Watch Supercross Live’s trackside video of Ken Roczen as the German ace vents his frustration with Dean Wilson after being blocked by the lapper at Houston 3.
It case you missed it, Team Honda HRC’s Roczen had been leading the 450SX Main Event at the third round in Houston, Texas for much of the race when he and Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb, who was around one second down on Kenny, came across lappers.
The key backmarker and unwitting star of the night was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Dean Wilson.
Kenny appeared in control and baring a mistake, it looked like he had this race covered.
Surely we wouldn’t see a repeat of Roczen losing out to Webb like the insanely close 2019 Arlington race where Webb passed Roczen on the line for the closest finish in Supercross history?
Well, the timing will show it wasn’t anywhere near as close but it was as equally memorable.
Getting lapped, Dylan Ferrandis got out of the way of Roczen and Webb. Seconds later Roczen came up on the back wheel of Wilson.
A blue flag came out but Wilson appeared oblivious to it and Roczen couldn’t get by. They go through the sand section and the camera is too tight to see if the marshall waved his blue flag. But Wilson goes by another waved blue flag — he still looks to be unaware, while Roczen was expecting Deano to move out of the way.
We later learn that Roczen was screaming at Deano to move but couldn’t make himself heard — Roczen still can’t make a pass. Wilson’s pace means by now Webb is right on Roczen. Kenny hits Deano’s back wheel on the stall wall. And right there may well have been the point of no return — Kenny was unbalanced and just managed to hold on to his works CRF450R.
Wilson is still in the way, Kenny goes wide into a corner while Wilson and Webb take the inside line — that allows Coop to block Kenny’s line for the lead.
There was no way at that point Coop was going to let it slip as he took his first win of the season, leaving Roczen furious with Deano at the side of the track.
Deano apologised to Kenny on social media and Kenny accepted the apology.
Despite failing to secure his first win of the season, the Honda factory rider now has the red plate as they head to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium on January 30.