Fernando Alonso expects to be in better shape for the last round of the season as he continued to recover from the back injuries he sustained during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Alonso hurt his back during the race at Yas Marina when he went off the track at turn three while overtaking Jean-Eric Vergne. He had special medical tape applied to his back during the United States Grand Prix race weekend to ease the symptoms of his injuries.
Following the race Alonso told Sky: “I am tired because I physically didn’t have a good preparation for the race. I spent a week in bed with headaches.”
“It was then a stressful weekend with all the battles, and the race was demanding, I had to fight all the way through, so I am tired now.”
Although Alonso secured second in the drivers’ championship with his fifth place in the race, Ferrari remain locked in a close three-way contest for second in the constructors’ championship with Mercedea and Lotus.
“Hopefully I will feel better in Brazil, less tired, and be able to enjoy the weekend more,” said Alonso.
“But there are still targets with the constructors’ championship, so it’s not as if I’ll be racing for fun in Brazil. There will be a lot of stress and pressure for the team, but we’ll try and do as well as we can.”
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.