Although Ken Roczen’s 2021 season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, he feels like this year was a success. Not only did he build on his results from last year, but he also for the first time remained in battle for the 450SX Championship until the final round. As we all watched at each round in 2021, Roczen was in the hunt for main event wins and throughout the series, he was the rider who led the most laps. With SX now over for the season, Roczen will turn his attention to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships where he hopes to win his second-ever 450MX title. After the main event on Saturday evening in SLC, Ken Roczen had this to say.
“Round 17 was a tough one again. I just seemed to struggle with the altitude. After getting the holeshot in the main, the first little bit of the race looked promising, but I really let go and dropped way back. Overall, I’ve had a good season. I’ve never stayed in the game for so long—making it all the way to the last round being in the championship hunt. Last year I was third, this year I was second—at least we’re going in the right direction. We had some really good battles, and I learned a lot about myself this year. I’m looking forward to the outdoor season now, and the supercross season next year.”