AMA SX: Roczen Carries Winning Momentum Into San Diego; Looks for Second Score of 2015

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross points leader and reigning titleholder Ryan Dungey carries a 21-race podium streak into this weekend’s return to Petco Park for the Third Annual Military Appreciation Race on Saturday.

While Dungey controls the championship standings, it is RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen who brings a surge of momentum into San Diego, fresh off his first win of the 2016 season last weekend.

In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb returned to the top of the championship standings and now sits tied with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy.

Last Saturday night at Monster Energy Supercross’ debut from University of Phoenix Stadium, Roczen passed Holeshot Award winner Davi Millsaps and his BTO Sports/WPS/KTM on the opening lap and went on to lead all 20 laps of the Main Event. It was Roczen’s fifth career win and his first since the second race in Anaheim in January of the 2015 season, 18 races ago. He missed the final eight races of last season with injury.

“We have been working really hard and it paid off,” said Roczen, who now has a three-race podium streak, the second longest behind Dungey. “This was a tough track tonight. We got the job done.”

Dungey finished second, following a 10th-place start, and has finished no worse than second in every race this season. His points lead sits at 21 points over Roczen, the same amount as his current podium streak.

“I made some good, clean passes after that bad start,” said Dungey. “I made passes where I could and had a great race.”

Rounding out the 450SX Class podium was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, earning his first podium finish this season and his first with his new team. Seven different riders have now earned a podium through five races, further enhancing the exceptional competition thus far.

Roczen moved to second in the standings with his win, but second through sixth in the championship are only separate by 15 points.

The Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event welcomed the sport’s newest winner, with GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig breaking through to become a second-generation victor with his dad, Mike Craig. GEICO Honda’s Jimmy DeCotis earned the Holeshot Award to start the Main Event, but was soon passed by Craig. Webb made a surge into second after starting seventh, and battled with Craig for the lead before going down. Webb never lost a spot, but couldn’t reel Craig back in.

Craig last contested Monster Energy Supercross in 2013 and came out of retirement for the 2016 season. He earned his first career podium two weeks ago and has now finished in the top three for three straight races, currently the longest in the championship. That consistency has moved him to third in the standings.

“To come out of retirement and get my first win ever is amazing,” said Craig, who last raced full time in 2013. “On the last lap the crowd was so loud; it was awesome.”

Webb’s runner-up effort helped him bounce back from a 21st-place finish the week prior, and put him into a tie with Savatgy atop the championship standings. Savatgy finished third in his first race as points leader. Both riders will carry red number plates on their bikes in San Diego.

“I didn’t get a great start so I was playing catch up,” said Webb. “Then I crashed and threw away any hopes of getting the win.”

CREDIT: Feld Motor Sports

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