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Ken Roczen to Race KTM 350 SX-F in Houston SX

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Red Bull KTMs Ken Roczen landed on the podium for the first time in AMA Supercross at A2.
Fresh off his first podium finish of the year in the Supercross Lites division at A2, Red Bull/KTM's Ken Roczen will jump up to the Supercross class in Houston aboard the KTM 350 SX-F.
Red Bull/KTM rider Ken Roczen, fresh off a Supercross Lites podium last weekend, is ready to go again - this time in the SX class at the sixth round of the series to be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX.

The German rider has ridden the 350 SX-F periodically when out practicing with teammates Andrew Short and Mike Alessi.

"I feel comfortable on the 350 SX-F and am excited to ride the bike and continue my training and racing when the series heads to the East Coast," commented Roczen.

"I didn't want to stop racing just because the Lites series took a break and this is a way for me to continue to race and keep in shape." In addition to the training advantage, the team is looking forward to Roczen's feedback on the new model.

"This is our first year racing the 350 SX-F in Supercross and we are eager to get feedback from all racers. We know Ken (Roczen) very well and value his feedback on the models and know that his feedback along with Short and Alessi's will help to improve this model to be at the top step of the podium. KTM is making aggressive moves into the motocross market and the more we can race the machines, the sooner we can see results," stated Red Bull/KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster. 

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charlie toast   February 11, 2011 10:53 AM
I think it's a win-win situation for him - he's just 16 years old, in his rookie year in the Lites, so there are no expectations for him to do great things on the 350. It will be enough for him to be competitive with Alessi and Short, but I reckon he might surprise a few people. Go Ken!
Hutchy   February 11, 2011 08:42 AM
He finally starts getting confidence on the 250 and now they'll stick the poor guy in the big class. I think he will struggle - but hopefully I am wrong.