Haiden Deegan to make Pro Motocross debut at Ironman, Levi Kitchen returns

Haiden Deegan Motocross debut
Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

Haiden Deegan will make his Pro Motocross debut Saturday, August 27, at the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana, with Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing. Haiden is the son of 10-time, X Games Freestyle medalist Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series racer, Hailie Deegan.

To earn enough Class A points to be awarded his pro license, Deegan recently competed in pro-am races at the Unadilla and Budds Creek Nationals and is coming off a Schoolboy 2 class title at the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championship.

In addition to his recent success in the 2022 Loretta’ Lynn’s, Deegan holds more than 30 amateur championships.

“I’m really looking forward to racing the Pro Motocross National at Ironman this weekend,” Deegan said in a release. “It’s going to be a big learning experience for me, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Deegan’s addition to the roster brings Yamaha Star Racing back to full strength, after their 250 riders missed multiple 2022 rounds due to injury.

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Levi Kitchens currently sits 10th in the points standings after competing in six of 10 rounds. He has been out of action since the July 9, Southwick Nationals. Kitchens has one overall podium finish this season, which came at Thunder Valley in June. In that round, Kitchens scored his first moto victory in the first race and was fifth in Moto 2.

Kitchens was forced to miss four rounds with a broken wrist.

Matthew LeBlanc also competed in the first six rounds with a best overall finish of eighth at Thunder Valley. LeBlanc has been recovering from a broken collarbone suffered at Southwick.

“We’re back to a full roster for Ironman,” said Jensen Hendler, Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager. “Haiden will join us this weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing him get some seat time in the pro class.

“We’re also happy to have Levi and Matt back. They have been working hard to get back to racing before the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Spanish rider Guillem Farres had an impressive debut with the team last week at Budds Creek. Riding with the leaders at the start of Moto 1, he finished that race sixth and scored the ninth position overall after finishing 13th in Moto 2

“Guillem will also be with us again this weekend,” Hendler said. “He had a great debut at Budds Creek, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do with a race under his belt.”

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval