Hamilton ‘not getting into blame’ after Rosberg crash

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Lewis Hamilton refused to point the finger at Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following their crash on the opening lap of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Rosberg made the better start from second on the grid in Barcelona, sweeping around the outside of Hamilton at the first corner.

Hamilton fought back and lined up a move down the inside of Turn 4, with Rosberg shifting his car to the right-hand side of the track to block him off.

Hamilton refused to back down though, moving onto the grass and losing control. His car clipped the barrier before then careering into Rosberg ahead, eliminating both drivers on the spot.

Both the team and the stewards cleared either driver of causing a collision, deeming it to have been a racing incident.

“First of all, a huge apology to all of our team. When I stopped my heart just sank,” Hamilton said after the race.

“To not deliver for them, it’s honestly indescribable how gutted I was.”

Hamilton explained that Rosberg’s car was in the wrong engine mode at the start, causing the German to go slow into Turn 3.

“I got a good start but he slipstreamed me into Turn 1,” Hamilton said.

“Then through Turn 3 he had a D-rate. Basically, he made a mistake and started in the wrong engine setting.

“We only have one setting for maximum power and he wasn’t in it, which meant he was like 180bhp down.”

However, Hamilton refused to blame Rosberg for the shunt, and was instead left to dwell on the 43-point gap to his teammate in the drivers’ championship.

“I’m not getting into blame, just a huge apology to the team,” Hamilton said.

“I’ll do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“Don’t have a good feeling this second, but we will recover.”

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.