FEATURE: Ken Roczen on Jeremy McGraths 1996 CR250

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01472 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

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Jeremy McGrath’s 1996 Honda CR250 is one of the most iconic motocross bikes on the face of this Earth. In 1996, MC was the epitome of cool in the moto world, supported by the such top brands as Fox and Oakley — and No Fear before they were a gear company. The Honda, Fox and MC combo was what most people wanted to be.

Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R sits prior to a video shoot with Ken Roczen, recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01418 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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Since Jeremy left Honda and ended his fulltime racing career, the edgy, in-your-face style has been lacking at Honda, despite the dominant years of Ricky Carmichael and the effortless style of Kevin Windham, among other big names.

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01442 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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KING KEN

Fast forward to 2017. Flamboyant German Ken Roczen signed with HRC Honda and all bets were on the number 94 and the mostly underrated Cole Seely. Instantly, Honda is in the headlines — Ken’s fairly brutal honesty on social media and his vivacious personality have media and fans talking.

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01472 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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Love him or hate him, Roczen arriving at press conferences in sports cars and a suit or openly calling people out online has put him and Honda in the forefront of fans’ and the industry’s minds. It seems as if Honda are supportive, if not focused on, winding back the clock in a way to bring back the brand’s iconic status when aligned with Jeremy McGrath.

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01430 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01476 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Photo: Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool
Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R during a video shoot recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01474 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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Ken Roczen prepares to ride Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR250R while recreating segments from the original Terra Firma 2 motocross video at Castillo Ranch in Los Alamos, California, USA on 28 December 2016. // Garth Milan/Red Bull Content Pool // P-20170109-01422 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
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TERRAFIRMA

Terrafirma 2 is one of the greatest motocross movies ever produced and the remake of McGrath’s remarkable chapter of the movie Terrafirma 94 by energy drink giant Red Bull is something not to be missed. Ken Roczen riding McGrath’s 1996 CR250, dressed in the same outfit as MC around a full-blown supercross track, all while recreating memorable angles and style from the original movie. This is one for the ages.