The eleven Formula One teams have voted against the introduction of the newly-designed Pirelli tires at the British Grand Prix after they failed to be evaluated last weekend in Canada.
Following a series of tire failures in the opening five rounds of the season and an unusually high number of pit stops, the teams lobbied for a new design to be introduced at some point during the year. Pirelli brought the compound to the Canadian Grand Prix for the teams to test during practice for the race, yet the wet weather conditions meant that the sufficient running was not completed, reasoning their decision.
“This decision is due to the fact that the new tires, which were brought to the Friday free practice sessions in Canada, could not be tested sufficiently due to rain – and that the teams failed to agree unanimously about introducing the changes,” the Italian tire supplier said in a statement.
“Instead a change in the tire production process should now ensure that the delamination issue has been addressed.”
Pirelli had always insisted that the changes would be made on safety grounds, but Ferrari and Lotus had led the charge to prevent any alterations believing that it was a case of adapting to the tires instead of expecting them to be perfect.
An improvement does appear to have been made, with the Canadian Grand Prix being won on two stops despite the track traditionally being very hard on tires.
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.