HRC Honda’s Ken Roczen struggled again this weekend at round five of the Monster Energy AMA Championships in Glendale, grabbing a fifth overall.
Roczen ran in second early in the first 450SX race, but he slipped two positions before the finish. Sexton and Roczen had their CRF450R race machines in the top five for the majority of the twelve minute-plus-one-lap second race. Roczen suffered a poor start and climbed to seventh by the finish, coming home with a fifth overall scorecard for the evening.
“The Glendale Triple Crown was another rough one on my end.” said Roczen. “My starts were mediocre at best, and with those types of races, it’s tough to make something happen.”
“I feel like I wasn’t riding like myself, and in general I wasn’t feeling comfortable out on the track. I’m still working to try and get everything together, but Glendale was definitely not it.”
“I got fifth overall, so it was actually nice to make it through the mains without going down. We definitely need some work. I’m trying to get consistent during the week and gain some confidence, but we’re still figuring out the bike a little bit. We went back to my setup from last year, it’s good in some areas but also creates problems in others, and my starts with it weren’t that great.”
“I’m still working on myself and with the team to bring it on the weekend. We haven’t really had the greatest test days during the week, so then going into the weekend and trying to be super-confident and trusting in my abilities is really tough to do. We simply have to be better, and we’re working on it. We’re going to go into another week of training, figure some stuff out and head on to Anaheim.”