Shock rebound from Roczen to claim SLC5 victory
Tomac takes another step closer toward maiden Supercross crown.
A resurgent Ken Roczen managed to win the 15th round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross, rebounding from the health issues that have previously struck him in Salt Lake City.
The Team Honda HRC rider held on for his fourth 450SX victory of the year after making an early move on Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM) in a convincing effort.
Roczen has been badly hampered by fatigue in recent races caused by a virus and a case of the shingles, however, nothing would stop him from standing on top of the podium again today. He won by 3.140s over defending champion Webb, with points-leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) third.
Contact between Webb and Tomac in the first turn saw the latter bumped back through the pack, but he was able to claw his way back for another podium to maintain the red plates. He now leads by 24 points over Roczen, who climbed back past Webb by one point in the standings.
Fourth was another strong ride from Zach Osborne (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), overcoming Malcolm Stewart (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda), as Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna), Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain KTM WPS), Justin Brayton (Team Honda HRC), Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha) and his teammate Aaron Plessinger were the top 10.
There was drama for Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) on the opening lap and he later went out of the race altogether after being caught up in a multi-rider incident including Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas Honda).
Monster Energy Supercross will continue with the penultimate round this Wednesday, 17 June, where Tomac has his first real opportunity to clinch the 450SX championship if he goes on to win the main event.