Ken Roczen on his way to second in Toronto Austin White/Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.

The 12th round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series headed north of the border on Saturday night for the annual Toronto Supercross, and the ecstatic Canadian fans enjoyed an exciting night of racing as Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen triumphed through flu symptoms to finish the Lites main event in an impressive second-place position.

The premier Supercross class lacked some star power in Toronto as Red Bull-backed JGRMX’s James Stewart was forced to miss the event due to the lingering effects of his gnarly heat race crash in Indianapolis just one week ago. Also absent for the third straight week was Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, who’s still healing from collarbone surgery, but that didn’t stop a record-setting 47,000 fans from piling into Rogers Centre to take in an action-packed night of racing.

Supercross Lites East

Roczen’s trip to the podium in Toronto started with some of the day’s quickest laps during timed practice, which later set him up nicely for a solid third-place qualifying effort out of Lites Heat #1.

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When the gate dropped for the Lites main event, Roczen snuck through turn one in the second spot but quickly put a pass on leader Justin Barcia as the pack charged down the track’s first rhythm lane. Despite suffering from the flu, the determined KTM rider put up a great fight in the top spot for the first three laps but eventually succumbed to Barcia’s pressure and dropped to second. Roczen held on to the back of Barcia long enough to stretch out a comfortable gap over third, and then put it in cruise control for the remaining laps.

“I’m pretty happy with second considering how terrible I’ve been feeling all day,” Roczen commented after the race. “I’d love nothing more than to be challenging for race wins, but things just haven’t rolled my way yet this season. I should be feeling better by next weekend in Houston, and am hopeful that a win will finally come my way.”

Supercross Lites East Results

1. Justin Barcia
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Wharton
4. Jake Canada
5. Darryn Durham
6. Alex Martin
7. Tommy Weeck
8. Justin Bogle
9. Matt Lemoine
10. Jeff Gibson

Supercross Class

In the Supercross main event, the absence of Stewart and Dungey made things that much easier for Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, as the series points leader ran away with yet another win. Behind Villopoto, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin extended his Supercross-class guest ride aboard the potent 350 SX-F for another week and battled his way to an impressive sixth-place finish. Musquin will jump back on his familiar 250 when the Lites West series returns in Seattle on April 21st.

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Supercross Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Justin Brayton
3. Kevin Windham
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Jake Weimer
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Kyle Chisholm
8. Broc Tickle
9. Robert Kiniry
10. Wil Hahn

Round 13 of 17 is set to storm through Houston’s Reliant Stadium this coming Saturday night, so check back for updates regarding the return of Stewart and Dungey as well as a full report and gallery from the race.

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