Can You Smell What the Roczen is Cookin’?
BTO Sports and America watched as the riders took to their bikes in front of fifty three thousand Supercross fans. Everyone watched as Ken Roczen grilled the competition in style. The German native showed his true ability in a fashion we haven’t seen since before his injury back in 2017. While the eyes and ears were pointed towards the drama that transpired in the 250SX class in Anaheim last weekend, Team Honda’s Ken Roczen turned the attention his way in Glendale.
Roczen completed the hat trick to remain overall points leader of the 450SX class. Moreover, the 450SX and 250SX classes were full of mishaps and bad luck which can be attributed to the track condition that was reported to be more slippery than preferred. In the 250SX class Austin Forkner came out on top taking two first place finishes and falling to third in his final Main Event, but maintaining the lowest score the become the overall winner in Glendale within his class.
A Look into the 450SX Class
It seems as if all the attention was on Ken Roczen given his insane performance in Glendale, and it was. Roczen has taken the podium in the top position in two of the four races that have taken place this Supercross season. Ken’s impact has been felt by riders surrounding him, and only time will tell if his elite performance motivates others to get on his level of racing. We can only hope for the domino effect. Eli Tomac came to race as well finishing second twice and ending up in third for the final Main Event to put him into second on the podium and in the Championship Standings.
The dark horse, Rockstar’s Jason Anderson raced well on Saturday finishing 3rd overall on the final podium and climbing a few places on the Championship Standings. The Supercross 2018 champion stated that he has been feeling more and more confident as the week’s progress. As he feels more comfortable Anderson said he is going to start applying pressure to those ahead of him in the standings and start making a run of his own. It was a bit of struggle for Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo as he made a couple of mistakes on the track that cost him in the long run in both Glendale and the points total.
Furthermore, we hope to see him bounce back this weekend in Oakland, as we look forward to the races and potential contenders to take the track. With a race containing a number of red flags and restarts, we hope to see a cleaner race this week as we look forward to Saturday in Oakland.
A Look into the 250SX Class
Holeshot winner Austin Forkner had a good outing in Glendale by taking the holeshot and overall 1st place on the podium, which helped his overall points total after falling behind at A2. After, last week’s drama packed 250SX class races, all eyes were on Ferrandis and Craig as they trailed Forkner to start the first Main Event. Although Ferrandis and Craig battled for position the two never got within striking distance to determine if there would be a reigniting of tensions from last week’s pressure.
Forkner spoke about his thought process during the race and surrounding the competition. He highlighted that he wanted to stay consistent with his rhythm and to maintain being smooth and smart on the track. This was supplemental to his success in Arizona. Justin Cooper experienced difficulties in the Glendale Supercross 2020 Triple Crown this past weekend through the first two main events. With uncharacteristic track behavior, Cooper found himself off his bike twice in the first Main Event that dropped him to 17th overall. Again in the second Main Event Cooper tucked his front tire and got tangled with Derek Drake which had an effect on his 5th place finish. This all led into Cooper taking 1st place in the final Main Event of the night after a poor performance in the two prior Main Events.
Another rider to look at was the Frenchman at the center of last weeks drama, had himself a good outing in Glendale with a consistent second place finish across all three Main Events that landed him in the second spot on the podium as well. Ferrandis can attribute his lack of first place finishes to his inability to gain a good start. It seemed that he was playing catchup for a majority of the time that he was on the track in Arizona. Hopefully next week we can see him nail down that gate drop into the holeshot so he can be the first to greet the checkered flag.
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450SX Class Results & Standings
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (1-1-1)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-2-3)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (5-3-2)
- Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (8-5-4)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (6-8-7)
- Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (7-7-9)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (4-14-6)
- Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (3-6-17)
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (11-9-8)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (12-4-14)
- Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (92)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (84)
- Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (81)
- Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (78)
- Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (72)
- Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (71)
- Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (63)
- Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (62)
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (55)
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (51)
250SX Class Results & Standings
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (1-1-3)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (2-2-2)
- Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (4-4-6)
- Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (5-6-4)
- Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (6-5-5)
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (7-7-7)
- Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (8-8-9)
- Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (10-3-13)
- Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (17-9-1)
- Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (13-12-8)
- Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (86)
- Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (83)
- Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (77)
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (76)
- Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (66)
- Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (62)
- Jacob Hayes, Lodi, Calif., Husqvarna (62)
- Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (55)
- Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (48)
- Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (48)