The opening round of the 2019 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, held in Rancho Cordova, California, saw Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen secure his first overall 450MX victory since incurring serious injuries in the 2017 AMA Supercross season. Roczen’s long-awaited return to the top step of the podium gives him the red plate heading into round two.

Roczen got off the line to a decent start in the first moto, emerging from the first turn in sixth. The German made swift and aggressive passes, taking over the lead on the first lap and building a gap. Throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, Roczen rode flawlessly, stretching his advantage to 15 seconds by the checkered flag. Meanwhile, teammate Cole Seely got off to an 11th-place start and worked his way into ninth on the second lap, which is where he spent the remainder of the race.

When the gate dropped on moto two, Roczen emerged from the muddy first turn in fifth place aboard his CRF450R. As in the first race, Roczen made speedy and precise passes, moving into second on the first lap and setting his sights on the leading Eli Tomac. He closed the gap and made an incredible pass over the Fly 150 jump to take over the front position. Roczen quickly began to pull away but small mistakes on the deteriorating track allowed Tomac to close back in and retake the lead. The two frontrunners continued to play cat and mouse, but Roczen was never able to mount another charge and settled into second, which is where he finished. Seely had a challenging race due to the wet and muddy conditions. After getting a less-than-desirable start, the Californian was forced into the mechanics’ area for new goggles after the first lap, sending him back to 19th. He regained a few positions before multiple crashes once again thwarted him, and he ultimately crossed the finish line in 18thplace.


  • The pre-race press conference took place on Thursday, with Ken Roczen fielding questions from the media, but heavy rain caused postponement of the riding session until Friday, when Team Honda HRC riders were given the opportunity to take part in one 30-minute practice session.
  • On Friday, Cole Seely and Ken Roczen were joined by GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig, Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire and rookie Hunter Lawrence for a Hangtown Open House at the local powerhouse dealer, Roseville Honda. Fans lined up to meet and get autographs from their favorite riders and for a chance to win a Honda CRF110F. At the conclusion of the event, Seely drew the winning ticket for the third consecutive year, with the trail bike going to Dwayne Triplett.
  • Roczen started race day on a positive note, leading the charge during qualifying and securing the fastest lap with a 2’15.236” time in the first practice session. Seely was eighth with a 2’18.419” lap.
  • Following practice, both Seely and Roczen opted to mount plastic Cycra handguards to their CRF450Rs to deal with the mud.
  • Rain moved in as the first 450MX race came to a close, creating a difficult track for the second race. Despite the differing conditions from one race to another, Roczen said he didn’t vary his approach. “You really don’t change the bike too much from one moto to another, even when the conditions are as opposite as they were today, because you really don’t know how the bike is going to react,” he explained. “You want to ride what you know. You can maybe change a clicker or two but that’s it. You know the bike you were riding, so changing anything could go either way. It’s all about just staying consistent and minimizing mistakes in those situations. You can gain and lose a lot of time very easily.”
  • In the 250MX class, newly crowned AMA Supercross 250SX East Champion Chase Sexton led the charge for the GEICO Honda crew, securing fifth overall with 4-6 finishes aboard his CRF250R. Teammate RJ Hampshire finished sixth, while Christian Craig was 10th, one spot ahead of rookie Hunter Lawrence.
  • The Honda Red Riders will be at Southern California’s Fox Raceway this Saturday, May 25, for round 2 of the AMA Pro Motocross series. On Friday evening, riders will head to Temecula Motorsports for an autograph session.

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Ken Roczen 94

“I’m absolutely stoked. All day, we were on it; qualifying was great, got the first moto win and then the overall. I honestly didn’t think it would go that well because I felt like I had more in the tank and it’s hard to gauge where you’ll be at the first round. What we did today was very important to me, the team and our journey. I didn’t get the best start in the first moto but was able to make some moves early to get out front and have a clear track. We were all hoping we could get one moto in without the rain, so that was great. The second moto was tough and those types of conditions can backfire on you so quickly. Eli [Tomac] and I had a good battle in the beginning. We kind of yo-yoed back and forth. I had some sloppy parts out there though, so I just took it extra easy toward the end and didn’t want to push the envelope to risk a mistake and miss the overall. This is such a great way to start the season, and I can’t wait to keep the momentum going.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Today was great—I’m so happy for Ken and the team! Everyone works so hard, especially Ken himself, so to see him come away with this long-awaited win is incredible. He looked solid all day, laying down the fastest qualifying time in practice and dominating the first moto. He was even strong in the terrible conditions of the second race. We still have some improvement to do on the bike to make him even more comfortable, but I think we’re in a good place to continue to build. It was a disappointing day for Cole; he rode solid in the first moto but the conditions in the second race didn’t play in his favor at all. He’ll regroup and head to Fox Raceway strong.”

Jordan Troxell

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“Today was pretty rough. The first moto wasn’t too bad but the second was a struggle for Cole. He didn’t get a great start and lost a lot of time coming into the mechanics’ area after the first lap to get new goggles. It was basically downhill from there because any time he would gain some positions, he’d make a mistake and lose it. He went down a few times too, so it was more about survival at that point.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2019
Race Round 1   Sacramento

450 Moto 1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Roczen Ken 94 GER 25 Team Honda HRC Honda
2 Anderson Jason 21 USA 22 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
3 Webb Cooper 2 USA 20 Red Bull KTM KTM
4 Tomac Eli 3 USA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
5 Osborne Zach USA 16 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Baggett Blake 4 USA 15 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
7 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 14 Red Bull KTM KTM
8 Barcia Justin 51 USA 13 Monster Energy Factory Yamaha Racing Yamaha
10 Bogle Justin 19 USA 11 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
11 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 10 CDR Yamaha Yamaha
12 Waters Todd 477 AUS 9 Todd Waters Racing Husqvarna
13 Masterpool Jake 146 USA 8 None Yamaha
14 Lamay Ben 907 USA 7 Racing Honda
15 Cooper Cody 121 NZL 6 Crownkiwi Enterprise Honda
16 Hill Justin 46 USA 5 Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda
17 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 4 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
18 Bowers Tyler 69 USA 3 Bowers Racing Kawasaki
19 DeMartile Dare 207 USA 2 None Honda
20 Merriam Dylan 559 USA 1 None Yamaha
AMA Pro Motocross 2019
Race Round 1   Sacramento

450 Moto 2 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tomac Eli 3 USA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
2 Roczen Ken 94 GER 22 Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Osborne Zach USA 20 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
4 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA 18 Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Anderson Jason 21 USA 16 Rockstar Husqvarna Husqvarna
6 Webb Cooper 2 USA 15 Red Bull KTM KTM
7 Barcia Justin 51 USA 14 Monster Energy Factory Yamaha Racing Yamaha
8 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 13 CDR Yamaha Yamaha
9 Bogle Justin 19 USA 12 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
10 Baggett Blake 4 USA 11 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
11 Masterpool Jake 146 USA 10 None Yamaha
12 Lamay Ben 907 USA 9 Racing Honda
13 Waters Todd 477 AUS 8 Todd Waters Racing Husqvarna
14 Tomita Toshiki 718 JPN 7 Team Honda HRC Honda
15 Koga Taiki 929 JPN 6 Racing Kawasaki
16 Merriam Dylan 559 USA 5 None Yamaha
17 Noren Fredrik 40 SWE 4 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki
19 Bowers Tyler 69 USA 2 Bowers Racing Kawasaki
20 Jorgensen Mathias 221 DEN 1 None Honda
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