KEN ROCZEN’S POST RACE STATEMENT: BREATHING ISSUES AT SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS
KEN ROCZEN’S POST RACE STATEMENT FROM 2020 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS: SUFFERING FROM BREATHING ISSUES
Round 12 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season took place in Salt Lake City and for the first time ever, Supercross was held on a Wendesday evening. Ken Roczen started off the night show with a strong showing by easily winning the Heat race. In the Main Event he found himself crossing the finish line in 8th after the first lap due to his subpar start. But, he was still one position ahead of Championship rival, Eli Tomac on the opening lap and Ken made quick moves to get into 4th by lap five. Eli hung onto Ken’s rear wheel and stayed behind him until lap 11 when Tomac gained momentum through the long and challenging whoop section and passed Ken up the inside of the next corner. At this point, everyone expected Ken to fight back, but unfortunately, he ran out of steam and wasn’t able to push forward. Eli Tomac went on to catch Cooper Webb and almost pass him in the final laps while Ken stayed behind Webb, Tomac, Osborne and Anderson to finish a distant fifth.
Ken lost a total of 5-points to Eli in the Championship, but he’s still not out of it. With only 13-points separating the two of them, anything can happen. If Ken hadn’t posted anything about his illness in December or his breathing issues in Utah, many would’ve had questions about his performance, but we still would’ve had confidence that he could bounce back from it. For example, Eli Tomac has had many races in seasons prior where he’s been passed early in the race and he never recovered, but then he came out the next weekend and dominated. With this open and honest statement from Ken, we now know exactly what’s going on and what’s going through his head. He sounds defeated right now, but hopefully he’s able to turn his mindset around and continue fighting for the Championship this Sunday. Read below for the full statement from Ken:
Ken Roczen posted via instagram: “SLC Round 2 was not a good one for me. I have been having breathing issues for a few months now. I got really sick in November/ December that attacked the respiratory side of my body really bad.It has been going on for a long time and i am not able to get rid of it. I have developed a mild asthma that i was unaware of before but i am not sure if that is the actual issue to be honest. Having said that there is medication for that but it doesn’t seem to change my restrictions. It is not something i talk about because when i am out racing it doesn’t matter what issue i have because all that matters is the end result. I am always going out to do my best and push my body as hard as i can. Obviously i had to let go after just about 8 min into the main, which is obviously not normal. I know that this looks bad but unfortunately it is what it is and i am not giving up. There are still 5 rounds to go and i m always down to try and do some magic! The last thing i want to do is let down the people that believe in me. I just thought my fans should know. To go out and win your body has to work in top notch form. Other than that i have been feeling pretty good on the bike and am plenty fast enough to win. Onto Sunday!”