Every part of Ken Roczen’s Red Bull KTM 450SXF—from the
works Dunlop tires to the WP suspension, super-lightweight
Selle Dalla Valle seat and N-Style graphics—combined to
make an awesome package. We like Ken Roczen’s chance of
success in his rookie 450 Supercross campaign, given how
complete his bike is.
The Austrians made two excellent moves in the
summer of 2012 by re-signing Roczen and Musquin
through 2014. KTM didn’t have to engage in a bidding
war for the services of Ken or Marvin. That’s a
tremendous advantage given that Roczen has moved
up to the 450 class for this year and needed extra time
adapting to the new bike. Ken Roczen spent October
through December testing on the KTM Supercross track
as opposed to testing the open market.
The offseason is short, and made even shorter because
of the Monster Energy Cup. This one-off race is a great
opportunity for teams to try unproven parts and potential
riders to measure where they stack up against the
competition. The Monster Cup marked Ken Roczen’s first
official entry into the 450 class. “K-Roc” had ultra-consistent 4-4-4 moto scores for third overall, finishing
behind James Stewart and teammate Ryan Dungey.
The MXA wrecking crew asked KTM to give us Ken
Roczen’s KTM 450SXF. And although we had to work
between Roczen’s 2014 Supercross test schedule and our
own busy shootout season, it wasn’t long before we met
with Roczen’s mechanic, Kelly Lumgair, and gleefully
started the KTM 450SXF with the press of a button. A
crack of the throttle revealed Ken Roczen’s chance of
success in the 450 class. We can only imagine how big
“Roczenmania” will be if Kenny wins the 450 Supercross
title in his rookie year. We’re not betting against him. ❏
More than just bling, the orange anodized Kite hubs are
stronger and lighter than stock. The demands of Supercross
make durability a top priority. The Kite hubs and D.I.D.
DirtStar LT-X rims ensure that the wheels stay round, despite
the loads caused by pounding through whoops.
Given that Roczen’s KTM 450SXF must pass the FIM two-meter-max sound test (currently set at 112 dB), Akrapovic is
limited in what can be achieved horsepower-wise and still