PWC: de la Torre released from Hartford Hospital, will rehab in Texas

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One of the two drivers injured in a Pirelli World Challenge practice session on May 28 in Lime Rock Park, Jorge de la Torre, has been released from Hartford Hospital and will continue his rehabilitation in his home of Texas.

Aston Martin Racing released a statement on Wednesday updating de la Torre’s condition. That statement reads as follows, below:

“Aston Martin Racing would like to report the updated status of injured driver Jorge de la Torre.

“Jorge has been released from Hartford Hospital and has returned to his home in Texas for the rehabilitation phase. Jorge thanks everyone for their kind thoughts following the Lime Rock Park incident.

“I want to thank everyone for having me in their thoughts and prayers. I also want to thank my race team, fellow drivers, Aston Martin Racing and the Pirelli World Challenge Series for all their support. A special thank you to my parents for supporting me since day one. With the help of physical therapy, I look forward to returning to the series soon.” – Jorge de la Torre.

“Aston Martin Racing continues to have its thoughts with Jorge, Andrew Palmer and the Bentley team.”

Previous medical updates are linked below:

PWC: Jorge de la Torre recovering after surgery to repair fractures
PWC: Andrew Palmer, Jorge de la Torre remain hospitalized in Hartford
PWC: Bentley, Aston Martin confirm Palmer, de la Torre injuries

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.