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

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.