This comes as no major surprise, but Caterham reserve driver Robin Frijns has now officially parted way with the team.
He confirmed the news via social media this morning.
Frijns began the year as third driver behind race drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi, with many regretting the fact the talented young Dutch driver did not have the necessary funding to garner a race seat opportunity.
Still, he made some good strides in preseason testing at Bahrain and had two free practice one appearances, at Bahrain and Silverstone.
But from the time Caterham’s ownership changed hands midseason, Frijns was then out of the frame entirely.
Andre Lotterer and Will Stevens each made their Grand Prix debuts, with Roberto Merhi also getting a handful of drives in FP1.
Frijns is considered by many to be one of the top talents who has yet to make his GP debut, but there do not seem to be any opportunities for him to do so next year unless he finds another reserve role.
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.