Ken Roczen wins Supercross Round 14, closes points gap on Cooper Webb


Ken Roczen took the early lead in Monster Energy Supercross Round 14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and led every lap on the way to his fourth win of the 2021 season Tuesday. By winning, he trimmed more than a third off points leader Cooper Webb’s advantage.

Heading into Saturday’s Atlanta finale, Roczen trails Webb by 13 points. His battle is not won, but it is much more manageable than is was at the start of the night.

“This sport is fricken’ hard,” Roczen said in the postrace news conference. “There’s just different variables all the time. It can be track. It can be bike. And we kind of threw a lot at me this round and tried to make some changes in all three practices and stuck something that was good and better, but it’s unproven until you race it.”

Roczen was on a mission Tuesday night.

After struggling badly Saturday in the first of three Atlanta races, Roczen barely cracked the top 10. Worse still, his ninth-place finish came on a night when the rider third in the points, Eli Tomac won and the points’ leader Cooper Webb stood on the podium for the eighth consecutive race.

Roczen had the red plate early in the season after sweeping the three-race, Indianapolis residency, but Webb stalked him and grabbed the advantage while Roczen watched his points deficit grow to 22 points. With four races remaining, his odds of winning the championship were falling fast.

He might have felt the pressure, but Roczen has said all season that as badly as he wants the championship, he wants to enjoy the ride. Tonight he had the best of both worlds. Roczen built an eight-second advantage at the end of the race to score the win and shave nine points off Webb’s lead.

“The last race wasn’t a good one for me at all,” Roczen told NBC’s Will Christien from the top step of the podium. “I deal with my struggles, but one thing I always try and do after a race is kick myself and comeback and do my best.”

POINTS, RESULTS: All the postrace statistics from Round 14 in Supercross

Last week rookie Chase Sexton finished second to Tomac and was thrilled with his first 450 podium.

“It’s starting to click now,” Sexton said after the Atlanta 2 race. “Getting on the podium on Saturday really helped my confidence. One-two for Honda, which hasn’t happened in a long time.”

For now podiums are fine, but he told Christien after the race that would soon get old and he needed to step up one more position.

Jason Anderson’s path to the podium was much more eventful.

He stalled coming out of the gate in his heat and was charging hard through the field. He passed Alex Ray, but the rival drifted wide midway through the race and the two collided mid-air.

Instead of remounting immediately, Anderson stalked over to Ray and gave him a piece of his mind that lasted for several seconds. After getting on his bike again, he was not able to crack the top nine that would have immediately advanced him to the Main. Anderson finished 10th, 0.6-seconds behind Justin Starling.

Anderson was forced to ride in the Last Chance Qualifier, which he won.

“Today was pretty stressful,” Anderson said. “It started out amazing, felt like everything was going smooth, then stalled it on the gate for the start (of my heat), but I was able to come back and ride good. I was lacking a little bit of energy at the end, but I feel my speed was good and my riding is really well.”

On reflection, Anderson apologized to Ray.

“I want to say ‘sorry’ to Alex Ray,” Anderson told Blair. “I kind of overreacted. Not that I think his move was good in any way, but I shouldn’t have gotten crazy.”

The last three races for Anderson have gotten progressively better with a fifth in Arlington 3, a fourth in Atlanta 1 and this week’s third.

Justin Barcia finished fourth.

Time may well have run out for Tomac. After winning last week, Tomac needed to sweep the Atlanta residency to have a legitimate shot at beating Webb and Roczen. He still needs to amass wins, but he also needs his two rivals to falter in the next three races.

One of the biggest storylines of the second Atlanta race was the struggle of Webb, who was sixth — his worst finish since a ninth in the season opener. That consistency has made him the rider to beat. Webb got a great start, but never found his rhythm and watched as one rider after another passed him. He managed to close in on Barcia for fourth with time running off the clock, but jumped too close to the other rider’s wheel and fell.

This was the first time since Week 6 that Webb failed to stand on the podium.

Marvin Musquin in seventh, Aaron Plessinger in eighth, Dean Wilson in ninth and Joey Savatgy rounded out the top 10.

The points battle remains close in 250s – but that was almost not the case.

Points’ leader Justin Cooper got a great start and was pulling away from the field when a red flag with fewer than three laps in the books waved. That necessitated a complete restart. Heightening the drama was that the red flag came out for the rider second in the standings.

