Check out Robby Gordon and his team’s last-minute prep for Dakar (VIDEO)

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Warning: The video above contains a brief instance of foul language.

Robby Gordon and his team members have been making the most of their lead-up to the 2015 Dakar Rally.

Over the last few days in Buenos Aires, the team has kept busy with last-minute adjustments to the No. 308 HST Gordini that Gordon and co-driver Johnny Campbell will take across Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile over the next fortnight.

“Preparations for a race like the Dakar are really never complete,” Gordon said earlier this week. “It is impossible to predict how your race will unfold so you prepare for every possibility and hope that most of your planning for the worst was a waste of time when you’re standing on the podium at the end.

“There is really no substitute for experience in a race like Dakar and now that we are entering our 11th Rally, we believe we’ve seen just about everything and know what to prepare for, but we also know there could be a new challenge around the next corner.

“It’s the ultimate survival test, which is what makes the Dakar Rally such a tremendous event.”

Earlier today, the team released a roughly four-minute clip that gives us a look into its final preparation for the Dakar – or as Gordon precisely calls it in the video, “the little s–t…the difference between winning and losing.”

Check it out above, and then be sure to watch daily highlights of the Dakar starting Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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.