Agag expecting more Formula E races in Asia for season four

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HONG KONG – Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag expects the series to stage more races in Asia from next season, with talks planned over the Hong Kong ePrix weekend.

Formula E’s third season gets underway on Sunday as Hong Kong plays host to its first race exactly one year after the event was first announced.

Hong Kong is the only Asian round on the calendar for season three, down from two in the opening two campaigns when Beijing and Putrajaya both hosted races.

With the Moscow ePrix also being cancelled in season two and not featuring on the season three calendar, the next most-easterly race is in Berlin, Germany.

However, Agag expects the situation to change for season four, with a number of meetings regarding possible races planned in Hong Kong.

“We are working now on the calendar. We haven’t even done the first race of season three, but we are already working on season four,” Agag explained.

“We are actually meeting here. I am meeting personally I think five potential candidates for races during this weekend, and I think we have over 15 delegations from cities coming to this race from Asia, many from mainland China.

“Our plan would be to have obviously we would love to stay in Hong Kong for many years, and it looks like that’s what will happen. But also we would like a race in mainland China and I think one more race in Asia too.”

Agag spoke warmly of the Hong Kong race, which is being held in Central on Hong Kong Island with many of the state’s most iconic buildings as a backdrop.

“I think the team has done an incredible job,” Agag said.

“I think this puts the bar really, really high for the next races, and I think for motorsport in general.”

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.