While the rest of the motorcycle world rests,
in America, what could be deemed our biggest
series is set to take off in less than a month.
And one of the biggest surprise’s of this pre season
isn’t traction control, or mandatory drug testing for
well, everyone, or they are gonna run 2 strokes
even up with the 4 strokes.
Nope. None of the above.
The shocker this week, is Ken Roczen.
He was Hondas main guy for the last 5 or 6 years.
The guy who came back from an arm injury that made
Marquez’s shoulder thing look like a hangnail.
The guy that pretty much told Honda to shove it,
with a year and millions left on his contract.
Rumor had him going to Kawasaki. He went out and bought
a Honda, a Yamaha, a Kawasaki and a Suzuki,
just to see what he liked the most.
Then it was him going to Yamaha.
Then it was back to Honda, on a satellite team,
because, well, everyone knows, once Big Red cans you, you ain’t never going back there.
Mystery Man had everyone guessing.
So many were, to put it mildly, surprised when it was announced yesterday that he’s going with a bike that hasn’t really changed in like, maybe a decade.
No electric fuel pump, no backward motor,
no firebrand or whatever engine.
Heck, if you look closely at the pic you will see a remnant of the past. The only bike out there that has it.
Like a suicide clutch, or a tank for the auto lube 2 stroke oil,
something that maybe 10 years from now the vast majority won’t know how to use.
Is he just milking it, or has he just had enough of big factory, who knows.
One thing for sure, if he pulls this one off, and wins the brass ring, heck, that would be a Rocky kind of deal.