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Roczen Does It
WHAT. A. RACE. Indy is always a tough track and last night was no different. Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia put on a damn show and left it all on the line.
This season has been amazing and last night might have been the cherry on top as Roczen and Barcia went toe-to-toe for the win.
Barcia gave it everything he had in the final stages to catch Roczen, but Kickstart Ken held strong to nab a .7 second victory. It was Roczen’s first win since 2022, and Suzuki’s first win since 2016 – which incidentally was earned by Roczen too.
The win was also the 21st of Ken’s career, moving him into a tie with Cooper Webb for 10th all-time
“I don’t know what to say!” said Roczen. “As much as I gelled with the bike as soon as I got on it, I still feel like we had a lot of stuff thrown at us in the beginning of the season. I was on so many different setups and it was definitely tough for us, and we had some bad races there. Most importantly, we never gave up. The team and I, we were at the track some times until 7 p.m. sometimes, especially the week before Tampa. We just weren’t letting off until I felt like we could. This night tonight, I’ve dreamed about it for many, many months, and it seemed so far away, especially after these last few races.”
Barcia Was On Fire
Man, when Justin Barcia is feeling it, there isn’t many riders more fun to watch. Dude was revving the piss out his GasGas last night, and was ON IT. You know he was disappointed, but man, you have to applaud the effort.
“Yeah I wanted to win for sure, that’s the goal,” said Barcia. “Today was a good day, had a lot of fun. Bike was good, I was gelling with it. I liked the track, it was gnarly. Emotions after the race, this is why we do all this training and all this fitness…I emptied everything in the tank for this one. Kenny rode a great race, everyone rode a great race. It was intense. I knew from last week I would have a good one, and I had a good week at home. It was just staying smart, staying on two wheels. Would definitely have liked to take the win, but you can’t win ‘em all, and we’ll try again next weekend.”
We Have a New Points Leader
With his third place finish, Cooper Webb has taken the red plate from Eli Tomac, who had an off night and finished 8th. Webb holds a slim one point lead over Tomac and 13 clear of Chase Sexton.
“To get the red plate is a great accomplishment, obviously still tight, but good for the overall points battle, but a little disappointed,” said Webb. “I felt like I was in the mix and didn’t execute. So, overall, a little disappointed. This track was so tough, it’s definitely risk versus reward. I tried to get close but then a few laps to go We’ll take it and move onto the next.”
Sexton Makes Mistake Again
Man, Chase Sexton was once again super fast and once again made a costly mistake. He’s still very much in this title fight, though.
Results, Points, Highlights and Press Conference
450SX Class Results
1. Ken Roczen, Mattstedt, Ger., Suzuki
2. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM
4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM
5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki
6. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
7. Christian Craig, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
8. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha
9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM
10. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (202)
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Yamaha (201)
3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (189)
4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Kawasaki (166)
5. Ken Roczen, Mattstedt, Ger., Suzuki (164)
6. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (155)
7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, KTM (154)
8. Christian Craig, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (119)
9. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Honda (93)
10. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (92)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Aus., Honda
2. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha
3. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Yamaha
4. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha
5. Max Anstie, Newbury, Eng., Honda
6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki
7. Haiden Deegan, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
8. Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM
9. Cullin Park, Clermont, Fla., Honda
10. Coty Schock, Dover, Del., Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Hunter Lawrence, Landsborough, Aus., Honda (125)
2. Max Anstie, Newbury, Eng., Honda (103)
3. Nate Thrasher, Livingston, Tenn., Yamaha (93)
4. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Yamaha (92)
5. Haiden Deegan, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (90)
6. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Yamaha (90)
7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki (70)
8. Tom Vialle, Avignon, France, KTM (68)
9. Chance Hymas, Pocatello, Idaho, Honda (60)
10. Coty Schock, Dover, Del., Honda (57)
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