New tires haven’t made F1 boring – Pirelli

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The revised tires introduced after the British Grand Prix have not made for dull races, Pirelli claim.

F1’s official tire supplier revised its product after a series of high-speed tire failures at Silverstone.

But it denied the more conservative compounds have sapped the life from recent races.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery dismissed the claim as “nonsense”, telling Autosport: “I thought the German and Hungarian Grands Prix were two of the best races we had ever had in Germany and Hungary.”

Sebastian Vettel has won three of the four races since Silverstone but Hembery says his success is not down to Pirelli’s change of policy

“We try to do our bit – but there is only so much we can do,” said Hembery. “At the end of the day, Red Bull has done a phenomenal job and Sebastian has been great.”

Pirelli’s tire choice for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix – the super-soft and medium tires – is more conservative than what has been used before.

“The tires we are bringing to Singapore this year represent a change from last year, when we went for super-soft and soft,” Hembery explained. “This is because the tires are generally softer across the board this year in order to maximize performance and grip.”

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.