AMA Supercross

Ken Roczen left disappointed with Anaheim opener

Like all great racers, the German craves wins

Ken Roczen left disappointed with Anaheim opener

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.”