Ken Roczen showed up in his debut race with HEP Motorsports at the opening round of the 2023 AMA Supercross Championship, finishing with an impressive 5th overall.
Lots of buzz surrounding the #94 machine leading up to Anaheim. Roczen stepped up to the plate at Angel Stadium back on board an RM-Z 450cc Suzuki. Showing the world why he is one of the greatest, Ken put himself out front, battled for a podium position, and rode an intelligent race. He finished the night 5th overall. The team and Ken are in an excellent place to start the season.
“Our weekend in Anaheim was a fun one but a gnarly one,” said Ken Roczen. “Quite possibly one of the gnarliest I’ve ridden. I’m stoked to get away with a top 5 at the opener. We’ve put in a lot of work and have some work ahead of us. It’s a solid start to the season. We didn’t blow anything out of the water, we didn’t do the absolute greatest either, and we have something to build on that I’m super stoked about.”
Team Manager Larry Brooks was satisfied with the night’s result.
“Thought the night went good,” said Brooks. “Super difficult track with ruts, weather, and dirt conditions. We performed well in the first race of the year with Roczen. I thought the bike worked well and was not too far off for not having a starting point. Doing testing at the track is never the same as the races. All your weak points show in that first race of the year, but 5th place is a good starting point,” he concluded.