F1 to turn USGP in Austin pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Formula 1 has confirmed plans to turn next month’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

F1 will head to the Circuit of The Americas for October 20-22 as the fourth-to-last round of the 2017 season, with much of the attention laying on the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for the championship.

F1 will be reaching beyond sport over the race weekend, though, confirming on Friday its plans to team up with breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, which has previous involvement in racing via IndyCar racer Pippa Mann’s #GetInvolved campaign.

“Formula 1 will partner with Susan G Komen both on and off track with a number of initiatives as part of their ‘Drive for the Cure’ program, highlighting the cause with our sponsors, race promoters, teams, broadcasters and the FIA and in doing so, turn the United States Grand Prix ‘pink’,” the release from F1 reads.

“Pink-themed merchandise will raise money on behalf of Komen and fans will have the opportunity to donate directly to the cause throughout the entire weekend.

“Beyond the track, the theme will be shared on Formula 1’s global social media channels, as fans and followers will be encouraged to share stories and experiences of those affected by breast cancer worldwide.”

F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches said: “This ground-breaking partnership will mark a very special moment on this year’s Formula 1 calendar as we physically alter key elements of a grand prix weekend to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We are in a unique position as one of the most watched sports in the world – and the only truly global sport that competes annually – with over half a billion fans across the globe to help elevate awareness for such an important cause.

“This is an opportunity to use the Formula 1 platforms as a force for social good and rally support for the fight against breast cancer, a disease which affects millions of people every year.

“It is gratifying to see the entire Formula 1 community, from the teams, drivers, the FIA, sponsors and broadcasters, unite and focus its collective will to give back.”

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.