Officials for the proposed Grand Prix of America in New Jersey have revealed that the race is yet to be formally postponed for next season, with the event only being omitted from the provisional calendar due to an administrative deadline being missed.
A twenty-one race ‘draft’ calendar was revealed yesterday with the race not being included, and instead being replaced by the revived Mexican Grand Prix. Although this appeared to end New Jersey’s hopes of being on the calendar after months of speculation surrounding its future, it appears that all is not lost for those hoping to see the United States host a second grand prix next season.
According to Press Association, a source at the Grand Prix of America has confirmed that the only reason the race was not featured on the calendar was because the application has not been submitted to the national organization – the Automobile Competitions Committee for the United States – that all grands prix must notify.
The source also confirmed that the application will be submitted by the time the World Motor Sport Council meets to finalize next year’s schedule, meaning that the race could yet go ahead.
Furthermore, in an interview with Sky Sports, President and CEO of FOM Bernie Ecclestone said that there could yet be twenty-two races on the 2014 calendar, allowing for New Jersey to join the somewhat-congested schedule for next season.
The saga surrounding the race is set to continue, but it appears that Ecclestone’s long-standing desire to take a race to the New York area burns as brightly as ever.
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.