News 3 Feb 2020

Points-leader Roczen downplays injury concerns

Final corner contact leaves Team Honda HRC rider in clear discomfort.

Image: Octopi Media.

450SX points-leader Ken Roczen has downplayed injury concerns after coming into contact with reigning champion Cooper Webb in the closing stages of Oakland’s main event on Saturday night for round five of Monster Energy Supercross.

The Team Honda HRC rider led portions of the 21-lap encounter before settling into second, however he came under attack by a hard-charging Webb on the last lap.

Red Bull KTM’s Webb squared up the final turn while pushing his way by Roczen to secure runner-up honours. The German native crossed the line in third, although was seen immediately limping from his bike with a suspected foot injury.

When questioned at the post-race press conference, Roczen brushed off concerns of anything serious, however it’s understood he’ll undergo scans this week.

“I don’t think it’s anything crazy,” Roczen stated. “My foot got stuck – I don’t know if it was in something or just from the hit or whatever – it was a bit of a stinger. It’s nothing too crazy and nothing that I’m worried about.”

Roczen holds down a three-point advantage over Oakland main event winner Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) in the championship standings as the series heads to San Diego, California, for round six of the 17-stop series.