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2013 Anaheim III SX Review

Published February 5th, 2013

A historic night in AMA racing – the first time KTM has won both main events at a supercross. Kenny Roczen won the 15 lap 250 West Main Event, and Ryan Dungey, after failing to qualify thru his heat and having to come thru the LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier), won the 20 lap 450 SX Main Event.

A3 450 SX Main Event winner Ryan Dungey “We felt some emotion coming into tonight’s race after barely making it into the Main Event. The team was sweating it, but we pulled it off. It’s a long season and this is a big step for the team.”

Ryan Dungey Opening Ceremonies 2013 A3 Supercross

A3 250 West Main Event winner Ken Roczen “I need to keep this up and take it to the next level. This has been a great two races for me, but the season is not over yet, so I need to keep the pressure on as we head to San Diego next week. It is so great to get up here and have my hard work finally pay off. My team and I have been working really hard this year to put our KTM’s up front and in the championship hunt and I feel like we are in a good position. I can’t wait for the next race.”

Ken Roczen – 250 Main Winner A3 SX

Red Bull KTM Team Manager Roger De Coster said of the historic night when his two riders won each of their respective main events “We are so proud of both our rider’s and the entire work our team has put in to get to this point. Now we just need to work harder to stay here.”

Premiere 450 SX Series Points leader Davi Millsaps, who finished second in the 450 Main said “All in all it was a good smart weekend. I didn’t get that great of a start but somehow I came out of the first turn pretty decent, then a bunch of people went down so that helped me out. I’m not gonna’ complain about that. ! I almost threw it away on lap 18 but I pulled it together. There are a bunch of guys out there that can win any weekend. This is Ryan Dungey’s first win so that’s pretty cool for him. I had some good battles, it was a good race, and I’m just pumped to be on the podium. I’m trying to be as consistent as I can.”

Third place 450 finisher Justin Barcia “I am really happy with how tonight went. This is an awesome way to come back after the last two weekends that I have had. I was riding really good and am looking forward to next weekend.”

Trey Canard “It was one of those nights that you just need to do your best to keep going. I was riding really cautious in the beginning and stalled my bike. After that I made another mistake. It was a tough night but I need to just look forward and head into next weekend.”

Second place in the 250 West Main Martin Davalos “I felt really good out there all day today. I worked hard on my starts all week and it paid off tonight. I was being a little too cautious at the end and was riding on the edge of the track to try and find better lines. I’m happy with second. We’re constantly looking to improve and will head to San Diego and look to head into the break on a high note.”

250 West defending series champion Eli Tomac “I stuttered a little bit at the start tonight and that cost me. I got bunched up mid-pack around the first corner and had to fight through a bunch of other riders. The guys out front were able to put some distance on me early and by the time I made it up to third place they were too far gone. I rode a little tight as well. I’m not sure why. The main thing is we did earn some points and we moved up a spot in the standings. We’ve got some work to do but we’re only halfway through the season so there is time.”

Former multi time Supercross Champion Chad Reed “I am honestly happy with tonight here in Anaheim. Sometimes the result doesn’t always fit the progress you have made. I feel like we now have all the pieces of the puzzle and it was the first time this year I felt like I could win. Bring on San Diego, I know we are heading in the right direction and I really want to put it all together for a good result.”

Former multi time Supercross Champion James Stewart “In the heat race, I got a bad start. But I made my way up to third. I had some good lap times on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. I felt pretty good and I was riding pretty strong. The race was pretty interesting. I got a terrible start but I made some good passes. There were a couple of different pile-ups but I was able to avoid those this week. I ran second for more than half the race and then third for another quarter, and then ended up making a couple of mistakes, but fourth place … it could be worse. Overall, I was happy about being up front. It was a big confidence-booster and I’m happy to leave Anaheim healthy and in the top five. We’ll continue to build, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome and we’ll continue to work on it and get ready for San Diego.”

RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle “I felt strong. The track was really tricky. The design was pretty basic but it was hard to get a flow going. We’ll take the ninth-place finish. I want more. We’re gaining in rider points and we want to keep moving inside the top 10. It was all about cleaning your corners up and carrying all your momentum through the corners. That’s what I struggled with a bit and that’s what caused me to pump up a bit in the Main. Around Lap 14 I got a little pumped up and tried to make it go away and just got tight. I just didn’t get loose late in the race. We’ll keep plugging away. I want more. I don’t want ninth or 10th. I want top-fives and podiums.”

Max Anstie – who was only riding the first five rounds as he gets ready to contest the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championships for the Rockstar Suzuki team said “The day started off well in Anaheim, I put in fourth-fastest time in the first Qualifying session then dropped back to seventh in the second one. I felt confident and ready to go for the night show. I got off to a good start in my heat but a slight problem with my front brake caused me to drop back a few spots. I ended up fifth and with good lap times and some good lines, things felt like they were coming together. But in the Main, I made a small mistake on the gate and I managed to claw my way back into ninth. It’s not where I wanted to finish my last SX race of the season, but we learned so much and it has definitely got me prepared mentally and race-wise for Qatar in a month. I can’t wait to get on the GP race bike! I know I am better-prepared that all other GP riders and the whole team has worked so hard to make things happen. We’ll keep working and good things will come!”

Late tomorrow, we’ll have a giant photo feature on the A3 SX.

It was KTM’s night in Anaheim

 

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