News 16 Feb 2022

Roczen refusing to give up despite Anaheim 3 disaster

Seasoned Team Honda HRC rider now P8 in point-standings.

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A disastrous round six of Monster Energy Supercross saw Ken Roczen finish a lowly 11th after recovering from a first turn incident, with the Team Honda HRC rider refusing to give up in order to regain true form.

Roczen has experienced an up and down 2022 season to date, winning the opener at Anaheim 1 before a string of more challenging outings has seen the number 94 land just one top-five finish since at Glendale.

Unfortunately, things never clicked at Anaheim 3, qualifying down in 13th position and later finishing heat two in sixth. Roczen then got caught up in a tuff block at turn one of the main event left which him at the rear of the pack. From there, he recovered to score 12 points to conclude a difficult weekend.

“Our weekend at Anaheim 3 was honestly a disaster,” Roczen explained, still in search of comfort with his bike settings. “I was really uncomfortable all day. It doesn’t help that they’ve been building the track gnarlier than maybe even any other year, so it’s just a bunch of stuff collapsing and it’s just not good right now.

“Nonetheless, I’m going to continue working on myself and try to improve every weekend. We have to find a bike setup that works for me – it’s definitely not enough right now in order to compete with those guys out there. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we’re not giving up.”

Roczen currently sits eighth in the point-standings, 42 points outside of red plate-holder Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) as the series heads east this Saturday for round seven in Minneapolis.