Colt Nichols to replace Ken Roczen at Honda HRC for 2023 Monster Energy Supercross

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Honda HRC

Colt Nichols will join Honda HRC in 2023 as a teammate to Chase Sexton in the Monster Energy Supercross Series after the team and Ken Roczen failed to come to terms to extend their contract.

“I know I’ve been very quiet on here, but it’s been a wild few months since I started riding again In May,” Sexton said on Instagram. “Lots of ups and downs and unexpected things happened but life has a weird way of working sometimes.

“I am very excited for the next chapter with the Honda HRC crew, couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to transition into the 450 class. Can’t wait to learn and race against the best in the business. Let’s get to work!”

According to a press release from Honda, the deal is for Supercross only as brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence race in the 250 class in SX competition. Jett is scheduled to take over this ride when the Lucas Oil Motocross season begins in May, 2023.

“I’m just thankful and blessed for this opportunity to come about,” Nichols said in that release. “It seemed like a longshot at first, and now for it to actually be real, I couldn’t be happier to be joining such a prestigious team and be on a factory Honda.

“I’ve always wanted to ride for this team, and they carry a very large and awesome legacy. I hope I can contribute to that, get some good results and help the team in any way I can. Moving to the 450 class and racing the best guys in the world will be fun and very challenging, but I’ve got a great teammate to learn from. I’m really excited to get to work and get this thing going.”

Nichols’ 2022 season in the 250 class was barely started when he crashed hard in the season opener in Anaheim. The 2021 250 East Supercross champion, Nichols sustained injuries to both arms when he crashed in one of the whoops sections as he moved over to the West division. His injury was suffered in his heat race and he had surgery on his arms later that day.

Nichols was not able to return for the Supercross season and chose to sit out of Motocross to further heal.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.