After posting top-five finishes at the first nine AMA Supercross rounds of the 2019 season, only to slip to a pair of eighth-place results at the last two races, Ken Roczen was pleased to turn in a solid second-place showing in Seattle. The Team Honda HRC rider started well and soon advanced to second behind Marvin Musquin, eventually finishing with a deficit of just 2.3 seconds. Along the way, Musquin jumped a series of jumps under a waving red-cross flag, and although he was subsequently docked seven points for the infraction, rules stipulated that he keep the win, leaving Roczen the still-inspired runner-up.

Cole Seely enjoyed a strong start and ran at the leaders’ pace for the first part of the race, then slipped back as he began to tire. In the end, he finished ninth.


  • On Friday, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Cole Seely both participated in Press Day, when they put in a couple of sessions on an abbreviated version of the track and did interviews with the attending media members.
  • Following Press Day, Roczen and Seely braved rush-hour traffic to join GEICO Honda’s RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo for an appearance at Lakewood dealership South Bound Honda, where they were greeted by a huge group of enthusiastic fans. The shop went the extra mile, creating replica CRF450R and CRF250R team bikes to display each rider, and even raffling off a Roczen-replica CRF50F.
  • While CenturyLink Field is an open stadium, the pits there are actually located indoors, and since regulations prohibit bikes from being started in the closed space, the mechanics did a fair amount of pushing bikes back and forth through the course of the day.
  • Seattle is known for its frequent precipitation, and gloomy weather forecasts had many worried about a repeat of last year’s muddy event. In the end however, conditions were cool but dry.
  • The Seattle track’s dirt contained a large quantity of rocks this year, prompting Team Honda HRC to install plastic Cycra handguards on the CRF450R race bikes of Roczen and Seely.
  • Roczen posted the fastest time during the daytime program’s first timed qualifying session, a 46.489”, while Seely was ninth at 47.379”. They slipped three and one spots, respectively, in the second session, with 45.803” and 46.415” times.
  • Roczen and Seely were both slotted in the first 450SX heat race, and Roczen rode great, starting in second place before passing the leader early on and riding to an impressive victory (the quicker of the two heat-race wins). Seely ran fifth in the early going but climbed a spot to finish fourth.
  • The Seattle round represented a return to the 250SX West Region following a stint in the East, which meant RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo took the baton from GEICO Honda teammate Chase Sexton. Unfortunately, the duo had a wild ride in the main event, inadvertently making contact with one another on the start straight and again in the first turn before both went down, leaving them with ground to make up. Hampshire advanced as high as the top five but ended up sixth, while McAdoo made it up to eighth.
  • Much of the talk in the Seattle pits centered around the long, deep section of whoops, which were a challenge to complete without making a mistake or losing momentum. “I didn’t think much of them at first,” Roczen said. “Then when I hit them on my first lap I got squirrely and almost went down. They were on the gnarly side. I kind of saved myself in practice—hit them as many times as I had to to get down a good lap, and then I just went around them or rolled through them or jumped them. I skimmed them for over half of the main event, and that’s where I kind of gained a little bit on Marvin. Then I almost threw it away one time, and from there I started jumping because I had a little room behind me. Overall, I thought the track was pretty cool.”
  • Once again, Honda had more bikes than any of the six manufacturers in the 450SX main event, with seven CRF450R race machines (31.8%). In addition to the two Team Honda HRC racers, other qualifying Red Riders included MotoConcepts’ Mike Alessi and Justin Brayton, TPJ’s Ben Lamay and Austin Politelli, and BWR’s Carlen Gardner.
  • Brayton was involved in a dramatic, lap-one, multi-rider incident that saw him tumbling through the air without his bike before landing hard, leaving him with an injured left knee.
  • With winner Musquin being docked seven points for jumping during a red-cross flag, Roczen’s situation in the title chase improved, but only slightly since he still only received second-place points. He still sits fourth in the standings, but he’s now four points behind third-place Eli Tomac instead of six, and 23 behind leader Cooper Webb instead of 27. Meanwhile, Seely advanced one position, to 10th.
  • March 30 will mark the 13thstraight week of racing for AMA Supercross, with Houston playing host, and Team Honda HRC will be visiting Katy, Texas, dealership Wild West Motoplex the night before the race, beginning at 6 p.m.

Press contact:

Mandie Fonteyn // Jonnum Media // +1 (951) 537-0454

Ken Roczen 94

“Today was a lot better for me. I’m still not 100% with whatever is going on with my body, but the feeling that I had on the bike was good all day. It was the same for the races—I just tried to go out there and have fun, and I rode really well. I had a good heat race with the win and then got a good start in the main. The track was super technical, especially with the whoops, which were very tough. I had a good battle with Marvin [Musquin] for a second. He jumped on the red-cross flag, which opened up the gap for a bit, but overall, going from where we were the last two weekends and not feeling great to racing like we did today and feeling a lot better, it was a huge step in the right direction. I think we’re all pretty happy with how it ended up this weekend; it’s a big monkey off our back!”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“This was a much better weekend. Kenny’s feeling better, and in the end there were a lot of positives to take away from the race; one of those is that the starts were better for both guys. For Kenny, I think it helped his confidence, and I think he’s feeling a lot better after tonight; he feels like he’s back where he needs to be. Cole showed speed early on and just needs to keep working on that—on his confidence and believing that he deserves to be up front at the end of the race.”

Jordan Troxell

Race Mechanic, Ken Roczen

“The day was okay. Practice was pretty standard for Cole; he struggled with a couple of things, but we’d made some progress with the bike and himself throughout the week. It was good to battle with some guys in the heat race, and then for the main event I think he got one of the better starts he’s had in a while. He was able to kind of run with Kenny and match the leaders’ pace for about the first half of the race, but then struggled a little after that. On paper, the overall result is not the greatest, but unfortunately, that’s kind of how the rest of the season has gone. What it doesn’t show is the first half of the race, where he was actually up there and running the pace. We’ve just got to find the positive and start to build a little confidence off of that, and of course we’ll try to make it last a little bit longer next weekend.”

AMA Supercross 2019
Race Round 12   Seattle

450SX Main Event Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Musquin Marvin 25 FRA Red Bull KTM KTM
2 Roczen Ken 94 GER Team Honda HRC Honda
3 Tomac Eli 3 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki
4 Webb Cooper 2 USA Red Bull KTM KTM
5 Savatgy Joey 17 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
6 Wilson Dean 15 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
7 Baggett Blake 4 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
8 Osborne Zach 16 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Husqvarna
10 Bowers Tyler 83 USA Bowers Racing Kawasaki
11 Bogle Justin 19 USA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS KTM
12 Hill Justin 46 USA Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda
13 Alessi Mike 800 USA Smartop Bullfrog Spas MotoConcepts Honda Honda
14 Lamay Ben 71 USA TPJ/Fly Racing Honda
15 Gardner Carlen 805 USA None Honda
16 Ray Alex 87 USA SGB Racing/Maxxis/Babbitt's Kawasaki Kawasaki
17 Barcia Justin 51 USA TLD/Red Bull GasGas GasGas
18 Politelli Austin 981 USA Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha Yamaha
19 Chisholm Kyle 11 USA Chisholm Racing Kawasaki
20 Breece Ryan 86 USA None Yamaha
21 Reed Chad 22 AUS Mountain Motorsports/CBDmd/CR22 Racing KTM
22 Brayton Justin 10 USA Muc-Off Honda Honda
Location Information

CenturyLink Field, Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA, United States - View in Google Maps