Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin Place Top Five at Thunder Valley
Red Bull/KTM Factory 250 Motocross riders, Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin, both placed inside the top five at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Thunder Valley MX Park. Roczen earned 2-4 moto scores to place 3rd overall while Musquin’s 5-5 moto scores placed him 5th overall for the day.
Both KTM riders jumped off the gate to a great start in the first moto. Roczen came around the first corner in 2nd position with Musquin just two spots back in 4th. Roczen immediately placed himself within striking distance of the lead rider, Justin Barcia. The two riders remained within a few bike lengths of each other for the first half of the moto. Once they got into lappers it gave Roczen another opportunity to pull closer. He closed the gap on Barcia and began to battle for the lead. With only a few laps remaining, Roczen tried to make a pass on Barcia and went down. He recovered quickly but lost a few seconds and was unable to catch Barcia at the moto end. Roczen went on to finish 2nd while his teammate, Musquin, put together a solid ride to finish 5th.
In moto two, Roczen and Musquin placed their KTM’s inside the top five again. This time Roczen was sitting in 3rd around the first corner with Musquin in 5th. Both riders moved around Tedesco on the first lap in order to move up one position. From there, Roczen remained in 2nd place behind Barcia until lap six when Baggett began to put heavy pressure on the KTM rider. Baggett was able to move around Roczen to pick up the position but Roczen remained strong and increased his lap time to close back on Barcia. He made the pass on Barcia for 2nd on the tenth lap of the race. With only a few laps remaining, Roczen suffered a crash while trying to find a different line to move around some lappers. He lost two positions while recovering and finished the race in 4th. Musquin went on to finish 5th in the second moto.
Roczen’s 2-4 moto scores earned him 3rd overall and a spot on the podium. Musquin’s 5-5 results earned him 5th overall marking his first top five finish of the season.
“Its great to be on the podium for the third week straight,” remarked Roczen. “I feel like I rode really well this weekend. I had some good battles in the first moto and was able to keep pace with Barcia the entire moto. In the second moto, it was Barcia, Baggett and I battling and I was in the 2nd place spot when I got caught up in lappers on the final lap and went down. Barcia got by me and I finished 3rd in the race for 3rd overall. It was definitely frustrating going down on the last lap after two good races.”
He continued, “The 250 competition is really tight so losing an additional three points by finishing 3rd versus 2nd could come into play later in the season. That’s what I’m bummed about most. Apart from that, I am happy with everything else about the day. My bike worked perfect and I really enjoyed competing on a track that I’ve raced before (MX Des Nations 2010). It’s especially good to be able to put KTM on the podium in the 250 Motocross class after my teammate, Ryan Dungey, put us on top in the 450 Motocross class.”
Next Event: High Point Raceway – Mt. Morris, PA – June 9, 2012