IMSA postpones 12 Hours of Sebring to November because of COVID-19

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IMSA announced Thursday that it will postpone next weekend’s races at Sebring International Raceway in Florida because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The statement read, “IMSA has announced the postponement of the Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend, originally scheduled for March 18-21, due to the recent United States ban on travel from Europe, which will prevent a number of drivers, teams, and key personnel from participation.”

The Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend has been rescheduled for Nov. 11-14 and will serve as the season finale for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the sanctioning body said. Also to be run on that weekend is the rescheduled IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the IMSA Prototype Challenge season finales.

IMSA also announced that “previously purchased 2020 admission tickets and parking will be honored at the rescheduled Sebring International Raceway event.”

As a result of the postponement and rescheduling, the annual champions awards banquet will take place on Nov. 15 at the Seven Sebring Raceway Hotel.

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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.