Sauber looking for upgrades boost in Hungary

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Sauber are heading to the Hungarian Grand Prix in confident mood after testing their latest upgrades at Silverstone.

“After a productive Silverstone test evaluating our updated package and the latest specification tires, we feel well prepared for this race,” said head of track engineering Tom McCullough.

Robin Frijns and Kimiya Sato spent two-and-a-half days running in the C32 while race driver Nico Hulkenberg had a half-day to work on Pirelli’s new tires.

“Our aim is to again qualify stronger and convert this into points scoring finishes,” added McCullough. Sauber have finished in the points in the last two races following a troubled start to the season with their latest car.

At the Nurburgring Sauber got one of their cars into Q3 for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix. That prompted speculation that the switch to Kevlar-belted tires helped Sauber while compromising some of their rivals, such as Force India.

Sauber has not scored at the Hungaroring since becoming an independent team again in 2010.

Hulkenberg says precision is key to a quick lap on the tight Hungarian track: “The circuit is technically challenging and leaves little room for mistakes.”

“The second sector has several combinations that all flow on from each other. If you get off the racing line there, the whole sector is ruined. You have to be spot on.”

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.