Roczen Penalized 4 Points After Houston Supercross

Cycle News Staff | January 20, 2021

After a strong fifth-place finish at round two of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series in Houston, Ken Roczen was penalized 4 points for a cross flag violation. Jason Anderson, Vince Friese and Martin Davalos were also penalized points but not positions for jumping in the area of the same cross flag, which was displayed after Chase Sexton’s crash on lap seven. Based on the provisional results, the Honda HRC team rider had taken over the points lead and would have carried the red plate into round three this weekend. But after the race, Roczen learned that he was being penalized. He did not agree with the penalty and had this to say:

“This was a bit of a tough one for us. We didn’t get good starts again, which I have to figure out, and that made life on this kind of track very difficult. I came around in maybe 17th and had to fight my way up, eating roost the whole time. The track deteriorated very quickly and it was a long main event, but we made the most of it and salvaged fifth place. There was an incident with the red cross flag where I got docked four championship points, which I’m in disagreement with, as my view to the flag was blocked by Dylan [Ferrandis]. I think a warning or a fine would’ve been appropriate for the simple reason that I have never been involved in an incident with jumping on a red cross flag; I just don’t think the situation was as clear as they made it out to be. I’m a little bit frustrated about it because we would’ve had the red plate, but at the same time, it is what it is. We’re just going to look forward to Saturday and make the best of it.”

Ken Roczen 2021 Houston Supercross post race
Ken Roczen

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