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Ken Roczen Captures Glendale Supercross Victory

RJ Hampshire Takes 250SX Class Win

Glendale, Ariz., (February 11, 2024) Progressive Insurance coverage ECSTAR Suzuki’s Ken Roczen grabbed the Holeshot and by no means regarded again, taking the win at Spherical 6 and turning into the fifth completely different rider to win within the 17-round 2024 Monster Vitality Supercross season. It was Roczen’s third win inside State Farm Stadium and the 55,627 followers, a report for the sequence on the Glendale venue, went wild for the favored racer.  

Monster Vitality Kawasaki’s Jason Anderson took over second place simply over two minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap Most important Occasion and was by no means significantly challenged for the spot. Staff Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence fought exhausting from outdoors the highest ten. He made up time on the slick monitor and nabbed the ultimate podium place, and with it the lead within the championship factors. Within the Western Regional 250SX Class, Rockstar Vitality Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s RJ Hampshire took the victory, turning into the primary repeat winner of 2024 within the 250SX class.

 

Ken Roczen (94). Picture courtesy Feld Motor Sports activities.

 

“I haven’t gained a lot within the current years so I take these moments in a lot… My begin was actually good. I bought an excellent good soar. I’ll have shut the throttle off a little bit bit too early, so I virtually bought swallowed up there. However I had the within and as I went across the first flip I’m like, ‘That is what I want’… The monitor was actually difficult, it simply bought so slippery. I made so many micro-decisions on the monitor in sure areas that I picked out; as I ran via a few of the first few laps I simply seen a few of the key spots which can be actually difficult and may actually chunk you. So I simply managed the race the entire means… I attempted to not have a look at the time, I simply clicked my laps, lap after lap. My Progressive ECSTAR Suzuki was working flawless out right here in the present day. I haven’t executed many adjustments in any respect and it reveals. You already know, I’ve bought to provide it as much as my complete staff, my crew behind me, Peyton at residence, my household, Griffin that is for you. I’ve been telling him the entire time I’m going to carry some trophies residence, and particularly wins, so I lastly did it and that is an unbelievable second for us.” – Ken Roczen  

“Oh 100% [I’m happy with a podium]. I’m actually excited to stroll out right here with second. However on the finish of the day I felt like I left a little bit on the desk. I began using tight there for a second, however, with how gnarly our class is, it’s fairly cool to be up right here… Truthfully that is one among my residence races so everybody from the 505 out right here, thanks for displaying up and supporting.”.” – Jason Anderson  

“[I] didn’t give myself the very best alternative to go on for a win in the present day with simply getting a horrible begin. However it was cool to climb my means via. It was a cool accomplishment to catch and cross Eli… So it was a cool accomplishment and simply joyful I used to be capable of struggle again to a podium place. [The] entrance boys they have been gone… so particularly going comparable speeds right here you may’t catch up, you may’t give ‘em that additional hole… It was a superb end to get third, particularly with the way it began.” – Jett Lawrence  

 

 

After one week off, the Western Regional 250SX Class racers have been again on the monitor for Spherical 5 of their regional championship. Hampshire took the win after clawing his means up from a fifth-place begin. Monster Vitality Professional Circuit Kawasaki’s Levi Kitchen led early however completed the race in second. Staff Honda HRC’s Jo Shimoda took third, incomes his first podium experience of 2024. The highest three riders within the Western Regional 250SX Class, Kitchen, Hampshire, and Monster Vitality Yamaha Star Racing’s Jordon Smith at the moment are separated by solely 5 factors.  

 

RJ Hampshire. Photo courtesy Feld Motor Sport.
RJ Hampshire crosses the end line to win the 250SX race in Glendale, Arizona. Picture courtesy Feld Motor Sport.

 

“[It was] a very powerful day. Man, I had that case [coming up short on the track’s large double jump in the] first timed observe. Man, that damage me fairly a bit. [I’m] getting up there in age so these don’t go by so quick… [In the] major occasion, bought a good begin, made these passes fast. And [then] simply kinda rode my very own race… You already know [my win at] A1 was really easy, after which, you recognize, you’ve gotten some unhealthy luck… Man, we work exhausting and it’s superior to repay this complete Austrian staff with one other win. We get six weeks off now [for the west coast 250SX Class] so I get to get better a bit, however yeah, so stoked! Thanks! Arizona was superior to me, prepared to return residence.” – RJ Hampshire  

“[Regarding Jordon Smith jumping into Levi while the ‘do not jump’ lights were flashing] I don’t know. Like, that’s a nasty state of affairs. I really feel actually unhealthy, I’m glad Smitty’s okay. However yeah, you come round they usually’re blinking. I didn’t know if I may soar on, and he jumped on behind me and we hit. Fortunately we’re each okay… That’s a bizarre factor with the lights and all the pieces. I simply didn’t wish to be within the mistaken, and get docked. Glad I’m wholesome, glad he’s wholesome, and yeah, stoked to enter this lengthy break with the purple plate, clearly.” – Levi Kitchen  

“We’ve been working exhausting within the weekends with the staff however the outcomes generally [are] not displaying… The primary occasion [podium], I kinda bought gifted, I assume, however [it’s] some sort of option to begin my groove once more… I missed the sensation [of being up here on the podium].” – Jo Shimoda  

 

 

The 2024 Monster Vitality AMA Supercross Championship takes one weekend off and resumes on Saturday, February twenty fourth inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Texas spherical, like all 17 Supercross occasions, will even pay factors in the direction of the SuperMotocross World Championship. After its inaugural season final 12 months, the SuperMotocross League returns to embody the Monster Vitality AMA Supercross season and the AMA Professional Motocross season. The highest riders from every class are seeded into two Playoff rounds and one Finale to find out the SuperMotocross World Champion of every class.

Each spherical of the SuperMotorcross World Championship, and due to this fact each Supercross spherical, is offered dwell and on demand via Peacock. Choose rounds will even be broadcast on NBC, USA Community, CNBC, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports activities app. CNBC will air next-day encore displays of all 31 rounds of 2024 racing. Followers outdoors of the US can watch dwell and on-demand protection, in each English and Spanish, via the SuperMotocross Video Move (supermotocross.television).

Catch the motion in individual! Tickets for all the eleven remaining Monster Vitality Supercross occasions can be found now. To buy Supercross tickets, or to atone for race outcomes, video highlights, characteristic tales, and steaming and broadcast airtimes, please go to SupercrossLIVE.com.

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