The circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix has been changed slightly for this year’s race following criticism of one particular corner during the five races held there since 2008.
The race is the only event on the calendar that is a night race, usually beginning at 10pm local time and being an incredible spectacle under the lights of Singapore. The circuit itself, much like Monaco, does not allow for a great deal of overtaking, with the location and atmosphere instead being the main draw of the race. That said, there have been some notable events in Singapore during its first five races, with the race-fixing scandal at the inaugural event being the most notorious.
In an attempt to improve the circuit though, a change has been made to the layout. The ‘Singapore Sling’ three-turn-chicane has been changed this year following widespread criticism of the corner for being unnecessary.
“The Singapore Sling corner (turn 10) has been reconfigured this year so the cars will now negotiate a flowing left-hander before accelerating towards the Anderson Bridge,” reports F1 Racing magazine.
The corner, named after the famous cocktail, failed to allow any overtaking and was dubbed “the worst corner in Formula One” by Lewis Hamilton.
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.