Kick (starting) It In Oakland

Many remember Kyle Partridge from the gruesome photo of his foot split wide-open after his crash in St. Louis last year. Although that injury did set him back a little, it was nothing compared to the broken vertebra he suffered from in the same crash. “Coming back from this injury has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to overcome, but I’m getting better each week,” commented Partridge. The privateer rider was forced into the LCQ and barely missed the final transfer spot with a third place finish.
When Ken Roczen clipped a pole at the top of the finish line jump in the main event, it looked as if Seely was going to walk away with the win. However, with only three laps left in the 15-lap main, Roczen clawed his way back to the top, and overtook the Troy Lee Designs rider for the win.
After finishing runner-up for the past three rounds, Roczen secured his first win inside the Coliseum. Not only that, he is now the point’s leader in the 250 class, and will be showcasing the red backgrounds on his Red Bull KTM at Anaheim next weekend.
Another rookie that has been turning some heads lately is Joey Savatgy. The JDR KTM rider broke the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda holeshot streak by rocketing out front on his Richard Machette tuned machine, and he finished the night with a season best six place.