Long history of incidents between Rosberg and Hamilton

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SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have a long history of incidents between them, even before Sunday’s last-lap collision at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Here are just some of the previous incidents between the two:

May 2014 – In qualifying for the Monaco GP, Rosberg’s bizarre mistake robs Hamilton of a chance to go for pole and Rosberg wins the race the next day.

July 2014 – Hamilton ignores team orders to let Rosberg pass at the Hungarian GP.

August 2014 – Hamilton alleges Rosberg deliberately crashed into him at the Belgian GP.

October 2015 – Hamilton forces pole-sitter Rosberg off the track at the U.S. race as he goes on to win the world title.

May 2016 – The two collide at the Spanish GP as Hamilton tries to overtake Rosberg shortly after the start.

June 2016 – Hamilton forces Rosberg off the track at the Canadian GP as they seek to catch Sebastian Vettel at the first turn, later wins the race, while Rosberg drops to fifth.

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.