Ken Roczen, the German teenager who has been competing in the Supercross Lites class in the West Series, will change gears for this weekend's race at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, February 12. Since this race is the opening round for the East Supercross Lites class, the Red Bull KTM team rider will compete in the Supercross division aboard a KTM 350 SX.Roczen is currently sixth in the West Lites Championship and finished on the podium, in third place, for the first time last week at Anaheim 2. The week before that in Oakland, Roczen finished fourth.According to a release from KTM, Roczen has been riding the 350 SX periodically while 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," said 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."

"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," said Red Bull KTM factory team manager Roger DeCoster.

 

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Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.

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