Vettel feeling upbeat ahead of British Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel may have endured a difficult start to the 2014 Formula 1 season, but the German driver is still feeling positive heading to next weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Silverstone has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Red Bull over the past five years, with its drivers winning the race three times. The event is also an important one for the team given that the track is not far from its factory in Milton Keynes.

“I always like going to Silverstone, the track is incredible to drive and the British crowd that turns out to watch the weekend is always massive,” Vettel said in the team’s grand prix preview. “Whether it’s wet or dry everyone always looks like they are having a really good time.”

The race will be the second of three ‘home’ rounds for the team. Last weekend’s race in Austria was the team’s official home race, given that owner Dietrich Mateschitz is Austrian, and the race after Silverstone – the German Grand Prix – is Vettel’s.

“It’s a busy time right now, we had Red Bull’s home race in Austria, the Team’s local event here and then we go to my home race in Germany!” he said. “This race has an extra element as it’s so close to the factory and a lot of the staff who work so hard on the car will be watching from the grandstands with their families – I hope we can get a good result for them.

“As the factory is only about half an hour or so from the track a lot of the race team live nearby and can sleep in their own beds for the weekend which surely is a nice thing for them.

“I have good memories of Silverstone, the best must be winning there in 2009 and Mark [Webber] won there in 2010 and 2012 so we have a good record at the track.”

Vettel’s poor title defence only continued in Austria as he retired when a lap down on the field. For the rest of 2014, a return to the top step of the podium must be the aim for the German driver, but it may take a huge slice of luck for him to follow in teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s footsteps.

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.