After ending a drought of almost seven years for Suzuki’s RM-Z450, Ken Roczen talks about his emotional victory in Indianapolis and where his head is at entering the second half of 2023 Monster Energy Supercross.
“As much as I gelled with the bike when I first got on it, I feel like we had a lot of stuff thrown at us at the begining of the season. I have been on so many different set-ups, it was definitely tough there and I have definietly have some races that I wasnt happy with. Most importantly we never gave. The team and I we have been out on the track until 7pm sometimes, especially the week before Tampa, and we just weren’t letting off until I felt like we could.
“So, this night, I have dreamed of for many, many months and it seemed so far away especially after these last few races. I wasn’t anywhere near, my starts weren’t good and I wasn’t anywhere near even a podium. To pull this one off on a track like this tonight, i have to let this settle in. I don’t want to let this get to my head or think that this will happen every single weekend, it’s tough out there. But for tonight, me and my team are definitely going to enjoy this, no doubt about it.
“We are just going to keep charging hard, train hard. It’s so tough out there, the top ten is going so fast, if you don’t get the start, it makes life a lot hard. But tonight I did and we were able to make it happen. This race felt long and short at the same time. Obviously lappers came into play, this was definitely one of the ruttiest tracks I have ever ridden, this was such an accomplishment, I have to let it settle in.
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