Fans of Ken Roczen were delighted at the thirteenth round of 2019 Monster Energy Supercross, Houston, as he romped to the win in the first main event with ease. It seemed as though he would finally stand atop the 450SX podium again. A crash in the first turn during the second main ended that dream though, as he limped off and failed to finish. Roczen soldiered on in the third main, so secured eighth, and then later released this update via Honda HRC.
"The first main event tonight was seriously so good! We grabbed a great start and got out front right away, pulling a ten-second gap on the rest of the field. It was amazing to see the checkered flag before anyone else. Unfortunately, it was only in one main. In the second one, I got tangled up with Dean's [Wilson] rear wheel and went down pretty hard. I smashed my toe and originally thought I had an ankle injury, but luckily that wasn't the case.
"My bike was also so bent up after the crash. I got checked out and it actually started to feel better, instead of worse, after fifteen to twenty minutes. That was good but my toe was still in a lot of pain. Luckily I was able to just jump back on the bike and do what I could in the third main, salvaging an eighth-place and getting tenth overall. It's not really how we wanted to end tonight, especially with how well the day and first race went, but again we are healthy and moving onto the next one. At one point, it will come."
After securing tenth overall at Houston, the final Triple-Crown event of the season, Ken Roczen now runs fourth in the 450SX championship standings. Thirty-six points separate him from the current series leader, Cooper Webb.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Honda Racing Corporation