The penultimate Grand Prix of the 2014 Formula One season is coming this weekend in Brazil, and F1 on NBC Sports insider Will Buxton is on the ground at Interlagos to bring us the latest news in this week’s edition of “Paddock Pass.”
Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, Sauber has delivered a surprise driver announcement for 2015 as Felipe Nasr now joins up with Marcus Ericsson. With current Sauber pilots Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez apparently on their way out of Hinwil as a result, Buxton talks with a surprised Sutil about what may be next for him and with Nasr about his new opportunity.
Also in this week’s edition:
- McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen grades himself on his rookie F1 campaign…
- Jean-Eric Vergne ponders his own uncertain future at Scuderia Toro Rosso…
- Felipe Massa talks about racing in front of his home fans in Brazil…
- And last but not least, Mercedes teammates/World Championship rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg discuss what winning the title would mean to them and what it’s gonna take to bring home the big trophy.
Don’t forget to tune in for the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.
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.