Ken Roczen can become the first Suzuki rider in history to win the first two races of the year.
With a win this weekend, Eli Tomac or Jason Anderson can join James Stewart and Ryan Dungey as the only riders to win both classes in Phoenix.
Dungey earned this first 450SX Class win of his career in 2010 and gave KTM its first-ever 450SX Class win in Phoenix in 2012. He’s one of just two former Phoenix winners in the field.
Jason Anderson gave Husqvarna its first podium finish in the 450SX Class since December 4, 1976. Ryan Dungey won his first 450SX Class race in Phoenix after a second place in Anaheim back in 2010. Can Anderson do the same?
Davi Millsaps and Eli Tomac, who were both considered front-runners heading into the season, finished 18th and 19th respectively in Anaheim, each crashing twice. How will they bounce back?
Yo! Y’all ready for some more racing? Here is the weekend schedule:
January 10, 2015
Main Event – 6:30PM
Doors Open/Practice & Qualifying – 12:00PM
Ken Roczen had an unbelievable rookie year last year, taking it to the pro’s every race and showing that there are some very formidable, serious European contenders out there. This year, he will be a lot more organised and hungrier to show what he can do. And with Ryan Villopoto and James Stewart out the mix, he stands as good a chance as ever.
Watch this great documentary that gives a lot of insight into Roczens style, and life.
After a three-year hiatus Suzuki will return to MotoGPcompetition next season with a new team—and a 1000cc prototype. The yet-to-be named machine is in the final stages of development by Suzuki’s overhauled and now fully in-house Hamamatsu, Japan-based factory racing squad.
And this time Suzuki says it’s getting serious. Despite years of success in both Superbike and Supersport racing with its GSX-R line of sportbikes, the Japanese motorsport giant hasn’t been able to transfer that success to GP racing since the series moved from two-stroke to four-stroke equipment 12 years ago. In fact the brand has recorded just a handful of podium finishes and only one race win—in the rain at Le Mans.