Ken Roczen scores first career 450 Class Motocross win at Hangtown (VIDEO)

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After narrowly losing out on the win a week ago at Glen Helen, Ken Roczen would not give anyone the opportunity to steal it from him this time around. The Red Bull KTM rider swept both motos at Hangtown – recording his first career Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship victory in the 450 Class.

In the first moto of the day, Roczen started off in second but quickly passed his teammate Ryan Dungey for the lead on the opening lap and separated from the field, leading the rest of the way and winning by more than eight seconds.

Things got interesting in the second moto though. Roczen found himself trailing Brett Metcalfe and Justin Barcia after the first lap and had Dungey close behind him. Over the next ten minutes, the four riders were bunched together fairly tight as they battled amongst themselves. Roczen closed in on the leaders, and on Lap 5, he moved up from third to first in the span of about 30 seconds, passing Barcia and then Metcalfe to move into the lead.

Watch the three-way battle between Roczen, Barcia and Metcalfe here:

By virtue of his victory in both motos, Roczen earned the overall win at Hangtown and has surpassed Dungey in the 450MX point standings. Roczen will carry a five-point lead into next week’s round at Thunder Valley as he now begins a quest to defend the red plate signifying his points lead.

Trey Canard (3-4), James Stewart (5-3) and Justin Barcia (4-5) all recorded top-five finishes in both motos, with Canard getting the edge for the final spot on the overall podium after passing Barcia late in Moto 2. It was an improvement on last week for all three riders, but right now the Red Bull KTM duo of Roczen and Dungey has proven themselves to be at the head of the class.

Hangtown 450 Class Overall Results

1. Ken Roczen (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3. Trey Canard (3-4)
4. James Stewart (5-3)
5. Justin Barcia (4-5)
6. Weston Peick (8-6)
7. Jake Weimer (7-8)
8. Brett Metcalfe (6-9)
9. Malcolm Stewart (10-7)
10. Chad Reed (11-12)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results listed in parenthesis

In the 250 Class, the riders must have been sensing a case of Groundhog’s Day. For the second week in a row, the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb swept the top two spots in both motos.

Winning both of today’s motos by 19 seconds, Martin had another dominant day and remains undefeated on the season through two rounds. His teammate Webb has finished behind him in second place in all four of this year’s motos, as the rest of the 250MX field has no answer for the impressive youngsters right now.

Hangtown 250 Class Overall Results

1. Jeremy Martin (1-1)
2. Cooper Webb (2-2)
3. Christophe Pourcel (8-3)
4. Justin Hill (4-6)
5. Jessy Nelson (7-5)
6. Jason Anderson (10-4)
7. Marvin Musquin (9-7)
8. Zach Bell (5-12)
9. Matt Bisceglia (13-8)
10. Justin Bogle (3-35)
*Moto 1 and Moto 2 results listed in parenthesis

For a full recap of every moto from Hangtown, watch the highlight video below.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

Porsche Mid-Ohio COVID-19
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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.