Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen at Anaheim
Anaheim, CA – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen earned his second podium finish of the season at the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series while his teammate Ryan Dungey salvaged a sixth place result after rebounding from a mid-race crash.
Roczen had the top time in the early afternoon qualifiers which gave him first gate pick in the evening heat races. He got a great start in his heat race and was able to stay in a top position throughout. He finished the heat in second place to transfer into the main.
Dungey had a decent jump off the gate in his heat but got pushed out as the riders rounded the first corner causing him to come into the first rhythm mid-pack. He spent the next six laps picking off riders to eventually move his KTM into fourth place to take the final transfer spot from his heat.
In the main event the two Red Bull KTM riders lined up together on the start. It was Dungey who got the better drive off the gate and was able to pull the holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. Dungey led the first quarter of the race followed closely by the next top five riders battling for the lead. Shortly before the halfway mark, Dungey fell over in a corner and lost the lead to James Stewart. Behind Stewart, Roczen, Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed all battled for the second place position. Roczen and Villopoto swapped positions three times with Roczen eventually gaining the spot. Meanwhile, Reed was able to move past Roczen and Stewart and went on to take the lead and the win. Stewart finished second while Roczen hung on to finish third. Dungey recovered from his crash to finish sixth.
Roczen’s podium performance helped him regain the red plate as the series point’s leader for the second time this season. Dungey is currently tied for third just three points behind Roczen.