understanding of one another. He’s young, and if everything lines up right, he should have a really good future
ahead of him. He’s a fun guy. Ken is just a normal kid.
He likes to ride his dirt bike, and he’s a good guy to
WHAT DOES KEN PREFER WITH BIKE SETUP?
He wants a good base, and then he’ll ride it. When he
finds something he likes, he doesn’t want to change
things up. He’s not very picky. At the end of the
Nationals last year he switched to a spring fork. He
spent all his life racing with a spring fork, so for him
to change to air was difficult. Right or wrong, the fork
felt different; however, since the start of the Supercross
series, he has been racing on Kayaba’s air forks. He was
expecting the air fork to be different, but it’s more of a
normal feeling. The KYB air fork has more of a normal
feel for him.
WHAT ABOUT ENGINE PREFERENCES? Ken
is a very smooth rider. He doesn’t want an aggressive
powerband. Ken helps the bike a lot, and what I mean
by that is, he doesn’t over-rev the engine or use the
clutch excessively. He rides a bike the way it should be
ridden. Ken is not hard on anything. I rarely see him
lock up the rear wheel.
YOU’VE SAID THE SAME THING ABOUT YOUR
FORMER RIDER, JAMES STEWART. James Stewart
wasn’t hard on the bike until he went wrong with bike
setup, in which case he was really hard on stuff. ❏