Incredible race from Roczen & McElrath in San Francisco 

Motorcycle racing returned to the Bay Area for the second round of the 2024 AMA Monster Energy Supercross series at Oracle Park. This past Saturday in San Francisco, California, the conditions for racing Supercross were as bad as they get. It rained, it poured, and the track was a muddy mess. The adverse conditions did not stop Roczen and McElrath. They powered their Suzuki RM-Z 450’s to a 3rd overall for the #94 Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki & 4th overall for the #12 Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki. 

#94 Ken Roczen

It was a frantic race for Ken Roczen after getting out to a great start with the holeshot. Unfortunately, while pulling a tear-off on his goggles, his bike stalled as he rounded the first obstacle of the opening lap. Immediately killing his momentum, the entire field paddled by him. Roczen quickly rushed to kick-start his engine. Teammate Shane McElrath dodged the first-corner chaos. He came away unscathed with a great start from the outside. Shane put himself in a great position and ran in 3rd place for the race’s first three laps. By the fourth lap, #94 had caught up to him. Roczen made the pass on his teammate, passing 19 riders to secure 3rd place. With a reduced main event and time not on his side, he had to settle for third place. It was the first podium of the year for the #94 Ken Roczen & his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki. Shane McElrath never lost his pace once the #94 passed him for third, holding 4th place for the rest of the 15-minute plus 1-lap main event. It was his career-best finish in the premier class and another imposing mud race aboard his Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki; Shane totals three 450 class top ten results in similar conditions, with a 5th place in New Jersey & 7th place result in Salt Lake City, 2023. 

#12 Shane McElrath

#11 Kyle Chisholm

Kyle Chisholm walked away from the second round bruised but not broken. Two back-to-back bad starts ruined the #11 Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki’s chances on the night. The worst came in the LCQ when Chisholm crashed into the stadium wall in the first corner. He hit the deck hard, and his Fly Formula S Smart helmet did its job. Chisholm was able to get up and walk away. He immediately had the Alpinestar medical team do an x-ray. Fortunately, no significant injuries were found. Kyle was badly bruised and very sore. He is eager to return to business and will try to make round three. 

Saturday was a historic night for Pipes Motorsports Group, putting two riders in the top 4 of the premier class in Supercross and marking the best-combined finish for the racing organization to date. The progress and success of the team this weekend were possible because of the positive outlook, hard work, and effort from Team Manager Larry Brooks, Suspension Technician – Matt Andruk, #94 Mechanic – Billy Hartle, #12 Mechanic – Alex Faith, and #11 Mechanic – Andrew Livingston

 

Ready for any test, the team looks forward to this Saturday and round three at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California. All the racing is live on Peacock, with pre-race coverage on Race Day Live starting at noon PST, and the first gate drops at 5:30 PM PST on Peacock. Follow the team by liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram.

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