The first time Ken Roczen took part in the FIM Motocross World Championship was back in 2009 at the Grand Prix of Portugal, and from the very first moment, the German young rider eclipsed everybody with his impressive talent and great charisma. Yesterday, he became the youngest rider to obtain an FIM World Title and he did in front of the 22.000 fans gathered in Gaildorf.
Ken Roczen has already broken several records since he started racing Grand Prix, becoming the youngest GP winner ever at the age of 15 years and 53 days at the German MX2 GP in Teutschenthal, being also the youngest Red Plate Holder ever – at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Valkenswaard in 2010 at the age of 15 years and 361 days, and at the age of 17, with only two years an a half experience in the FIM Motocross World Championship, he has clinched his first FIM MX2 World Title.
Ken Roczen has caught everybody’s attention throughout these almost three years and he is now a hero in his home country, as he has become Germany’s first motocross champion in 43 years, after Paul Friedrichs obtained his last World Title. Besides, Roczen has achieved a dream that most of the athletes chase, which is becoming a World Champion in their own soil, but for the young talent is even more special as this is his maiden FIM MX2 World Title.
“It’s crazy, everybody saw that it was pretty emotional,” the young German talent commented. “The first thing I did when I got into my motorhome was start crying like a baby again. I did not feel the pressure that much, but it is always in your head that you can win the World Title, so this race in Gaildorf was different than all the other races,” he continued. “The last three laps have been provably the longest in my life, after the crash I was a little bit frustrated and I was so tired that I basically rode and rode and tried to keep the place that I had,” Roczen concluded.
Ken Roczen’s 2011 season has been outstanding; He has obtained eight GP victories in the 14 rounds so far, and he has been on the second step of the podium in four occasions. He he has only missed the rostrum twice during the French and Portuguese Grand Prix.
Ken Roczen will never forget winning his maiden FIM MX2 World Title in front of his home crowd in Gaildorf, but for all the members of the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing team the German track of Gaildorf was already present in the history of the squad, as it was there when the first orange KTM won a World Title back in 1996 after Mr. Stefan Pierer had taken over the company in 1994. Yesterday it will be another unforgettable moment for KTM, a Ken Roczen and Antonio Cairoli handed the two FIM World Titles on the same day in the old school motocross track of Gaildorf.