MotoGP: Marquez wins again in COTA, for a track three-peat

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It appears there are three certainties in life, two of which are applicable this week.

Those three are death, taxes, and Marc Marquez winning the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

Marquez added a 2015 triumph to his 2013 and 2014 ones on Sunday, in what was a slightly delayed race due to mixed weather conditions (seemed to be a theme on Sunday, given the rain/dry combination in New Orleans).

This one is his first win of the season and came after a record-setting pole lap in qualifying on Saturday.

“I decided to keep calm in the early laps to try to understand the situation well, and when I started to find a feeling similar to practice, I decided to push the pace a bit. That was when I was able to open up a gap,” Marquez said, via MotoGP.com.

Despite a near collision at Turn 12, Andrea Dovizioso survived a battle with Valentino Rossi for second. Dovizioso won the battle for second, with the Qatar winner third.

It was a good weekend for the Circuit of the Americas track itself; the track reported more than 120,000 fans over the course of the weekend.

“Congratulations to Marc Marquez for helping to make the third running of MotoGP at Circuit of The Americas our best yet!” track president/CEO Jason Dial said in a release.

“We are delighted that we could follow Saturday’s action with such a thrilling and sunny race, especially after the weather forecast had threatened us with rain. We would like to thank all of the fans for coming out to celebrate with us and we are excited to continue to build on the successful festival environment that surrounds our world class sporting events.”

More info on the race itself is linked here, via the official MotoGP website. MotoGP heads to Argentina next week, with Round 3 of the season on Sunday.

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.