With the threat of rain in the forecast, windy and chilly conditions greeted riders and fans as night fell over the Oakland Coliseum for round four of the 2013 AMA Supercross series, and it was Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen who overcame the elements to score his first win of the year in the 250SX class.
Behind Roczen, TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely crossed the line with an impressive second -- his best result of the series aboard his Red Bull-backed CRF.
In preparation for the main event, TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Jessy Nelson rocketed out of the gate to collect the first 250SX heat race win of the night, with Roczen dominating heat number two to easily qualify for the main.
It was Roczen and Seely who proved to be the class of the field when the gates dropped for the 250SX main event, as the two riders put on a show for the 46,000+ fans in attendance.
Seely led the way for the bulk of the race, but Roczen was finally able to make a pass for the lead on lap number 11 and never looked back. The win, along with an Eli Tomac DNF, propelled Roczen into the championship points lead as the series makes its way back down to Anaheim for round five next weekend.
“I’m so excited for this win tonight,” Roczen said after the race. “There was a ton of bar-banging on the opening lap, but I fought my way toward the front and eventually got into the lead. This feels great… I can’t wait to take this momentum into Anaheim next weekend.”
Western Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Cole Seely
3. Jason Anderson
4. Martin Davalos
5. Malcolm Stewart
6. Joey Savatgy
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. Austin Politelli
9. Christian Craig
10. Zach Osborne
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey all but rode the wheels off of his 450SX-F in the premier-class main event, coming from behind to finish an impressive third. After a few up and down weeks at the races, Dungey was glad to get back up on the box in Oakland.
“A good start is mandatory considering how deep the field is this year, so I’m going to keep working on that this week and hopefully come out swinging at Anaheim,” he said after the main. “I’m happy to get up on the podium tonight, but I still have more to give.”
Shortly after the gate dropped for the 450SX main event, bad luck would once again strike James Stewart, as a second-turn pile-up collected multiple riders, including the number 7. Slowly remounting his Yoshimura Suzuki, Stewart would only complete one full lap before pulling off the track with a mechanical problem.
“It’s been a rough season so far,” James commented at the end of the night. “The first four races have been pretty frustrating, but I’m not gonna quit!”
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Davi Millsaps
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Trey Canard
5. Mike Alessi
6. Andrew Short
7. Matt Goerke
8. Broc Tickle
9. Vince Friese
10. Justin Brayton
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