The AMA Pro Motocross Championship came to an exciting close for Team Honda HRC at Indiana’s Ironman MX, as Ken Roczen rode to another strong second-place finish with 3-2 marks and was named 2018 Sportsman of the Year. Over the course of his comeback season, Roczen earned six podium finishes, including two moto victories, as well as four additional top-five results, putting him third in the final points standings.

When the gate fell for moto one, Roczen got off to a seventh-place start, quickly moving into sixth on the first lap. He advanced one more spot and was right on the rear wheel of third when he fell back after removing his goggles; a few laps later, the German made a quick pit stop in the mechanics’ area for a replacement set. With clear vision and 14 minutes remaining, Roczen mounted a charge for fourth, making the pass on lap seven. He continued his push, moving into the final podium position before the checkered flag. In the final moto of the year, Roczen rocketed his CRF450R down the sludge-covered start straight, coming around the first turn in third, then moved into second a few turns later. For the entire 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, he played cat-and-mouse with the leader but was never able to close in enough to make a pass, ultimately crossing the finish line in second.

NOTES

  • After Cole Seely spent nearly six months recuperating from injuries sustained at the Tampa Supercross, Team Honda HRC was excited to have the Californian return to riding on August 20, laying down laps at Milestone MX Park. “It was great to be out at the track with Cole on Monday,” said team manager Erik Kehoe. “It was a very mellow day but he looked good, throwing whips and having some fun. I’m sure he was probably a little sore the next day because he did multiple motos, but it was great to have him back on the bike.”
  • Due to heavy, race-morning rains that left the Ironman track covered in thick mud, there was only one qualifying practice period, when Roczen was fourth-fastest with a 2’45.260″ lap time.
  • Team Honda HRC rider Toshiki Tomita put in an impressive effort aboard his CRF450R at Ironman, posting 17-12 moto finishes for 13thoverall. Tomita will return home to Japan on Tuesday, where he will spend the next few weeks preparing for the Motocross of Nations. There, he will represent his country alongside fellow Honda racer Taiki Koga. “I don’t really like mud but I was actually excited when it started to rain,” Tomita said. “I fell twice in the first moto but was feeling good in the second moto. I finished the season 14thoverall, an improvement from last year. Thank you to everyone who supported me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot from my teammate Ken [Roczen]. I had an amazing summer.”
  • After all the action concluded, Roczen and his crew joined the rest of the riders and teams for an end-of-season BBQ and awards banquet hosted by MX Sports. During the presentation, Roczen was awarded 2018 Sportsman of the Year honors for his incredible comeback performance during his first full season since 2016. He was also pleased to receive the trophy for third overall in the championship, which had been his goal.
  • The season came to a remarkable close for the GEICO Honda 250 squad, with RJ Hampshire and Chase Sexton both landing on the podium for the second consecutive week, securing second and third overall, respectively. Hampshire concluded the championship in fourth, while Sexton finished sixth in his first full season.
  • Now that the season is over, Roczen will take two weeks off to rest and recover before he and his team return to testing for the Motocross of Nations, then begin switching back to Supercross mode.

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“This season was tough, but great. Nobody really sees the struggle during the week. To throw myself into this season with very little track time or testing and not even be sure I could really race, to how things progressed, especially the second half of the season, was great. I finished on the podium a bunch and got third overall in the championship, which was the goal coming into this weekend. It’s really good to finish this season healthy and strong, which is what the plan was for this year, and to get some racing under my belt.”

Ken Roczen

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“This whole season was a confidence builder for next year. Remembering back to where Ken started this season at Hangtown, to where we’re at now is huge, making this season a complete success and definitely something we can build on for 2019. We learned a lot, which is always the main goal. Ken is such a fierce competitor that he wants to win all the time, but sometimes it takes being smart, which I think is the biggest takeaway. He’s gained so much patience in his riding.”

Erik Kehoe

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Today was kind of brutal with the weather and track conditions but Ken did a great job overcoming that and finished the season with another podium and third in the championship. It was an awesome season overall; we made progress with the bike and after the last two years, having Ken finish the whole season healthy was huge. I’m so proud of him and his determination. Ken’s going to take a couple weeks off before we start hitting the testing hard to start preparing for 2019.”

Oscar Wirdeman

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 25 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
2 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 20 Team Honda HRC
4 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM
5 REED Chad 22 AUS 16 CR22
6 NICOLETTI Phillip 46 USA 15 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
7 MEDAGLIA Tyler 555 CAN 14 Husqvarna Canada
8 TEILLET Valentin 537 FRA 13 None
9 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 12 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
10 HILL Justin 46 USA 11 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
11 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
12 CUNNINGHAM Kyle 39 USA 9 H.E.P Motorsports
13 TEASDALE Isaac 921 USA 8 Team Babbitts
14 MILLER Henry 81 USA 7 Trigger Racing
15 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 6 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
16 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 5 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
17 TOMITA Toshiki 718 JPN 4 Team Honda HRC
18 RUNKLES Jacob 270 USA 3 None
19 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 2 Rockstar Husqvarna
20 CROWN Joseph 95 USA 1 Club MX Redemption Racing

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 25 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
2 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 22 Team Honda HRC
3 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 20 Red Bull KTM
4 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 18 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
5 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 MEDAGLIA Tyler 555 CAN 15 Husqvarna Canada
7 NICOLETTI Phillip 46 USA 14 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
8 REED Chad 22 AUS 13 CR22
9 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki
10 TEILLET Valentin 537 FRA 11 None
11 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
12 TOMITA Toshiki 718 JPN 9 Team Honda HRC
13 MILLER Henry 81 USA 8 Trigger Racing
14 GAINES Nick 49 USA 7 Traders Racing
15 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 6 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
16 CROWN Joseph 95 USA 5 Club MX Redemption Racing
17 SHORT John 253 USA 4 ACM Services/ Short racing
18 HAND Jeremy 332 USA 3 Hand Racing
19 WILLIAMS Zack 80 USA 2 Tenkom Motorsports
20 CUNNINGHAM Kyle 39 USA 1 H.E.P Motorsports

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 527 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 511 Red Bull KTM
3 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 445 Team Honda HRC
4 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 444 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
5 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 391 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 NICOLETTI Phillip 46 USA 311 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
7 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 298 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
8 PEICK Weston 23 USA 291 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
9 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 173 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
10 CUNNINGHAM Kyle 39 USA 169 H.E.P Motorsports
11 COOPER Cody 121 NZL 159 Crownkiwi Enterprise
12 HILL Justin 46 USA 143 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
13 MILLER Henry 81 USA 111 Trigger Racing
14 TOMITA Toshiki 718 JPN 111 Team Honda HRC
15 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 100 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
16 MERRIAM Dylan 559 USA 95 None
17 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 93 Rockstar Husqvarna
18 SCHARER Brandon 154 USA 86 STR Yamaha
19 LOCURCIO Lorenzo 44 VEN 71 None
20 MASTERPOOL Jake 146 USA 65 None