Better food, thinking about recovery, off time, and working with his best friend and Mechanic Jack Roure, Loic reached the Elite podium during his 2nd year as a Junior, in Windham USA. He became the World Champion in 2015, and after that he won his first World Cup stage in 2016, Cairns - Autralia.
It was an emotional night for Ken Roczen in St. Louis as he finally achieved what he's been working so hard for since his injuries in early 2017 - a 450 Supercross main event win. It had been 1,092 days since Roczen's last victory, a time which included two nearly career-ending injuries and arguably some of the darkest days in his life. Following this arm injury in January of 2017, Roczen's doctors originally told him that he may not be able to hold a fork again, much less race a motorcycle at the top level again. He faced, even more, trying times in 2019 with another arm injury, but never wavered in his plan to get back on top - and he's finally done it!
St. Louis Supercross Qualifying
Things got off to a smooth start Saturday morning with Missouri native Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Austin Forkner clocking the 3rd fastest time in the 250 Division. He was closely followed by GEICO Honda's Christian Craig & Jett Lawrence in 4th & 5th place, respectively. Unfortunately, Forkner's Pro Circuit Kawasaki stablemate Cameron McAdoo took a hard crash in qualifying that left him with a small puncture in his lung and forcing him to sit out the night.
In 450 qualifying, it was the rookie Adam Cianciarulo that topped the boards yet again on his factory Kawasaki ride. After a 2nd place finish in his 450 debut in Anaheim, AC looked determined to keep himself at the front of the pack. Ken Roczen made the trip out to St. Louis a day early and rode press day on Friday - and the German was feeling the flow while clocking the 4th fastest overall time.
When it came time for opening ceremonies in St. Louis - the local fans got the opportunity to bid their goodbyes to Chad Reed as an active 450 Supercross racer. The Australian legend was greeted with roaring cheers, and Chad took in the moment as he circled the Dome at America's Center one last time.
St. Louis Supercross Heat Races
In the 250 Heat races, it was all FOX & SHIFT as GEICO Honda's Christian Craig took the win in 250 Heat #1, and local boy Austin Forkner brought home the win in 250 Heat #2. It was shaping up for an epic battle in the 250 Class!
In 450 Heat #1, it was the Ken Roczen show. He quickly moved past Vince Friese after the opening lap and gapped the field by over 5 seconds to take a commanding win in the 8-lap qualifier. Adam Cianciarulo was up next in 450 Heat #2 and wanted to match the performance of his training partner Roczen. AC had to wait until the halfway point before he could move past race leader Zach Osborne, but nonetheless, he was able to bring home the win as well.
St. Louis Supercross Main Event
In the 250 Main Event, Austin Forkner got off to a great start and grabbed an early lead in front of his home state crowd. In the opening laps, he was closely contested by GEICO Honda prodigy Jett Lawrence, although the young Australian would never get quite close enough to make a move. Forkner led every lap to bring home the wire to wire victory. It has been a bit of tough road for Forkner after injuring his ACL last year while leading the 250 SX East Championship, but the 21-year-old is back to his winning ways!
In the 450 Main Event showdown, Ken Roczen stalked race leader Zach Osborne from the opening lap before quickly moving past him and into 1st. Roczen was clearly on a mission and started to put in extremely consistent lap times and slowly increased his lead lap by lap. As Roczen built his lead, Adam Cianciarulo bounced around in the top-5 and would eventually end up finishing in 7th after a small crash in the closing laps. Roczen, however, was untouchable and ran away with the win in a storybook finish.
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250 SX West Round 2 Results - St. Louis
- Austin Forkner
- Justin Cooper
- Brandon Hartranft
- Alex Martin
- Jett Lawrence
- Jacob Hayes
- Luke Clout
- Mitchell Oldenburg
- Carson Brown
- Derek Drake
250 SX West Season Point Standings
- Justin Cooper - 49 Points
- Austin Forkner - 44 Points
- Brandon Hartranft - 37 Points
- Dylan Ferrandis - 34 Points
- Alex Martin - 32 Points
- Jett Lawrence - 32 Points
- Jacob Hayes - 29 Points
- Derek Drake - 28 Points
- Christian Craig - 22 Points
- Michael Mosiman - 22 Points
450 SX Round 2 Results - St. Louis
- Ken Roczen
- Justin Barcia
- Jason Anderson
- Eli Tomac
- Zach Osborne
- Malcom Stewart
- Adam Cianciarulo
- Justin Brayton
- Blake Baggett
- Aaron Plessinger
450 SX Season Points Standings
- Justin Barcia - 49 Points
- Ken Roczen - 43 Points
- Adam Cianciarulo - 39 Points
- Jason Anderson - 39 Points
- Eli Tomac - 35 Points
- Blake Baggett - 33 Points
- Cooper Webb - 32 Points
- Malcolm Stewart - 31 Points
- Justin Brayton - 30 Points
- Zach Osborne - 27 Points
The winter months can be discouraging and gloomy, but thankfully in Calgary, Alberta when the temperatures drop below freezing, the bike community has the B-Line Indoor Bike Park to seek refuge. Among the park traffic is an emerging group of ambitious and inspired women riders looking to share the ride with like-minded females to progress themselves socially and physically.
Every Tuesday of the month, B-Line Indoor bike park reserves designated areas of the facility for the women allowing them priority on features while riding amongst the seasoned male riders, helping integrate the females and build confidence as a group.
On Tuesday, January 7th, Fox Womens hosted an organized Ride Night with special guest Claire Buchar as the head coach to help build some basic riding foundations with the women’s group. Claire brought along local Squamish rider and Summer Gravity Camp coach, Bailey Goldstone to help make sure the group always had someone to lean on for questions.
Females of all ages and calibers participated in organized group stretching, body positioning session, fundamentals of pump track manuals and then progressed into the park’s jump lines - The vibes were high, and the encouragement was higher!
Stay tuned in for upcoming Fox Womens Ride Night announcements, dates and guest coaches!
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