Ever since Frenchman Stephane Roncada stepped onto American soil in 1997, his passion for racing has been unquestionable?just watch him ride. In his relatively limited time in the States, he has racked up an impressive resume that looks to be the beginning of a French dynasty. Arm pump problems apparently behind him, Ron Ron looks for 2001 to be his year to shine.

Although 2001 looks to be a breakout year for Stephane, the past couple of years have been enough to make most competitors green with envy. Unfortunately for his competition, Ron Ron is not one to rest on his laurels. He earned his first National win at Troy, OH at the end of the ’99 season where he defeated future teammate Ricky Carmichael in not one, but two separate motos. After that remarkable accomplishment, Stephane never failed to reach the podium in any National that followed. He ended the year in France, undergoing surgery to fix the problems in his arms that had cost him so many podiums, and so much grief.

With his confidence sky-high, he entered the 2000 season with lofty expectations not only from his team, but also for himself. And what a season it was; Roncada won eight races including four 125 Nationals, and four East Coast supercross?. He narrowly missed winning the overall 125 National Championship, coming up two points short to a guy by the name of Travis. Ron Ron did however, claim the 125 East Coast supercross crown, which was arguably much more competitive than the West Coast series this year.

And the accolades for Roncada continued this year on the other side of the Atlantic at the Motocross des Nations. Although the favored French team wasn?t able to enjoy a Bastille Day-like celebration, the finger could not be pointed at Stephane. He was the top individual 125 rider, garnering strong finishes in both motos.

It looks like Team Kawasaki?s newest addition has raised the bar a bit, let?s see who?s up for the challenge.


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