Ken Roczen Assumes 450SX Points Lead at Houston 3 Supercross, results

Ken Roczen Assumes 450SX Points Lead at Houston 3 Supercross, results

26.01.2021: The 2021 AMA Supercross finished its triple-header residency at NRG Stadium in Houston, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen posted a second-place 450SX finish that put him into the points lead, one ahead of both Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia.


The 2021 AMA Supercross finished its triple-header residency at NRG Stadium in Houston, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen posted a second-place 450SX finish that put him into the points lead, one ahead of both Cooper Webb and Justin Barcia.

 

Roczen enjoyed a strong start aboard his CRF450R and passed Webb for the lead two minutes into the 20-minute-plus-one-lap main event, then pulled a comfortable margin of over three seconds. Lapped traffic became a factor later in the race, and on the last lap, Roczen was balked by Dean Wilson for several corners, which allowed Webb to sneak by and take a close win.



Fresh off his debut win at round 2, Jett Lawrence got a poor jump at the start of the 250SX East main event. After completing lap one in seventh, he steadily worked his way through the pack and put an aggressive pass on Michael Mosiman for third on lap 16. That’s the position he held to the finish, for his second podium in three races. Lawrence sits third in the title chase, six out of the lead.





NOTES




•    On Thursday morning, Team Honda HRC spent some time at the track of local privateer racer Vann Martin, allowing Ken Roczen to put in laps practicing and testing with new clutch and suspension settings.


•    Following his crash out of the lead at round 2, Chase Sexton was suffering from pain and reduced range of motion in his right shoulder. Although X-rays were negative for bone fractures, he returned home to Florida on Thursday and missed Saturday’s race. Sexton underwent an MRI on Sunday, with results expected early this week.


•    COVID-19 tests were once again conducted at a drive-through station outside NRG Stadium, where Team Honda HRC personnel underwent their second round of tests on Wednesday, with results returned 10 minutes later. Further testing will be required at each venue and everyone will need to pass a health screening prior to entering the event grounds for each round. It is obligatory for everyone attending the event to be tested every seven days.


•    On Thursday, Jett Lawrence participated in a virtual live interview via Zoom for Race Day Live and the TV broadcast.


•    Round 3 kicked off the series’ fourth year of partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a new “text to donate” campaign called “We Won’t Stop.” Photos of the athletes wearing special T-shirts were shared on their personal social channels ahead of Saturday’s race, during which the campaign was officially launched in the stadium, via Race Day Live and the television broadcast.


•    There was no track walk for round 3, although there was a time allotted for track viewing from inside the venue. In addition, two sighting laps were held prior to the start of each free-practice session.


•    AMA officials reported being impressed by the teams’ adherence to the guidelines throughout the three Houston rounds.


•    Round three saw a modified track layout, including the season’s first right-hand turn one.


•    Free practice saw Lawrence finish on top in the 250SX East class, while Roczen had the fourth-fastest lap in the 450SX class.



•    In timed qualifying, Roczen posted the second-fastest time, with a 579” lap in the second session. Muc-Off Honda rider Justin Brayton was fifth-best at 48.170”, and SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda riders Benny Bloss, Vince Friese and Broc Tickle were 16th-, 17th-, and 19th-best, respectively, with times of 49.051”, 49.208” and 49.540 ”. In the 250SX East class, Lawrence was second-best with a 48.300” lap, which came before he crashed hard in the whoops in the second session, the Australian escaping serious injury. Muc-Off Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg was sixth with a time of 50.000”, while Phoenix Racing Honda rider Joshua Osby was 10th.


•    Roczen carried his speed into the night program, finishing on top in the first 450SX heat race, with Bloss finishing seventh. In heat 2, Brayton posted a fifth-place result, while Friese was ninth. Lawrence showed great speed in 250SX heat 1, finishing first, while Oldenburg and Osby were third and fourth, respectively.


•    With the three Houston races in the books, Team Honda HRC will enjoy a couple of days at home before heading to Indianapolis for another Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday triple-header residency.



    
       
Ken Roczen  94


“We had a pretty solid night, winning the heat race and then grabbing a good start in the main event. We put a pass on Cooper [Webb] and I was leading the way until the last lap, when [Dean] Wilson got in my way and was ahead of me for three quarters of a lap. I was yelling and screaming.


He said he didn't hear me, but obviously there were blue flags around. I hit the back of his wheel and almost went down--a lot of madness going on. I passed him, but at that point that was the end of the race. We came in second place, even though we should’ve had the win. A lot of positives to take away here though, with the red plate and a second-place finish. It’s not ideal but I’m looking forward to Indy.”         

