Nico Rosberg is confident that he can still win Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix despite losing out on pole position to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Montreal.
Rosberg fell 0.062 seconds shy of Hamilton’s time on his first run in Q3 before making a mistake on his final lap, costing him the chance to beat Hamilton.
“I was hoping you hadn’t seen that one but apparently it did come out on TV,” Rosberg joked in the post-qualifying press conference.
“First lap in Q3 was good, not quite enough to beat Lewis but it was still a good lap. Next one I tried to pull one out of the bag, it didn’t work out and that’s it. Second place.
“Still a good team result of course to show we’re the fastest, fastest car has been great even on this very unique track here.”
With rain forecast for Sunday’s race and tire strategies set to be shaken up thanks to the introduction of the ultra-soft tire for this weekend’s race, Rosberg is sure he can still challenge for victory.
“For tomorrow, everything is still possible,” Rosberg said.
“The weather forecast is all over the place.
“From second place, it’s all doable.”
The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1pm ET on Sunday.
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.