Shane McElrath to join Rocky Mountain KTM in 2022

Shane McElrath Rocky Mountain
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Shane McElrath will join the Rocky Mountain KTM team in 2022 in the 450 class in both Supercross and Motocross competition. It will be his first full season on a 450 after his 2021 debut was interrupted by a shoulder injury in January ahead of the season opening SX race in Houston. McElrath would return to run just two SX races this year with a best of 14th in Orlando 2.

McElrath was scheduled to graduate to the 450 class after a successful career on 250s. He earned six 250SX victories and two 250MX victories. McElrath hoped to build on the momentum of a runner-up points’ finish in the 250SX East division in 2020. And that seemed to be working as he finished third in the outdoor season later that year.

“We are excited to bring Shane onto the team for the 2022 racing season, and we are so for many reasons,” said team co-owner Forrest Butler in a release. “We as a team have a lot of changes in store for 2022, and Shane fits the mold for a lot of them.

“Professional SX and MX racing is changing; the top 10 in the 450 class has become like the top 10 in the NASCAR Cup class. The sport is exploding, there are so many good guys, we are all having to adjust and Shane is a rider that not only believes in himself, he believes in our team. We are actually two guys that have watched each other for a long time now from opposite sides and have always wanted to work together. Shane has and shows a tremendous amount of respect for our team and sponsors, and I personally have watched him do just that with teams he has ridden for in the past.

“At the same time, he has worn the red plate before, and he knows what he wants and expects out of himself on the race track. We are excited, and ready!”

McElrath closed out his 250 SX career in style by winning twice and sweeping the top two spots in five races at Salt Lake City as the series closed out that season in a single location because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In 250MX competition later that year, he stood on the podium twice in the RedBud Nationals and earned five top-fives.

“I’m super excited for the opportunity to join the Rocky Mountain team,” said McElrath. “I feel like I’m getting the chance to work alongside some great people, people that are focused on the same goals as myself. My wife and I are very thankful for this team believing in me, and we are looking to start working and building for the 2022 season now.

“See you all at Anaheim 1!”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

Roczen Progressive Ecstar Suzuki
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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.