Days after the penultimate spherical of the 2023 AMA Supercross sequence, Ken Roczen has introduced a long-term dedication to race the FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX). The German rider will defend his WSX title this 12 months, and proceed to contest the worldwide indoor racing sequence in 2024 and 2025.
Ken Roczen has set his sights on FIM World Supercross for 2023, 2024, and 2025. (SX International/)
“I had a good time in Cardiff and Melbourne final 12 months, which made it straightforward to decide to the World Supercross Championship,” Roczen stated. “I’m hungrier than ever for race wins and might be giving it my all with my group to be standing on the highest step when the season ends in Melbourne this November.”
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“For supercross to develop as a sport world wide, I feel it’s actually vital that extra riders focus solely on the self-discipline, which is why I’m concentrating on the World Supercross Championship and the AMA Supercross Championship within the coming years. I really feel like my using this 12 months has been pretty much as good as ever, and I’m excited to see what I can do when specializing in one speciality.” <i>—Ken Roczen, Progressive Insurance coverage Ecstar Suzuki</i> (Suzuki/)
Roczen says returning to WSX for the subsequent three years represents his dedication to turning into a supercross specialist and rising the self-discipline world wide.
“I’m significantly happy with what we’ve achieved this 12 months with the Progressive Insurance coverage Ecstar Suzuki group. Dustin [Pipes], Larry [Brooks], and the entire group have put in an enormous effort to make me as comfy as I’ve been to race on the entrance all season lengthy,” Roczen stated. “For us to proceed our supercross momentum collectively and take the game we like to followers world wide is an incredible alternative that I’m very grateful for. I’m ecstatic to have the chance to compete for a world title at residence in Germany, which is one thing I may solely dream about till now.”
“Supercross has an unbelievable following throughout the globe and we all know Ken is likely one of the hottest riders on the earth, so having him decide to WSX for the subsequent three years is a implausible step towards our mission to construct a really international World Supercross Championship that followers, athletes, groups, sponsors, and media companions are keen about. I can’t wait to see followers in new areas take pleasure in the perfect sport on the earth firsthand. There’s nothing extra rewarding than seeing the enjoyment they get witnessing these unbelievable athletes race in individual.” <i>—Adam Bailey, SX International CEO</i> (SX International/)
In mild of this, Roczen will forgo the AMA Professional Motocross Championship, at the least in its entirety. So far as bike and group, he’ll proceed to race a 2023 Suzuki RM-Z450 for Progressive Insurance coverage Ecstar Suzuki, as he has AMA Supercross this 12 months.
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“Ken is a champion in supercross each on and off the monitor, and we’ve already seen what he can obtain with our group within the States. That relationship and consistency now switch to our World Supercross Championship group, so we’re assured that Ken can ship one other world title win, this time on a Suzuki, in 2023.” <i>—Dustin Pipes, Pipes Motorsports Group (PMG) group principal</i> (SX International/)
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