Di Grassi joins Audi lineup full-time in WEC

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Lucas di Grassi has the honor, privilege and challenge of following the retired Allan McNish as a full-time driver aboard the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro (the new 2014 version) in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Brazilian, who raced with the Virgin Formula One team in 2010 and has since served as a test driver for both Pirelli and the new FIA Formula E Championship, will race full-time with Audi after sporadic starts for the manufacturer the last couple years.

He’ll co-drive with “Mr. Le Mans,” nine-time 24-hour winner Tom Kristensen, and Loic Duval. The latter two joined with McNish for this year’s WEC Driver’s Championship.

The 2011 and 2012 Le Mans winners, Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer, will be in the second full-season Audi with a third Audi set to compete at the Spa 6-hour race and 2014 Le Mans 24H. That car will feature new Audi prototype recruit Filipe Albuquerque alongside Oliver Jarvis and Marco Bonanomi; Marc Gene will serve as reserve driver.

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.