Sutil expects “big challenge” from fuel-saving formula

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Adrian Sutil says next year’s fuel regulations will be a “big challenge” for drivers to get used to.

Drivers will have a maximum fuel allowance of 100kg from next year as F1 switched from V8 engines to V6 turbos.

“For sure it will be different driving as we have only 100 kilos of fuel on board,” Sutil told Motorsport Monday. “So there will be a lot of fuel-saving considering that now we have 150 kilos of fuel in the car.”

“There will be 33% less fuel suddenly – this is mega! There will be a lot of fuel-saving early in the race for sure. The engines are smaller so the consumption is generally lower but it will still be a big challenge.”

Sutil sees the change as an opportunity for teams like Force India: “I expect [to see] some cars at the beginning rolling out with one lap to go without fuel on board, so it opens up some opportunities. It could well be a chance for smaller teams to finish in top positions.”

He believes how good drivers are at fuel-saving will be an important factor: “At least I can influence something, especially if [I do] very well at fuel-saving. It can be an advantage.”

“Some teams won’t get everything together and there’ll be reliability problems,” he added.

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.