Does that make the RM-Z450 a bad
bike? Absolutely not. The results don’t
lie. Ken Roczen’s championship-winning bike may not be the exact same
bike that rolls off the showroom
floors, but it has the same meat and
potatoes per the AMA rule book.
Don’t believe us? The RCH Suzuki
team let the MXA wrecking crew not
just ride Kenny’s bike but race it too.
The only caveat was we had to fly to
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, for the Edge
of Summer event at the Soaring Eagle
Resort. Why did we have to go to
Michigan? Because the team’s semi
and the bike never came back from
the last AMA National. The Edge of
Summer event is in its third year, and
it draws tons of Pros and Amateurs
for the $62,000 in cash and prizes. We
were happy to be a part of it.
Ken Roczen learned to be an effi-
cient rider in Europe. The MXGP
tracks he grew up on are much rough-
er and are ill maintained compared to
the AMA National tracks. This taught
Ken to carry his momentum on the
track, with his agile right hand to
meter the throttle. With a style that
separates him from his American
counterparts, Kenny has used this
European grace to his advantage,
and with his unique style of riding
comes an unconventional bike set-
up—a setup that gives him an edge
over the competition.
RCH team manager Kyle Bentley
is an open book. He guided the
MXA wrecking crew behind the Iron
Curtain. Talking about what led to
RCH’s success with Kenny this year,
he mentioned how important the rela-
This is no normal factory machine.
Roczen’s smooth Euro style allows him
to run soft suspension with an engine
that is easy to ride. It reminded us of a
Vet rider’s bike setup.