Ken Roczen joined the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team at the beginning of the 2011 season. Already known as one of the world’s hottest MX2 properties, the talent from Thüringen in Germany made his mark in the world of motocross by riding his KTM 250 SX-F factory bike to an end-of-season triumph.
Ken wrapped up the world championship season, winning eight of the 15 round GPs outright and taking second place on four occasions. Showing his fighting spirit, he vaulted back from a slight two-GP dip mid-season, proving unstoppable right up until he secured the world title at home in Germany.
In 2011, Ken also rode selected races in the AMA SX Lites (West Coast) competition for the Red Bull Teka KTM factory team in the USA, under the leadership of Roger DeCoster. Despite travelling across the Atlantic, Ken managed to take his first SX Lites podium at Anaheim 2, where he finished third and secured his first SX Lites victory in Las Vegas at the close of the season.
In 2012 Ken raced full-time in the USA for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and added to his skillset under the firm hand of DeCoster, a legend in the sport and a team manager of huge reputation and credentials.
And such mentoring obviously paid off – in 2013 Ken raced all the way to victory, becoming AMA Western Regional 250SX Champion. In 2014 he moved to the premier class in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and, of course, won.
Roczen produced a stellar 2016 season in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, winning the 450 title by 86 points and his total of 584 was the most since James Stewart's perfect season in 2008 when he scored 600 points, and is the fourth-highest point total achieved by a champion in series history.
After two seasons and one title with RCH Suzuki, Ken Roczen is joining Honda HRC for 2017 and beyond on a three-year-deal, where more success will surely follow for Roczen.Read more