Now that the penalties from the 450SX main event at Houston 2 have been settled, Ken Roczen has spoken out about losing four championship points and explained his side of the incident. Roczen was docked for jumping on a red-cross flag, essentially
“Before I get into my night I wanted to say that I am disappointed in how this situation was handled (sorry for the bad quality photos). I just wanted to get you guys an idea of what the deal was. Put yourself under my helmet. There is a video with a better angle that the AMA has, which made it even more clear…
“I got docked 4 championship points, because of jumping on a red cross flag even though my vision at this part of the track was blocked because Dylan [Ferrandis] took the outside line and as I came around the sand turn he was positioned perfectly in front of the flag and I could not see it.
“I have never disrespected the red cross flag ever before and in my eyes this was clearly not a BLATANT VIOLATION. This situation was very unique and the timing of it was so special that a warning or a fine would have been a lot more appropriate. I have spoke my peace. I am just disappointed with the decision especially since it says it black and white in the rule book. A situation like this (points docked) instead of a fine is not fair. It just simply wasn’t “BLATANT.” There were more factors than just simply jumping on a red cross flag. Anyway, I’ll just deal with. That means no red plate. It’s all good though.”
Roczen would have been leading the premier-class standings, had he not been penalised. Instead he now sits fifth in the championship, just three points behind the current series leader. The third round of 2021 Monster Energy Supercross will take place on Saturday.
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Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Align With Us