Ecclestone raises New Jersey doubts but organizers remain positive

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Bernie Ecclestone says next year’s planned grand prix in New Jersey could still go ahead but warned the promoters won’t be given any more help to make the race happen.

Ecclestone told Adam Cooper: “We’ve been mucking around and waiting long enough. We’ve compromised enough.”

“We sent them 10 million to pay some of their debts, and keep the doors open, so we’re a little bit serious”

Ecclestone said F1 remains keen to put on the race: “If they can comply with the contract, we want to be there. If they come to me next week, and show they have complied with whatever it should be, it’s alright. They’ve got to finish the circuit, so they need to pay, and they need to comply with the conditions for us.”

However the mayor of West New York does not share Ecclestone’s doubts. Felix Roque told NJ.com: “As far as we are concerned, the race is still on.

“[Construction crews] are working diligently on Boulevard East, getting curbs and sidewalks done… They are out there today.”

And promoter Leo Hindery Jnr told GP Update there were no concerns over getting the track ready: “The only obstacles in front of us now are execution, they’re not structural.”

“The course never changed its configuration from the time we first identified it. It’s been clearly and frequently vetted by [FIA race director] Charlie [Whiting] and his colleagues on behalf of the teams.”

The race on the banks of the Hudson river was originally supposed to take place last June, but was pushed back to next season due to delays getting the venue ready.

“In a difficult financial market it became clear late last fall, really early in the winter that we would not make 2013,” Hindery 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.