Alan Jones tells Webber to treat Vettel as an enemy

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1980 world champion Alan Jones has told fellow Australian Mark Webber to treat Sebastian Vettel as an enemy for the rest of the season.

Following the multi 21 fiasco at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the relationship between Webber and Vettel appears to be at an all-time low, but Jones has encouraged his compatriot not to simply roll over and accept his number two status.

“Seb has proved he can’t be trusted,” Jones told The Guardian. “From now on Mark must view him as just another enemy.

“If Seb didn’t like what was going on he shouldn’t have signed his agreement with Red Bull in the first place.”

The race in Malaysia saw Vettel overtake Webber against team orders, but Red Bull have not sanctioned their triple-champion driver. As a result, Webber is poised to leave the team at the end of the season, although Jones believes that he could yet win the world championship despite the 35 point gap to his teammate.

“The title will be won by the most consistent performer.

“We know that Mark is good enough, and has a good enough car, to perform consistently.”

The management at Red Bull appears to have made its stance perfectly clear over the matter, but should Webber heed Jones’ advice and treat his teammate more aggressively on track, the defending champions could end up losing out in both title races.

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.