Team Honda HRC rider content with runner-up result.
Ken Roczen has brushed off the saga that went down with Marvin Musquin at Seattle’s 12th round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, where the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider jumped on red-cross flags – violating the rulebook – while still being credited the win.
The Frenchman was handed a seven-point penalty and forfeiture of his prize purse for the costly error, however Team Honda HRC’s Roczen has downplayed the incident, taking little concern from not being awarded the win – which would’ve been his first of the year – and rather drawing satisfaction from his rebound performance.
The German talent has experienced an undiagnosed illness in recent weeks that has sapped his energy and saw him finish an uncharacteristic eighth at Indianapolis, bouncing back at the weekend with commanding runner-up result.
“I’m just happy with how I bounced back this weekend,” Roczen stated. “As it happened, I noticed it, but after it, we had the whole main ahead of us, and even when we went to the finish line I forgot about it until somebody said something. It is what it is – he won, and overall, I just feel I rode a solid main and kept it on two wheels.
“I’m still not 100 percent with whatever is going on with my body, but the feeling that I had on the bike was good all day. It was the same for the races—I just tried to go out there and have fun, and I rode really well. I had a good heat race with the win and then got a good start in the main.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’d Cooper Webb continues to lead the championship standings, with Musquin’s penalty ensuring the advantage remains at 14.