News 13 Aug 2019

'Monkey off my back' says Roczen after dominant Unadilla triumph

Factory Honda rider earns perfect scorecard at the 10th round of Pro Motocross.

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Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen says his dominant 1-1 performance at Unadilla’s 10th round of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship has taken the ‘monkey’ off his back, the perfect scorecard marking his first since being with the Japanese manufacturer.

The German ace was unstoppable from the get-go, topping practice and qualifying before going onto record a pair commanding race wins at the challenging and demanding venue.

“Everything just came natural today and was clicking,” said Roczen. “I’m liking the bike a lot and I like the track too, so I just went out and had fun. I feel like when I’m having fun, that’s when I get the best results.

“As a team, we’ve never had a day where we were the fastest in practice and went 1-1 in the motos, and I haven’t personally done that in a long time either, so today was definitely one for the books. It’s a big monkey off my back and a good confidence boost because we have a couple races to go.

“I feel like we’ve got the bike dialled in over the last couple of weeks and now I’m just going to leave it the way it is. Hopefully we’ll keep getting good results.”

Roczen is now one-point shy of second’s Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in the championship standings, while he’s 41 points behind leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki).