Ken Roczen and RCH Suzuki Factory Racing tipped the balance of the championship scales a little further in their favour in Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Unadilla Motocross at the weekend where Roczen dialled-up a flawless 1-1 performance to earn his 13th career and seventh overall victory of the season.
At the same time, the Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy Johns/ Suzuki Factory Racing rider collected his 16th moto win of the year and extended his points lead to 63 over second-placed Eli Tomac with two races left on the 2016 calendar. After mixing-it-up with Tomac over much of the outdoor campaign- and trading moto wins in two of the last four races – Roczen turned-up the wick at Unadilla and left no doubt that he was the man to beat.
The #94 Suzuki RM-Z450 rider served notice to the field in qualifying and was almost two seconds faster than the competition in Saturday mornings second and final 450 Class warm-up.
The 2014 Pro Motocross Champion got a great jump out of the starting gate in both motos, including the holeshot in the second, affording the German-born rider a clear track for practically the entire afternoon.
As a result, Roczen won the first moto by just over 13 seconds and put an exclamation point on the day after winning the second moto by almost a minute.
Said Roczen: Both motos for me were really good and my starts were as good as theyve been all year. The first one, I was about third and made some quick passes. I got myself in the lead and put down a few good laps. Towards the end, I tapered down and played it safe to make sure we got the win. I grabbed the holeshot in the second moto, which is an amazing feeling. I feel like my starts have been a lot better. I just put the hammer down. I think Marvin (Musquin) went down so I had a super-huge gap. I just tried to stay focused and not do anything stupid. We had another really good day. We need two more weekends just like that.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship races in the shadow of Washington this coming Saturday when the series returns to Budds Creek Motocross Park for Round 11 and the penultimate race of year.