posting top-five finishes at the first nine AMA Supercross rounds of
the 2019 season, only to slip to a pair of eighth-place results at the
last two races, Ken Roczen was pleased to turn in a solid second-place
showing in Seattle. The Team Honda HRC rider started well and soon
advanced to second behind Marvin Musquin, eventually finishing with a
deficit of just 2.3 seconds. Along the way, Musquin jumped a series of
jumps under a waving red-cross flag, and although he was subsequently
docked seven points for the infraction, rules stipulated that he keep
the win, leaving Roczen the still-inspired runner-up. Cole
Seely enjoyed a strong start and ran at the leaders’ pace for the first
part of the race, then slipped back as he began to tire. In the end, he
finished ninth. NOTES
Friday, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Cole Seely both participated in
Press Day, when they put in a couple of sessions on an abbreviated
version of the track and did interviews with the attending media
Press Day, Roczen and Seely braved rush-hour traffic to join GEICO
Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo for an appearance at Lakewood
dealership South Bound Honda, where they were greeted by a huge group of
enthusiastic fans. The shop went the extra mile, creating replica
CRF450R and CRF250R team bikes to display each rider, and even raffling
off a Roczen-replica CRF50F.
CenturyLink Field is an open stadium, the pits there are actually
located indoors, and since regulations prohibit bikes from being started
in the closed space, the mechanics did a fair amount of pushing bikes
back and forth through the course of the day.
is known for its frequent precipitation, and gloomy weather forecasts
had many worried about a repeat of last year’s muddy event. In the end
however, conditions were cool but dry.
Seattle track’s dirt contained a large quantity of rocks this year,
prompting Team Honda HRC to install plastic Cycra handguards on the
CRF450R race bikes of Roczen and Seely.
posted the fastest time during the daytime program’s first timed
qualifying session, a 46.489”, while Seely was ninth at 47.379”. They
slipped three and one spots, respectively, in the second session, with
45.803” and 46.415” times.
and Seely were both slotted in the first 450SX heat race, and Roczen
rode great, starting in second place before passing the leader early on
and riding to an impressive victory (the quicker of the two heat-race
wins). Seely ran fifth in the early going but climbed a spot to finish
Seattle round represented a return to the 250SX West Region following a
stint in the East, which meant RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo took the
baton from GEICO Honda teammate Chase Sexton. Unfortunately, the duo
had a wild ride in the main event, inadvertently making contact with one
another on the start straight and again in the first turn before both
went down, leaving them with ground to make up. Hampshire advanced as
high as the top five but ended up sixth, while McAdoo made it up to
of the talk in the Seattle pits centered around the long, deep section
of whoops, which were a challenge to complete without making a mistake
or losing momentum. “I didn’t think much of them at first,” Roczen said.
“Then when I hit them on my first lap I got squirrely and almost went
down. They were on the gnarly side. I kind of saved myself in
practice—hit them as many times as I had to to get down a good lap, and
then I just went around them or rolled through them or jumped them. I
skimmed them for over half of the main event, and that’s where I kind of
gained a little bit on Marvin. Then I almost threw it away one time,
and from there I started jumping because I had a little room behind me.
Overall, I thought the track was pretty cool.”
again, Honda had more bikes than any of the six manufacturers in the
450SX main event, with seven CRF450R race machines (31.8%). In addition
to the two Team Honda HRC racers, other qualifying Red Riders included
MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi and Justin Brayton, TPJ’s Ben Lamay and Austin
Politelli, and BWR’s Carlen Gardner.
was involved in a dramatic, lap-one, multi-rider incident that saw him
tumbling through the air without his bike before landing hard, leaving
him with an injured left knee.
winner Musquin being docked seven points for jumping during a red-cross
flag, Roczen’s situation in the title chase improved, but only slightly
since he still only received second-place points. He still sits fourth
in the standings, but he’s now four points behind third-place Eli Tomac
instead of six, and 23 behind leader Cooper Webb instead of 27.
Meanwhile, Seely advanced one position, to 10th.
March 30 will mark the 13thstraight
week of racing for AMA Supercross, with Houston playing host, and Team
Honda HRC will be visiting Katy, Texas, dealership Wild West Motoplex
the night before the race, beginning at 6 p.m.
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