Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone does not believe that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will have any impact on the sport.
On Thursday, over 30 million Britons voted in a historic referendum that saw a majority vote to leave the EU after 43 years.
The immediate impact of ‘Brexit’ has been felt in the global financial markets, with the pound dropping to a 30-year low against the dollar.
Questions have been raised about the decision’s bearing on F1. Eight of the 11 teams on the grid are based in the UK, as are a number of key suppliers.
Speaking to Reuters, F1 supremo Ecclestone welcomed Brexit, believing it will have no effect on the sport moving forward.
“I have been a supporter of this all the way through,” Ecclestone said.
“I think it’s the best thing. We should be ruling ourselves.
“If we’ve got something to sell, and it’s a good product at the right price, people will buy whether they are Chinese, Italian or German.
“People will just get over this and get on with their lives.”
However, Mercedes chairman and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche expressed his regret over the British public’s decision to exit the EU.
“This is not a good day for Europe,” Zetsche told DPA.
“And in my view, certainly not for the UK.”
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.