Two in a Row for Roczen

Feb. 3, 2013 Race Report Anaheim 3 2013
Contributors: Eric Wright

Ken Roczen entered the final Anaheim round in a place he has never known in Supercross: the points lead. Eli Tomac entered the round in a place he has yet to see in 2013: not the points lead. With Tomac's performance throughout the season, few were questioning his inevitable dominance before Oakland. But as has come to be standard procedure in SX, a single mistake proved all that was necessary to change the season's trajectory. But Tomac's dominant performance in heat 1 served to raise awareness to the fact that he thinks his bike looks weird with black plates.

Ken Roczen

The gate dropped at A3 and Joey Savatgy grabbed yet another holeshot, proving that even if your team is all but shut down you can still crush it on the track, perhaps even more so. Roczen took advantage of a solid start and quickly made a move on the lead, knowing it to be essential to put as many riders as he could between himself and the GEICO juggernaut that is Eli Tomac.

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It was Tomac's misfortune to finish the first lap outside of the top 5 as he faltered on the start to give Roczen the room that he needed. Martin Davalos carried his heat race momentum into the main as he moved into second past Savatgy in the early laps and set his pace with K-Roc. Tomac began to slice through the pack with TLD hotshot Cole Seely in tow as the two showed their competitors that they belong up front. The battle ensued as the two joined Travis Baker and Kyle Cunningham to give the fans a show for 4th place until Seely clipped the tuff blocks and went down. Tomac found his way around Baker and quickly left the Yamaha's as he closed the gap to Savatgy and grabbed 3rd just past the halfway point of the race.

The front runners Roczen and Davalos had opened up a large gap by this point and were each riding an ice cold moto only about a second apart. It proved to be an insurmountable lead for Tomac as the race wound down. Roczen closed out the remaining laps in strong fashion and managed to open up a lead over Davalos, which proved invaluable on the last lap as Kenny encountered more lappers than any race leader wants to see so close to the checkers. As the pyro lit up it was Roczen taking his second victory in as many races while Davalos gave Mitch Payton's PC effort a much needed podium. Tomac would cross the line a distant third over Kyle Cunningham with Rockstar Suzuki's Jason Anderson making it to 5th after a strong come-from-behind ride.

250 Main Result
1. Ken Roczen
2. Martin Davalos
3. Eli Tomac
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. Jason Anderson
6. Travis Baker
7. Joey Savatgy
8. Austin Politelli
9. Max Anstie
10. Zach Osborne
11. Jessy Nelson
12. Cole Seely
13. Christian Craig
14. Josh Cachia
15. Scott Champion
16. Kade Mosig
17. Jean Ramos
18. Dakota Tedder
19. Tyler Bereman
20. Derek Anderson

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