ART seals GP3 Series teams’ title with five races to spare

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ART Grand Prix secured its fourth GP3 Series teams’ title in seven years after moving into an unassailable lead following Saturday’s race at Monza in Italy.

ART has dominated GP3 in 2016, with all four of its drivers sitting inside the top 10 of the standings with five races remaining.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Charles Leclerc has led ART’s charge, sitting at the helm of the points rankings heading into the final title run-in.

However, the team effort meant that ART was able to wrap up the title on Saturday at Monza despite not finishing on the podium.

Arden swept to a one-two finish as Jake Dennis picked up his maiden GP3 victory ahead of Jack Aitken, while Jake Hughes finished third to make it an all-British podium.

The quartet of ART drivers crossed the line in formation from P4 to P7, with Leclerc leading Nirei Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries home.

With the teams’ title sewn up, Leclerc and Albon will be turning their attention to their bids for the drivers’ crown, the duo poised to scrap with Antonio Fuoco for top honors until the final weekend in Abu Dhabi.

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.