Thursday videos: 2016 Dakar Rally (VIDEO)

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Here’s the latest from NBCSN’s coverage of the 2016 Dakar Rally, following Thursday’s coverage:

Brian Baragwanath falls from grace in Stage 4 of quads

(ABOVE) Stage 3 winner Brian Baragwanath suffered a devastating blow losing 41 minutes in Stage 4 and finishing 16th while overall leader Ignacio Casale finished fifth and still leads by a full 11 minutes.

Kevin Benavides first Argentinian bike competitor to win Dakar stage

Joan Barreda won Stage 4 for the motorbikes in the 2016 Dakar Rally, but the victor was deducted points for speeding in a non-timed zone which opened the win to Argentina’s Kevin Benavides.

Trucks’ Gerard de Rooy earns 28th career stage win

Trucks had to end Stage 3 early due to mudslides, but with clear skies and no rain in sight it’s Gerard de Rooy who takes the Stage 4 win; his 28th career stage win.

Sebastien Loeb finishes third in Stage 4 following back-to-back wins

France’s Sebastien Loeb became the first rookie to win back-to-back stages since 1987, but took it easy and finished third in Stage 4 while his countryman Stephane Peterhansel finished in the top spot.

My Dakar: Behind-the-scenes of Stage 2

In the latest installment of “My Dakar” get an in-depth look at what Brian Baragwanath, Manuel Lucchese, Annie Seel go through during Stage 2 of the Dakar Rally.

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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.