Carlos Sainz Jr produced one of the stand-out performances of last Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix as he charged from the pit lane to finishing inside the points for Toro Rosso.
Given that it was the Spaniard’s first race at Monaco in a Formula 1 car, the result impressed many figures within the paddock as he picked up one point for tenth position at the flag.
However, it all very nearly ended far earlier and in dramatic fashion.
As shown in an onboard video from Sainz’s car that has only been released this week, the Spaniard narrowly avoided a sizeable accident with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson at the Nouvelle Chicane.
Running behind Ericsson, Sainz lost control of his car heading out of the tunnel and had to quickly correct a tank slapper to avoid hitting the wall.
Remarkably, he managed to get the car straightened up and stopped in time without hitting Ericsson – although as you will see in the video below, it was only by the narrowest of margins.
Whilst Sainz was able to squeeze into the top ten following the late crash between Toro Rosso teammate Max Verstappen and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, Ericsson was forced to settle for P13 at the end of the race.
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.