News 27 Feb 2019

'Minimising damage' the key for Roczen in Detroit Triple Crown

German contender maintains second in championship standings.

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Battling the flu in the lead up to Detroit’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Triple Crown last weekend, Ken Roczen says the key was to minimise damage in the three-race format.

Relinquishing the points lead one week prior, the Team Honda HRC rider pushed through illness to record a 5-6-5 scorecard, positioning him fourth overall – just one point just shy of third’s Chad Reed (JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing).

“I’m glad tonight is over,” Roczen declared. “We were just one point away from another podium, so that sucks but overall I’m still happy. I’ve been fighting the flu all week, so my body didn’t feel up to par tonight. My focus the entire night just wasn’t there, and I was uncomfortable.

“I just wanted to minimise the damage, and I think we did that with a fourth. We’re still second in the championship and only six points out of the lead. I’m looking forward to having a good week and heading to Atlanta strong.”

Roczen maintains second position in the championship standings behind Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb. The overall win last Saturday night was captured by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac.