MotoGP: Rossi wins in Argentina after Marquez clash

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Valentino Rossi extended his lead at the top of the MotoGP championship standings by claiming an emphatic yet controversial victory in Argentina on Sunday.

The Yamaha rider emerged victorious following a tight battle with Marc Marquez in the final stages of the race that ended in the Honda racer crashing out with two laps to go.

Marquez had led the field away from pole position at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, with Rossi starting all the way down in eighth place on the grid.

The nine-time world champion managed to fight his way through the field, though, moving up into second place with 14 laps remaining.

He soon managed to reel in Marquez, but the Spaniard refused to back down without a fight. However, he pushed too hard, clipping Rossi’s rear wheel and crashing out of the race.

This allowed the Italian rider to ease to his second win of the season and extend his lead at the top of the world championship standings ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who crossed the line in second place following Marquez’s retirement.

Cal Crutchlow managed to inherit the final podium position as a result of the clash at the front, marking his first top three finish since joining Honda for the 2015 season. Andrea Iannone finished fourth for Ducati ahead of Rossi’s Yamaha teammate, Jorge Lorenzo.

As a result of the incident, Marquez now finds himself 30 points down on Rossi after just three races, with the stewards taking no action against either rider in the aftermath of the race.

American rider Nicky Hayden finished just outside of the points-paying positions in P16.

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.