Ken Roczen joined the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team at the beginning of the 2011 season. Already known as one of the world’s hottest MX2 properties, the talented teenager from Mattstedt / Thüringen in Germany set out to show the world of Motocross just what we was capable of riding the KTM 250 SX-F factory bike. The season, which ended in triumph for Roczen, will be remembered as a two-rider competition with Ken’s teammate Jeffrey Herlings being the only one to occasionally challenge his domination, particularly on sandy surfaces where the Dutch rider was very much on home terrain.
Ken wrapped up the world championship season winning eight of the 15 round GPs outright and taking second place on four occasions. With an amazing display of his fighting spirit, he vaulted back from a slight, two GP dip midseason to be unstoppable right up until he secured the world title at home in Germany.
In 2011, Ken also rode selected races in the AMA SX Lites (West Coast) competition for the Red Bull KTM factory team in the USA under the leadership of Roger DeCoster. Despite cross Atlantic travel he still managed to take his first SX Lites podium at Anaheim 2, where he finished third and secured his first SX Lites victory in Las Vegas at the close of the season. In 2012 Ken races full time in the USA for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and is bound to add to his considerable skills under the firm hand of DeCoster, a legend in the sport and a team manager of huge reputation and credentials.