Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen finished fourth overall at the 13th round of the Monster Energy Supercross series at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Factory team-mate Ryan Dungey battled alongside him but suffered a last lap crash that dropped him down the order into ninth.
Despite his bad luck, Dungey retains his second position in the overall points and Roczen holds onto fourth as he continues his great rookie season in the 450 series.
Dungey raced heat one and grabbed the holeshot and the first lap lead only to see the race restarted after it was red flagged for a fallen rider. This time Dungey came out of the gate at fifth place.
He picked up one position early on and then spent the final lap in a three-way battle for second place. He banged bars with Justin Barcia and Weston Peick and came up just short of making the pass to finish fourth to qualify into the Main Event.
Roczen lined up for the second heat and pulled a third place start off the line. He maintained his pace and finished the race in that same position to advance to the Main Event.
When the gate dropped for the Main, Roczen was in sixth and Dungey got stuck mid-pack. Roczen made critical passes to move up to a possible podium position in the first half of the race and was in fourth at the halfway mark. Dungey followed suit and had moved up from 11th to sixth by lap 12. Dungey then made a pass on Justin Brayton to move into the top five and continued to work his way up to the leaders.
Dungey was able to reel in his team-mate on the final lap and began to pressure for the position through the final rhythm section. But he then made a mistake and crashed while trying to battle for the spot – losing a few positions while scrambling back into the action. Roczen held onto his fourth position while Dungey crossed the line in ninth, just behind KTM rider Andrew Short.
Although Roczen missed out on the podium he was happy with the night’s work: “My result wasn’t quite what I hoped but definitely not the worst outcome either, so I’ll take it.
“I really liked the dirt used on the track tonight. It didn’t get too deep or rutted but was still challenging and fun to ride. The whoop section was a little tricky and the lappers were hard to get around toward the end of the race.”
The next event up for the Red Bull KTM Factory team is in Houston, Texas on April 5.