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