Todt re-elected as FIA President, plans “ambitious” second term

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Jean Todt has won re-election as FIA President to a second four-year term, with the path made slightly easier by the fact he ran unopposed. David Ward, who announced his candidacy in August, withdrew in November.

Over the next four years, Todt called his outline “ambitious,” but “built on the solid foundations of reforms” from the past four years.

His first pillar to attack, he said, was to improve the governance and administration of the FIA. To do so, a Resource Allocation Working Group will be created and composed of worldwide representatives.

“It will be their task to determine how best to use the new resources arising from new activities and including the renegotiation of the [Formula One] Concorde Agreement,” he said.

Next up is motorsport development, with a grassroots strategy as outlined from World Motor Sport Council meetings and from two separate task forces, the Motor Sport Development Task Force and the ASN Development Task Force.

The third and fourth pillars are FIA Mobility, aimed at improving club growth, and road safety and sustainability, as the FIA continues to be an advocate for that.

“Our common goal, our common ambition, is for the FIA and its global network to become ever stronger, more united and more respected around the world,” Todt said to close his remarks.“We understand and appreciate the responsibilities you have given us. In the four years to come, we will be committed to work on these goals, to serve the FIA, to defend your interests, and to promote our sport and mobility for the motorist. Together, we are going to go further and bring the FIA to a higher level.”

Besides overseeing F1 during his first four years, Todt was also instrumental in the launch and creation of the FIA’s new-for-2012 World Endurance Championship. While sports car racing has, in recent years, become almost more of a technological haven than F1 has, it still hasn’t grown to anywhere near the level of popularity or interest as F1.

It will be intriguing to watch how much attention Todt pays to the other FIA World Championships besides F1, including WEC, World Rally Championship and the World Touring Car Championship, over the stint of his second term.

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.