Vasser Sullivan and AIM Autosport part ways

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Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan will field a team next season, but will do so without a partnership with AIM Autosport, according to a report at Racer.com.

“After two successful seasons, Vasser Sullivan Racing and AIM Autosport have mutually agreed to part ways,” the Vasser Sullivan team said. “We thank Andrew Bordin, Ian and Keith Willis for their dedication and hard work – especially during the unique 2020 season – and wish them the best. Vasser Sullivan will be making some exciting announcements regarding the direction of the team in the near future.”

The No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan entry finished first in Sprint Cup points last year with a team of drivers that included Jack Hawksworth, Parker Chase and Michal de Quesada. NASCAR star Kyle Busch joined the trio at Daytona for the Rolex 24.

The No. 12 entry with Townsend Bell, Frank Montecalvo and Aaron Telitz finished third in the standings behind Turner Motorsports.

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The driver lineup for 2021 will be made at a later date.

“AIM Autosport is very proud of the success achieved with the Lexus RCF GT3 in IMSA over the last two years with our partners, Jimmy Vasser, James Sullivan, Lexus and TRD,” AIM’s owners said. “For 2021, circumstances are such that AIM and Vasser Sullivan are going to go in different directions.”

Vasser Sullivan and AIM decided to end their partnership after two seasons. The two companies also paired up in 2019 with the No. 14 finishing second in the standings and the No. 12 in seventh.

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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.