Pirelli World Challenge schedule on NBCSN announced

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WC Vision has announced the television schedule for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championships that will air on NBC Sports Network. All races will be broadcast in either 90-minute or two-hour programs airing Saturday or Sunday. Additionally, WC Vision and NBC Sports Network have signed a two-year broadcast agreement that is inclusive of 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Renowned motorsports announcers Greg Creamer and Calvin Fish will again provide play-by-play, color commentary and in-depth series analysis. Ashley van Dyke and Jeff Lepper will join Creamer and Fish for pit lane, and pre- and post-race segments. The broadcasts will include unique feature segments, series personalities and behind-the-scenes footage.

“As North America’s number one sprint road racing series it only makes sense for the Pirelli World Challenge Series to partner with one of North America’s leading motorsports media organizations, NBC Sports Network. We’re pleased to sign this multi-year deal and we look forward to another season of increased viewership,” said Scott Bove, WC Vision President and CEO.

2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championships television schedule on NBC Sports Network:

  • Streets of St. Petersburg: Sunday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Streets of Long Beach: Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Circuit of the Americas/Streets of Detroit: Sunday, June 16 at 5 p.m.
  • Lime Rock Park: Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Streets of Toronto/Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Sonoma Raceway: Sunday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Streets of Houston: Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m.

Schedule subject to change. All times listed are Eastern.

The 2013 Pirelli World Challenge season opener is scheduled for March 22-24 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For more on the series, go to www.world-challenge.com.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.