Red Bull Teka KTM’s Ken Roczen on Sunday sealed the MX2 World championship title with one clear round in hand. The 17-year old talent was in perfect form when he attacked the track at Gaildorf, Germany in the GP of Europe to take the title with one round in hand.
Urged on by thousands of loyal fans and the entire KTM factory team Roczen settled the issue after the second moto to pick up his first senior world championship title but was still shadowed by his teammate and toughest competitor Jeffrey Herlings.
With the victory, Roczen, widely recognized as one of the hottest MX properties around and still only 17, became Germany’s first motocross champion in 40 years and his home crowd gave him a reception that he will long remember.
Roczen signed with the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Team in January 2011. Shortly after he grabbed plenty of attention riding AMA Supercross Lites in the West Coast series in the USA. Ken, on a fast learning curve in the highly competitive series even secured his first SX podium towards the end of the season. He even had a couple of impressive outings on the KTM 350 SX-F in the open class. A favorite throughout the world championship season, Roczen started strongly, then overcame a mid season lapse to settle down to a string of unassailable victories in the second half that allowed him to put his stamp firmly on the title. The only other rider to challenge him, especially on sand tracks, was his KTM teammate Jeffrey Herlings and the two set about making the season a two-way competition.
The young German’s stats for the 2011 MX2 GP racing season are very impressive. In the 13 rounds so far he has taken seven GP victories and was on the podium in second place three times. Riding the KTM 250 SX-F he has only missed being on the box twice so far this season. Up to his title win he had 19 race victories, five seconds and one third place.