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KTM/Red Bull Supercross Recap & Results – Salt Lake City

Red Bull/KTM’s German sensation, Ken Roczen, earned his career best Supercross Lites finish and his second podium of the season with a 2nd place result at the penultimate round of the West Supercross Lites Series held in Salt Lake City, UT.

Roczen, who celebrated his seventeenth birthday the day before the race, collected the best gift he could hope for – a season best finish. Roczen started the day well turning lap times within the top five in practice which led to a great gate pick in his heat.

When the gate dropped for the first Lites heat it was Roczen’s orange machine at the front of the pack. After pulling the holeshot, Roczen was passed by Tomac and dropped to 2nd. “I made a few mistakes in the heat race. I was still trying to adjust to the track and was glad to take away 2nd,” remarked Roczen.

In the main event, Roczen got off to another decent start rounding the first corner in 6th position. Josh Hansen fell while attempting a block pass on Eli Tomac and handed Roczen 5th position. Still on the opening lap, Roczen passed Broc Tickle and moved into 4th. He spent the next half of the race working his way into 2nd. Once in 2nd position, he held tight and fought his way to earn the runner-up spot on the podium.

“I am very excited to top my best finish in my first race back,” stated Roczen. “The time change is always difficult for me when I come back from Europe and I felt a little tired tonight and was glad to put a decent race together with such short time back in the U.S.”

Roczen wasn’t the only Red Bull/KTM rider to put in a decent night. His Supercross teammate Andrew Short had a great night finishing 4th overall. Short looked solid from the first practice all the way to the final checkered flag.

Short started the main event in 8th place and worked his way up throughout the twenty lap main. He never gave up a position, only took them away from others as he climbed his way through the pack. By the end of the race Short had moved into a remarkable 4th place position.

“The past two weeks we have seen tremendous improvement in Short’s riding. He has stepped up his practice times and remained consistent in the races. We are very proud of the progress he has made – he earned every position tonight,” commented Red Bull/KTM Team Coordinator Casey Lytle.

Short’s teammate, Mike Alessi, was not as fortunate in the main event. Alessi had a bad crash in the beginning of the race when he came together with Chris Blose. He was slow to get up and once recovered, tried to ride for a few more laps. Unfortunately, he did not feel well enough to finish the race and he pulled off and returned to the pits for further evaluation.

The next event for the Red Bull/KTM Team is the season finale next weekend in Las Vegas, NV.

Overall Results Supercross Class –

1) Ryan Villopoto

2) Chad Reed

3) Ryan Dungey

4) Andrew Short – KTM

5) Davi Millsaps

6) Kevin Windham

7) Jake Weimer

8) Thomas Hahn

9) Justin Brayton

10) James Stewart

11) Nick Wey

12) Kyle Regal

13) Michael Byrne

14) Chris Blose

15) Tyler Bowers

16) Jason Thomas

17) Robert Kiniry

18) Cole Siebler

19) Ben Lamay

20) Mike Alessi – KTM

Overall Points Supercross Class –

1) Eli Tomac

2) Ken Roczen – KTM

3) Broc Tickle

4) Cole Seely

5) Kyle Cunningham

6) Tyla Rattray

7) Ryan Morais

8) Martin Davalos

9) Travis Baker

10) Ben Evans

11) Tommy Weeck

12) Jake Canada

13) Josh Hansen

14) Topher Ingalls

15) Bruce Rutherford

16) Casey Hinson

17) Donald Vawser

18) Landen Powell

19) Tevin Tapia – KTM

20) Nick Paluzzi

Overall Point Standings Supercross Class –

1) Ryan Villopoto – 318

2) Chad Reed – 309

3) Ryan Dungey – 306

4) James Stewart – 295

5) Trey Canard – 255

6) Andrew Short – 214

7) Kevin Windham – 202

8) Davi Millsaps – 172

9) Justin Brayton – 153

10) Nick Wey – 139

Overall Point Standings Supercross Lites Class –

1) Broc Trickle – 165

2) Eli Tomac – 163

3) Josh Hansen – 151

4) Cole Seely – 131

5) Ryan Morais – 124

6) Tyla Rattray – 111

7) Ken Roczen – 105

8) Kyle Cunningham – 105

9) Martin Davalos – 95

10) Ben Evans – 68