Grosjean looking for strong final race in Abu Dhabi as he nears Lotus extension


Romain Grosjean is hoping for a strong final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi next weekend, with double points giving the Frenchman a chance to pick up a good haul for Lotus.

Grosjean has endured a difficult season, going from a regular front-runner in 2013 to languishing on the fringes of the top ten this year, but has still impressed the F1 community with his performances during a difficult period for Lotus.

In Abu Dhabi, he is hoping to enjoy a strong final race of the year, with the controversial double points working in Lotus’ favor.

“We’ve got a few upgrades coming which should give us a bit more power and with double points on offer, you never know!” Grosjean said. “We are going to try our hardest to get the best result we can and create a positive mood over the winter for the team back in the factory.

“When things aren’t going right for you, it’s difficult on everyone so a bit of positivity will help the whole team. Pastor and I will be trying our utmost to bring back some strong points.

“Sometimes a bit of luck and some clever decisions is all you need to achieve great results, and that’s what we’ll be aiming for on Sunday.”

Despite lacking an official announcement, Grosjean is set to remain at Lotus for 2015. The driver has made two announcements from his Twitter and Facebook page in the last few days, only for both posts to be quickly deleted.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Grosjean said: “Proud to announce that I’ll be racing with Lotus F1 Team in 2015” before it was soon deleted.

Today, Grosjean uploaded a video of himself confirming that he would be remaining with Lotus to his Facebook page, but this was also soon deleted.

“I will keep racing with Lotus in 2015,” he said. “It’s been a long story with the team, ups and downs, 2013 was good, 2014 more difficult but next year is a new challenge with a new engine. I’ve seen the E23 and it’s a beautiful car so hopefully more podiums, hopefully on top of the podium one day!”

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.