Roczen 7th at Round 4 in Angel Stadium

Anaheim 2 had the feel of the year’s first race. With clear skies and a warm forecast, Angel Stadium was sold out for Round 4 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. Unlike the first three rounds, the track was perfect, and the conditions couldn’t have been better, with no rain in the forecast.

 

This past Saturday featured the first Triple Crown of the year. With three shorter main events and no heat races, the top 18 qualified straight into the main event while the remaining field raced the last chance qualifier for the final four positions into the night show.

#94 Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen had a solid day at the office, leaving Anaheim with 7th overall, going 3-6-10 in three main events. His best race came in the first main; coming off the start into the first corner, he was in a good position, running in 4th place by lap two. On the third lap, Roczen had worked his way up to a podium position. He stayed locked in for the next 11 laps, finishing in 3rd place. The following two races were plagued by bad starts, stonewalling any opportunity to win. Amidst the chaos of the first corner in the second main, Ken managed to stay upright, completing the first lap in 12th place. By the 8th lap, Ken was in 6th place, where he finished the race. In the third main event, Roczen could not stay upright as another rider slid into him, coming around the first corner of the start and knocking the rear end of the #94 Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki even further to the right of the front end after the second main damage. Fortunately, he was okay and immediately got his RM-Z Suzuki fired up. Roczen was now far behind the race leaders but remained undeterred. Ken got to work and, by lap 8, found himself in 10th place. The #94 Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki rider leaves round four with 7th place, going 3-6-10, and is 8th in series points for the premiere class.

#11 Kyle Chisholm

Saturday was a commendable day at the office for Kyle Chisholm, although the results don’t show it. Chisholm crashed hard in the second main event after getting tangled up with another rider during the first lap. Kyle injured his elbow, requiring X-rays at the end of the night. Before the crash in the second main, the #11 Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider was off to a great start, coming around in lap one of the first main inside the top 15. He was very consistent throughout the race, finishing in 14th place. Banged up after the second main, the veteran showed his stones lining up for the final race. Chisholm finished the day going 14-20-19 for 17th overall.

#12 Shane McElrath

What a challenging round for the #12 Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider. Shane McElrath struggled to find his rhythm Saturday night. Despite the results, many gains were made that will come together in the later rounds. As the day progressed, Shane and the team worked diligently to get in a better position. Shane went 19-17-18 for 18th overall. It was not the result he or the team wanted, but the show continued. There is a lot of excitement for next Saturday’s race. Shane continues to make progress, and the series is very young.

There is still a lot of racing left for the Pipes Motorsports Group, Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki rider #94 Ken Roczen, and his teammates #11 Kyle Chisholm & #12 Shane McElrath on the Twisted TEA HEP Suzuki. The Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will now head East for the first East Coast race of the year. The fifth round will be held at Detroit Field this coming Saturday. Make sure you adjust your schedule accordingly. This race will occur earlier than usual, starting at 12:30 PM PST with opening ceremonies. Race Day Live starts on Peacock TV at 6:30 AM PST. The racing is live at 1:00 PM PST on PEACOCK TV and Sirius XM. You can join in on the action by liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram.


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