Daytona Supercross sold out of social-distanced seating

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Seating and hospitality packages for Round 9 of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross, scheduled for Saturday March 6 at Daytona International Speedway, have reached reached capacity due to limited availability for COVID-19.

In addition, Daytona is implementing enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols. These include screening guests before entering, face coverings for all attendees and enforcement of six feet of social distancing throughout the event.

“The Daytona Supercross is an iconic event and we’re excited to celebrate with the many fans here at the World Center of Racing,” said Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway in a release. “We take great responsibility to ensure our guest’s safety during their visit while providing an outstanding event experience.”

This will be the 51st annual running of the Supercross event, dating back to 1971. Last year Eli Tomac won his fourth Daytona 450 race after entering the event tied with Ken Roczen for the points lead; this year he enters the event third behind Roczen and Cooper Webb. Garrett Marchbanks scored his first win in the 250 class in this race last year.

Fans unable to attend can watch the race live on NBCSN at 7 pm ET.

The March 6 Supercross race helps kick off Daytona’s 80th annual bike week, which runs March 5-13.

Tickets are still available for the 79th running of the Daytona 200, on Saturday, March 13 as the series changes from AMA Supercross to AMA American Sportbike Racing and the action moves to the infield road course for a 57-lap race.

Last year’s Daytona 200 was postponed from March to September and eventually canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Kyle Wyman is the event’s latest winner, capturing the checkered flag in March of 2019.

“The Daytona 200 presented by Comoto is a very important part of Daytona International Speedway and the fabric of our great community,” Wile said in a press release last fall. “We are all faced with difficult decisions this year, and this was definitely one of them. We will miss not having the iconic motorcycle race and fans in our region but look forward to welcoming the event back as part of Bike Week 2021.”

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.