News 9 Oct 2022

Cardiff WSX qualifying topped by Roczen and Owen

Times tight as new World Supercross season officially takes off.

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Qualifying in the new 2022 World Supercross Championship (WSX) has been topped by Ken Roczen and Jace Owen, the pair setting the pace at Cardiff’s WSX British Grand Prix this afternoon.

An incredibly tight WSX qualifier saw Honda Genuine Honda Racing team rider Roczen lead the way on combined times, his 45.935s benchmark marginally better than Joey Savatgy’s (Rick Ware Racing Kawasaki) 45.938s.

It was wildcard Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) who led the way across practice, but was third in qualifying at 46.002s, followed by Justin Brayton (MotoConcepts Honda) and Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha). Best of the Europeans was Thomas Ramette (GSM Yamaha) in sixth position, as group two fastest Vince Friese (MotoConcepts Honda) was next in line for P7.

The top 10 was completed by Dean Wilson (Honda Genuine Honda Racing), Cedric Soubeyras (Bud Racing Kawasaki) and Josh Hill (CDR Yamaha), with Chad Reed (MDK Motorsports KTM) improving to 11th this afternoon.

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When the first SX2 qualifying sessions of the season were complete, its as Owen (ClubMX FXR Yamaha) who sat atop the leaderboard with a 46.584s, ahead of group two leader Max Anstie (Honda Genuine Honda Racing) at 46.733s.

Practice pace-setter Cole Seely (MotoConcepts Honda) was third upon return, directly ahead of Chris Blose (Bud Racing Kawasaki) as the final rider within the 46s. Next in line was Mitchell Oldenburg (MotoConcepts Honda), while after going fastest on Friday, Derek Drake (MDK Motorsports KTM) was sixth this afternoon.

Drake was ahead of teammate Justin Bogle, Shane McElrath (Rick Ware Racing Yamaha), Kyle Chisholm (CDR Yamaha) and Maxime Desprey (GSM Yamaha). Top of the Australians was Aaron Tanti (CDR Yamaha) in P11, from Wilson Todd (Honda Genuine Honda Racing) in 12th and Matt Moss (Bud Racing Kawasaki) was 21st.

Detailed results