Alonso happy to be alive after horror crash in Australia


Fernando Alonso admitted that he feels lucky to be alive after walking away unharmed from a terrifying crash during Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso ran over the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas car on lap 18 of the race in Australia, causing his car to spear into the wall at high speed.

The McLaren was then tossed into the air when it dug into the gravel trap before coming to rest upside down against the wall at Turn 3.

Alonso was able to clamber out of his car and walk away unscathed, but admitted after the race that he felt lucky to be alive such was the severity of the crash.

“I feel OK. It’s frustrating on one side because we lost an opportunity and probably we lost a power unit and the whole car because of the damage,” Alonso told NBC Sports.

“The second point is that I’m super happy I’m alive. I’m talking to you and I’m so, so thankful to the FIA and the safety of the cars that we have right now. Try to learn from today and try not to repeat it.”

When asked what he remembered of the incident, Alonso said: “I remember everything unfortunately. It would be nice to delete it.

“It was quite slow in the car, everything that happened because you are flying and you are bouncing around, you see the sky and then you see the ground and you see the sky. You don’t know exactly where you are.

“You keep moving and you want to stop. Then the car stopped and I saw a little space to go out and I said I’ll go out quickly. My Mom will watch on TV so I’ll want to be out quite quickly and say that I’m OK. It was quite a big one.”

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.