Roczen Earns 5th at New Orleans Supercross

_KTM News Release
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New Orleans, LA - The Red Bull/KTM ride of Ken Roczen earned 5th overall at the penultimate round of the AMA East Supercross Lites Series held at the Louisiana Superdome.

Roczen was at the top of the leader board during the afternoon practice sessions where he earned the fastest qualifying time to take the first gate pick in heat number two. When the gate dropped for his heat, Roczen leaped forward to grab the holeshot. He went on to lead every lap to take his second heat victory of the season.

Roczen carried his momentum into the main event where he got off to a 6th place start. He maintained that position for the first two laps as the final rider in a six-man train for the lead. He passed Alex Martin on the third lap to take over 5th and got handed another position a few laps later when fellow KTM rider Malcolm Stewart suffered a crash.

Around the mid-way point Roczen was able to capitalize on a mistake by Justin Barcia to take over 3rd position. He maintained the position for two laps before a big mistake cost him two positions as he dropped to 5th. Unfortunately, Roczen reported that he suffered from arm pump quickly after that mistake which hindered his lap times. He was able to hold on to his position and finish inside the top five at the end of the fifteen lap main.

"I am bummed that I suffered from arm pump at the end of the race because I was riding really well today and felt very comfortable on the track. We have one race left and my goal is to win it. I really like the final round in Las Vegas and I am looking forward to a great performance to end the season," stated Roczen.

Next Event: Las Vegas, NV - May 5, 2012

Overall Results Supercross Lites -
1. Darryn Durham
2. Blake Baggett
3. Justin Bogle
4. Justin Barcia
5. Ken Roczen - KTM
6. Kyle Cunningham
7. Jake Canada
8. Tyler Bowers
9. Austin Politelli
10. Phil Nicoletti
11. Shawn Rife
12. Matt Lemoine
13. Zack Freeburg
14. Blake Wharton
15. Tommy Weeck
16. AJ Cantanzaro - KTM
17. Malcolm Stewart - KTM
18. Sean Lipanovich - KTM
19. Alex Martin
20. Kyle Peters

Overall Point Standings Supercross Lites -
1. Justin Barcia - 185
2. Darryn Durham - 143
3. Ken Roczen - 143

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