KX450F 15. Phil Nicoletti, Yamaha YZ450F 16. Mike Alessi, Honda CRF450R 17. Vince Friese, Honda CRF450R 18. Justin Bogle, Honda CRF450R 19. Nick Schmidt, Suzuki RM-Z450 20. Devan Raper, Kawasaki KX450F 21. Weston Peick, Yamaha YZ450F 22. Alex Ray, Honda CRF450R2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Standings (after 7 of 16 rounds) 1. Ryan Dungey, 166 points (4 wins) 2. Ken Roczen, 143 (2 wins) 3. Jason Anderson, 131 (1 win) 4. Cole Seely – 123 5. Eli Tomac – 119 6. Chad Reed – 112 7. Marvin Musquin – 92 8. Davi Millsaps – 85 9. Justin Brayton – 82 10. Jake Weimer – 73 11. Trey Canard – 57 12. Wil Hahn – 56 13. Christophe Pourcel – 52 14. Weston Peick – 40 15. Mike Alessi – 40 16. Vince Friese – 26 17. Dean Wilson – 18 18. Justin Bogle – 18 19. Broc Tickle – 17 20. Phil Nicoletti – 17Next: Monster Energy AMA Supercross Round 8, February 27, Georgia Dome, Atlanta TV Schedule: Fox Sports 1, 7pm EST
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