Ken Roczen in the 250 SX Main at Anaheim 2 Garth Milan/Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.

Beautiful Southern California weather welcomed racers and fans (nearly 40,000) to Angel Stadium in Anaheim for round three of the 2013 AMA Supercross series on Saturday, and Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen once again threw down a gritty performance to finish second in the 250SX main event -- his third straight trip to the podium in the runner-up spot.

TLD/Honda/Red Bull’s Jessy Nelson grabbed the holeshot just ahead of Roczen to kick off 250SX Heat 2, but Ken quickly made a pass for the lead as the pack jumped through the second rhythm lane of the Anaheim circuit. Roczen held off a hard-charging Eli Tomac to take the heat win, while Nelson was forced into the LCQ (which he later won) after a crash left him finishing just outside of a direct transfer position.

When the gate dropped for the 250SX main, Cole Seely grabbed the holeshot with Roczen close behind in second. Seely set a blistering pace out front, and after an incredible three-way battle for the lead through lap 10, Tomac eventually made his way around Roczen and Seely to take over the top spot.

 

 

On the following lap, Roczen also put a pass on Seely to move his way back into the second spot, but Tomac was already beginning to stretch out a gap up front. At the checkers, it was Tomac with his third straight win while Roczen crossed the stripe close in-tow to claim his third consecutive finish in the runner-up spot.

“That was an intense race,” Roczen commented on the podium. “Cole [Seely] was riding really well, and the three of us put a pretty big gap on everyone else. When Tomac went to the front I did my best to get around Seely quickly to keep my eye on the lead, but Tomac was just too good tonight.”

250SX Class Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Cole Seely

4. Zach Osborne
5. Jake Canada
6. Christian Craig
7. Jason Anderson
8. Tyla Rattray
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Jessy Nelson

In the 450SX Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey had an up and down night thanks to poor starts, but true warrior that he is, the former 450SX champion dug deep to salvage a sixth-place finish in what many are calling the deepest, most competitive field of 450-class riders in recent history.

After starting outside the top 10 in the 450SX main, Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart began a charge toward the front of the pack before getting momentarily derailed by a small tangle with Josh Grant.

Back on track and picking up speed, JS7 began working his way forward once again, but unfortunately slid out in a corner and dropped to the back of the pack. Picking off as many riders as possible during the remaining laps, Stewart eventually ended the night in 12th place.

“I felt way more confident on the bike today than I have the last two races, so to finish the night like this is a huge disappointment,” Stewart said after the race. “I really like Oakland, though, so I’m confident that we’ll get this thing turned around next weekend.”

 

 

450SX Class Results

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Trey Canard
3. Chad Reed
4. Davi Millsaps
5. Jake Weimer
6. Ryan Dungey
7. Andrew Short
8. Matt Goerke
9. Justin Brayton
10. Josh Grant

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