Ken Roczen returned to action at Anaheim 1 and the German – sidelined for almost the entire 2017 season with a career-threatening arm injury – was back on the pace as he raced to a fighting fourth-placed finish.
“Earlier I said if I win, get third or fifth it doesn’t matter and I’ll be happy,” he said, “but when I came off the track it did matter to me.
“I really wanted to win.
“I was bummed because halfway through I had the speed and was catching those guys, but I made a mistake where I scrubbed and dragged my boot on the ground and almost crashed.
“I was riding a little tight and tried to shake it off but towards the end I tried to just keep it smart. I didn’t want to do anything stupid because there’s a lot of racing left.
“The more I think about it, fourth place isn’t too bad.
“We could’ve had a way worse night and I really think without that mistake I would’ve been on the podium.
“I think if I had gotten a better start my night would’ve been even better. I’m happy to be here and excited to keep racing.”