NEXTEV TCR has confirmed that former GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 driver Ben Hanley will replace Oliver Turvey for the Berlin Formula E race in May.
Turvey is unable to race in the German capital on May 21 due to a clash with a Super GT race in Japan, leaving his seat vacant.
NEXTEV TCR announced on Thursday that Hanley had been drafted in to replace Turvey for the race, with the Briton having spent the past few years racing go-karts at a high level.
“I am delighted to be joining NEXTEV TCR for the Berlin round of the 2015/16 Formula E Championship,” Hanley said.
“Formula E has grown to be one of the most exciting racing championships, and I’m looking forward to racing against some of the best drivers in the world.
“The technology in Formula E is very different to any other racing series, so it will be a challenge to get to grips with a very unique type of car, but I will be giving it my all.”
Hanley, 31, finished second in the Formula Renault 3.5 series in 2007 and was a member of Renault’s driver development programme. He has also raced in GP2 and Superleague Formula, and is set to also race in the European Le Mans Series this year.
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.