Supercross cancels Indianapolis amid COVID-19 concerns

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The Monster Energy Supercross series has canceled this weekend’s round at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium “in accordance with restrictions on travel and group gatherings amid COVID-19 concerns.” The race was scheduled to run on March 14.

This comes on the heels of an announcement yesterday that Round 13 in Seattle, scheduled to run March 28, would be canceled because of a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people in the state of Washington by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The cancelation of Round 11 of the Supercross season comes on the same day that NASCAR announced they will run their next two races without fans in attendance and as Formula 1 canceled its season opener in Australia.

An announcement concerning Round 12 of the Supercross season in Detroit, scheduled for March 21, has not yet been made.

Currently more than 1,600 cases have been confirmed in the United States with 40 deaths. Indiana has 13 confirmed cases, but no deaths from the virus.

Fans are directed to the outlets where they purchased tickets for refunds.

 

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.