Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn insists the team can still improve in 2013 given a raft of changes that are coming both to the team and sport.
In a detailed interview with Formula 1’s official website, Brawn defends against the accusations of “too many chefs in the kitchen.” Niki Lauda joins up as chairman, Toto Wolff comes the team as a major shareholder, and former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe appears set to switch over for 2014.
That will be the year of new technical regulations, including a switch from the current V8 engines to 1.6L turbocharged V6 engines.
“It is important to have clear areas of responsibility,” Brawn said. “I am responsible for the sporting side; running the team on an operational level. If we can maintain that then there will not be a problem.”
With Lewis Hamilton’s highly publicized move from McLaren, Brawn said it would be a shame to produce a car that won’t allow him and Nico Rosberg to shine this year.
“It wasn’t just about what we can do this year or next year but in the next few years. I think it was very important that Lewis understood that,” Brawn said. “One thing is clear: we can’t approach 2013 saying ‘well Lewis is here for the long term; we said that we’re doing 2014 properly so we don’t need to worry about 2013.’ We worry and are putting a lot of effort in 2013 because we want to do the maximum that we can.”
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.