Emerson Fittipaldi to be in attendance at Austin for fan event

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Two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi will make an appearance at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas next week as part of a COTA fan experience.

The “Lunch with a Legend” event occurs on Friday at 11 a.m. More details are available here.

“I’m very happy to be invited to be there, to be with the racing fans at the Legends Club,” Fittipaldi said. “Mario will be there too. For the people – it’s a great opportunity to go back to Austin, and it’s very special to be able to do this.”

This year’s U.S. Grand Prix at Austin is the third go-‘round at the event. For Fittipaldi, who raced at prior U.S. stops in Watkins Glen and Long Beach, he said it’s key to have a permanent facility after the stop-start nature at other circuits.

“We were missing a proper destination for Formula One,” he said. “Watkins Glen was good in the ‘60s and ‘70s, then Long Beach, but we never had either a permanent track or facilities, to stay. This new destination for Formula One, is a great destination.

“This race is helping put Austin on the map.”

More info on Austin fan events can be found here.

Circuit of The Americas Experiences is the program that enables fans to experience the event in a special way including meeting Emerson and Esteban. The program is still available for this year but also for the 2015 race. The relevant websites are www.COTAexperiences.com and www.Quintevents.com.

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.