Su­per­cross

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Honda racer Ken Roczen has de­liv­ered on prom­ises to get his 2017 AMA Su­per­cross sea­son off to a fly­ing start – by tak­ing a dom­i­nant win in the first race of the sea­son this morn­ing in Ana­heim.

Roczen dom­i­nated the en­tire evening, win­ning his heat races en route to the fi­nal, snatch­ing the holeshot award and lead­ing ev­ery lap of the race to win from the Red Bull KTM duo of de­fend­ing cham­pion Ryan Dungey and French­man Marvin Musquin.

Roczen, by tak­ing such a com­mand­ing vic­tory on the night, has backed up his words ear­lier in the week.

Break­ing from tra­di­tion by ditch­ing the teamwear and turn­ing up to the pre-event press con­fer­ence in suit and tie, he laid down a big marker to his op­po­nents that he was able to match with Sun­day night’s per­for­mances.

The 22-year-old Ger­man said: “It’s like I’ve been say­ing all week, I’m just bring­ing that much more fo­cus into the sea­son and I’m su­per-fit. I had a lot of fun out there.

“The track got rough, and since they tamed it down it helped out a lot once it got rough. We’ve got to keep our head on our shoul­ders, bottom line.”

The in­tense 17-round sea­son con­tin­ues this week­end, when the cham­pi­onship moves on to San Diego’s Petco Park.

Ken Roczen got his 2017 off to a fly­ing start

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