Early in the race Cameron McAdoo mistimed his approach on the tunnel wall and rammed hard into its face. His foot got caught up in the pegs and fender and the Kawasaki drug him onto the top like a ragdoll. McAdoo lay stunned for a while, unable to get his legs under him as the field rode by.

“It was crazy; I saw the red flag. I saw Cameron down,” Cooper told NBC’s Daniel Blair. “I didn’t really think it was going to get red flagged, but then we got it over there in the whoops.

“I don’t know how that works. I didn’t think (Mcadoo) was going to be allowed to race that, so it really got me distracted on the line and it was especially hard to keep my composure when the championship is close like this and a situation like that is going on. So to get out there and get it done again is really important. It shows how bad I want this.”

Like Roczen, Hunter Lawrence has been watching his chance to win the 250 championship slowly fade. He too had a bad start to the Atlanta residency with a seventh-place finish on Saturday. Lawrence finished second Tuesday night.

“It was really important for the championship, but at the same time I hate losing,” Lawrence said after the race. “If there’s someone in front of me I want to try and pass them. I had to dig pretty deep in the first start before the red flag. I had pretty decent – I want to call it a Jett (Lawrence) moment in the whoops and got a little wild.”

But the highlight reel belongs to McAdoo.

“I don’t have much to say,” McAdoo replied from the podium. “When I was laying up there I had a contusion on my thigh and it really was like when you get the gnarliest Charley Horse and you cannot move your leg. That was how it felt for a minute. I was trying to move my leg and they were like, ‘let’s get down; let’s get down,’ and I was like ‘let’s try’, but it wouldn’t cooperate.”

So the red flag waved in order to allow McAdoo to be helped down the steep face of the tunnel jump. Once he got his legs under him, the desire to ride returned. On a hot mic during a commercial break on Peacock TV, Mcadoo was heard pleading his case. He won the argument and because the race was red flagged with less than three laps complete, he was allowed to take his spot on the gate.

“I want to give a big shout out to Doc (John) Bodnar and the whole medical crew,” McAdoo said. “They evaluated me very closely and I appreciate that because I know sometimes if racers aren’t quite in their right mind, it might not be safe for them to race. I’m glad that they thoroughly looked me over and let me go out there and do my best.”

McAdoo will go for an X-ray of his hand Wednesday but expects to ride on Saturday, April 17.

Cooper added to his points lead, but McAdoo minimized the damage and is only nine points behind with two 250 West races remaining.

Saturday night’s winner Nate Thrasher finished fourth to earn his second consecutive top-five.

Garrett Marchbanks rounded out the top five.

ROUND 1, HOUSTON: Justin Barcia wins opener for third consecutive time

ROUND 2, HOUSTON: Eli Tomac rebounds, wins after Round 1 disappointment

ROUND 3, HOUSTON: Cooper Webb wins, Ken Roczen denied revenge

ROUND 4, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen makes it four winners in four races

ROUND 5, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen goes back to back for first time since 2017 injury

ROUND 6, INDIANAPOLIS: Ken Roczen is perfect in Indy for third straight win

ROUND 7, ORLANDO: Cooper Webb trims Ken Roczen lead

ROUND 8, ORLANDO: Cooper Webb sweeps Orlando to put pressure on Ken Roczen

ROUND 9, DAYTONA: Eli Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael at Daytona; Ken Roczen, Copper Webb war 

ROUND 10, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb takes the points lead with five straight top-two finishes

ROUND 11, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb wins first two races of Arlington residency

ROUND 12, ARLINGTON: Cooper Webb becomes championship favorite with Arlington sweep

ROUND 13, ATLANTA: The infield course at Atlanta gives Eli Tomac a late-season chance

IndyCar results, points after 107th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — With his first victory in the Indy 500, Josef Newgarden became the first repeat winner through six race results of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season and made a move in the points.

Newgarden, who celebrated with fans in the grandstands, moved from sixth to fourth in the championship standings with his 27th career victory and second this season (he also won at Texas Motor Speedway).

The Team Penske star won his 12th attempt at the Brickyard oval, tying the record for most starts before an Indy 500 victory with Tony Kanaan (2013) and Sam Hanks (1957). Newgarden, whose previous best Indy 500 finish was third with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, became the first Tennessee native to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the first American since Alexander Rossi in 2016.

