AMERICAN HONDA RESPONDS TO KEN ROCZEN ALLEGATIONS : POLITICAL GAMES
It’s clear that Ken Roczen and American Honda have a difference in opinion on how everything went down but Honda has made it very clear that they would like to continue working with Roczen through the 2023 season. Following Ken Roczen’s comments yesterday regarding his contract negotiations, American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential Brandon Wilson made the following statement:
“We genuinely enjoy working with Ken and have loved having him on our team for the past six years. We have a ton of respect for the speed and talent he regularly demonstrates on the track, and even more so for the heart and dedication he has shown in returning from severe setbacks. In light of recent comments, we felt the need to clarify a couple of points. We were looking forward to continuing with Ken in 2023, and we recently made him an offer of a contract extension. That offer has never been rescinded, but it was declined by Ken and his team. It’s true that the offer included a stipulation that Ken not compete in a series that has positioned itself as a direct competitor to our supercross and motocross racing partners. We feel it’s important to support our racing partners and to treat all of our riders the same. That said, our esteem and appreciation for Ken are as strong as ever, and they won’t be altered by the fact that our priorities don’t happen to align on this issue.”
Could this be Honda playing some sort political game so they don’t upset the AMA sanctioned Supercross and Motocross series ran in the USA. Anything is possible and only time will tell. Click here if you want to see the original Ken Roczen and James Stewart interview.