Roczen's Dad on RCH

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8/19/2015 3:08 PM

The german mx magazine "Cross Magazin" just came in the mail and they did a interview with Heiko Klepka on RCH. It was stunning to see what he said... I'll just translate some key things from the interview, I'd have never thought that it was THAT bad. (Sometimes I ran out of translation talent and changed the exact wording, but the key facts are still right)

About the team
"The RCH Racing Team is not a team, but a randomly mixed bunch of self promoters. In this so-called team there is no team spirit, because everybody just works for his own interest. It's about money. There are people on the team, that obviously have no function, but they're getting payed. For example there is Mark Johnson, who was brought in by Carmichael from the Indycar series. This man is just superarrogant and he has no clue about suspensions. That affects the mood of the team and the performance of my boy. It's purely about sponsors and money at RCH, Ken is just a playing ball. I have never experienced something like this in all the GP years."

About the management
"I'm sure Ken would leave the team immediately. But that isn't easy, because his management is also involved with the team. [...] If he violates the contract, he'll have to pay 2'000'000$ fees. Also, his manager Steve Astephen has no clue about the sport. For example, at the beginning of the outdoor season, he told Ken: "Tomac doesn't ride in your league, why do you let him pass you?" When I heard that, my jaw dropped (Original german saying: 'blieb mir die Spucke weg- my spit stayed away). [...]
There is already a little Clique that developed around my boy and success in the sport is only a small part. He has no control, not over the bike and not over the team. Of course Ken noticed this too. Actually, the vibe was gone after 2 months, because the people in the team already tried to part him and Kelly Lumgair. These people never were in the workshop, and Kelly was a real confidante for Ken and it was a really hard decision for Kelly, to go with Suzuki. He gave up the best job in the world then. And now he goes back to KTM- any questions?"

About Ricky Carmichael
"Of course Ricky isn't a bad dude, but as a team chef, he is an insult for Ken Roczen. It's hard to believe, but he shows up a couple of times during the year, waves and lets out some cool patters. You want a tasting sample? 'Everyone has problems with the air forks. We can't make the shock that good, or else it wouldn't work with the fork.' I know that he doesn't even watch Kens races, but he rather drives out with his boat. Other than that, he seems satisfied with how everything is going."

Did they lie to Ken from the beginning on?
I'll shorten it up a bit here: They don't get the suspension working because nobody cooperates with each other, for example, in the workshop they just rebuild the complete bike. The 19th place in the first moto isn't the result of his back, but of a completely unrideable bike(!!!). They didn't even start preparing for Supercross so far.

Roczen searches for solutions himsel
"We tried to clarify that internal, and tried to bring a german suspension specialist, that Ken trusts blindly, into the team. Of course that was rejected. Then we tried to get a stock Suzuki, but ended up buying one ourself. The german suspension guy came and was completely ignored by the team. Ricky knew who he is and why he was here, and just asked if he was spending his vacaction here. We then tested with the stock bike and Ken was 3 seconds (Hell yes, 3 effing seconds!!) faster than with his factory bike. With stock suspension and a stock engine."
Shortened ending: They tried to contact everybody, Geboers, sports boss of Suzuki in Japan, but they couldn't help because RCH is no factory team. Only Suzuki USA offered help by the factory team, but that was rejected by RCH. At the middle of the season, they wanted to test, but RCH said: 'No, we only can next week'. They had their guy, but RCh brought 7, which all didn't help. They were allowed to ride Baggetts suspension later, which RCH worked on after 1 race- with result of Ken not liking it anymore. Then they wanted to see the contract with Showa, if they could get a new one, a 10 year old one or the old one of Baggett. But RCH didn't show it to them. He also said, that if the air forks won't work, they will go back to the traditional forks, which they did, as we all know.

What could've solved the problems?
"At the middle of the season, they should have fired all the incapable people and replaced them with our confidante. Then we would've had a unstoppable Ken Roczen on Suzuki. But because of the arrogance at RCH, only escape remains for Kenny.

So that's pretty much it. I would have never thought that it was THAT bad at RCH... But I guess Heiko didn't lie right here. I'm sorry for all the grammatical mistakes, my English is obviously still not perfect. But I hope you guys can understand everything!

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8/19/2015 3:12 PM

I'll go back to what I said in the post about RCH and Kenny a few weeks back.

I don't think Kenny likes the team, and I don't think the team likes Kenny.

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8/19/2015 3:13 PM

Wow. That sure doesn't paint the team in a good light at all. Granted, there's two sides to every story (and I'd LOVE to hear RCH's side, for sure...Come on, Matthes, start digging...RC doesn't like you anwyay, so you've got nothing to lose.)

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8/19/2015 3:13 PM

well I can tell you that his take on Mark Johnson is 200% spot on!!!!!

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8/19/2015 3:14 PM

Titan1 wrote:

Wow. That sure doesn't paint the team in a good light at all. Granted, there's two sides to every story (and I'd LOVE to hear RCH's side, for sure...Come on, Matthes, start digging...RC doesn't like you anwyay, so you've got nothing to lose.)

Hell yeah, that would be amazingly interesting

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8/19/2015 3:16 PM

Excellent translation, backs up what we have been seeing on track.

Guess now we see if Kenny has the stones to pay up, and get out.

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8/19/2015 3:16 PM

Does this sound any different than something a disgruntled RV camp person might have said about RV and his GP Team ?

Not saying it's wrong, just saying , But wow Daddy dearest did not help his boy with this one.

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8/19/2015 3:17 PM

Good post

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8/19/2015 3:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/19/2015 3:21 PM

That reads like a typical parents take on things. It is everyones else's fault, not my kids.

