Ken Roczen capitalizes on Ryan Villopto's mistake to pickup second Supercross Victory
When Ryan Villopoto bobbled, it was Ken Roczen that capitalized on his mistake and made the pass with six laps to go to score his second career Supercross Victory in Atlanta, Georgia.
"The track was tough out there," Roczen commented. "I made a mistake and he got by – he made a mistake and I got by. It’s good to get this win for my confidence."
Mike Alessi would get the holeshot ahead of James Stewart, Roczen, Ryan Dungey and Villopoto. Stewart would go down as he got on the brakes too hard, allowing the other leaders to go by. Rookie Roczen would make a mistake on lap five, which allowed Villopoto to pass him and move into second behind Alessi. Villopoto and Roczen then caught Alessi, both going by him on lap six. Villopoto then led to six to go when he clipped the tough block, and then hit the throttle too hard causing the back of the bike to kick back, which allowed Roczen to go by and lead the rest of the way to victory.
Roczen picked up his first career victory in the season opener earlier this year and currently sits second in points, nine points behind Villopoto.
Villopoto, who is looking for his fourth championship in a row, would cross the finish line in second.
"I just started mid-race there to ride a little tight but I’m happy where I finished," Villopoto commented. "We struggled all the way through practice. I definitely made the mistake there and gave away the win. I need to start riding like myself and get some wins."
Roczen's Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey rounded out the podium and currently sits fourth in points.
"It feels good," Dungey commented. "The track got rougher as the race went on there and I could’ve made some changes in my line as I lost some time there. we’re getting better and working towards that win."
Will Hahn and Justin Brayton rounded out the top five.
In the Supercross Lites East, Martin Davalos would pick up his first career victory after coming so close many times before. Last week's winner and rookie Adam Cianciarulo crossed the finish line second after picking up the win last week. He will hold the point lead, only two points ahead of Davalos.
Last week, Pro Circuit swept the top three spots with Cianciarulo ahead of Davlos and Bagget. This week, they swept the top two spots while Bagget came back to finish fifth after a bad start. Bougle finished third, followed by Wharton.
250 main event 1.davalos 2.cianciarulo 3.bogle 4.Wharton 5.Baggett 6.Friese 7.Decotis 8.Thompson 9.Lemoine 10.oldenburg
450 main event 1.Roczen 2.Villopoto 3.Dungey 4.Hahn 5.Brayton 6.Alessi 7.Tickle 8.Peick 9.Grant 10.short 11.Stewart 12.Goerke 13.Hill 14.Tedesco 15.Blose 16.Wey 17.Chisolm 18.Albertson 19.Sipes 20.Schmidt 21.Tomac 22.nicoletti
OF NOTE: Chad Reed did not compete tonight due to injuries suffered a couple weeks ago. He will be out for awhile, but is planning to have Supercross Lites West rider Dean Wilson ride the Two-Two Motorsports bike next weekend.