He also delivered the record 19th Indy 500 triumph to Roger Penske, whose team ended a four-year drought on the 2.5-mile oval and won for the first time since he became the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in 2020.

Newgarden, 32, led five laps, the third-lowest total for an Indy 500 winner behind Joe Dawson (two in 1912) and Dan Wheldon (one in 2011).

The race featured 52 lead changes, the third most behind 68 in 2013 and 54 in ’16, among 14 drivers (tied with ’13 for the second highest behind 15 leaders in ’17 and ’18). Newgarden’s 0.0974-second victory over Marcus Ericsson was the fourth-closest in Indy 500 history behind 1992 (0.043 of a second for Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear), 2014 (0.0600 of a second for Ryan Hunter-Reay over Helio Castroneves) and 2006 (0.0635 of a second Sam Hornish Jr. over Marco Andretti.).

It also marked only the third last-lap pass in Indy 500 history — all within the past 17 years (Hornish over Andretti in 2006; Wheldon over J.R. Hildebrand in 2011).

Ericsson’s runner-up finish was the ninth time the defending Indy 500 finished second the next year (most recently four-time winner Helio Castroneves in 2003).

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the 107th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:


Click here for the official box score from the 200-lap race on a 2.5-mile oval in Indianapolis.

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Here is the finishing order in the Indy 500 with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running
3. (4) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running
5. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 200, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running
7. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running
8. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (21) Colton Herta, Honda, 200, Running
10. (2) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (27) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 200, Running
13. (25) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 200, Running
14. (14) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 200, Running
15. (20) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running
16. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running
17. (24) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
18. (32) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running
19. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 198, Running
20. (13) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 197, Contact
21. (11) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 196, Contact
22. (33) Graham Rahal, Chevrolet, 195, Running
23. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 195, Running
24. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
25. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 192, Contact
26. (26) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
27. (3) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 183, Contact
28. (15) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 183, Contact
29. (23) David Malukas, Honda, 160, Contact
30. (19) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 149, Contact
31. (31) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 90, Contact
32. (28) RC Enerson, Chevrolet, 75, Mechanical
33. (29) Katherine Legge, Honda, 41, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 168.193 mph; Time of Race: 2:58:21.9611; Margin of victory: 0.0974 of a second; Cautions: 5 for 27 laps; Lead changes: 52 among 14 drivers. Lap leaders: Palou 1-2; VeeKay 3; Palou 4-9; VeeKay 10-14; Palou 15-22; VeeKay 23-27; Palou 28-29; VeeKay 30-31; Rosenqvist 32; Rossi 33-34; Palou 35-39; VeeKay 40-47; Palou 48-60; VeeKay 61-63; Rosenqvist 64-65; O’Ward 66; Power 67; Herta 68; Rosenqvist 69; O’Ward 70-78; Rosenqvist 79-81; O’Ward 82-89; Rosenqvist 90-94; Ilott 95-99; Rosenqvist 100-101; O’Ward 102; Rosenqvist 103-107; O’Ward 108-109; Rosenqvist 110-113; O’Ward 114-115; Rosenqvist 116-119; O’Ward 120-122; Rosenqvist 123-124; O’Ward 125-128; Rosenqvist 129-131; Ferrucci 132; Ericsson 133-134; Castroneves 135; Rosenqvist 136; Ericsson 137-156; Newgarden 157; Ericsson 158; Ferrucci 159-168; Ericsson 169-170; Rossi 171-172; Sato 173-174; O’Ward 175-179; Hunter-Reay 180-187;
O’Ward 188-191; Ericsson 192; Newgarden 193-195; Ericsson 196-199; Newgarden 200.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the GMR Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 219, Ericsson 199, O’Ward 185, Newgarden 182, Dixon 162, McLaughlin 149, Rossi 145, Grosjean 139, Power 131, Herta 130.

Rest of the standings: Lundgaard 122, Kirkwood 113, Rosenqvist 113, Ilott 111, Ferrucci 96, VeeKay 96, Rahal 94, Malukas 84, Armstrong 77, Daly 73, Castroneves 69, Harvey 65, DeFrancesco 63, Canapino 61, Pagenaud 55, Pedersen 51, Robb 47, Sato 37, Carpenter 27, Hunter-Reay 20, Kanaan 18, Andretti 13, Enerson 5, Legge 5.

Next race: The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, which has moved from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown, will take place June 4 with coverage starting on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.