Ken Roczen experienced immediate success following his move to the United States in 2011. First competing in the 250SX West Region, riding for the Red Bull KTM factory team, he finished sixth overall on his Supercross debut. Moving over to the East Region in 2012 and again riding for Red Bull KTM, Roczen finished second overall, earning one victory and five podiums. His exceptional progress continued in 2013, when he was named AMA 250SX West Coast champion.
Ken was already one of the world’s hottest MX2 properties before making his mark in the States.
He won back-to-back MX2 championships at the 2010 and 2011 Motocross des Nations (an achievement he repeated in 2012) and won the title of FIM MX2 World Champion in 2011, winning eight of the 15 rounds outright and taking second place on four occasions.
He was born on 29 April 1994 in Mattstedt, Germany. He was named "Rookie of the Year" at the ADAC MX Junior Cup in 2004, before making his first mark on the motocross world scene by winning the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in 2007.
Ken is known for his fighting spirit, which was epitomised in the 2011 season when he recovered from a two-GP dip midseason, to secured the world title at home in Germany. As Ken himself says: “I just want to go from race to race and be on the podium all the time - my motto is ‘why not emerge victorious?’”
- Age: 19
- Height: 1.70m
- Weight: 66kg
- Nationality: Germany