THE OTHER SHOE DROPS: KEN ROCZEN OUT UNTIL NATIONALS
Ken Roczen, rider of the No. 94 Suzuki RM-Z450 for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing, will miss the remaining three Monster Energy Supercross races on the 2015 schedule. Roczen, his physicians and management team, along with RCH co-owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael made the collective decision for the 20-year-old to sit out the rest of the Supercross season to provide him sufficient time to heal completely and be ready to defend his 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title.
Roczen suffered a left-ankle injury February 21 at the Georgia Dome. The German rider raced with the injury at both rounds in Atlanta before re-aggravating his ankle at Daytona in March where he was ultimately sidelined. He was originally scheduled to return to competition last weekend in Houston. Despite being unable to compete in the remaining three rounds, Roczen will be on hand this weekend when the series rides into Levi’s Stadium – home of the San Francisco 49ers – as well as the final two events, to support his RCH teammates, meet fans, participate in FOX Sports’ television coverage and fulfill sponsor commitments.
“I’m super-bummed to sit out the rest of the Supercross season but everyone agrees that we’re doing the right thing,” explained Roczen who won two of the year’s first three races. “We started out the year really strong and that’s a big reason why missing all these races has been so tough. But, at this point, we have to move on. I need to make sure that I’m ready when the outdoor season starts next month. I’ve gotten a ton of support from Ricky and Carey, the fans and all of our sponsors. I owe it to myself, the team, all of my fans and our sponsors to make sure there are no question marks when the Pro Motocross Championship starts next month. I’ll be 100 percent.”