AUSTIN – Sergio Perez has confirmed he is close to signing a new extension to remain with Force India into 2015, continuing on with already-signed Nico Hulkenberg.
“It’s getting very close (to returning),” Perez said during the FIA Thursday press conference. “We are in the process of working out a deal with the team.
“For four years, I’ve been in Formula One… and I’ve moved around too many times. We hope to announce it soon.”
Perez would be seeking to continue with Force India for a second season, after two years with Sauber (2011-2012) and a single season with McLaren last year.
Perez’s signing with Force India last year was announced as a multi-year deal, but his confirmation for 2015 had yet to be signed off on this year.
This is a big weekend for Perez, with Mexico of course being so close to Austin, Texas and this the last year before Mexico joins the calendar next year. He was asked about a track update.
“It will be super exciting to go back home,” Perez said. “Things are progressing very quick, and Mexico is excited to have us.”
Perez currently sits 11th in the World Championship, on 47 points. He scored Force India’s first podium for five years at Bahrain earlier this year, and is currently riding a streak of five consecutive points-paying finishes dating to Spa.
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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.