MILLVILLE, Minnesota – Red Bull/KTM 250 Motocross teammates Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin earned two top ten overall finishes with Roczen taking 4th and Musquin 7th for the weekend at the seventh round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series.
Although this was Roczen’s first time racing at Spring Creek MX Park, you would not have known after watching him in the morning qualifying sessions where he turned the fastest qualifying time at the end of both sessions!
In the first moto, Ken Roczen got off to a great start and was sitting in 2nd position around the first corner. Marvin Musquin was slightly farther back sitting in 7th on the first lap. A mistake by Musquin set him back to 13th at the end of lap two and he spent the remainder of the moto regaining those positions. At the end of the sixteen lap race he was able to come through the pack to finish 7th. Meanwhile, Roczen held on to 2nd place for the first half of the race before dropping to 4th on the eleventh lap. He was able to stay close to the top three but was unable to gain back the positions lost.
The Red Bull/KTM teammates didn’t have the best start in the second moto. Roczen was able to salvage a 6th place start after the first corner while Musquin was back in 15th. Both riders used the 30 minute plus two lap moto to their advantage and were able to successfully climb through the pack. Roczen was able to move into podium position by the halfway mark and maintained that place to the checkered flag to earn 3rd overall. Musquin traveled from a 15th place start all the way up to 6th by the end of the moto to earn 7th overall for the day.
“I was happy to land on the podium in the second moto,” stated Roczen. “However, I really wanted to be on the overall podium and just missed it by one spot. I am looking forward to the next round at Washougal. It is another track I have never ridden but have heard a lot about. Hopefully I can get back on the podium there.”
Next Race: Washougal, WA – July 21, 2012
Results 250 Motocross class Spring Creek
1. Eli Tomac (USA), Honda – 3-1
2. Justin Barcia (USA), Honda – 2-2
3. Blake Baggett (USA), Kawasaki – 1-4
4. Ken Roczen (D), KTM – 4-3
5. Blake Wharton (USA), Suzuki – 6-5
7. Marvin Musquin (F), KTM – 7-6
14. Malcolm Stewart (USA), KTM – 12-14
17. AJ Catanzaro (USA), KTM – 18-17
Standings 250 Motocross class after 14 of 24 races
1. Baggett, 315 points
2. Barcia, 297
3. Tomac, 281
4. Roczen, 273
5. Musquin, 218
Ken Roczen overall 4th with the KTM 250 SX-F
Roczen (D) on podium in moto two
Marvin Musquin (F)