Vettel: Ferrari fired up, hungry for success in new F1 season

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Sebastian Vettel says that the entire Ferrari team is fired up and hungry for success in the new Formula 1 season as it looks to end its title drought.

Ferrari last won a championship back in 2008, prompting marque president Sergio Marchionne to say earlier this month that it would be a “tragedy” if it went more than 10 years without a title.

Vettel is expected to spearhead Ferrari’s charge in 2016 after a successful maiden season with the team last year, and has high expectations for his second campaign at Maranello.

“We’ll try to raise [expectations] naturally,” Vettel said. “Obviously you don’t want to do worse than the year before, that’s clear.

“I think you can feel it going around in the factory. I think everybody is fired up and want to win. The target is clear, the expectation is there. But I think that’s also where we want to be. We’ll see how close we are and how much there is to do during the season.”

Vettel believes that the added cohesion of the team will be clear in 2016, with the new SF16-H car being the first to have been developed since the personnel overhaul at the end of 2014.

“I think last year was very good for us, very positive. Obviously the success we had early on helped to stabilize the team,” Vettel said.

“Nevertheless, it’s still a young team, a lot of new people. Now they’ve been in the job for one year, and I think it really starts only now that we see the results so obviously in this regard the new car this year is really the first for this team, and therefore I’m very excited to get on track and see how it feels.

“Obviously from the outside you see that the car looks lsihgly different. There’s a bit of a new car design going on which I like a lot, it looks very nice. My helmet suits the white topping on the car.

“And then I think more exciting is on the inside, a lot of new stuff, new things. It’s always fun to watch the process very closely over winter with the team, and then especially in the past few days when things start to come together.”

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.