SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken Roczen had the unthinkable happen at the penultimate round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX Series at Rice-Eccles Stadium when he suffered crashes in both the heat and LCQ and did not qualify for the main event.
Ken Roczen had a 20 point lead in the West 250SX Series heading into the Salt Lake City round. He was placed in the second heat where he was fourth off the start until he collided with another rider in the second corner. He recovered in dead last position. Roczen quickly moved up five positions before he ran off the track after trying to avoid a down rider in the whoops. After that incident he pulled off the track and returned to the pits in order to save energy for the last chance qualifier. Meanwhile, JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Malcolm Stewart took the heat win for his first heat victory this season onboard his KTM 250 SX-F.
Roczen had a great jump out of the gate in the LCQ before another rider came clear across the start straight and took out a group of riders including Roczen. He quickly recovered but had to come through the entire pack as he pushed toward the top two. Roczen gave it his all in the four remaining laps but came up approximately two bike lengths short of qualifying for the main event.
“I am really disappointed in the outcome of this race,” remarked Roczen. “I had a large lead going into this race tonight and now it will be very tight at the final round. I am going to remain as positive as possible and do my best to win in Vegas and hopefully get the championship title.”
After the conclusion of the main event, Roczen still managed to hold a five point lead in the championship standings as the riders head to Sam Boyd Stadium for the Supercross finale.