Heidfeld and Senna confirmed at Mahindra for second Formula E season

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DONINGTON PARK – Mahindra Racing has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will race for the team in the second FIA Formula E season alongside the retained Bruno Senna.

Heidfeld raced for Venturi in season one, scoring one podium finish en route to 12th place in the drivers’ championship.

However, the German driver opted to cut ties with the team at the end of the season and join Mahindra after a successful private test for the Indian team in Spain.

“Yeah, very happy,” Heidfeld told MotorSportsTalk. “Looking forward to the season of course. I think Mahindra has done a good job, good preparation with the changes they have done for season two.

“But at the moment it is all guessing. We will all be here at Donington testing for the first time together, and the proper results we will probably only have after Beijing, after race one.

“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to it and I’m hoping of course to be very successful. The technical package and all the little puzzle parts, you think about and are important in motorsport, speaking to various teams, I believe that Mahindra can be the best choice.”

Heidfeld was welcomed to the team by boss Dilbagh Gill, who was impressed by the German’s efforts during testing in Spain in the off-season.

“I am very proud to welcome Nick to the Mahindra Racing family,” Gill said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the team and we were impressed with his performances in the inaugural Formula E season.

“Nick has also been an integral part of testing the M2Electro with our team. Mahindra Racing is targeting top results this season and with over 2,000km of pre-season testing successfully completed, we are confident we are giving Nick the car to do it.

“We have been particularly impressed with how quickly he has got up to speed with the technical aspects of the car, as well as the gains we have made in its refinement since he joined us.”

Heidfeld replaces Karun Chandhok at Mahindra, who has left Formula E to concentrate on sportscar racing.

Pre-season testing kicks off at Donington Park on Monday, with both Heidfeld and Senna set to get behind the wheel of the Mahindra car.

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.