Supercross entry lists for Round 1 in Houston

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The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series has released its entry lists for Saturday night’s season opener at NRG Stadium in Houston.

There will be 50 riders trying to make the main event of the premier 450 division, and 42 riders lined for the 250 class of the event, which will be broadcast at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Defending series champion Eli Tomac on the No. 1 Kawasaki KX450 heads the list of 450 contenders, which also includes 2019 champion Cooper Webb on the KTM450 XF-F Fe and 2018 champ Jason Anderson on the No. 21 Husqvarna FC 450 RE.

HOUSTON ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 East division

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Riding a new No. 94 Honda CRF450R WE, Ken Roczen returns for Team Honda after skipping last year’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season.

Adam Cianciarulo, Tomac’s teammate, is back on the No. 9 Kawasaki KX450 after an injury-plagued 2020.

Reigning Pro Motocross champion Zach Osborne, who won the Supercross 2020 season finale in Salt Lake City, Utah, is teamed with Anderson on a No. 21 Husqvarna.

Malcolm Stewart also moves to a 450 factory ride for the first time in his career with the No. 27 Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F.

Marvin Musquin, who missed the 2020 season because of an injury, will return on the No. 25 KTM 450 SX-F FE. Justin Barcia will be moving to the new GasGas MC450 team.

Dylan Ferrandis (No. 14 Yamaha) and Chase Sexton (No. 23 Honda CRF450R, are highly rated rookies after winning consecutive 250 championships (Ferrandis in the West division; Sexton in the East). Rookie Shane McElrath also moves from the 250.

Their absences leave the 250 classes more wide open. Jett Lawrence (No. 18 Honda CRF250R), Christian Craig (No. 29 Yamaha) and Austin Forkner (No. 38 Kawasaki) are among the prominent names racing in the 250 East Series at Houston.

Click here for the 450 entry list for the Supercross season opener in Houston.

Click here for the 250 East entry list.

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.