Supercross Preview: Ken Roczen eyes first win of 2019

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On Saturday, Jan. 19 Ken Roczen will look for his first win of the 2019 Supercross season as the series tackles Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for the second time in three weeks. Roczen has been shut out of Victory Lane since January 2017.

Despite failing to win, Roczen has stood on the podium twice this season with a second in Anaheim I and a third last week in Glendale. This is the first time since his injury two years ago that Roczen has bolted on the red plate.

In the 250 class, Colt Nichols held onto his red plate after finishing second at Glendale and winning Anaheim I.

Riders faced muddy conditions in the first Anaheim race and it has been wet in Southern California this week as well, but the forecast is for clear conditions on Saturday.

Anaheim II will feature some serious elevation changes and decisions that need to be made about when to double or triple.

Fans are left to wonder which Jason Anderson will show up this week: the one that struggled to a 14th-place finish in the mud in Week 1 or the rider who challenged for the win at Glendale?

Anderson claimed his head was not in the right place for the season opener, saying he was “overwhelmed with everything,” at RacerX.com. β€œIt was crazy. It was just a lot of stuff going on. Not only from obligations and stuff like that, but I had a horrible heat race and they wanted to do the ring presentation for the championship and it was just a lot. I was just not in the right head place to be racing, to be honest.”

Schedule:

Qualifying: 3-7 p.m. on NBC Sports, Gold
Race: 10 p.m. p.m. – 1 a.m. on NBCSN or stream live on NBC Sports Gold

Last Week:

Blake Baggett beat Justin Anderson and Ken Roczen in the 450 class.
Adam Cianciarulo beat Colt Nichols and Shane McElrath in the 250 class.

Last year:

Eli Tomac beat Cole Seely and Justin Anderson in the 450 class.
Joey Savatgy beat Shane McElrath and Christian Craig in the 250 class.

Winners

450s:
[1] Justin Barcia (Anaheim I)
[1] Blake Baggett (Glendale)

250s:
[1] Colt Nichols (Anaheim I)
[1] Adam Cianciarulo (Glendale)

Points Leaders

450s:
Ken Roczen (44)
Justin Barcia (43)
Eli Tomac (40)
Blake Baggett (37)
Dean Wilson (34)

250s:
Colt Nichols (49)
Adam Cianciarulo (44)
Shane McElrath (42)
Dylan Ferrandis (40)
RJ Hampshire (38)

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Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.