Mis­sion ac­com­plished

Roczen, Webb clinch Lucas Oil Pro Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship ti­tles

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com PHOTO BY SI­MON CUDBY

Over the course of the Lucas Oil Pro Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb have been all about stick­ing to their strat­egy and it has worked.

In Satur­day’s 11th round of the cham­pi­onship se­ries at the GEICO Mo­tor­cy­cle Budds Creek Na­tional, the two rid­ers con­tin­ued to stay ahead of the field, clinch­ing the 450 and 250 class ti­tles, re­spec­tively, at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park in Me­chan­icsville in front of thou­sands of fans.

RCH Soar­ing Ea­gle/Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Fac­tory Rac­ing’s Roczen wrapped up his sec­ond ti­tle in three sea­sons, sweep­ing both 450 class mo­tos for his eighth vic­tory of the se­ries. He has now has won 18 of 22 mo­tos on the sea­son. The rider from Ger­many leads by 76 points over Kawasaki’s Eli To­mac, while Marvin Musquin

of France is in third with 365 points.

“Any cham­pi­onship is great, know­ing where we came from in 2015 and all the strug­gles that we went through as a team. This sea­son we turned ev­ery­thing around and it was so much fun,” said Roczen, who won the ti­tle in 2014, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up last sea­son. “Rack­ing up 1-1 wins al­most ev­ery week was phe­nom­e­nal and that doesn’t come easy. It has been a dom­i­nant year for me and the team.”

It was also the eighth time this sea­son that Roczen swept both mo­tos and the sec­ond straight week­end that he led ev­ery lap. It was also the first-ever over­all vic­tory for Roczen at the Budds Creek stop.

“The Soar­ing Ea­gle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Fac­tory Rac­ing ma­chine has been work­ing great all year. There are so many peo­ple I have to thank — my team, my fam­ily, my girl­friend and my trainer. We fi­nally made it,” he said. “I don’t re­ally know what more to say right now. We have such a solid pro­gram that I’m just re­ally happy with.”

Justin Bar­cia, of Mon­roe, N.Y., (third in Moto 1, third in Moto 2) took sec­ond over­all on the day, his best over­all fin­ish of the sea­son. Musquin (sec­ond in Moto 1, fourth in Moto 2) took third over­all in the race.

With an 81-point lead in the stand­ings over Mon­ster En­ergy/Pro Cir­cuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Sa­vatgy, of Thomasville, Ga., and Ya­malube/Star Rac­ing Yamaha’s Alex Martin, of Mil­lville, Minn., com­ing in into Satur­day, Webb (Ya­malube/Star Rac­ing Yamaha) of New­port, N.C., took sixth in Moto 1 and third in Moto 2 for fifth over­all.

De­spite the fifth-place fin­ish, Webb only needed to fin­ish with a min­i­mum ad­van­tage of 50 points in the stand­ings in order to clinch his first ca­reer na­tional cham­pi­onship.

Webb leads the 250 field with 457 points, while Martin sits in sec­ond with 384 points. Sa­vatgy is in third with 361 points.

“I don’t know what to say. I hon­estly didn’t think I would be here at the start of the sea­son with this [wrist] in­jury and ev­ery­thing like that, so to be able to do this is un­real, es­pe­cially in front of my home fans and the home crowd,” Webb said. “Un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t the day we wanted [on the track], but we made it hap­pen. That’s what cham­pi­ons are made of. You get knocked down and get right back up. We showed them [the 250 Class field] how to do it.”

Husq­varna rider Zachary Os­borne of Abing­don, Va., came in fourth in Moto 1, but won Moto 2 for his first over­all vic­tory. Martin was sec­ond over­all and Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner of Richards, Mo., went 5-2 in the mo­tos and placed third on the day.

Martin de­liv­ered with his sec­ond win of the sea­son in the Moto 1 and placed fourth in Moto 2.

Traders Rac­ing Kawasaki’s Tony Archer of Wal­dorf fin­ished in­side the top 20 in Moto 1 of the 250 class with a 19th­place fin­ish and 37th in Moto 2.

The cham­pi­onship se­ries will host its 12th and fi­nal stop of the 2016 sea­son on Satur­day from Iron­man Race­way in Craw­fordsville, Ind., with the Third An­nual Iron­man Na­tional.

Ger­many na­tive Ken Roczen of the RCH Soar­ing Ea­gle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Fac­tory Rac­ing team, cen­ter, heads the field of rac­ers in Satur­day’s Lucas Oil Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship Se­ries race on Satur­day at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park. Roczen clinched his sec­ond na­tional ti­tle in three sea­sons in the 450 class and leads with 584 points af­ter 11 rounds.

PHOTO BY SI­MON CUDBY

Husq­varna rider Zachary Os­borne of Abing­don, Va., picked up his first ca­reer over­all vic­tory in the 250 class af­ter a 4-1 moto fin­ish in the 11th round of the the Lucas Oil Mo­tocross Cham­pi­onship Se­ries at Budds Creek Mo­tocross Park on Satur­day.

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