German rider Ken Roczen hit the scene and immediately stunned the world. He started on KTM’s, then Suzuki, then HRC Honda (where he is now). He rides a Honda CRF450, and loves every bit of it. He was the fan favorite entering the season with a career defying injury.
KEN ROCZEN BIO
Hometown: Apolda, Germany
Current Residence: Clermont, Florida
Birthdate: April 29, 1994
Team: Team Honda HRC
Team Manager: Eric Keyhoe
Mechanic: Oscar Wirdeman
Turned Pro: 2009 in Europe / Made U.S. debut in 2011
- He became FIM World Motocross Champion in 2011 at the age of 17 (MX2 division).
- Racked up 11 career Monster Energy Supercross wins (450SX Class.)
- Made 27 career Monster Energy Supercross podiums (450SX Class)
- 2015 Monster Energy Cup Champion.
- Accomplished the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Rookie of the Year.
- Clicnhed the 2013 250SX Western Regional Championship.
- 5 career 250SX Class wins.
- He was the 2012 Motocross of Nations Champion with Team Germany (MX2 division).
- He is the first German-born winner and champion in supercross history.
- Most decorated German rider in the sport of motocross at the age of 23.
- Roczen lives in the U.S. on his own, with his family still living overseas in Germany.
- He is an avid golfer, surfer, and wakeboarder.
2018 SEASON RECAP:
Ken Roczen signed a three-year deal with Team Honda in 2017 in hopes of giving the once-dominant manufacturer its first championship in 13 years. The German-born rider returned to racing in 2018 after what would become one of the greatest comebacks in history. Roczen scored multiple podiums in the first few rounds and looked to be a title contender until a crash at round 6 ended his season. He remains the most successful competitor to ever come from Germany and has been considered a phenom since the age of 15.
2019 SEASON RECAP:
Roczen remained with Team Honda HRC alongside Cole Seely in 2019. Roczen nearly won a couple of races throughout the season – narrowly losing out in Cooper Webb in a photo finish at Arlington and running over Joey Savatgy’s bike after the Kawasaki rider went down at Nashville, when Roczen arguably had one of the fastest bikes of the night. Toward the end of the season Roczen began reporting health issues although it was unclear what they were, and the Honda HRC rider is still looking to return to the top step of the podium following his severe injuries from the prior years.
Ken Roczen’s smooth consistent smooth style gets him around the track quickly. he’s not one to make aggressive moves, but if its for the win–he will do whatever it takes.