- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Ken Roczen opened the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season Saturday with a dominating moto sweep in the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic.

The Suzuki Factory Racing rider from Germany led every lap in the two 450MX Class motos en route to his seventh career victory.

“We’re in a way better position than we were last year (when I came in hurt),” Roczen said. “That’s all behind us and now I can go out and can focus on my riding. I’m really happy with the bike. I’ve always done well at Hangtown, but today (the track) was really different. It (had notches) and was hard in certain spots. It’s nice to get the first (race) out of the way. I want to bring (my best effort) every single weekend.

“I played catch up last year (with the injury), so this season I have a chance to start fresh and build momentum. I’m glad I put myself in a good position, but it’s still a long year.”

KTM’s Ryan Dungey was second in both motos.

“Overall today was really good,” Dungey said. “Two seconds is good, but when you look at both races individually we were able to close down on (Roczen’s) lead in the first moto. In the second moto he was able to get ahead of me and really (open a) gap. I started to figure out some new lines and closed in again, which is encouraging.”

Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was third overall with two fourth-place runs.

Joey Savatgy swept the 250MX Class motos for his second career victory. The Kawasaki rider led 23 of the 34 combined laps.

“My goal this year is to be on the podium (each week) and not throw it away (with a bad race),” Savatgy said. “There are a lot of good dudes in this class and you don’t want to be behind the 8-ball. There’s not really anything to complain about. It was a perfect day.”

Yamaha’s Alex Martin was second overall. He was eighth in the first moto and second in the second. Teammate Cooper Webb was third with fourth- and fifth-place finishes.

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