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SEATTLE SX RACE RECAP

SEATTLE SX RACE RECAP

This weekend, the 250 west coast athletes returned to work; they haven’t missed a step since the break. The Pacific Northwest fans were greeted with unseasonable (and welcome) dry weather, exceptional racing and a nail biter of a finish. In the 450 series, Roczen returned to the podium, an achievement overshadowed by a controversial finish.

 

250 CLASS

Adam Cianciarulo #92

After a shaky start in the main, Adam quickly worked his way to the front, however, he would run out of racetrack before he could make a pass attempt on the leader. After the first couple turns, Adam had successfully avoided a mess of downed riders, but this held the Kawasaki pilot up a little and he found himself in 5th. It didn't take him long to charge to 2nd but he was never close enough to make a meaningful pass attempt. He would have to settle for 2nd this week.

 

Garrett Marchbanks #61

The rookie showed confidence and poise in Seattle, however, he is still hunting that elusive first career win. In the main, he was forced to navigate a minefield of downed riders. Although he was able to keep his bike upright, the delay landed him outside the top 10 from the start. From back in the field, he quickly worked his way up, as high as 6th. However, he would run into some trouble halfway through the main and fall back to 16th. By the checkered flag, he had recovered to finish 12th.

 

Geico Honda

Any hopes of a podium finish for Team Geico Honda was over almost before the race started. Teammates, Cameron McAdoo and Rj Hampshire lined up side-by-side for the main. When the gate dropped, they came together during the first sprint. The end result was a 6th place finish for Hampshire and an 8th place for McAdoo.

 

450 CLASS

Ken Roczen #94

After two consecutive weeks off the podium, Ken Roczen was pleased to earn a 2nd place finish in Seattle. The Honda pilot started well and settled in behind the leader, Marvin Musquin. In the early laps, Musquin would jump a series of doubles under a waving red-cross flag, opening up a gap from the field in the process. Ken Roczen was never able to make up the time. In the end (per the rules), Musquin would be docked seven points for the infraction, but retain the win.

 

Chad Reed #22

Chad suffered a severe crash and was unable to finish the race. We are sending Two-Two our healing vibes and hope he gets well soon. His return this season is questionable, but the Suzuki rider had this to say on his Instagram, “Thanks for all the love. I love having a purpose and a goal. Though it seems impossible, right now I’m setting a goal of racing Vegas because I know I’ll be a better human for it.” If you get a chance, send him some love: @crtwotwo

 

 

450 Class:

  • 2 – Ken Roczen (+ 02.361)
  • Chad Reed (dnf)

250 Class:

  • 2 – Adam Cianciarulo (+ 00.571)
  • 6 – Rj Hampshire (+ 42.045)
  • 8 – Cameron McAdoo (+ 44.045)
  • 12 – Garrett Marchbanks (1 lap + 29.284)

 

WHAT'S NEXT

Next week we head to Houston for round 12.

 

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