Ricciardo: Racing isn’t always kind (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo might just be the unluckiest man in Formula 1 right now. After being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix last time out for the team exceeding the maximum fuel flow limit on 100kg/h, the Red Bull driver lost fourth place in today’s race after a mistake in the pits.

The front left tire was not fitted properly on Ricciardo’s car, meaning that the team had to wheel him back to the pits and work on his car, costing him a lap. He was then given a five second stop-go penalty, and then suffered a front wing failure before eventually retiring from the race.

To make matters worse, the stewards then gave Ricciardo a 10 place grid penalty for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix because of the unsafe release.

“It’s been a pretty unlucky start to the season,” he explained to NBCSN’s Will Buxton. “That’s how it is. Racing isn’t always the kindest sport and there’s other factors unfortunately which take place.

“On the positives, it was another good race I think. I made a good start. It’s nice to have my two front of the grid starts in the last couple of races and to have made the most of them, that’s nice, to have raced at the front.”

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.