This young German has managed to reach the top of the podium in the Supercross Lites class, marking the second victory in his career.
After an unlucky start, an unusual fall, and illness in previous races, Ken Roczen finally finished the seventh race this year in the position he’s wanted since the beginning of the season: in Houston he scored his first victory this year in the AMA East Supercross Lites series—and the second of his career. After an outstanding start to the main event, in the first corner he found himself right behind the lead rider, Justin Barcia; he managed to pass him in the very first lap, but not for long because in the second lap the current overall leader regained his lead. Barcia fell in the last lap, yielding the victory to Roczen and his 250 cc KTM sporting an Akrapovič exhaust system.
After the race, Roczen admitted that it wasn’t how he’d imagined his first victory, but he’d take it anyhow: “Sometimes in racing it’s just having good luck and tonight luck was on my side. I’m really excited to take this motivation into my training over the next two weeks and come back even stronger at New Orleans.”
Roczen’s victory moves him up to third place in the overall standings, eight points behind second-ranked Blake Wharton. The next race is slated for 14 April in New Orleans.
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