2014 TORC champions crowned in Crandon (SPOILER)

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Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will air the races this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you don’t want to know who won until then, we suggest you find another post to read here on MotorSportsTalk…

Johnny Greaves (PRO 4), son C.J. Greaves (PRO 2), and Jerett Brooks (PRO Light) are your 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship class champions following a rain-marred “Keys To The Big House” season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin.

Heavy rains hit the Crandon Off-Road International Raceway on Friday night, and with more weather issues on Saturday, TORC shifted the PRO races to Sunday and altered the schedule. Since the teams were to also participate in the AMSOIL Cup event at the end of the day, PRO Light would run two rounds while PRO 2 and 4 would each run a single race worth double points.

C.J. Greaves earned the PRO Light win in Race 1, with Doug Mittag in second and Brooks in third. With that, C.J. eliminated Mittag from the title hunt, but still needed to win Race 2 and have Brooks finish 13th or worse in order to take the crown.

That did not happen, as Brooks clinched the PRO Light championship with a third-place finish behind second-place C.J. and first-time PRO Light winner Shawn Morris.

Between the PRO Light races was the PRO 4 event, which had Johnny Greaves come in needing a finish of ninth or better to win the class title even if his closest points pursuer, Mark Jenkins, took the checkered flag.

But Jenkins was forced to pull out during the race with mechanical issues, leaving Johnny to try and clinch the championship in style. Kyle LeDuc had other ideas, though, and a late pass of Johnny enabled him to pick up the race win ahead of Johnny in 2nd and C.J. Greaves in 3rd.

C.J. then claimed the PRO 2 title with a second-place finish behind winner Chad Hord. The runner-up meant that C.J. would make history as the first TORC driver ever to earn a podium spot in all three PRO classes on the same day.

LeDuc bagged his second win in Crandon by taking the AMSOIL Cup race ahead of Johnny Greaves and R.J. Anderson. However, the race was marred by a bad accident involving Mark Kvamme.

Kvamme was transported to a local hospital, but an update from TORC this morning said that he has since been released after sustaining multiple injuries. We certainly wish him a speedy recovery.

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.