Ecclestone: Double points for just one race “stupid”


Bernie Ecclestone is unsure whether the controversial double points rule will remain in Formula 1 for 2015, saying that having it for just the final race of the season is “stupid”.

For 2014, the final round of the year was controversially declared to be worth double points, giving Nico Rosberg a fighting chance of winning his first world title in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

The German driver trails Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (pictured with Ecclestone) by 17 points at the top of the drivers’ standings, but with 50 points on offer for the race winner, the fight is very much alive at the front of the field.

Ever since it was announced, the ruling has been subject to great criticism from the F1 community, and Ecclestone told The Independent that he doubts it will be retained if it cannot be extended to the final three races of the year.

“One race is stupid, but imagine if it was the last three races,” Ecclestone said. “It means that somebody would have to have a 150-point advantage minimum to be sure they will win.

“The teams have not accepted it because they are bloody idiots. They are all mechanics. They think of their team in the short-term.

“I’m not going to propose the three races again. I’m going to let them get on with it. I don’t know what we’re going to do next year.”

As things stand, the double points rule does remain in the sporting regulations for the 2015 season, but this could be removed when the World Motor Sport Council meets in December to finalize its plans for next year.

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.