di Resta encourages team in bid to beat McLaren

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Paul di Resta has affirmed his confidence in Force India despite the team’s form dwindling in the past two races, allowing McLaren to close in the constructors’ championship.

“I trust the team will have a lot of ideas as we go into the summer break,” di Resta explained to Autosport.

“I think they have done a great job up until now, but we’ve let things slip slightly as a team in the last couple of grands prix. They’re good guys and I believe they can work their way and come up with a solution.”

Force India has made its best ever start to a Formula One season, scoring 59 points in the opening ten races. However, following two consecutive grands prix with neither di Resta nor Adrian Sutil finishing in the top ten, McLaren has closed the gap to just two points in the battle for fifth in the constructors’ championship.

For Force India, meeting the pre-season target of 6th in the championship would have been a respectable result, but the pace of the car has allowed the team to aim for far loftier results. Despite taking a year out of Formula One, Sutil led for large parts of his comeback race in Australia and di Resta ran strongly to finish P4 in Bahrain. However, the ‘slip’ di Resta identified will need to be corrected swiftly if the team is to fend off McLaren heading into the second half of the year.

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.