Romain Grosjean has set his sights on bouncing back from a disappointing start to the 2015 Formula 1 season at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
After qualifying inside the top ten in Australia last Saturday, Grosjean was forced to retire from the race at the end of lap one due to a loss of power on his Lotus.
The Frenchman’s stoppage brought an early end to the first race of the season for the team after Pastor Maldonado crashed out on the first at Albert Park.
Nevertheless, Grosjean feels that he learned plenty in Australia, and is now focusing on an improved display at the Sepang International Circuit next weekend.
“Albert Park was quite a strong weekend in terms of getting on top of the car, finding strong pace and a good balance and demonstrating good potential,” Grosjean said. “But it was a very brief in terms of race laps – or should I say a race lap?!
“It was unfortunate that our race was very short because of quite a simple issue, but it’s something everyone back at Enstone has been working on. I’m sure we’ll have a much better race in Sepang.”
Grosjean’s retirement was made all the more frustrating by the fact that just 11 cars finished the race in Australia, making a big haul of points possible for Lotus.
However, he has set his sights on getting his first top ten finish of the season in Malaysia, believing that the pace of the E23 Hybrid car make points achievable.
“Our target for the early races is to be regularly in the top ten,” Grosjean said. “We certainly demonstrated that in Albert Park and our race pace simulations were good so if we’d remained in the race we should have finished strongly.
“There’s nothing to suggest this can’t be the case in Malaysia and we really want to start scoring points.”
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.