UPDATED (3:35 p.m. ET): Marussia has now officially confirmed through Twitter that their 2014 Formula One testing debut will indeed be delayed:
Autosport first reported that Marussia would have to wait to debut their new MR03 machine during this week’s test at Jerez after an unspecified technical glitch was apparently found on the Ferrari-powered machine during “sign-off” procedures at the team’s factory in Banbury, England.
Team principal John Booth told the publication that Marussia intends to send the MR03 on to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain after the issue – which he called a “small and frustrating teething problem” – is worked out in Banbury.
Autosport noted that while it’s unclear how long it will take for the team to solve the issue, there’s enough time for the new car to hit the track this week.
Marussia was among a group of teams scheduled to officially debut their respective 2014 cars tomorrow in Jerez on the first day of the test session. That group still includes: World Champion Red Bull (RB10 w/Renault power), Mercedes (W05), Force India (VJM07 w/Mercedes power), Williams (FW36 w/Mercedes power) and Caterham (w/Renault power).
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.