News 17 Jan 2017

Roczen outlines 2017 MXoN intentions

German star ready to return following three-year hiatus.

Source: Supplied.

Ken Roczen has confirmed he will contest the 2017 Motocross of Nations (MXoN) event at Matterley Basin in Great Britain on 1 October.

The German-born rider last contested the event for his home country in 2013 before sitting out the largest race on the yearly motocross calendar for three years due to multiple reasons.

Roczen last claimed victory at the event for Germany in 2012 alongside Max Nagl and Marcus Schiffer, admitting he will only attend the event if he feels he can do the same once again.

“Every year I plan on racing, but in the last couple years, it didn’t play out to where I was ready to go,” Roczen told RacerX. “I want everything to be on point and 100 percent perfect to go there and race and win and not just go there just to go.”

After making the move to Team Honda HRC for 2017, the current Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship premier class title holder feels everything is in order for him to make a strong return to the event.

“It’s pretty simple,” said Roczen. “Just that I’m in a good position and there’s no team switches or anything like that in mind. So right away when I came with the team, rode the bike, and everything was going a good direction and where we’re at right now, I decided that I’m going to commit because that’s what I want to do.”

Although the German MXoN team is yet to be announced, it is expected that selectors will choose Roczen to lead the German squad at the 2017 running of the event.