    
       
Jett Lawrence  18



“The day wasn't bad. I qualified strong; I was a little sore after my crash in the last qualifying session, but I felt okay in the heat race and knew I had to improve in the main event. Unfortunately, I messed up the start and had to make my way through the pack, and by the time I got into third the leaders were gone.



I’m happy to salvage a podium, but we’re much better than that. I’m looking forward to Indy, to get back on top and start chipping away at these six points.”         

    

       
Erik Kehoe
Team Manager


“Overall, it was a good night for Jett and Ken maintaining the goal of being on the podium every weekend. Jett overcame a hard crash in qualifying and a bad start in the main event to still ride to a podium finish in the main event.


Ken led most of the 450SX main to then get held up on the last lap and settle for a solid second. Now we regroup and head to Indy!”         
  





AMA Supercross Houston 3, 450SX and 250SX results


    
    450SX Results



1    WEBB Cooper     2    USA    26    Red Bull KTM     KTM   
2    ROCZEN Ken     94    GER    23    Team Honda HRC    Honda   
3    CIANCIARULO Adam     9    USA    21    Monster Energy Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
4    BARCIA Justin     51    USA    19    TLD/Red Bull GasGas    GasGas   
5    TOMAC Eli     3    USA    18    Monster Energy Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
6    STEWART Malcolm     27    USA    17    Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha    Yamaha   
7    PLESSINGER Aaron     7    USA    16    Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
8    ANDERSON Jason     21    USA    15    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna    Husqvarna   
9    OSBORNE Zach     16    USA    14    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna    Husqvarna   
10    BRAYTON Justin     10    USA    13    Muc-Off Honda    Honda   
11    WILSON Dean     15    GBR    12    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna    Husqvarna   
12    FERRANDIS  Dylan     14    USA    11    Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha    Yamaha   
13    MUSQUIN Marvin     25    FRA    10    Red Bull KTM     KTM   
14    SAVATGY Joey     17    USA    9    Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS    KTM   
15    BLOSS Benny     37    USA    8    SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda    Honda   
16    DAVALOS Martin     36    USA    7    Team Tedder/Monster Energy/Lucas Oil/KTM Racing    KTM   
17    TICKLE Broc     20    USA    6    SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda    Honda   
18    CHISHOLM Kyle     11    USA    5    Chisholm Racing    Kawasaki   
19    FRIESE Vince     40    USA    4    SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda    Honda   
20    BOGLE Justin     19    USA    3    Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS    KTM   
21    GARDNER Carlen     805    USA    2    None    Honda   
22    POLITELLI Austin     981    USA    1    Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha    Yamaha   
    
    
       
    
    250SX East Region Results


1    NICHOLS Colt     64    USA    26    Star Racing Yamaha    Yamaha   
2    CRAIG Christian     29    USA    23    Star Racing Yamaha    Yamaha   
3    LAWRENCE Jett     18    AUS    21    Team Honda HRC    Honda   
4    SHIMODA Jo     30    JPN    19    Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
5    MOSIMAN Michael     42    USA    18    TLD/Red Bull GasGas    GasGas   
6    VOHLAND Max     115    USA    17    Red Bull KTM     KTM   
7    OSBY Josh     95    USA    16    Phoenix Racing Honda    Honda   
8    SHORT John     55    USA    15    Barx/Chaparral/Ecstar Suzuki    Suzuki   
9    MORANZ Kevin     85    USA    14    TPJ/Fly Racing    KTM   
10    DO Thomas     773    USA    13    Tech32/KTM Marseille    KTM   
11    VARIZE Joshua     241    USA    12    KTM Orange Brigade/Factory Connection    KTM   
12    KARNOW Logan     88    USA    11    Madd Parts/Double Eagle MX/Namura Technologies Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
13    ALBRIGHT TJ     116    USA    10    TCD/Fly Racing    Kawasaki   
14    HAND Jeremy     122    USA    9    World of Wheels/AM Motocross/Wiseco    Honda   
15    FLEMING Wilson     185    USA    8    Team BWR    Honda   
16    SHAW Lane     124    USA    7    TPJ/Fly Racing    KTM   
17    NEESE Luke     125    USA    6    PR-MX Pelletier Kawasaki    Kawasaki   
18    HARLAN Grant     76    USA    5    Tilube Storm Lake Honda    Honda   
19    HARRIMAN Devin     216    USA    4    None    KTM   
20    OLDENBURG Mitchell     49    USA    3    Muc-Off Honda    Honda   
21    PIAZZA Bobby     637    USA    2    None    Yamaha   
22    GEISTLER Jonah     625    USA    1    Rides Unlimited Racing    KTM   
    
    


 
 
 

    
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