DESALLE, ROCZEN, AND DUBACH SURVIVE GLEN HELEN

By: Jordan Powell

Photos by: Steve Emter

After one year away, the USGP made its return back to Glen Helen with cooler temperatures and intense racing action. At the end of the qualifiers, Red Bull/Teka/KTM’s Ken Roczen and Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle took the pole positions in the MX2 and MX1 classes, respectively, heading into tomorrow. In Moto 1 of the Vet World Cup, Doug Dubach took the win with Darryll King and Mats Nilsson in second and third. Racing action starts tomorrow morning at 8:30.

MX1 QUALIFYING

With 34 riders lined up on the gate, it was Monster Energy Yamaha rider Anthony Boissiere with the holeshot. After one lap, Evgeny Bobryshev and Clement Desalle moved into the number one and two spots, respectively. Holeshot winner, Boissiere, fell back into third. Bobryshev and Desalle battled it out for first, while Boissiere and Nagl battled it out for third. On the third lap, Desalle took the outside option line after the finish line jump and his momentum allowed him to drive his way into first. Once the pass had been made, he quickly started to pull away from Bobryshev. Nagl also made his way into third, and he started to reel in Bobryshev. On the last lap, Nagl made his way around Bobryshev, and Desalle took the win in the MX1 qualifier.

After the race Desalle said in the press conference, “I’m going to do my best to win. The track is long, and there are a lot of dangerous jumps. So, I’m going to have to be careful.”

1. Clement Desalle (Suz)
2. Maximillian Nagl (KTM)
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon)
4. Steven Frossard (Yam)
5. Rui Goncalves (Hon)
6. David Philippaerts (Yam)
7. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)
8. Anthony Boissiere (Yam)
9. Steve Ramon (Suz)
10. Jonathan Barragan (Kaw)

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MX2 QUALIFYING

At the start of the MX2 qualifying race, Marvin Musquin led the pack into the Talledega, followed closely by Ken Roczen. Roczen jumped ahead of Musquin after the first lap, as did Jeffrey Herlings, which set Musquin back into third place. After two laps, KTM’s Roczen, Herlings, and Musquin took control of the top three. Behind the top three riders, Max Anstie and Zach Osborne battled it out for fourth, but Osborne ended up going down, and that opened up the gap between fourth and fifth tremendously. By the time the two-lap board came out, Roczen had over 13 seconds on Herlings. It was a smooth race for Roczen, as he crossed the finish in first with a 12-second lead on Herlings. Musquin, Anstie, and Gautier Paulin finished off the top five.

In the press conference Roczen said, “I felt good, but I didn’t get the start that I wanted. I just rode a smart race, and I didn’t want to do anything special. It was a sketchy track, like some of the other riders said. I feel really good in America, and after my win in Vegas, I feel really confident. I think tomorrow is going to be a fun day, so we’ll see what happens.” Musquin went on to say, “It felt amazing to be on the gate today. My knee feels strong now, and it’s getting better. My start was amazing, and I was happy for myself as well as my KTM team.”

1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Max Anstie (Kaw)
5. Gautier Paulin (Yam)
6. Tommy Searle (Kaw)
7. Jordi Tixier (KTM)
8. Harri Kullas (Yam)
9. Travis Baker (Hon)
10. Joel Roelants (KTM)

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VET WORLD CUP MOTO 1

When the gates dropped for the first moto of the Vet World Cup, it was Doug Dubach with a massive holeshot. In the next turn, though, Ryan Hunt quickly passed him. By the time the riders hit Yamaha Hill, the top four riders started to pull away from the field of riders. After one lap, Dubach took control of the lead by three seconds while Mats Nilsson and Darryll King battled for the number two spot. King quickly made some work on Nilsson, and he moved into second place.

Five laps into the first moto, lapped traffic allowed King to close the margin that Dubach had acquired during the first few laps. Just like that, King had brought the race within three seconds with Dubach. Two corners before the final lap board came out, King had a bobble which allowed The Doctor to gain a couple seconds on him. In the end, it was Dubach who took the win in Moto 1 followed by King and Nilsson.

1. Doug Dubach (Yam)
2. Darryll King (Yam)
3. Mats Nilsson (Yam)
4. Ryan Hunt (Hon)
5. Kevin Barda (Hon)
6. Shawn Wynn (TM)
7. Alfredo Camps (Hon)
8. Valdur Kahro (Hon)
9. Lorry Jackson (Yam)
10. Roger Jakobsson (Yam)

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