There is no hiding from the fact that round ten of 2021 Monster Energy Supercross, Arlington 1, was a slight blow for Ken Roczen’s momentum in the premier-class title fight. A poor start and basic track design meant that he could only progress as high as sixth by the time that the chequered flag waved, so he handed the red plate over to Cooper Webb and now faces a seven-point deficit. Roczen was fairly upbeat in this post-race statement though.
“My Saturday started off pretty good. We felt good in qualifying practices and went into the night show with a good start. I was on the outside of [Dean] Wilson and, with the 90-degree angle, got pushed wide a bit to fourth. I made a pass into third and tried to get by Dean a couple of times, but made a mistake trying to triple in. I didn’t make it and ended up going down, dropping back to seventh, which unfortunately gave me a bad gate pick for the main event. The rut was really messed up, so that start wasn’t good in the main at all. I wasn’t moving forward at all in the main, struggled to make some passes and only ended up coming in sixth.
“It wasn’t the result that we wanted, but we come back on Tuesday; we’ll let go of this race and come back and try again. The good thing is that this wasn’t the final round, by any means. We have a lot of racing left and plenty of time to redeem ourselves. For Tuesday, we want a bit of revenge and to try to start up front so I can ride with the frontrunners and see what position we can put ourselves in.”
Revenge is needed, as Webb has all of the momentum currently and has finished ahead of Roczen in the last four races. Seven points is the difference between the two, as mentioned previously, with seven rounds remaining. There is a lot of racing to go, yet it feels as though the eleventh round tonight could be a major turning point for the series.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Align With Us