Steiner pleased Haas has gained respect of F1 paddock

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Haas Formula 1 chief Guenther Steiner is pleased that the new American team has gained the respect of the paddock since making its debut at the beginning of the season.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas saw his plans for an American F1 operation come to fruition in Australia, with Romain Grosjean scoring points in its very first race.

Since then, results have varied, with last weekend’s European Grand Prix marking the fourth straight race in which points have eluded Haas. However, Steiner is confident that the drought will end soon.

“Of course the points from the beginning of the season were fantastic, but we are convinced that they will not be the only ones we’ll score this season,” Steiner told the official F1 website.

“We did have some challenging races with Russia and China where we couldn’t get the tires to work, but we are still very positive.

“We are not last! We are still in the midfield and that is a huge achievement for a team starting from scratch.

“We know that if we have a super race we always can be in the points – probably not finishing in P6, but in the points.”

Steiner said that he was most pleased by Haas gaining the respect of the rest of the F1 paddock in just a few races.

“We are still mingling with the Force Indias, the Williams and the Toro Rossos, and, of course, we want to stay there,” he said.

“I think we have gained the respect of everybody in the paddock – and that was another thing that we wanted to achieve.

“The worst thing would have been to become an embarrassment.”

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.