Roczen first burst onto the European motocross scene in 2009, winning back-to-back Masters Championships in Germany before eventually becoming the youngest rider ever to score the MX2 World Championship, in 2011. The next year, he was a member of the Motocross of Nations-winning Team Germany.
Following that success, the young phenomenon moved to the U.S. to race full-time. After finding his footing in the States, Roczen earned the 2013 AMA Supercross 250SX West title and finished second in the AMA Motocross 250MX Championship.
For 2014, Roczen moved up to the premier class, where he quickly made his presence felt and solidified his status among the top 450SX riders by scoring his first win at the opening round in Anaheim. He was victorious again at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome before wrapping up the season in third overall and earning AMA Supercross Rookie of the Year honors. Roczen followed that up with a stellar showing throughout the AMA Pro Motocross season, winning five rounds and landing on the podium four additional times en route to his first 450MX Championship, capping off the season with Rookie of the Year honors in that series as well.
Although Roczen started the 2015 season in similar fashion by once again winning the Anaheim opener, the remainder of the stadium series was a rollercoaster for the German. He notched one more AMA Supercross victory before being sidelined with an injury for the latter part of the series. Roczen closed out the 2015 season by finishing second overall in AMA Motocross and winning the Monster Energy Cup.
Last year saw Roczen finish runner-up in AMA Supercross, tallying five victories along the way, but it was outdoors where he really shined, dominating the AMA Motocross field by topping 20 of 24 motos in the 12-round series to land his second 450MX crown.
For 2017, Roczen joins Team Honda HRC. He’s eager to add to his already-long list of accomplishments, and with Honda’s full support and commitment, as well as the all-new 2017 CRF450R, he’s confident in his ability to do so.
“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said. “I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so having such a smooth transition so far has been great.
“For 2017, one of my main goals is to get a Supercross title,” Roczen continued. “I have a couple Motocross Championships now and of course I want to keep collecting them, but I really want that Supercross Championship. If we could start with that, it would be amazing, then to back up the outdoor title would be as good as it gets. I plan on preparing myself 110% and putting all my focus into the entire season. Where we are at even now with the team and equipment, I think we’re going to come out of the gate super strong.”