Round four of the AMA Supercross series was held under the lights of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, where Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen rode his CRF450R to a respectable fifth-place finish, placing him second in the championship standings. When the gate fell for the night’s main event, Roczen came around the first turn just outside the top five. By lap six, the German had made his way into fourth and was continuing his charge forward. While he battled for third with Joey Savatgy, both riders capitalized on a mistake made by Marvin Musquin in the whoops, allowing them to sneak by and overtake second and third. On the following lap, Roczen made his pass on Savatgy to take over second. It was short-lived however, as the chaos continued and a four-way battle ensued, with riders swapping positions multiple times. Roczen relinquished two positions during the heated battle before losing one more in the final minutes of the race to take the checkered flag in fifth.
Fellow factory Honda racer Cole Seely showed flashes of speed and brilliance all day, riding smoothly and confidently through qualifying and his heat. Unfortunately, while running seventh early in the main event, Seely had a mishap in the sand section, sending him to the ground. He remounted in 20th, and for the remainder of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race, Seely put his head down and maneuvered through the field, working his way to 11thby the finish.
- On Friday evening, Team Honda HRC riders Ken Roczen and Cole Seely, along with GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo, attended a pre-race Supercross party at Hayward, California’s East Bay Motorsports, where they signed autographs and posed for photos. Team Honda HRC also donated four tickets to the race, to be raffled off to some lucky fans.
- During the day’s timed qualifying sessions, Roczen and Seely set the pace, recording the first- and second-fastest times of the afternoon, respectively. Roczen led the charge with a 52.709” time, with Seely close behind with a 52.956” lap. They were two of only three riders to drop into the 52-second range.
- Once practice concluded, Roczen made dreams come true for Paradise, California, resident Evan Shoemaker, whose family was severely affected by the devastating fire that destroyed their town last November. With the help of Fox Racing and American Honda, Roczen surprised Evan with a brand-new CRF230F adorned with Team Honda HRC-replica graphics from Throttle Jockey, plus head-to-toe riding gear, as well as some additional clothing. NBC Sports was on hand to film the emotional presentation, which was then shown during the Oakland broadcast. The family stuck around all evening, eating dinner under the Team Honda HRC hospitality truck before heading to the press box to watch the action unfold.
- After four rounds, Roczen sits second in the championship chase with 81 points, just two points off the lead, while Seely is eighth with 56.
- In the 250SX West class, GEICO Honda’s Cameron McAdoo had another strong showing, riding his CRF250R to his second straight sixth-place finish. Although RJ Hampshire wasn’t able to celebrate his 23rdbirthday with a podium finish, he showed resilience by overcoming a hard first-lap crash to finish 13th.
- This week, the Honda Red Riders head back to Southern California for round five at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. On Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the riders will take part in a dealer appearance at Del Amo South Bay Motorsports.
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450SX Main Event Results
|1||Webb Cooper||2||USA||26||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|2||Musquin Marvin||25||FRA||23||Red Bull KTM||KTM|
|3||Baggett Blake||4||USA||21||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS||KTM|
|4||Tomac Eli||3||USA||19||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|5||Roczen Ken||94||GER||18||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|6||Wilson Dean||15||GBR||17||Rockstar Husqvarna||Husqvarna|
|7||Barcia Justin||51||USA||16||Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team||Yamaha|
|8||Brayton Justin||10||USA||15||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|9||Reed Chad||22||AUS||14||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|10||Bogle Justin||19||USA||13||RCH Racing||Suzuki|
|11||Seely Cole||14||USA||12||Team Honda HRC||Honda|
|12||Bowers Tyler||69||USA||11||Bowers Racing||Kawasaki|
|13||Friese Vince||45||USA||10||Smartop MotoConcepts Racing||Honda|
|14||Hill Justin||46||USA||9||Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki|
|15||Martinez Cole||68||USA||8||Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|
|16||Chisholm Kyle||11||USA||7||Chisholm Racing||Kawasaki|
|17||Ray Alex||USA||6||Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha||Yamaha|
|19||Plessinger Aaron||7||USA||4||Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team||Yamaha|
|20||Stewart Ronnie||606||USA||3||DirtCandy Graphics||Suzuki|
|21||Savatgy Joey||17||USA||2||Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki|
|22||Politelli Austin||981||USA||1||Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha||Yamaha|