Ken Roczen wins in New England Pic: Jeff Kardas
Ken Roczen wins in New England Pic: Jeff Kardas

The guy in the picture, Ken Roczen, has got a point to prove. Four wins chalked up in 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is not the haul the German was promising at the start of the season.

It took the Roczen a few too many rounds to get his RCH Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 to the top of the 2016 FIM Supercross World Championship results sheets (three rounds to get on the podium, five rounds to bag a victory). Even then things haven’t been consistent, or at least consistent enough.

A run of second places through April was his best run and certainly a good points haul but the trouble is, he’s up against a metronomic racer fast becoming one of American MX racing’s all-time greats.

Ryan Dungey Pic: KTM

Ryan Dungey is Mr Consistent. A podium finish at round 16, the Met Life stadium, East Rutherford would make Dungey the most statistically consistent rider in Monster Energy Supercross history, giving him the highest percentage of podium results, top-five finishes and top-10 finishes of all time.

There’s a small matter of becoming 2016 Supercross World Champion for which he only need finish 14th or better at MetLife Stadium in order to clinch his third 450SX title.

The Red Bull KTM rider posted his 31st consecutive podium finish at the previous round, Foxboro. In doing so, he equaled Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael’s record of all-time career podium list – 87 in total. One more and Dungey will go second on the all time list.

The Supercross live dudes are pretty good at pumping out race facts and these are serious facts: Dungey along with Carmichael, has an all-time record podium percentage of 75.66% in 115 race starts, again the same number as Carmichael.

One more fact for you: Ryan has notched-up just two finishes outside the top-10 in his entire 450SX career of 115 races.

Is he robot?


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