Sainz enjoys taking the fight to Ferrari, Williams at Silverstone

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Carlos Sainz Jr. was pleased with eighth place in Sunday’s British Grand Prix after taking the fight to the Ferrari, Williams and Force India drivers at Silverstone.

Sainz started seventh for Toro Rosso and managed to hold onto the position as the track dried and drivers made the switch from wet to slick tires.

Sainz briefly got ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen for P6, but was unable to hold back the Finn after running wide at Turn 1 on the damp patches.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg also got past Sainz, leaving the Spaniard to settle for eighth at the flag.

Nevertheless, Sainz was delighted with the result, having taken the fight to many quicker teams with his Toro Rosso car.

“[It was a] good day. The first half was amazing for me,” Sainz told NBCSN after the race.

“Lots of battling in the mixed conditions. Managed to get past Raikkonen, [I] was catching up. But it was so hard in Turn 1. Then I had to come down a bit.

“In the end P8 is very good. We’re happy to take it to Williams and Ferrari. The Force Indias though were a bit too good for us.”

The race started behind the safety car due to the damp conditions, but parts of the track remained wet throughout the grand prix.

“It was very, very tricky because there were some wet patches,” Sainz said.

“Turn 1 and the last two corners had a bunch of wet patches. Doesn’t allow you to feel much grip.

“Then I lost the car when I was a bit too quick! Had to reset the confidence.”

Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat finished the race 10th, battling from 15th on the grid to pick up the final point on offer at Silverstone.

“We fought our way back to the points. Felt I deserved more this weekend on my side of the garage,” Kvyat told NBCSN.

“We stuck the medium after the start, then went to the end with no major issues. Our pace was comparable for Ferrari. Many things to analyze but it wasn’t so bad.

“Mixed feelings about the start [behind the safety car]. One part was OK, but a couple places where the standing water was massive.”

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.