Ken Block’s “Gymkhana 7” drops today, featuring plenty of smoke and Mustang HP (VIDEO)

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Two words best describe Ken Block’s latest in the Gymkhana series of videos – smokeeeeee and powerrrrrr.

Block, the Hoonigan Racing driver, swaps his usual Ford Fiesta for a custom-built, one-of-a-kind, all-wheel drive 845-hp 1965 Ford Mustang for: Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles, presented by Hoonigan, Ford and Need For Speed: No Limit.

As he’s done in other cities before (see last year’s Gymkhana SIX for a reference point, although Gymkhana FIVE was done in San Francisco), Block makes tracks and waves through some of the city’s key landmarks – and in L.A., that’s some iconic locations including Downtown L.A., Randy’s Donuts, the L.A. freeways, the 6th Street Bridge, Chinatown, the L.A. River and, perhaps most iconic of all, the Hollywood Sign.

The vision, as you were, in this latest release is that L.A.’s police provided the route for Block, as they cordoned off intersections and guided the H.H.I.C. and his Mustang in and around Los Angeles. The goal however, was not to for Block to take the fastest route from point A to point B, but to instead fully exploit the question every car guy has asked himself, which is “What would you do if the police shut down the streets for you?” For Block, that meant having the absolute most fun possible and driving in the wildest style imaginable.

“I’ve done Gymkhana-style driving in quite a few cars over years,” Block said in a release. “But by far, this car is hands-down the best I’ve ever driven for this type of driving. The instant torque and power from that V8 is absolutely intoxicating and it basically vaporizes the tires the moment second I get into the throttle.

“It’s also completely insane to me when I see the footage of this car being chained to a wall and doing an all-wheel drive burnout. I’m beyond stoked with how not only how the car turned out, but also this video. I honestly feel this is my best Gymkhana video yet and I’d like to thank the city of Los Angeles for allowing me to borrow their streets for a few days!”

Its director Ben Conrad of LOGAN also directed the last three films in the Gymkhana series, and other viral extreme driving films including Blackout, Footkhana, and Recoil 2.

So that’s enough words to build up the drama. Watch above, for the video released on Hoonigan’s YouTube channel, to see Block’s latest Gymkhana production.

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.