Ken Roczen extends 450SX points lead with Anaheim II Supercross win

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For the second time in three weeks, a trip to Anaheim resulted in a 450 Class Supercross victory for Ken Roczen.

Andrew Short grabbed the early lead, but Roczen went straight to work – passing Davi Millsaps for second, then Andrew Short for the lead early in the race. Roczen opened up a gap on the rest of the field, and despite Ryan Dungey eventually moving into second and chipping away at the lead, the RCH Suzuki rider was never seriously challenged, giving Roczen his second win of the season.

Dungey held on for second place, while Eli Tomac ended up on the podium again after posting his first career victory in the premier class last weekend.

The win also extends Roczen’s championship lead. He’ll enter next week’s race 12 points ahead of Dungey.

The main event featured two notable crashes. While running in second place on the second lap of the race, Andrew Short took a hard slam after coming up short on a triple at the end of a rhythm section and was unable to finish the race. Jason Anderson was caught up in the incident as well, losing several spots after running into Short’s bike while it was on the ground.

Later in the race, an incident between Trey Canard and Chad Reed led to retaliation and a black flag. As the duo battled for fourth, Canard ran into the back of Reed on a jump and took both riders out. Clearly upset, Reed then ran Canard into the tuff blocks on the side of the track and knocked him down. Reed was issued a black flag for the move and was forced to pull out of the race, costing him valuable points.

The series will resume next Saturday in Oakland.

Anaheim II 450SX Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey (-5.2 seconds)
3. Eli Tomac
4. Justin Barcia
5. Broc Tickle

450SX Point Standings
1. Ken Roczen, 72
2. Ryan Dungey, 60
3. Jason Anderson, 51
4. Eli Tomac, 46
5. Trey Canard, 43
6. Justin Barcia, 43

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, points

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

POINTS: Standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona l Michelin Endurance Cup standings l Daytona endurance points

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.