Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.
TORRANCE, Calif. (Sep. 21, 2016) – American Honda Motor. Co.
is proud to announce the highly anticipated signing of two-time AMA Pro
Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to a three-year agreement with Team Honda
HRC. The young German rider will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R
alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA
Motocross series. Honda has released a special video to celebrate the
Roczen already has a long list of accomplishments to his name,
including the 2014 and 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 450MX Championships and
nine premier-class AMA Supercross victories. Aboard 250cc equipment, he
earned the 2013 250SX West title, and prior to coming to the U.S. to
race full-time, he won the 2011 MX2 World Championship. Roczen is
confident in his ability to build on that success, and he has Honda’s
full support and commitment.
“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said.
“I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team
and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have
the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that
with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away
by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider
makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so
having such a smooth transition so far has been great. Big changes like
this are great opportunities to make a statement, and I think doing an
awesome video to announce something so special and big is really unique,
especially to our industry. I’m excited that Honda was on board with
the idea. Other sports do things like this, but it’s kind of a first for
someone in the motocross industry. Most of the inspiration came from my
buddy Ken Block, who always puts out killer videos. I talked to Honda
about it and they were super stoked. Everyone worked hard to get it
done, and the finished product is great.”
Team Manager Dan Betley said he is pleased to welcome Roczen to Team
Honda HRC. “I’m extremely happy to have a rider of Ken’s abilities and
accomplishments become a part of our program, and I’m glad we can
finally officially share this announcement with our fans. Ken has proven
time and again that he has what it takes to consistently win races and
run up front, and I’m confident in his ability to continue doing that
aboard the new CRF450R. Together with his teammate Cole Seely, we have
what I consider to be one of the strongest two-rider teams heading into
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