DS Virgin chasing strong finish to second Formula E campaign

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LONDON – DS Virgin Racing drivers Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne have set their sights on a strong finish to the second FIA Formula E season at this weekend’s final round in London.

Battersea Park will play host to Formula E for the final time with races on both Saturday and Sunday, with either Lucas di Grassi or Sebastien Buemi set to be crowned the series’ second champion.

DS Virgin heads to London third in the teams’ championship, just seven points ahead of Dragon Racing with 60 still up for grabs.

Bird won the second race in London last year, and will be racing with a special Union Jack livery on his car this weekend.

“I can’t wait to race again in London – partly because it’s sort of my home city, and because Formula E has created a spectacular track in a sublime setting,” Bird said.

“It holds very special memories given my success here last season. Winning the race was a brilliant way to end season 1 and I’ll be going all out to ensure the team and our fans have a similar reason to celebrate at the end this, our second season of Formula E.”

Teammate Jean-Eric Vergne has enjoyed an upturn in form in recent races, scoring his first podium of the season in Paris before picking up his maiden pole for DS Virgin last time out in Berlin.

“The last two races have been really good for me personally, so hopefully I can continue that momentum into London and have a strong end to the season,” Vergne said.

“I got a good podium here last season which gives me confidence going into the race. The technical team have done a great job to make the car really competitive so we want to give the home crowd something to cheer and really get them behind us throughout the weekend.”

Ahead of the race, DS Virgin completed a special night-time shoot in Brixton, London, giving a glimpse of the livery that Bird will race with.

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.