World Challenge: Make-up race to be run at season-ending weekend in Utah

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Pirelli World Challenge officials have announced that the rained-out GT/GTS/GT-A race during the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend will be made up during the 2014 season finale weekend in September at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City.

The move will make the Utah Grand Prix weekend on Sept. 12-13 a double-race weekend for the GT-based classes in the series.

“We look forward to putting on an even bigger show for fans in the Salt Lake City area,” WC Vision president/CEO Scott Bove said in a statement. “The finale race weekend for our 25th anniversary season will be that much more exciting.”

“We are very happy to add an additional race for the Pirelli World Challenge during the Utah Grand Prix weekend,” said John Larson, GM of MMP’s parent company, Miller Performance USA. “We were looking forward to having them back for the first time in two years, and now we have even more to look forward to.

St. Pete was to be a two-race weekend for the GT-based classes, but a heavy storm that Saturday caused the cancellation of what was to be the first round. The “second” round of the year took place the following day with no interruptions.

The GT-based classes competed this past weekend in a single-race show at Long Beach. If you don’t want to wait until the NBCSN broadcast this Sunday afternoon to see who won, CLICK HERE for a recap.

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.