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Rookie Winner Roczen Gunning for More Success as Monster Energy Supercross Heads to Phoenix

AURORA, Ill. (January 6, 2014) – Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen began his rookie Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, on a high note last Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., with a big win. This Saturday night, Roczen brings the momentum and the points lead to Phoenix’s Chase Field. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson used a last-lap pass to become the winner of the opening race of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 45,050 at Angel Stadium and a captive audience on the sport’s new television home, FOX Sports 1, the first race of 2014 season left a lasting impression with an exciting night of competition in both the 450SX and 250SX Classes. At the end of a night full of anticipation for the season ahead, it was Roczen and Anderson who emerged victorious and control the early championship battles heading into the desert.

It was reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion Ryan Villopoto who set the tone early last Satuday night in Anaheim, Calif., when the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider grabbed the lead out of the gate and led the first eight laps of the 20-lap Main Event comfortably. However, on Lap 8 Villopoto lost traction in a turn and went down, handing the lead to Roczen and dropping him to fifth.

Roczen paced the field for the remainder of the Main Event, but was challenged for the lead by Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart on Lap 15. Stewart attempted to pass Roczen in the whoops but lost control of his bike and suffered a crash that took him out of competition. Roczen’s victory was the first of his 450SX Class career and was made even more significant for KTM when fellow Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey made a late pass on Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed to give the brand a 1-2 finish. Villopoto rebounded to finish fourth.

“This is insane,” said Roczen on the podium. “I got off to a good start and was holding on really tight. When there were four laps to go, I realized that I could win.”

Anderson capped of a dominant evening for KTM in the first race of the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship. After taking the lead to start the 15-lap Main Event, Anderson was immediately challenged by Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely. The former race winners did battle before Seely took over the top spot on Lap 3. He maintained a comfortable margin on Anderson until the late stages of the race until Anderson made a final run that was capped off with an aggressive inside move on the final lap with two turns remaining. It was Anderson’s second career win and his second win in the last three races.

“The pass was [risky] on Cole (Seely),” said Anderson on the podium. “I didn’t want to be dirty but I had to put it in there, and I am glad it worked. I look forward to riding into Phoenix with the red number-one plate. This is only my second career win, so it is big for me.”

GEICO Honda’s Zach Osborne rounded out the podium.

This weekend will mark the 16th time the gate has dropped for a 450SX Class race in Phoenix. An average of 44,430 fans have come out each year to see the sport’s greatest battle it out for their division’s prestigious championship titles at Chase Field. Stewart holds the record for most wins in the 250SX Class in Phoenix, and is tied with Ricky Carmichael for the most wins in the 450SX Class with four inside Chase Field.

During the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross stop in Phoenix, Honda/Muscle Milk’s rookie Justin Barcia captured the first 450SX Class win of his career in front of 50,109 fans. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac won his second consecutive Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event.

The first race held at Chase Field was January 23, 1999, and Jeremy McGrath won the 450SX Class and Nathan Ramsey won the 250SX Class. Carmichael and Stewart are tied on the all-time win list in Phoenix at four in the 450SX Class. Stewart and Jake Weimer hold the record for most wins in Phoenix for the 250SX Class at two. Stewart and Dungey are the only riders to win both classes in Phoenix.

250SX Class Results: Anaheim, Calif

1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM

2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda

3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki

5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha

6. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki

7. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki

8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda

10. Austin Politelli, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha

250SX Class Season Standings

1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 25

2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 22

3. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 20

4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 18

5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 16

6. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 15

7. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki, 14

8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 13

9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 12

10. Austin Politelli, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 11

450SX Class Results: Anaheim, Calif.

1. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM

3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki

4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda

6. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha

7. Josh Grant, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki

9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM

10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki

450SX Class Season Standings

1. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 25

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22

3. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 20

4. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 18

5. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 16

6. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 15

7. Josh Grant, Corona, Calif., Yamaha, 14

8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 13

9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 12

10. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 11

2013 450SX Class Results: Phoenix

1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda

2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

3. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki

4. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda

5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda

6. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki

7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki

8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM

9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

2013 Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Phoenix

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda

2. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM

3. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Kawasaki

4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda

5. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda

6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ken., Suzuki

8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha

9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Honda

10. Christian Craig, Wildomar, Calif., Honda

Past Winners in Phoenix

450SX Class

January 12, 2013 Justin Barcia

January 14, 2012 Ryan Dungey

January 15, 2011 James Stewart

January 15, 2010 Ryan Dungey

January 10, 2009 James Stewart

January 12, 2008 James Stewart

January 13, 2007 James Stewart

January 14, 2006 Ricky Carmichael

January 15, 2005 Ricky Carmichael

January 10, 2004 Kevin Windham

January 11, 2003 Ezra Lusk

January 26, 2002 Ricky Carmichael

January 27, 2001 Ricky Carmichael

January 29, 2000 David Vuillemin

January 23, 1999 Jeremy McGrath

250SX Class

January 12, 2013 Eli Tomac

January 14, 2012 Dean Wilson

January 15, 2011 Josh Hansen

January 15, 2010 Jake Weimer

January 10, 2009 Ryan Dungey

January 12, 2008 Jake Weimer

January 13, 2007 Christophe Pourcel

January 14, 2006 Nathan Ramsey

January 15, 2005 Broc Helper

January 10, 2004 Ivan Tedesco

January 11, 2003 James Stewart

January 26, 2002 James Stewart

January 27, 2001 Casey Lytle

January 23, 1999 Nathan Ramsey

For the first-time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air live on FOX Sports. FOX Sports 1 will air 13 races live and FOX Sports 2 will air four races live, in addition to every race re-airing on FOX Sports 2. The live Monster Energy Supercross programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 also includes live coverage on the authenticated FOX Sports Go app.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com.