News 2 Jul 2019

Fatigue problem reemerges for Roczen at Southwick

Factory Honda rider earns uncharacteristic ninth overall result.

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Battling an undiagnosed health issue throughout supercross, Ken Roczen believes the problem has resurfaced after facing increased fatigue during Southwick’s sixth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship over the weekend.

Physical limitations at the demanding sand circuit saw the Team Honda HRC rider record an uncharacteristic 12-10 scorecard for ninth overall, demoting him to third in the standings.

“I was coming into Southwick fairly excited, though struggling a little bit recovering from last weekend’s race,” Roczen explained. “Still, I came in with full motivation and a new fork setting that unfortunately didn’t work out very well for me in the first moto. On top of that, I could’ve recovered a little better from the weekend before, but I knew that I went out there and gave my best.

“For sure it wasn’t what we were looking for, but we’re going to continue working hard on the bike and I’m going to continue working on myself to get back in top shape and get back to winning races. For now I have to take it as it is, but I’m going to keep my head up and hope for a much, much better result from RedBud.

“I’m going to do everything I can throughout the week to prepare myself and get back to the very top. Other than that, there’s not much to say about my result besides we’re not very happy with it and are looking to turn it around next weekend.”

The former champion now sits 28 points behind series leader and two-time defending champion Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) after previously sharing the points lead ahead of the round prior.