Supercross: Ken Roczen ‘disappointed’ by penalty knocking him of 450 points lead


After a Round 2 penalty knocked him out of the Supercross points lead, Ken Roczen posted he was “disappointed” with how the situation was handled.

The Monster Energy Supercross series announced penalties Wednesday for Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, Vince Friese and Martin Davalos in Round 2 at Houston. They were penalized per AMA Rule 4.16.E.9.C for jumping in a section that displayed a red cross flag.

The four riders will retain their finishing positions in the results, but each will be penalized the loss of championship points and purse equal to two positions for the race, plus two additional points.

Without the Supercross penalty, Roczen would have left the night with a one-point advantage over the Round 1 winner, Justin Barcia. After being docked four points, he fell to fifth in the standings behind Barcia, Dylan Ferrandis and Marvin Musquin.

Roczen responded to the penalty on Instagram, posting “Before I get into my night I wanted to say that I am disappointed in how this situation was handled. (Sorry for the bad quality photos.) I just wanted to get you guys an idea of what the deal was. Put yourself under my helmet. There is a video with a better angle that the AMA has which made it even more clear.”

“I got docked four championship points because of jumping on a Red Cross flag even though my vision at this part of the track was blocked because Dylan took the outside line and as I came around the sand turn he was positioned perfectly in front of the flag and I could not see it. … I have never disrespected the Red Cross flag ever before and in my eyes this was clearly not a blatant violation.”

Per the 2021 AMA Competition Rulebook, a white flag with a red cross “indicates that ambulances, safety vehicles or emergency personnel may be on the course. Competitors must show extreme caution, slow down, maintain position, not gain an advantage and wheels of the motorcycle must not leave the ground between the flag and the incident. Failure to do so may result in loss of position or a disqualification, subject to the referee’s discretion.”

The incident came during an incident involving Chase Sexton, who had crashed from the lead as he exited a sandy section of the track.

Anderson finished Round 2 at Houston in eighth. With the penalty, he currently sits 13th in the Supercross standings.

Friese finished 15th in the race and sits 17th in the standings.

Davalos finished 20th in the race and is 21st in the standings.

Eli Tomac won Round 2 ahead of Ferrandis and Justin Brayton.

Click here for a complete rundown of race results and the points.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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