KTM rider Ken Roczen looks back on a good weekend’s riding at the Red Bull RedBud National.
Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen seemed to be struggling to get second moto wins this season, but that now appears to be a thing of the past. He won the second moto last week at Southwick and thoroughly stomped the field in the second moto over the weekend at RedBud to notch his second overall win of the season. We talked with the former MX World Champ to get his take on winning the biggest National of the season.
Redbull.com: Take us through your afternoon at RedBud, Ken.
Ken Roczen: It was good. I was really scared coming in here because I went to the fair on Thursday and I think I ate too many funnel cakes! But I always try to enjoy my life a little bit, and I actually wasn’t too worried about it. I was pumped coming into here. I had a good weekend at Southwick, so it’s good to keep some momentum. I knew I was going to be strong and I think that’s important because I got some confidence.
In the first moto I got a decent start. I wasn’t too far up there but it just took me a while to get past Marvin [Musquin] and those guys. Then I just rode my race and ended up finishing second. The second moto, I grabbed a decent start again and got up front pretty quick. I think in the middle of the moto I paced myself a little bit too much. I should have just kept pushing. I saw Eli [Tomac] coming but I was trying not to stress too much. But I pulled it off. It’s good to keep the points the same. I actually wanted a 1-1 to pull away a little bit in the points but it’s good. Overall I’m super happy with the week.
RB: Last week you said you’d made some progress with the bike. Is this the result of that? Did things seem a lot better today?
KR: Yes, I think so. We definitely took a step forward. That helped me out a lot because the track here was really deep and rutted and super bumpy, but the bike was solid and I kept it straight. It didn’t kick me too much. I didn’t make any changes since, so I’m pretty happy with how it works right now. I’m just going to keep riding this for now and doing my practice. But other than that I feel like I’m getting better and better with my fitness.
RB: You’ve won races around the world. Compare these fans to some of the other fans on the globe. Where do they rank?
KR: They’re pretty far out there! Last year they were totally on my side; now I hear some people booing, but it’s just I’m getting better and I think for Americans it’s just hard to cheer for a foreigner. But I totally accept that, it’s not a big deal. I love how they are out here. They cheer me on, too. They’re really good to me and I give my best to them. I love racing in front of an American crowd, for sure.
RB: You talk a lot about moto wins and overall wins being your goal, but you’ve actually never had a bad race in America. Is consistency a goal of yours?
KR: Oh, for sure. There’s a lot of riders out there that are very, very fast but it’s all about being fast every single weekend, not one weekend on, and then off and on and off.