German Ken Roczen had a great outing at only his second participation at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations as this year the 16-year-old was the youngest rider to line up at the gate in the three races and even took the individual victory in the MX2 class.
This stunning performance adds to the records of this young great talent, currently the youngest ever grand prix winner since his maiden win in 2009.
Missing out the award last year as he was five months older than eventual RC MXoN Award winner Herlings, this year Roczen took the honours and did it in style.
Ending the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship with a bitter second to Musquin due to several mechanical failures, Roczen was determined to put on a great show at the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations and so he did.
Representing Germany in the MX2 class, the youngster almost won yesterday’s qualifying heat losing a two way battle with American Canard. Though Roczen made up for that in today’s races.
In race one he starred a strong recovery after yesterday’s rival Canard crashed in front of him –together with Osborne- and blocked the way through turn one. Roczen moved from the tail of the group to an eventual sixth, even moving past fellow Suzuki rider and multiple world champion Ramon on the bigger machine.
In race two instead Roczen had victory ambitions when he took the lead at lap two. Unfortunately he could not resist 450cc mounted Townley’s attacks and dropped down to second, then to third after Regal came through.
The eventual third place of Roczen was Germany’s best individual result of the whole day, helping the team to lead the classification after the second moto and to take the eventual podium.
In 2011 Roczen and his longtime sponsor Teka will both move to KTM and contest the World MX2 Championship with high ambitions.