Hamilton completes home practice hat-trick at Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice sessions ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in FP3 on Saturday morning.

Light rain in the lead up to the start of FP3 prompted drivers to head out on the intermediate and wet tires initially, but the track soon dried up to permit slick running.

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were the first to make the switch, but it was Rosberg who set the pace on the soft tire, going three-tenths of a second faster than teammate Lewis Hamilton had on Friday.

However, Hamilton managed to dig deep, finding more time in the final sector to go seven-hundredths of a second quicker and wrestle away P1.

The session was red flagged with 20 minutes remaining after Marcus Ericsson crashed in the final sector. After running wide at the exit of Stowe, Ericsson spun across the track and into the tire wall at high speed, leaving his Sauber car with severe damage and even causing his steering wheel to break away.

Thankfully, Ericsson walked away unharmed, but the marshals were left to conduct a sizeable clean-up at the crash site. The session eventually got back underway with five minutes remaining, prompting a flurry of activity on-track as drivers completed their final qualifying simulations.

Hamilton and Rosberg both found more time with their final laps in FP3, but the status quo remained the same. Rosberg crossed the line first, going two-tenths faster than Hamilton, only for the home favorite to hit back and find another 0.063 seconds to take P1.

Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull, half a second behind Hamilton, while teammate Max Verstappen followed in fourth place.

Ferrari endured a tough session as Sebastian Vettel finished fifth-fastest, 1.1 seconds off Hamilton, and reported that his gearbox had failed, leaving the team with a quick turnaround to get the German ready for qualifying. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished down in ninth place.

Valtteri Bottas finished sixth for Williams ahead of Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, while Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top 10 behind Raikkonen.

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.

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.