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Round three of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series was exciting but ultimately disappointing for the Teams. The 31,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California, was packed with fans who came to see Supercross, rain or shine.
Ken Roczen, aboard his Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki, put on a show, throwing the fastest lap times down, jumping out to early lap leads, and swapping back and forth with anyone who challenged for the lead. However, while leading the main event, he crashed and went a lap down in an unfortunate chain of events. Only seven laps into the race, Roczen found himself in some unwanted familiar territory. Like the week before, Roczen battled back from last place and a lap down; this time, Ken finished 12th overall. Twisted Tea H.E.P. Suzuki mounted rider Shane McElrath finished 16th place in San Diego. Kyle Chisholm, still sore from the previous week, came up short of the main event.
Roczen was out to a strong lead seven laps into the main event. With victory on his horizon, disaster struck, and Ken crashed out of the second corner; Roczen’s front wheel went through a different rut off the face of the double than his rear wheel. This caused his front end to jump to the right while the bike’s rear continued left, killing his momentum and crashing into the face of the landing. Returning to the Mechanics area to straighten his bars, Ken charged back from a lap down and worked his way up to 12th place before the checkered flag. Able to finish the night with points on the board, the battle will continue for Roczen.
Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider Shane McElrath survived San Diego with 16th place. Missing a spot in the Main out of his Heat, Shane battled in the LCQ for a solid second-place finish. Shane remained in the points and built on his previous progress, looking forward to A2.
Teammate Kyle Chisholm was coming off a nasty crash into a cement wall last week. Determined to race, the veteran showed his grittiness. In his heat race, jumping out to a strong position, he came around lap one in 10th place. Chisholm made a mistake in the next lap and was now in 16th place. He was able to snag a few positions before he finished short of a qualifying position. In the last-chance qualifier, Kyle spun too much off the gate, causing him to get an awful jump to the first corner. He could not make enough passes in time, not qualifying for the main event.
Round four of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross series will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. This Saturday, the paddock opens to fans at 10:30 AM, with the fan fest going till 4:30 PM. All the racing is on Peacock TV; race day is live at 11:30 AM PST, and the first race is at 5:30 PM PST. You can follow along with the team race day by liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram.
TWISTED TEA/ HEP SUZUKI: Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea, Suzuki Motor of America, INC. (SMAI), Progressive Insurance, ECSTAR, FLY Racing, Western Power Sports (WPS), Mayhem Wheels, Dixxon Flannel Co, Pro Circuit, Twisted Development, SKDA Graphics, WD-40 Brand, DID, Dunlop, JE Pistons, Hinson Clutch Components, Mika Metals, DT1 Air Filters, Nissin Brake Components, Galfer Brakes, Acerbis, Boyesen, GUTS Factory Seats, Motion Pro, Matrix Concepts, Alpinestars, 100%, OGIO, Works Chassis Lab, Works Connection, Scar, ARC Levers, CV-4, Crank Works, XTRIG, Midland Tractor, Showa, record7.
Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki: Progressive Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, INC. (SMAI), ECSTAR, FLY Racing, Western Power Sports (WPS), Mayhem Wheels, Dixxon Flannel Co, Pro Circuit, Renthal, Twisted Development, SKDA Graphics, WD-40 Brand, DID, Dunlop, JE Pistons, Hinson Clutch Components, DT1 Air Filters, Nissin Brake Components, Galfer Brakes, Acerbis, Boyesen, GUTS Factory Seats, Motion Pro, Matrix Concepts, Alpinestars, 100%, OGIO, Works Chassis Lab, Works Connection, Scar, ARC Levers, CV-4, Crank Works, XTRIG, Midland Tractor, Showa, record7.