Massive opening-lap wrecks help Roczen, Hill take Toronto Supercross
Ken Roczen won the 450SX Main Event at the Toronto Supercross Saturday night at the Rogers Centre while Justin Hill won in the 250SX class.
However, both races were largely defined by massive opening lap incidents.
In the 450SX class, Justin Bogle took the Holeshot while Chad Reed went down hard entering the first turn. However, Bogle’s lead was short lived as he then went down in the first whoops section, taking Jason Anderson down with him.
This handed the lead over to championship leader Ryan Dungey, who soon lost it to Daytona winner Eli Tomac. However, Ken Roczen soon powered by both of them to move up into the top spot and never looked back, while Tomac dropped back off of the podium. Dungey made a mistake late on in the event, costing him second position to his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin. Roczen, Musquin and Dungey, thus, was the order on the scoring pylons when the race came to a close, meaning Roczen took his third win of the season, while Dungey set a record at 26 consecutive podiums.
Meanwhile in the 250SX class, the race was defined by an opening lap pileup in the first turn. When all was said and done, it was Justin Hill who took the Main event win while Jeremy Martin took the points lead. Martin Davalos was leading the points entering the night, but had issues with his paperwork when trying to get into the country and so was unable to make the event. Jeremy Martin and Malcolm Stewart were the two riders expected to capitalize, but their plans went through the window when they were caught up in a pileup in the first turn. Martin rallied back to finish in second position, but was over 20 second back of winner Justin Hill.