Ken Roczen – Honda has been one of the biggest hitters in top-flight Supercross for almost a decade, though up until this year’s inaugural FIM World Supercross Championship the German fan-favourite had failed to win a title on a 450cc machine.
The FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion in 2011, Roczen then headed Stateside and after finishing second in the AMA 250cc SX East series in his debut US season he went one better on the West Coast in 2013.
While he has twice won the AMA 450cc Pro Motocross title, big-bike success in America’s stadiums has proved harder to come by and several big crashes – including two that resulted in career-threatening arm injuries – have restricted his achievements.
Despite this, his twenty Main Event victories in the premier class have earned him tenth position on the list of all-time AMA Supercross winners.
Following an abbreviated 2022 AMA SX campaign due to illness, the twenty-eight-year-old finally converted his natural talent and sheer speed into a major 450cc title when he raced to the all-new FIM WSX World Supercross Championship.
Kicking off in Wales in early October in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Roczen went three-two in the opening races before making sure of second overall on the night with a fighting fourth in the Super Final.
Fast forward two weeks and the series signed off in Australia in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium with Roczen winning the opener before a flat tyre dropped him to fifteenth in race two.
With the championship on the line, he stormed to second in the Super Final to finally get his hands on a major 450cc Supercross title.
FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion: 2011
FIM WSX World Supercross Champion: 2022