Saturday night featured the first… or last (depending on how you look at it) Monster Energy AMA Supercross. This unique event once again did not disappoint as we saw nonstop on track action. So… what can us fans take from this race into next year? Well, HRC Honda’s Ken Roczen proved that he will not need much time to get used to his new bike and team, as he went victorious in two of the three main events of the evening. Roczen would have swept the three main events except for a costly mistake made in the second race sending him in a spectacular over the bars endo. He would walk away and win the next race.
Red bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac learned that they have work to do to keep up with Roczen in the upcoming Supercross season, finishing 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Although Eli Tomac would capitalize off of the mistake made by Roczen in the second moto, passing the downed rider to take the victory. Ryan Dungey would have a night that we have come to expect from him. Consistent podium finishes in all three motos and making minimal mistakes remains Dungeys game plan going forward into the upcoming season.Personally, I thought the racing would have been a bit closer this weekend. Roczen hasn’t been riding his new Honda very long, and I thought that the Dungey and Tomac were going to have more for the HRC rider. The Monster Energy Cup gives us a great preview of the upcoming season, and what it may offer up to us fans. Of course we were missing a few riders such as James Stewart, Trey Canard, and several others. If we learned anything from the weekend it would be that HRC Honda rider Ken Roczen is bringing this momentum from his summer championship into the Supercross season. It looks like the other riders are going to have to utilize every single day of practice before the first gate drop of the Supercross season in January in order to keep pace with Roczen.