Meet Tom Coronel, Dakar Rally journalist…and competitor (VIDEO)


Tom Coronel is no stranger to being behind the wheel. The Dutch driver has competed in a variety of racing leagues, including his current home in the World Touring Car Championship. He also has past experience in the Dakar Rally, having run the 2009 edition with his twin brother, Tim.

More recently, Tom had covered the Dakar as a reporter for Dutch television network RTL7. But after his 2009 experience, he had vowed to never compete it in again.

However, his brother Tim had other ideas.

“At the beginning of 2014, Tim showed me a buggy he had built,” Tom says on his Dakar profile. “He said: ‘It’s yours, now you do the Dakar.'”

After thinking it over, Tom decided to take the chance. But he had an idea of his own.

“I thought about it and went to RTL7 with the project of being a race reporter because after all, it’s difficult to show what goes on inside the rally,” Tom recalls. “They liked the idea and said OK. It was a no-brainer not to do it. My body and mind need new adventures.”

And so, Tom is not only battling some of the toughest terrain on Earth but also documenting his adventures along the way for his network.

To hear more about Tom’s unique Dakar story, check out the clip above.

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.