News 22 Sep 2016

Team Honda HRC confirms three-year Roczen deal

German's signing finally made official for 2017-2019 seasons.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team Honda HRC has officially announced the signing of reigning American Pro Motocross Champion Ken Roczen in a landmark three-year deal.

It’s been no secret that Roczen is heading to the Honda Racing Corporation team alongside Cole Seely from 2017, the news finally made official overnight.

“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.”

A Suzuki rider in the early stages of his career in Europe, German racer Roczen won the 2011 MX2 World Championship as part of Red Bull KTM before transferring to the US with the same brand. He won the 2013 West Coast 250SX crown and then won his first 450MX title in 2014.

Last year Roczen returned to Suzuki with RCH Racing in a two-year deal, just recently clinching the 2016 450MX championship before switching to Honda’s factory program through the 2019 season.

“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,” Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley said.

“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.”