MotoGP: Lorenzo claims first win of 2015 at Spanish GP

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Jorge Lorenzo clinched his first win of the 2015 MotoGP season in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday at the Circuito de Jerez after leading the entirety of the race to claim his 34th premier class victory.

The 27-year-old started the race from pole position after breaking the Jerez lap record in qualifying on Saturday, and went unchallenged en route to victory, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Despite breaking his finger in a dirt bike accident following the last race in Argentina, Marquez managed to hold on to second place throughout the race despite coming under pressure from Valentino Rossi in the final stages.

Rossi could not find a way past Marquez though, and was forced to settle for third place at the flag. However, the result did mark his 200th podium in grand prix motorcycle racing, with 164 of them coming in the premier class.

Ducati struggled to its worst result of the season in Jerez as Andrea Dovizioso crossed the line down in ninth place, having dropped to the back of the field early on after running wide twice on the same lap. His teammate, Andrea Iannone, finished sixth behind Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro.

With victory on Sunday, Lorenzo sits in third place in the riders’ championship, and now trails leader Valentino Rossi by 20 points, with Dovizioso splitting the pair in second.

The MotoGP paddock reconvenes in two weeks’ time at Le Mans for the French Grand Prix, taking place on the shortened Bugatti layout of the Circuit de la Sarthe.

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.