Despite uproar, Vettel keeps focus on victory

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Sebastian Vettel, who starts from the front row for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix (7:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), has faced the biggest wave of criticism in his career recently. His defiance of team orders from Infiniti Red Bull en route to winning the Malaysian Grand Prix over teammate Mark Webber has caused some fans to regard him as even more cold-blooded than a reptile; to them, his recognizable grin no longer is able to hide truly ruthless intentions.

But the killer instinct is essential to all great champions, including Vettel. Clearly, all he cares about is the end result, so why should he really care about what others may think of him? Shortly after Malaysia, NBCSN’s Will Buxton called him “a brutal, brilliant, beautiful racing animal” in his blog and that’s the long and the short of it when it comes to classifying the German racer.

Still, as Vettel shows in an interview with Buxton above, there’s still a bit of human left in the “animal.”

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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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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.