First corner incident explained following Hangtown.
After a second-place finish in the opening moto of the final round of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Ken Roczen caught his foot in Schock’s rear wheel during what turned out to be a chaotic start for the last 450MX moto of the year.
Immediately returning to the pits and shedding his boot, it was initially thought by Roczen that he had broken his foot in the incident. Upon further evaluation, Roczen confirmed he’s heading to the off season unscathed.
“In the second moto, there was a bunch of carnage going on at the start and my foot got stuck in somebody’s wheel to where I thought my foot was broken, Roczen explained. “I decided to go back to the mechanics’ area and get my foot checked out and unfortunately couldn’t finish the race.”
While happy that he avoided injury his subsequent DNF allowed Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) to surpass him in the championship standings in the final moto of the season, leaving Roczen third, the German rider ultimately satisfied with his performance.
“With [scoring zero points twice] this year, Millville moto 1 and Hangtown moto 2, I lost 2nd place in the championship,” he said. “I’m keeping my head high though.
“Being in the title hunt in SX and MX is still special to me so overall I feel like I had a pretty good season and made a step forward from the past years.”
Roczen is set to enter his sixth season with the Factory Honda team in 2022, the duo still searching for their first championship together.