Memo Gidley announces ‘Memo Back Driving Day’ in a shifter kart

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Memo Gidley is set to return to driving this week, in his Team RattleSnake Racing/Cameron/Aluminos 125cc shifter kart at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday.

The open-wheel and sports car veteran made his return to Daytona International Speedway a little more than a week ago, and announced he was cleared to return to driving. He’ll do so on Saturday at Sonoma’s Sim Raceway Kart track, in an event that is open to anyone interested to attend. There will also be a BBQ and refreshments served.

“I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to get that OK from my doctors, and most recent back surgeon that I was healed and could go back to doing the things I want to do!” Gidley said in a release. “And one big inspiration in my recovery was the day that I could announce me being back driving to my family, friends, and supporters who have helped me heal and get to this point.”

“The path to where I am today was extreme but I was so determined to get better that I pushed hard. I honestly don’t know how a person would survive it without the kind of support from family, friends, and people trying to help like I was fortunate to have.  I can’t measure how much I appreciate them or thank people enough.”

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.