Kvyat set for pit lane start in Austria after qualifying crash

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Daniil Kvyat is set to start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from the pit lane after crashing out of qualifying on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring.

Kvyat was one of three drivers to suffer a suspension failure on Saturday, crashing out at the end of Q1 to leave himself 18th on the grid for the race.

However, Kvyat will now be forced to start from the pit lane after Toro Rosso rebuilt his chassis overnight before submitting the car to be re-scrutineered, having broken parc ferme conditions.

“The Stewards have received a request from Scuderia Toro Rosso to re-scrutineer car 26 which was involved in an accident in qualifying,” a statement from the stewards read.

“In accordance with Article 25.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, the Stewards agreed that this can take place on July 3rd, before the race.”

Here is the revised starting grid for the Austrian Grand Prix with all penalties applied.

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
3. Jenson Button McLaren
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams
8. Max Verstappen Red Bull
9. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
10. Felipe Massa Williams
11. Esteban Gutierrez Haas
12. Pascal Wehrlein Manor
13. Romain Grosjean Haas
14. Fernando Alonso McLaren
15. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
16. Sergio Perez Force India
17. Kevin Magnussen Renault
18. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault
20. Rio Haryanto Manor
21. Felipe Nasr Sauber
PL. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso

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.