Former Ferrari F1 boss Mattiacci joins Faraday Future

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Former Ferrari Formula 1 chief Marco Mattiacci has joined electric vehicle development company Faraday Future as its global chief brand and commercial officer.

Mattiacci was appointed as Scuderia Ferrari’s team principal in April 2014 following the resignation of Stefano Domenicali, before resigning after just seven months in charge. He was replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene.

Mattiacci acted as one of the dominoes in a period of rapid change at Ferrari that also saw president Luca di Montezemolo and star driver Fernando Alonso leave.

On Thursday, Faraday Future announced that Mattiacci had joined the company in the role of global chief brand and commercial officer, “leading all aspects of branding, marketing, communications, distribution, sales, and user/customer experience.

“He will also sit on key strategy, product, design, and HR committees. Ultimately, Marco will be pushing for innovative new ways to bring the FF brand to life on a global scale.”

“Throughout my career, I have been a passionate believer in innovation and unique user experiences for customers,” Mattiacci said, having previously worked as the CEO of Ferrari North America.

“Joining the Faraday Future team is an incredible opportunity that revolves around a completely new, connected, and intelligent way of thinking.

“I look forward to the role I will play in developing a truly brave and innovative path forward for the industry.”

Faraday Future is playing an important part in the development of electric vehicles, linking itself to Formula E by acting as the title sponsor for the Long Beach ePrix in April.

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.