News 4 May 2019

Team Honda HRC re-signs Roczen through 2022 season

Three-year contract extension officially confirmed for popular German.

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Team Honda HRC has re-signed Ken Roczen for a further three years through the 2022 AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons in the US.

German star Roczen, who signed with Honda ahead of the 2017 season, will remain aboard the factory CRF450R in the first major move of the current silly season.

“Re-signing with Honda was a no-brainer for me,” Roczen said. “I owe the team a lot and I feel like we have a lot of good days ahead of us. Three years is a long time, so when I signed I was beyond stoked and it was a big pressure relief for me.

“The guys that I work with on this team are like a big family. Over the last two and a half years, the team and I have been through a lot. We’ve had some incredible highs but we’ve also hit rock bottom and one thing that Honda always did—no matter what—was believe in me – they never gave up.

“The team also does whatever it takes to make a rider happy, which is huge because it brings comfort and I want to win just as bad as they do. I know we haven’t done that in a while, but our work and what we do together isn’t done. Them standing behind me through thick and thin, the good times and the bad times, is what makes a great team.”

American Honda manager of powersports marketing communications Lee Edmunds indicated it was a natural step to extend Roczen’s contract for the next three years.

“During his time with Honda so far, Ken’s dedication has been exemplary,” said Edmunds. “The tenacity with which he pursues success is exceeded only by the resolve with which he approaches challenges. We firmly believe that attitude will help him – and us – get back on top. Ken is our guy, and we’re thrilled to continue together.”

Despite his serious injuries from 2017, Roczen earned third place in last year’s Pro Motocross standings and, with one round remaining this AMA Supercross season, he has earned six podium finishes and sits fourth in the points.