Maldonado yet to make decision on future

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Williams driver Pastor Maldonado has insisted that he is yet to make a decision about his future as rumors linking the Venezuelan driver with a move away from the team persist.

Maldonado’s relationship with Williams appears to have deteriorated in recent weeks due to the poor pace of the car, causing him to claim that he “may as well stay at home”. Further to that, a rift emerged with teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Japanese Grand Prix when Maldonado forced the Finn off the track at the third to last corner of the race, gaining a position in the process. However, the Venezuelan driver insists that he has nothing to reveal about his future yet.

“At the moment, I don’t have a decision yet,” he explained. “The decision will be down to me so I prefer to take some more time. I really hope to have the decision before the end of the season, there’s still a couple of weeks to go so we’ll see. I cannot guarantee I will leave the team or I will stay, I will do my best.

“The decision is very important. It’s my third season in my career, so it’s a very important moment professionally for me. I will want to have the best decision for my future.”

However, Maldonado did confirm that he had more than one offer on the table as well as stating that he would like backers PDVSA to follow him to his new team. Lotus team principal Eric Boullier revealed in India that Kimi Raikkonen’s seat would most probably be filled by either Maldonado or Nico Hulkenberg next season, and the money from the state-owned Venezuelan oil company could remedy some of the financial troubles at Enstone, but a recent investigation by the government could put this funding at risk.

“I have some offers at the moment and I’m analyzing that very well,” Maldonado explained. “I’m hoping to have the best decision for myself.

“Many teams are struggling with money, I cannot guarantee that I have or will have money. In my career, I have a strong sponsor in my back which is quite good. If I move, I hope for them to come with 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.