Button looking forward to “novelty” of Singapore

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Jenson Button has expressed his excitement for next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, praising the event for being unique and a “wonder” in Formula One.

The race is the only event on the calendar to start and finish at night, making it a spectacle for the fans and a challenge for drivers, teams and all personnel involved with the sport. Although the novelty of racing under the lights may have worn off for some, Button is still as excited as ever to be taking on the Marina Bay street circuit once again.

“I remember the first time we raced at Singapore, it seemed incredible to think that we could hold a Formula One race at night,” Button said in McLaren’s race preview. “I must say, the thrill and novelty of racing through spotlit streets is just as intense for me today as it was when we first raced there – it’s a unique spectacle, and one that I think is brilliant for F1.

“In fact, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the wonders of modern sport.”

The race has proven to be a success, now entering its sixth year, and the likes of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain have followed in its footsteps with the latter rumored to be planning a night race for 2014. However, the long lap and extreme heat does mean that the drivers are tested physically, with Button acknowledging the circuit’s challenge.

“This is also a race where good fitness preparation really pays off: the race is usually close to the two-hour limit, so it’s the longest physical challenge on the calendar.”

Having finished second in the past two runnings of the race, Button will be keen on continuing this run of form but the lacklustre pace of the McLaren MP4-28 could cost him a shot at the podium.

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.