Amidst Sauber’s current financial troubles, Bernie Ecclestone has said that he doesn’t want to think of Formula One without the Swiss team that has become a mainstay of the sport since 1993.
“I don’t want to imagine F1 without Sauber,” Ecclestone told SRF. “Ideally, they will find new sponsors in the long term.”
Sauber recently confirmed that they have failed to pay suppliers, whilst Nico Hulkenberg, now in talks with Lotus, is rumored to have been released from his contract after the team failed to keep to the agreement.
Many businessmen have been linked to buying the team, although Nicolas Todt has ruled out any investment. However, it is thought that Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich could invest in the team as part of his club’s link with Sauber, but nothing has been concerned.
Regardless, Ecclestone is confident that a resolution will be found.
“They’re a good team and I’m sure there is more than one possible buyer,” Ecclestone said. “Even companies who are willing to support them in the short term would be fine. The team deserves to be helped.”
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.