Matthew Brabham will head to Australia for the Clipsal 500 weekend in Adelaide, South Australia, to race in the Stadium Super Trucks. Conceived by Robby Gordon, these trucks reach nearly 150 mph and soar 16 feet in the air on the specially designed course.
This is the second year the series will run as part of the V8 Supercar weekend schedule.
Brabham’s fifth Super Truck start will come with Bill Hynes, who called him, “one of the best young talents in the world right now,” in a team press release.
His most recent start in the series came last October at Valvoline Speedway in Sydney, New South Wales Australia where he finished second to Sheldon Creed and just in front of this year’s car owner Hynes.
Brabham is not only in Australia to generate some excitement for the 100th running of the Indy 500.
“While the Stadium Super Truck is completely different to an IndyCar, it will probably the last chance I have to be in Australia before things get a bit crazy back in the States,” Brabham said, “so it will be a great opportunity to give back to the Aussie fans before we start our Indy quest.”
Brabham will be making his inaugural attempt to make the 500 in the No. 61 PIRTEK Team Murray Chevrolet. He is a third generation driver, following in the footsteps of legendary grandfather Jack and father Geoff.
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.