GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was a format shake-up at round four of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, with the first of three Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown events that drops the gate three times in each class.
Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen dominated the 450SX class, earning his second overall win of 2020 with three fast and composed Main Event wins in front of 53,107 fans inside State Farm Stadium.
Roczen made the victory almost look easy, leading 38 of 39 laps raced over the three 12- minute plus one lap main events.
Just two weeks prior, Roczen’s win in St. Louis marked his dramatic return to the top of the podium after nearly three years without a win — his Glendale victory proved that the Honda rider is back and possibly better than ever.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was nearly as consistent, with 2-2-3 finishes to earn second place and also move into second position in the championship points.
Grabbing his second podium of the year, 2018 Monster Energy Supercross champion Jason Anderson of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team got onto the box with main event finishes of fifth, third and second.
The Western Regional 250SX class also had its first repeat winner, coincidentally like Roczen the same winner as round two; Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner won the first two 250SX class events with little drama and no true challenges for the position. He rode strategically in the final Main Event for a third to wrap up the night’s victory.
The winner of the third 250SX class event, Monster Energy/Star Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper, had crashes and bad finishes in the first two Main Events; he finished ninth on the night and lost nine points of his 12-point lead in the championship chase.
Tailing Cooper now by only three points is his teammate Dylan Ferrandis. Forkner’s win edged him into third overall in points, now only 10 points down.