Stirling Moss doubts Rosberg will ever beat Hamilton


Formula 1 legend Stirling Moss does not believe that Nico Rosberg will ever beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ championship so long as they are in the same car.

Moss raced for the German marque during its first stint in F1 back in 1955, racing as the teammate to five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

Although the Briton never won the drivers’ title in F1, he did finish second on four occasions and third a further three times, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers never to enjoy a championship victory.

Moss has recently spent some time with Hamilton, the defending world champion, driving his old Mercedes car as part of the launch for the annual Mille Miglia race in Italy.

Speaking to Reuters earlier this week, the 85-year-old said that he believes Hamilton will win the world title once again in 2015, and doubts Rosberg will ever get the better of him.

“I think he probably will,” Moss said. “He’s got the right engine. You’ve got to have a Mercedes to win. He’s got that, he’s got the skill.

“He has a lot of experience. He’s been around quite a while now. I don’t think Nico will ever beat him, actually.”

Rosberg did run Hamilton close for the drivers’ title in 2014, leading for most of the season before suffering a late-season dip in form, leaving him 67 points behind his teammate in the final standings.

Despite trying to regain focus over the winter, the German is yet to beat Hamilton in either qualifying or the race in 2015, leaving him with a 0-4 record in the intra-team battle.

Rosberg’s next opportunity to end his losing streak will come at next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he finished in second place to Hamilton in 2014.

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.