WMSC Meeting notes: Formula E, WRC calendars, LMP1 power cuts and more

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The World Motor Sport Council meeting on Wednesday had a number of other topics on the agenda as well, including more calendar changes and other regulatory items.

The full details of the meeting are linked here, via the FIA official website. Meanwhile some other items of note are below:

First, up, Formula E has also had a calendar shift for the 2015-2016 campaign.

The updated calendar from the provisional calendar is below, with changes in bold. 

The TBC round has been moved forward a week, and is reported to be Mexico City, per a Motorsport.com report. The London season finale now comes a week before the British Grand Prix on July 2 and 3, with the race at Silverstone set to be a week later.

24 October Beijing China
7 November Putrajaya Malaysia
19 December Punta del Este Uruguay
6 February Buenos Aires Argentina
12 March TBC TBC
2 April Long Beach USA
23 or 24 April Paris France
21 May Berlin Germany
4 June Moscow Russia
2 & 3 July London United Kingdom

2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship calendar

Round Date Country ePrix
1 17 October 2015 China Beijing
2 7 November 2015 Malaysia Putrajaya
3 19 December 2015 Uruguay** Punta del Este**
4 6 February 2016 Argentina** Buenos Aires**
5 19 March 2016 TBD TBD
6 2 April 2016 USA Long Beach
7 23 April 2016 France Paris
8 21 May 2016 Germany Berlin
9 4 June 2016 Russia Moscow
10 & 11 TBD United Kingdom London

More power? Instead, the FIA has decided less of it is needed for the marquee LMP1 prototypes that make the FIA World Endurance Championship such an incredible series.

Here’s the line from the meeting:

“The WMSC approved the Endurance Commission’s proposal to limit the releasable power for energy recovery systems in LMP1 cars on safety grounds, to avoid the possibility of deployment of an instantaneous total power (engine + hybrid) of over 1000hp.”

Remember when Formula 2 was added to the FIA Superlicense points system? Turns out the FIA is trying to get the series back and going.

Again, from the meeting:

“Significant progress has been made in negotiations with the promoter of GP2 regarding the establishment of the final step in the FIA’s single-seater ladder; the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“Discussions remain ongoing with the intention of finalising an agreement.”

Events, but not dates have been set for the FIA World Rally Championship next season. They are as follows:

 

The WMSC approved the composition of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship calendar, with 14 events (dates to be confirmed). They are, in alphabetical order:

–        Argentina
–        Australia
–        China*
–        Finland
–        France**
–        Germany
–        Great Britain
–        Italy
–        Mexico
–        Monte Carlo**
–        Poland
–        Portugal
–        Spain
–        Sweden

*Subject to fulfilment of the FIA criteria following Candidate Event in August 2015.
**Subject to formalisation of agreed terms and conditions between WRC Promoter, FIA and the Event before 30 November, 2015.

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.