Round two of the 2013 AMA Supercross series rolled through Phoenix on Saturday night, and for the second-straight week Red Bull’s Ken Roczen piloted his factory KTM to a solid second-place finish in the highly-competitive 250SX class.
Roczen laid down some of the quickest laps in practice just as he did at the opener in Anaheim last weekend, and then went on to holeshot and dominate his heat race to easily qualify for the night’s main event.
“That went exactly as planned,” Kenny commented after his heat. “It’s going to take another great start in the main, but I’m feeling really good about my lines and the bike tonight.”
Unfortunately, a mediocre start landed Roczen just inside the top-10 at the end of lap one, but the speedy German went to work on the riders ahead and methodically moved his way into the top-five by the start of lap six. Meanwhile, Anaheim 1 winner Eli Tomac took over the lead just past the halfway point and began opening up a comfortable margin over the rest of the field.
Battling all the way to the finish, Roczen put a last-lap pass on Martin Davalos to move into second, but Tomac’s gap proved too big to overcome when the checkers finally flew.
“I got off to a bad start, and then it took me way too long to catch up to the leaders,” Roczen said after the race. “Tomac is riding really well, so I can’t give him that much space early on in the race. Next weekend at A2 is going to be a different story.”
Behind Roczen, TLD/Honda/Red Bull teammates Cole Seely and Jessy Nelson finished the main in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Martin Davalos
4. Cole Seely
5. Jessy Nelson
6. Zach Osborne
7. Ryan Sipes
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Joey Savatgy
10. Christian Craig
In the premier 450SX class, Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart had a long week between the A1 series opener and round two in Phoenix. Thanks to the bum knee suffered during practice at Anaheim, Stewart was forced to stay off the bike until the first session on Saturday afternoon inside Phoenix’s Chase Field, but he still managed to drop the quickest lap time of all the 450 riders.
When the gate dropped for his heat race, JS7 rocketed into the lead and never looked back. Eight smooth and steady laps was all it took to own the heat, and James was stoked to move straight into the main without a hitch.
After spinning his rear wheel out of the gate and getting dropped as the field powered down the start straight, Stewart wisely dove to the inside of turn one to sneak his way inside the top-10 to start the main. Working his way up as high as sixth during the first half of the race, JS7 eventually settled into the seventh spot where he’d eventually cross the line.
“Seventh is a spot better than last week, but even with a sore knee I know I’m better than that,” James said after the race. “I got really cold out there tonight, and that caused me to ride tight. No excuses, though… Those guys rode well, so I just need to come out tougher and faster next weekend at A2.”
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey had a night he’d rather forget in Phoenix. Having to travel through the Last Chance Qualifier to make the main, RD had his work cut out for him thanks to a far outside gate pick. After working his way up from the back of the pack, Dungey eventually settled in for eighth behind Red Bull teammate Stewart.
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Chad Reed
5. Trey Canard
6. Jake Weimer
7. James Stewart
8. Ryan Dungey
9. Andrew Short
10. Josh Grant
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