Webber targeting Le Mans glory as retirement looms

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Mark Webber is already setting his sights on his first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as he enters his final two weeks as a Formula One driver.

The thirty-seven year old Australian made his F1 debut in 2002 with Minardi, but his best days have come with Red Bull since 2009 where he has won nine races and three constructors’ championships. However, Webber will retire at the end of the year in favor of joining Porsche’s LMP1 programme that will see him compete in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and he is already setting his sights on winning the prestigious race.

“It’s human nature to want more, obviously I want to win Le Mans, to put that with the Monaco – that would be nice,” Webber explained on Australian TV.

“Whether one is enough there, maybe I want to grab a few. But of course you’ve got to get the first one done, which won’t be easy. So that’s the first goal, to win Le Mans, win that outright down the road. And then we’ll go from there.”

Webber is still looking to add one more grand prix victory to his collection in the final two races of the season, but with teammate Sebastian Vettel currently in the form of his life, he appears to face an uphill struggle. Nevertheless, his career has been an impressive one, and he explained in Abu Dhabi that he considers himself to be as good as many world champions.

However, with the all-conquering Audis dominating the race at Le Mans for over a decade now, Webber and Porsche may struggle to win the event at their first attempt in 2014.

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.