News 30 Apr 2019

Roczen potential not on display 'in quite a while'

Team Honda HRC challenger still facing undiagnosed health issue.

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German ace Ken Roczen has acknowledged his full potential hasn’t been on display ‘in quite a while’ as he continues to battle an ongoing health issue.

The Team Honda HRC contender finished sixth at East Rutherford’s penultimate round of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship on Saturday, which comes after a host of uncharacteristic results.

A strong start to the season admittedly started to go downhill in March when he was dealt with an undiagnosed illness that has plagued his campaign, resulting in unexpected fatigue while racing.

“Today started out a bit rough,” Roczen stated. “I haven’t ridden [a] supercross [track] since Denver – so two weeks ago – just because we did some outdoor testing and then because of what I’ve been dealing with, I wanted to give myself a little break. It’s taking a long time to figure out what’s going on with me, but the good thing is I felt better tonight than I have in the last few weeks.

“Overall, I’m happy that I felt better most the day and didn’t get as tired in the main as I have been. I’m going to see a few more specialists in the next couple of weeks to get some legit answers. It’s been tough because I feel like I haven’t been able to show my full potential in quite a while. In the beginning of the season you could see how well I was doing, and then it went downhill from there.

” We’ve had a few other good runs, but it’s been a challenge for sure. It’s tough because there’s nothing more that I want than to go out there, feel good, and do good for the team. I think we’ve been making the best of it and we’re doing everything we can to get things figured out.”

The number 94 currently sits fourth in the championship standings as just one round remains this weekend in Las Vegas.