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(Madera, CA, March 27th, 2023) – Tons of excitement in Seattle this past Saturday for the 11th round of Supercross. Ken Roczen had an exciting race battling up front and ultimately finishing 6th place on his Progressive ECSTAR Suzuki. 250cc West Coast rider Dilan Schwartz had a rough night on his RM-Z 250cc, missing the main event; expect to see him rebound in Arizona. Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Suzuki, presented by Progressive Insurance riders Shane McElrath and Kyle Chisholm, both had commendable rides, with McElrath in 16th place and Chisholm finishing in 18th place.
Ken Roczen #94: Exhilarating round for Ken Roczen and fans. He put on an impressive main event performance. Ken got a strong start in the main event and was battling up front for the podium position. Roczen ultimately finished 6th place and retained 4th place for the series points.
“This was a tough one; from when I first went out on the track, I wasn’t really flowing with the track and wasn’t very comfortable. So, coming down to the night show, I had an alright heat race, but I actually had the most fun and rode the best in the main event, and that’s where it counts. In the beginning, I could slice and dice with the front guys. Once the track got super, super gnarly, I wasn’t doing some of the jumps, so I lost some time and positions. The main event went by quickly. I was pumped to salvage 6th place. We must take the good with the bad. I’m pumped with how the team has been working, and we are going to keep our heads up. Glad to get out of here safe!”
Shane McElrath #12: Commendable ride for Shane McElrath in 16th place. McElrath made the most of this race, overcoming a challenging track and plugging away.
“It was a tough race day. I struggled with the track. It was super technical and really rutted. It was difficult to get around. That being said, my bike felt good, and we made some positive changes. My starts haven’t been good, and I’m figuring that out and getting them more consistent. I really struggle when I start getting lapped. I have to work on that. I have to be better mentally and start firing earlier in the day. I’m excited for the week off and the Triple Crown in Arizona. The team has been working hard, and I want to reward them. I’ll see you guys in Glendale.”
Kyle Chisholm #11: Solid round for Kyle Chisholm, transferring right out of his heat race with 9th place. In the main event, Kyle continued to fight through gnarly track conditions and finished the race in 18th place.
“To be honest, not happy with the result,” said Kyle Chisholm. “It was a pretty tough track. I felt like I never got into a flow or rhythm all day on the track. I just wasn’t comfortable. I’m looking forward to the break working on a few things, resting up, healing up, and being better for Glendale.”
Dilan Schwartz #85: Rough round for Dilan Schwartz in Seattle. Dilan was fighting an uphill battle all day, unable to get the starts needed to put himself in a transfer position. In his heat race and last chance qualifier, Schwartz crashed going for transfer position, missing the main event in the process.
“Really bummer weekend in Seattle,” said Dilan Schwartz. “I crashed in my heat race and had to race the LCQ. I crashed again, going for a transfer position in the corner of the last lap, and missed the main event. I’m looking forward to Glendale in two weeks.”
“This round went okay. After you win, it’s hard to settle for anything else,” said team manager Larry Brooks. “The night was not going as good as we wanted, and Ken Roczen pulled it together in the main event. He got a good start and finished 6th place. We are pretty happy we are tied for 4th place in the series points. Shane McElrtath and Kyle Chisholm didn’t quite as well as I thought they would. McElrath finished 16th, and Chisholm finished 18th. They’ll come back to fight another day. It was just a tough track, really rutty. We had a lot of rain before the event. The Dirtworks guys did a good job getting the track together like they have every event. Dilan Schwartz didn’t do as well as we wanted either. He crashed in his heat and LCQ race that ended his night early. We will come back to fight another day.”
The series heads to Arizona for the 12th round of the 2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. The racing starts at 5:30 PM. You can catch all the action live on PEACOCK TV and follow along with us on race days through our social media channels.
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