Might be some truth to it but dad just made things worse for jr.

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8/19/2015 3:18 PM

mauidex wrote:

well I can tell you that his take on Mark Johnson is 200% spot on!!!!!

yes, i heard that too, one of those guys that seems to know where all the bodies are buried.

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8/19/2015 3:18 PM

500guy wrote:

Does this sound any different than something a disgruntled RV camp person might have said about RV and his GP Team ?

Not saying it's wrong, just saying , But wow Daddy dearest did not help his boy with this one.

Maybe they'll throw him out without a fee now because his dad 'talked shit' about them? Just a guess

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8/19/2015 3:18 PM

mauidex wrote:

well I can tell you that his take on Mark Johnson is 200% spot on!!!!!

Agree with you 1000%.

+1

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8/19/2015 3:19 PM

DownSouth wrote:

That reads like a typical parents take on things. It is everyones else's fault, not my kids.

Might be some truth to it but dad just made things worse for jr.

Good point for sure.

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8/19/2015 3:20 PM

Very interesting...thanks for taking the time and effort to translate and post this topic. Your English appears flawless grammatically, and I assume the translation is accurate.

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8/19/2015 3:20 PM

"... It's purely about sponsors and money at RCH, Ken is just a playing ball....."

So KR wasn't about the $$$ too when he signed up?

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8/19/2015 3:22 PM

Starcrossed wrote:

Very interesting...thanks for taking the time and effort to translate and post this topic. Your English appears flawless grammatically, and I assume the translation is accurate.

Thanks! Appreciate it

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8/19/2015 3:22 PM

g0rd057 wrote:

"... It's purely about sponsors and money at RCH, Ken is just a playing ball....."

So KR wasn't about the $$$ too when he signed up?

No, KTM matched RCH's offer.

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8/19/2015 3:24 PM

500guy wrote:

Does this sound any different than something a disgruntled RV camp person might have said about RV and his GP Team ?

Not saying it's wrong, just saying , But wow Daddy dearest did not help his boy with this one.

GER_shortymx wrote:

Maybe they'll throw him out without a fee now because his dad 'talked shit' about them? Just a guess

They won't let him go if the money talk is true, they will just make him so miserable He will leave no matter what the cost.

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8/19/2015 3:24 PM

Thank you for taking the time to translate all that for us. Looks like Kenny to another team has merit.

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8/19/2015 3:25 PM

Good for Heiko to let the truth out. Hope he wont get sued for slander. I'm far from in the loop (heck I live on the other side of the planet from SoCal). But honestly, anyone should've figured that out by now. Kenny got screwed over and him and his fans gets the raw deal out of it. Wont be long before Ricky gets his ball and goes home (wherever that will be).

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It's rude to talk about religion. You never know who you're gonna offend

8/19/2015 3:26 PM

500guy wrote:

Does this sound any different than something a disgruntled RV camp person might have said about RV and his GP Team ?

Not saying it's wrong, just saying , But wow Daddy dearest did not help his boy with this one.

GER_shortymx wrote:

Maybe they'll throw him out without a fee now because his dad 'talked shit' about them? Just a guess

On the contrary, i think he might just have got him an out.

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8/19/2015 3:27 PM

500guy wrote:

Does this sound any different than something a disgruntled RV camp person might have said about RV and his GP Team ?

Not saying it's wrong, just saying , But wow Daddy dearest did not help his boy with this one.

GER_shortymx wrote:

Maybe they'll throw him out without a fee now because his dad 'talked shit' about them? Just a guess

500guy wrote:

They won't let him go if the money talk is true, they will just make him so miserable He will leave no matter what the cost.

Either you'd make up a great manager or I'd make up an incredibely bad one. Would've never thought about this

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8/19/2015 3:27 PM

Titan1 wrote:

Wow. That sure doesn't paint the team in a good light at all. Granted, there's two sides to every story (and I'd LOVE to hear RCH's side, for sure...Come on, Matthes, start digging...RC doesn't like you anwyay, so you've got nothing to lose.)

Except he's best bro with Kenny Watnot.

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It's rude to talk about religion. You never know who you're gonna offend

8/19/2015 3:30 PM

More excuses from camp Roczen it sounds like to me. Literally all he has done this season is just make excuses. Why the hell did he even leave factory KTM, Aldon, and DeCoster? He is a young guy so may be his decisions got the best of him to join RCH. His dad makes it seem like his son is the victim here. No one held a gun to his head and made him sign the contract to RCH.

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8/19/2015 3:32 PM

OH EM GEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8/19/2015 3:33 PM

YZ125H1 wrote:

More excuses from camp Roczen it sounds like to me. Literally all he has done this season is just make excuses. Why the hell did he even leave factory KTM, Aldon, and DeCoster? He is a young guy so may be his decisions got the best of him to join RCH. His dad makes it seem like his son is the victim here. No one held a gun to his head and made him sign the contract to RCH.

So just because you make a decision and sign a contract you're no longer entitled to an opinion?

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It's rude to talk about religion. You never know who you're gonna offend

8/19/2015 3:37 PM



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8/19/2015 3:40 PM

Heads are going to roll.

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8/19/2015 3:40 PM

holy HELL

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8/19/2015 3:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/19/2015 3:42 PM

g0rd057 wrote:

"... It's purely about sponsors and money at RCH, Ken is just a playing ball....."

So KR wasn't about the $$$ too when he signed up?

People on this very site said with Roger's help Kenny would of made more money by staying...

Best thread of the year...

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