FIA delegates safe and accounted for after Nepal earthquake

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The FIA has confirmed that the delegates attending the first Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal, are safe and accounted for after the city was affected by an earthquake on Saturday.

The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the richter scale, hit the region on Saturday and has been followed by a number of aftershocks, claiming over 2,000 lives.

In a statement issued by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) on Sunday, it was confirmed that all of the governing body’s delegates and representatives that had been in Kathmandu were unharmed.

“This week the FIA conducted its inaugural Asia-Pacific Sport Regional Congress in Kathmandu, Nepal,” the statement read.

“The event was attended by 45 delegates from 14 countries in the region, as well as FIA officials including President Jean Todt [pictured], Road Safety Ambassador Michelle Yeoh, and Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker.

“During the running of the Congress the country of Nepal, including its capital Kathmandu, was subjected to a massive earthquake that has taken a shocking toll on the country.

“All members of the FIA party and Congress delegates are safe and accounted for. The FIA greatly thanks the local National Sporting Authority, the Nepal Auto Sports Association (NASA) for its efforts in helping to ensure this outcome.”

The FIA also confirmed that it is looking into forming a charitable fund to help those affected by the earthquake in Nepal.

“The effects of this earthquake on Nepal, with such a drastic scale of human loss, have been devastating.

“The FIA, on behalf of the broader motor sport community, wishes to convey its most heartfelt condolences to the Nepal people – our collective thoughts are with them as they deal with this tragedy.

“The recovery and reparation efforts will be immense for the country.

“In the coming days, the FIA will investigate the possibility of establishing a fund for charitable donations to be made to the people of Nepal as they attempt to rebuild their lives from this disaster.”

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.