Grosjean upbeat despite difficult start for Lotus

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Romain Grosjean has chosen to take the positives out of Lotus F1 Team’s start to the 2015 Formula 1 season despite failing to score any points in the opening two rounds of the season.

Both Grosjean and teammate Pastor Maldonado qualified well in Australia before being sidelined by first lap issues, whilst incidents for both drivers in Malaysia left them empty handed yet again.

However, Grosjean – who was spun off by Sergio Perez during the race at Sepang – believes that there are plenty of positives to be taken from the team’s performance in Malaysia.

“Generally it was a good weekend with strong performance through the qualifying session, however in the race things didn’t quite work out the way we wanted,” Grosjean said.

“There are still a lot of good positives we take to the next races and when it all comes together it’s going to be very nice.”

Grosjean hopes to open Lotus’ account for the season at the Shanghai International Circuit in ten days’ time, and has fond memories of the track.

“It’s quite a particular circuit where it is not always easy to find the right setup and the temperature can also be cold,” he explained. “You never know what to expect, except that there will be a monster traffic jam to get to the circuit!

“I scored my first Formula 1 points at Shanghai in 2012 and scored points again in 2013 so let’s hope that’s a good omen. Certainly, we’re better placed than when we last visited the track.”

Reflecting on Sebastian Vettel’s shock victory in Malaysia last weekend, Grosjean says that although Ferrari’s victory was good for F1, he expects Mercedes to be way out in front once again in China.

“It was good to see Ferrari win in Malaysia and I think it was good for Formula 1,” the Frenchman said. “They worked well in Malaysia and I think they’ll be a force in the hot races.

“I think China should play more to the Mercedes but we’ll be fighting to do our best and present a challenge too.”

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.