Ken Roczen, who helped Germany to its first and only Motocross of Nations title in 2012, is unlikely to compete at the 2021 event in Mantova, Italy.
Following his 1-1 at the Unadilla National on Saturday, Roczen was asked about competing in the event in the post-race press conference.
“Yeah, I really wanted to race. I was ready to go and whatnot. But now, after further review and I think also with Honda and a little bit difficult time with the whole COVID situation and parts and all that kinda stuff. And of course, the situation over in Europe, I just feel like there are a lot of uncertainties. As of right now, obviously it’s [the race] happening but who knows if there will be any fans allowed and obviously a lot of riders are not going to race. So, I feel like the pros and cons for me, they were a little bit more on the con side for everything. And I feel like this is such a special race that I feel like if you can’t do it all the way, then don’t do it at all type thing.”
Roczen has previously competed for Germany at the event in 2018, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through eight rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Roczen is second in the 450 championship, as he trails points leader Dylan Ferrandis by 39.