Roczen opens 2015 Supercross season with victory

Ken Roczen has made his presence known with Ryan Villopoto no longer a threat.

History repeated itself last Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California when RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's Suzuki's Ken Roczen won the opening race of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the second consecutive season.

Like last year, Roczen will bring the 450SX Class points lead into Phoenix's Chase Stadium this Saturday night. In the Western Regional 250SX Class Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil KTM's Jessy Nelson, who had never made a podium appearance, won the first Main Event of the season and his career.

Alessi with the holeshot

Smartop Motoconcepts Racing's Mike Alessi grabbed the early advantage in the 20-lap 450SX Class Main Event by racing to the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award with BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short and Roczen in tow. By the end of the opening lap, Roczen secured the lead and rode to the third win of his career. 

"Everything has been awesome with the team and it's good to get the first win out of the way, both for myself and for them," said Roczen. "There are a lot of good guys out there so I'll need to stay consistent [this season]. It's good to come out of here healthy and we'll just keep the ball rolling." 

After winning the Monster Energy Cup back in October, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Millsaps crashed twice in the Main Event, and GEICO Honda's Tomac, followed suit.

Short's hold on second was also short lived as rookie Anderson took over the position aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing machine on Lap 2. Eventually Team Honda's Trey Canard took third away from Short on Lap 9 and the top three remained the same for the final 11 laps.

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Series AMA
Event AMA Supercross: Anaheim
Sub-event Saturday race
Drivers Mike Alessi , Jessy Nelson , Ryan Villopoto , Trey Canard , Ken Roczen , Andrew Short
Article type Race report