NEW ORLEANS, Lousian – The Red Bull/KTM ride of Ken Roczen earned 5th overall at the penultimate round of the AMA East Supercross Lites Series held at the Louisiana Superdome.
Ken Roczen was at the top of the leader board during the afternoon practice sessions where he earned the fastest qualifying time to take the first gate pick in heat number two. When the gate dropped for his heat, Roczen leaped forward to grab the holeshot. He went on to lead every lap to take his second heat victory of the season.
Roczen carried his momentum into the main event where he got off to a 6th place start. He maintained that position for the first two laps as the final rider in a six-man train for the lead. He passed Alex Martin on the third lap to take over 5th and got handed another position a few laps later when fellow KTM rider Malcolm Stewart suffered a crash.
Around the mid-way point Roczen was able to capitalize on a mistake by Justin Barcia to take over 3rd position. He maintained the position for two laps before a big mistake cost him two positions as he dropped to 5th. Unfortunately, Roczen reported that he suffered from arm pump quickly after that mistake which hindered his lap times. He was able to hold on to his position and finish inside the top five at the end of the fifteen lap main.
“I am bummed that I suffered from arm pump at the end of the race because I was riding really well today and felt very comfortable on the track. We have one race left and my goal is to win it. I really like the final round in Las Vegas and I am looking forward to a great performance to end the season,” stated Roczen.
Next Race: Las Vegas, NV – May 5, 2012
Results Supercross Lites East New Orleans
1. Darryn Durham (USA), Kawasaki, 13:32.717 min (15 laps)
2. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki, +0.9423 sec
3. Justin Bogle (USA), Honda, +8.351
4. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda, +10.362
5. Ken Roczen (D), KTM, +16.149
16. AJ Cantanzaro (USA), KTM, 14 lpas, +1:05.952 min
17. Malcolm Stewart (USA), KTM, +1:12.755
18. Sean Lipanovich (USA), KTM, +1:23.324
Standings Supercross Lites East after 8 of 9 rounds
1. Barcia, 185 points
2. Durham, 143
3. Roczen, 143
4. Wharton, 142
5. Baggett, 128
11. Stewart, 59
13. Shane Sewell (USA), KTM, 44
14. Les Smith (USA), KTM, 42
17. PJ Larsen (USA), KTM, 38
23. Lance Vincent (USA), KTM, 26
24. Catanzaro, 22
28. Justin Starling (USA), KTM, 6
33. Lipanovich, 3
35. Sean Hackley (USA), KTM, 3
Ken Roczen (D) at the penultimate round of the East Lites SX
K-Roc on the #70 KTM 250 SX-F factory bike
Roczen now 3rd in the points standings before the last round in Las Vegas