TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda Motor Co. announced Wednesday it has signed reigning Lucas Oil Pro Motocross champion Ken Roczen to a three-year agreement to ride for Team Honda HRC.
Roczen, who won his second motocross title this summer while riding a Suzuki for RCH Racing, will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Championships.
The German rider 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,” Roczen continued. “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.”
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,” said Betley. “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 2017.”
CREDIT: American Honda Motor Corporation