German Ken Roczen is by his very nature a gambler.
He was launched onto the world scene at the tender
age of 15 when he won the fifth Grand Prix he had ever
entered (in Teutschenthal, Germany). At this point, Kenny
gambled and left his Teka Suzuki team for a spot on the
powerful KTM team for 2010.
In his first year at KTM, Ken Roczen won three
GPs, while teammate Marvin Musquin won eight to
win the 2010 FIM 250 World Championship. In 2011,
it was Roczen who won eight GPs and the 250 World
Championship, but, more significant, Roczen had KTM
put a clause in his contract that guaranteed that if he
won the World Championship, he could move to America.
He tested the waters in the USA by racing the early starting 250 West series before the GPs began, winning the
2011 Las Vegas Supercross.
In 2012 he became a full-time AMA racer, finishing third in the 250 East and fourth in the AMA 250
Nationals. In 2013 he won the 250 West title in front of Eli
Tomac, Cole Seely and Jason Anderson, and was second
in the AMA 250 Nationals behind Eli Tomac and in front
of KTM teammate Marvin Musquin. Kenny made the
move to the 450 class in 2014. He won two Supercross
races to finish fourth in the series and capped off his year
with the AMA 450 National Championship, winning by
14 points over KTM teammate Ryan Dungey.
Kenny rolled the dice in 2015, leaving the KTM team to
sign a two-year deal with RCH Suzuki. It was a mistake
that Kenny regretted once he was there, but he made the
best of a bad situation. During his two years at Suzuki,
Ken won five Supercrosses and nine 450 Nationals. Eight
of those nine wins came on his way to the 2016 AMA 450
Then, for 2017, Ken rolled the dice again, signing a
long-term deal to race the newly developed 2017 Honda
CRF450. Ken dominated the first two races of the 2017
Supercross series before crashing at Anaheim II. His arm
was badly broken and dislocated. Ken’s and Honda’s
2017 gamble was nullified by circumstances.