The seventh round of the AMA Pro Motocross series took place over Independence Day Weekend at the iconic RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, where a massive crowd saw Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen finish fifth overall with 6-3 marks.

In moto one, Roczen got off to a less-than-desirable start, coming around the first turn in 10th. By lap two, he had worked his way into seventh, and he gained another spot a few laps later. At the halfway point, Roczen closed the gap on fifth, making a successful pass on lap nine. Toward the end of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap-race, Roczen experienced physical issues, actually vomiting in his helmet and relinquishing a spot to take the checkered flag in sixth. When the gate dropped on moto two, Roczen launched his CRF450R down the start straight and emerged from turn one in fourth. Through the opening lap, he charged into second before making a pass for the lead stick on lap two. With a clear track ahead of him, the German opened a small gap on the rest of the field. As the race reached its halfway point, Roczen came under fire from Marvin Musquin and was unable to fend off the Frenchman’s advances, ultimately relinquishing the lead. He maintained second position until two laps from the end, when he slipped back one more spot to finish third.

NOTES

  • At RedBud, Team Honda HRC was excited to host Austin Garey, a 14-year-old Make-A-Wish child with Cystic Fibrosis. Austin and his family attended Friday night’s team barbecue, where he spent time hanging out with Roczen. Austin spent more time with Roczen on race day, when he was surprised with a new set of Fox riding gear and an autographed Roczen jersey. For moto one, Austin watched his favorite rider load into the starting gate, then moved to the mechanics’ area to see the gate drop. He was then interviewed in the announcers’ tower before being given the incredible opportunity to hand out the trophies to the 450 podium finishers.
  • To celebrate Independence Day, Team Honda HRC’s race machines were adorned in custom red, white and blue Throttle Jockey livery, featuring “USA” on the seat and the Statue of Liberty on each shroud, plus a logo recognizing Honda’s 60thanniversary in America.
  • During the morning qualifying practice, Roczen rode strong aboard his CRF450R, securing the third-fastest time of 2’05.849” in the first session.
  • For race day at RedBud, Team Honda HRC had the assistance of Arica Alread, an Advertising student at Central Michigan University. Alread accompanied team Media Manager Mandie Fonteyn and assisted her with her PR duties in order to gain real-world work experience.
  • With the series now past its halfway point, Roczen sits third overall in the championship standings with 264 points, only six behind second.
  • With Chase Sexton and Christian Craig sidelined for the weekend, the GEICO Honda squad was represented in the 250 class by RJ Hampshire and Hunter Lawrence, who finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively, aboard their CRF250R race machines. Hampshire put in a strong push in the first moto to secure second place, his best result of the season. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate this performance in moto two, as a bad start left him fighting his way into eighth. In moto one, Lawrence took the checkered flag in eighth before rebounding with a fourth-place result in moto two.
  • The series now takes its second break of the summer before returning at Spring Creek Raceway in Millville, Minnesota, on July 20 for round 8 of AMA Pro Motocross. “I’m really looking forward to this weekend off,” Roczen said. “I’m going to take this time to relax and try to let my body recover.”

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“It’s hard to be completely satisfied with the way that I’m feeling and how today went overall, but I’m happy with the second moto. Obviously, I haven’t been myself; it’s been a tough few weeks and we’re trying to figure it out. The first few races when it was cool out, it wasn’t as much of an issue, but with the heat and humidity, it’s been tough. I’m just going out there and doing my best. The first moto would’ve been okay too because I had worked my way into fifth but then I actually threw up with like five minutes to go. I let it all out and just finished the race but did lose time. The second moto, I got a much better start and just tried to do the best that I could for as long as I could. I’m happy with how I was riding and finishing third.”

Ken Roczen

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“I think today was definitely an improvement from last week. Ken showed a lot of speed, which he’s continued to do each week, but I think he managed his pace better throughout the motos. It’s still not what Kenny wants overall, but he had a good second moto and it was nice to see him end on a high note heading into the break. He would’ve had a solid first moto too, but he had some issues in the final laps that caused him to fall back a bit. He’ll take this weekend off and come back fighting at Millville.”

Erik Kehoe

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Today was pretty good—better than last weekend. Bike-wise, we started with a little different fork setup, just a bit stiffer than normal. Throughout the day we didn’t change that much, just some clickers here and there as the track developed.”

Oscar Wirdeman

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 22 Rockstar Husqvarna
3 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 20 Red Bull KTM
4 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 18 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
5 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 16 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 15 Team Honda HRC
7 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 14 Red Bull KTM
8 NOREN Fredrik 40 SWE 13 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
9 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
10 MILLER Henry 81 USA 11 Trigger Racing
11 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 10 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
12 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 9 Rockstar Husqvarna
13 CUNNINGHAM Kyle 39 USA 8 H.E.P Motorsports
14 LOCURCIO Lorenzo 44 VEN 7 None
15 SCHOCK Coty 319 USA 6 None
16 BOWERS Tyler 69 USA 5 Bowers Racing
17 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 4 Chisholm Racing
18 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 3 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
19 TEASDALE Isaac 921 USA 2 Team Babbitts
20 WEEKS James 700 USA 1 TPJ.com/Fly Racing

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM
2 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 20 Team Honda HRC
4 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 18 Rockstar Husqvarna
5 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 16 Red Bull KTM
6 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
7 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 14 Rockstar Husqvarna
8 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 13 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
9 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
10 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 11 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
11 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 10 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
12 LOCURCIO Lorenzo 44 VEN 9 None
13 NOREN Fredrik 40 SWE 8 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
14 MILLER Henry 81 USA 7 Trigger Racing
15 SHORT John 253 USA 6 ACM Services/ Short racing
16 SCHOCK Coty 319 USA 5 None
17 KOGA Taiki 929 JPN 4 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
18 PIPES  Dustin USA 3 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
19 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 2 Chisholm Racing
20 TEASDALE Isaac 921 USA 1 Team Babbitts

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 304 Monster Energy Kawasaki
2 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 270 Red Bull KTM
3 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 264 Team Honda HRC
4 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 252 Rockstar Husqvarna
5 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 238 Red Bull KTM
6 OSBORNE Zach USA 227 Rockstar Husqvarna
7 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 170 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
8 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 159 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
9 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 150 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
10 FERRIS Dean 111 AUS 136 CDR Yamaha
11 NOREN Fredrik 40 SWE 132 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
12 LOCURCIO Lorenzo 44 VEN 71 None
13 BLOSS Benny 60 USA 64 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
14 SEELY Cole 14 USA 59 Team Honda HRC
15 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 59 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
16 SAVATGY Joey 17 USA 54 Monster Energy Kawasaki
17 MILLER Henry 81 USA 54 Trigger Racing
18 HILL Justin 46 USA 51 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
19 BOWERS Tyler 69 USA 51 Bowers Racing
20 WATERS Todd 477 AUS 46 Todd Waters Racing
21 SHORT John 253 USA 42 ACM Services/ Short racing
22 MASTERPOOL Jake 146 USA 35 None
23 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 28 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
24 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 23 Rockstar Husqvarna
25 SCHOCK Coty 319 USA 22 None
26 TOMITA Toshiki 718 JPN 21 Team Honda HRC
27 MERRIAM Dylan 559 USA 18 None
28 KOGA Taiki 929 JPN 16 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
29 WEEKS James 700 USA 14 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
30 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 13 Chisholm Racing