Extreme E announces five-round 2022 schedule

Extreme E 2022 schedule
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The Extreme E Series will embark on their second season, February 19-20, in Saudi Arabia, as they did for their inaugural campaign, and will run a five-race schedule again in 2022.

The 2021 Saudi Arabian Desert X Prix was won by Rossberg X Racing – the first of three victories for the team made up of Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor – on their way to winning the Season 1 championship.

After Saudi Arabia, the series will be on hiatus until May 7-8, when they return to Sardinia, Italy for the second running of the Island X Prix.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced several changes to the 2021 schedule with two races in South America relocating to Europe. Italy was substituted in for Brazil while a planned race in Aregentina moved to Dorset, England.

Round 3 of the series has not yet been finalized and will be run in either Senegal or Scotland in July. It was previously announced that Scotland would host a round in the Outer Hebrides. If Senegal is chosen for this round, it will also be the second race in that country.

South America is scheduled to get their first races in 2022 with Chile scheduled to host on September 10-11. The Extreme E 2022 finale will be in Uruguay in late November.

“After a spectacular opening season, we are thrilled to be in a place where we can announce our Season 2 calendar,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, in a release. “All of us here at Extreme E are looking forward to revisiting some of the amazing race locations from the 2021 season to see for ourselves the positive impact our electric series has had and to see what more we can bring to the communities there.

“We also very much hope to add South America to our list of continents, and with visits to both Chile and Uruguay planned, it is shaping up to be another exciting season.”

The Extreme E series competes in Odyssey 21 electric vehicles and each race has a legacy initiative designed to combat the effects of climate change.

Some of the legacy programs in 2021 included the funding of a turtle conservation project in Saudi Arabia, the planting of one million mangroves in Senegal and cocoa agroforestry and Amazon conservation initiatives in Brazil.

Extreme E 2022 schedule

February 19-20: Neom, Saudi Arabia
May 7-8: Sardinia, Italy
July 9-10: Scotland or Senegal
September 10-11: Antofagasta, Chile
November 26-27: Punta del Este, Uruguay

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.