PERFECT SEASON ENDING FOR RCH SUZUKI’S ROCZEN
Team Suzuki Press Office – August 31.
Ken Roczen and RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a perfect 1-1 performance in Saturday’s Ironman National to collect their ninth overall victory and close out the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in winning style.
After clinching the series title last weekend at Budds Creek, the two-time Pro Motocross Champion was able to breathe a sigh of relief and come into the 12th and final race of the year with nothing to lose.
While the championship trophy may have already been on display under the RCH canopy, the fire still clearly burned for Roczen. After clocking-in with two solid qualifying sessions, the rider of the No. #94 Suzuki RM-Z450 turned-up the wick when the starting gate dropped by winning the holeshot in the first moto, leading every lap and collecting his 19th moto win of the season.
Minus the holeshot, the second moto was more of the same as Roczen paced all 15 laps and stretched his lead to almost 20 seconds when the final chequered flag of the season flew.
“The first moto was a little rough in some spots with the mud but I knew the second moto would be a lot better,” explained Roczen. “I grabbed two awesome starts. I got the holeshot in the first one and I was top-three out of the gate in the second. I just put in a good charge in the second one and went for another win. I said last weekend we wanted another 1-1 to finish off the season. We didn’t come just to slack around. I couldn’t be any happier. It’s going to be good to take some time off and enjoy how good of a season we had. We’ll let everything settle and enjoy it a little bit.”