German Ken Roczen had a great outing at only his second participation at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in Denver (Lakewood) as this year the 16 year old was the youngest rider to line up at the gate in the three races and even took the individual victory in the MX2 class.
This stunning motocross performance adds to the records of this young great talent, currently the youngest ever Grand Prix winner since his maiden win in 2009.
Missing out the award last year as he was five months older than eventual RC MXoN Award winner Herlings, this year Roczen took the honours and did it in style.
Ending the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship with a bitter second to Musquin due to several mechanical failures, Roczen was determined to put on a great show at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations and so he did.
Representing Germany in the MX2 class, the youngster almost won yesterday’s qualifying heat losing a two way battle with American Canard. Though Roczen made up for that in today’s races.
In race one he starred a strong recovery after yesterday’s rival Canard crashed in front of him -together with Osborne- and blocked the way through turn one. Roczen moved from the tail of the group to an eventual sixth, even moving past fellow Suzuki rider and multiple World Champion Ramon on the bigger machine.
In race two instead Roczen had victory ambitions when he took the lead at lap two. Unfortunately the 16 year old could not resist 450cc mounted Townley’s attacks and dropped down to second, then to third after Regal came through.
The eventual third place of Roczen was Germany’s best individual result of the whole day, helping the team to lead the classification after the second moto and to take the eventual podium.
Ken Rocze Motocross Career Biography
Place of birth Apolda
Date of birth 04/29/1994
First GP raced 2009, GP of Portugal, Agueda, MX2
World Titles 1, Junior 85cc
First World Title 2007, Junior 85cc
GP wins 4 (MX2)
First GP win 2009, GP of Germany, Teutschenthal, MX2
Last GP win 2010, GP of Italy, Fermo, MX2
2010 position in the Championship 2/MX2, Team Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
Other Motocross Race Results
2009 – SUZUKI – GERMANY/TEKA SUZUKI EUROPE WORLD MX2 – FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS – 4th
2009 – SUZUKI – TEKA SUZUKI EUROPE WORLD MX2 – FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 – 5th
2008 – SUZUKI – SUZUKI INTERNATIONAL EUROPE – UEM MOTOCROSS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EMX2 – 30th
2008 – SUZUKI – GERMANY/SUZUKI INTERNATIONAL EUROPE – UEM MOTOCROSS OF EUROPEAN NATIONS – 4th
2007 – SUZUKI – SUZUKI INTERNATIONAL EUROPE – FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JUNIOR 85cc – 1st
2006 – SUZUKI – SUZUKI INTERNATIONAL EUROPE – FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP JUNIOR 85cc – 2nd
2006 – SUZUKI – SUZUKI INTERNATIONAL EUROPE – UEM MOTOCROSS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 85cc – 2nd
In 2011 Roczen and his longtime sponsor Teka will both move to KTM and contest the World MX2 Championship with high ambitions.