Red Bull/Teka/KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 class at the U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross held at Glen Helen Raceway.
Roczen earned first gate pick after winning Saturday’s qualifier by 16 seconds over his teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Earning first gate choice gave him a great spot on the starting line for Sunday’s first moto.
Roczen nailed the holeshot on the start of moto one and went on to lead every lap of the 35 minute plus two lap moto. He was followed closely around the first corner by his teammate Herlings and also Red Bull/KTM Team rider Marvin Musquin, who made his return to racing at the USGP. While Roczen and Herlings pulled away out front Musquin only made it to the second corner before he washed out and fell to the ground. He recovered in near last position and went to work trying desperately to gain positions. Musquin would suffer one more crash and have to return to the mechanics area to get his front brake adjusted before returning to action.
Meanwhile Roczen had no trouble taking the first moto win. “I like to consider this race one of my home races now that I have been living in California the first half of the year. It feels great to get a win here for my European team but to also have my American team celebrate with me,” commented Roczen. Herlings went on to finish 2nd in the first moto while Kawasaki’s Max Anstie finished 3rd. Musquin finished the moto in 19th position.
KTM fans everywhere were hoping for a repeat performance from Roczen and Herlings in the second moto and that is just what they got. Roczen pulled the holeshot once again and was followed closely by Herlings. The two riders remained close for the first three-quarters of the race before Herlings fell slightly off the pace and settled into 2nd. Roczen easily took the win and claimed the overall while Herlings finished 2nd and Tommy Searle rounded out the podium. Musquin had a much better showing in the second moto and finished in 6th position.
“We were very proud to see Kenny (Roczen) and Jeffrey (Herlings) finish so well today. It is great to see both of our team riders up front. I also would like to give credit to Marvin (Musquin) because I know how hard it is to return from injury and I am happy with his second moto result. He will need a few more weeks to build up his speed and he’ll be back on his game,” remarked Red Bull/Teka/KTM Team Manager Stefan Everts.
Overall Results MX2 Class –
1) Ken Roczen – KTM
2) Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
3) Tommy Searle
4) Max Anstie
5) Zach Osborne
6) Harri Kullas
7) Christophe Charlier
8) Nicolas Aubin – KTM
9) Joel Roelants – KTM
10) Jordi Tixier – KTM
11) Marvin Musquin – KTM