F1 flashback: Senna, Trulli Monaco win anniversaries celebrated today

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Watch coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix throughout the weekend on NBC (Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET), NBC Sports Network and live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Two historic Monaco Grands Prix occurred on May 23. In 1993, Ayrton Senna took his record sixth and last Monaco victory, while in 2004, Jarno Trulli ended Michael Schumacher’s quest for a perfect season.

Senna scored his record sixth Monaco win, and fifth consecutive, this day 20 years ago. Senna’s 1993 McLaren was down on power with a customer Ford engine compared to the works engines provided to Benetton, and the all-conquering Williams-Renault that Alain Prost took to the championship.

But, as is often the case in Monaco, horsepower was not the determining factor. Despite only qualifying third, Senna capitalized on Prost’s jump start and a hydraulic issue for Schumacher’s Benetton to take the win. Damon Hill and Jean Alesi completed the podium.

In 2004, Italian Trulli scored his first and only Grand Prix victory from pole for Renault.

Trulli was peerless on the day, avoiding the pitfalls that plagued his rivals. Contact between Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya took Schumacher out of the running, and ruined his chances at a perfect season – the Ferrari driver had won the first five races.

Trulli led Jenson Button, who at the time was equally winless, with Schumacher’s teammate Rubens Barrichello completing the podium.

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.