FIA issues provisional sportscar driver ratings for 2017

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The FIA has issued the provisional list of driver ratings across sportscar racing for the 2017 season, confirming a number of revisions to the existing classifications.

Sportscar drivers are currently rated as platinum, gold, silver or bronze depending on their experience and success, with different classes having different requirements for the make-up of driver line-ups.

Driver ratings have been subject to much debate in recent years, making the issuing of the provisional ratings for 2017 significant.

You can see the extensive 54-page document detailing all of the driver ratings for 2017 by clicking here, but these are some of the changes that will directly impact the FIA World Endurance Championship:

Rui Aguas (AF Corse) – Silver to Gold
Ryan Dalziel (ESM) – Platinum to Gold
Gustavo Menezes (Signatech Alpine) – Silver to Gold
Roman Rusinov (G-Drive Racing) – Silver to Gold
Richie Stanaway (Aston Martin Racing) – Gold to Platinum
Nicki Thiim (Aston Martin Racing) – Gold to Platinum

Drivers have two weeks to appeal their ratings for 2017.

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.