News 21 Jun 2022

High Point a case of ‘damage control’ admits Roczen

CRF450R contender struggled with choppy track in Mt. Morris.

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It was a case of ‘damage control’ for Ken Roczen at High Point, the Team Honda HRC rider admitting he didn’t gel with the track conditions on route to salvaging P4 overall in 450MX.

The number 94 made a poor start in the opening moto at round four of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and recovered from 11th to finish seventh.

Moto two was a stronger showing from the German, passing Ryan Dungey for the lead in the early stages before he was ultimately overtaken by round winner Eli Tomac and red plate-holder Chase Sexton. Roczen overcame Dungey on the last lap to secure the final spot on the podium.

“It was a little bit of a struggle bus today, I didn’t really gel with the track really well, with how choppy it was,” Roczen explained. “We’ve got to do better as a team, we’re going to go back and do some work.

“It was so awesome racing with Dunge [Ryan Dungey], we found each other on the track in both motos. After he passed me, I stalled it at the top of track, and that gave us a big gap.

“The moto kind of went by pretty quick, and I saw the two-lap board and just wanted to fight for it again. That’s what I did, and with a couple of turns left, I was able to make a pass happen. Every point counts, so it was damage control this weekend, but we’ll go back and enjoy the off weekend but keep working.”