2015 FIA World Endurance Calendar released

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The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar has been released this weekend at Fuji, for the Six Hours of Fuji race weekend.

The only change from 2014 to 2015 is Brazil being dropped, due to planned circuit renovations, and the Nurburgring coming in to replace it the last weekend in August.

There’s only one direct WEC/TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend conflict, the same as this year. The Six Hours of Spa runs on the same weekend as the TUDOR Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Here’s the schedule, subject to official confirmation from the FIA:

2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Provisional Calendar**

March 27-28:  Prologue Castellet 
April 12:     6 Hours of Silverstone
May 2:        6 Hours of Spa
May 31:       Le Mans Test Day
June 13-14:   24h du Mans
August 30:    6 Hours of Nurburging 
September 19: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (Lone Star le Mans)
October 11:   6 Hours of Fuji
November 1:   6 Hours of Shanghai
November 21:  6 Hours of Bahrain

**Subject to clarification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council

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.