Hunt “decent” despite excesses – Walker

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James Hunt’s former commentating partner Murray Walker says he was a “decent” person despite his celebrated playboy lifestyle.

Hunt has risen in prominence due to Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal of him in Ron Howard’s new movie Rush.

The film reflects Hunt’s famed appetite for sex as well as his drinking habit. “I thought James drank too much, smoked too much and womanised too much,” said Walker.

“But I wouldn’t be saying these rather unpleasant things if he had not been a decent, friendly character inside beyond the enormous success and adulation that he had.”

Following his retirement from Formula One in 1979 Hunt joined Walker in commentating on Formula One for the BBC. They worked together until Hunt’s death in 1993 from a heart attack.

Walker, who is approaching his 90th birthday, admitted he has reservations about seeing Rush, which tells the story of Hunt’s battle with Niki Lauda for the 1976 world championship: “What I can say from talking to people who have seen Rush is that the way the film portrays the two men as enemies is not true – they were great friends.”

“But they’ve taken liberties to make the film more entertaining for people who are not, on the whole, petrol-heads like me.”

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.