Roczen on his health issues – unique situation
Ken Roczen has opened up in the pre-race Anaheim one press conference about his struggles with the Epstein Barr virus that drained him of energy during the 2019 season.
The German stopped shot of saying everything was going to be 100% throughout the gruelling season but did say he and the team around him have worked very hard to get his energy levels back to where they should be.
“It was a bit of a struggle with EBV, but it was a unique situation just because there are so many different versions,” explained the once again suited and booted Roczen to the assembled media.
“This was an inactive version including so many other different things in your body that didn’t contribute with the whole energy system very well. Those are things you can’t fix over a weekend or weeks for that matter, it takes a long time to get back into the positive range. We have very good people on speed dial pretty much, just having consistency of blood panels done to make sure we are moving in the right direction with the right supplements. There is nothing really crazy you can take or anything because it’s all about managing the hormones and everything that’s in your body and trying to get those all bumped up, including other things in your body that helps your energy system that were really low on me.
“On that side of things, including the training and nutrition, just try to put everything in motion to work towards the right direction, it didn’t just take a week to figure out, it took a long time figure things out. I feel like we are all on the latest and greatest when it comes to knowledge with the people we have around, we have worked really hard to get everything to 100%.”
Overall, Roczen says he feels much more comfortable coming into A1 than he has in the last couple of years. “I feel a lot more ready coming into Anaheim one that I have in the last couple of years,” admitted the German. “Having said that, having a full year in 2019 also helps out because in the past couple of I have always came here being off if supercross racing for a long time. There is no jitters going on right now, just trying to keep it super mellow. it just feels very familiar coming back here, racing again and going out for press day so I think all in all we are in a super solid spot.”