Grosjean believes Marina Bay circuit will suit Lotus

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Romain Grosjean is confident that the Marina Bay Street Circuit will suit Lotus at next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix as the French driver looks to secure his future with the team for next season.

The F1 circus arrives in Singapore for the first of seven flyaway races that will close out the 2013 Formula One season. The grand prix is the only night race on the calendar, making it a spectacle for the fans and a challenge for the drivers under the lights. Grosjean does believe that the tight and twisty nature of the track will suit Lotus, though.

“It is a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest,” Grosjean said. At the race in Hungary, he ran well to finish sixth despite being slapped with two penalties from the stewards.

Lotus appear to have excelled at the high downforce circuits such as Australia and Hungary, with the team struggling at the last two grands prix – Spa and Monza – that require optimum straight-line speed.

“Certainly we should be able to perform stronger than at the last two races which haven’t always suited our car,” Grosjean said.

Following Kimi Raikkonen’s decision to leave Lotus at the end of the season, Grosjean has been tipped to lead the team in 2014. However, given that he is on a three-race rolling contract, he will need to put in some strong performances at the back-end of 2013 to secure his place at the team next season.

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.