Rosberg signs new two-year F1 contract with Mercedes

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Nico Rosberg will remain with Mercedes in Formula 1 until the end of the 2018 season after signing a new two-year deal on Friday.

Rosberg, 31, has raced for Mercedes since 2010, finishing second in the drivers’ championship for each of the past two seasons.

The German’s previous deal expired at the end of the year, but both Rosberg and Mercedes remained confident of striking a deal to continue their partnership.

On Friday morning, Mercedes released a short video on Twitter showing Rosberg and team boss Toto Wolff signing a contract, confirming his place with the German marque in F1 for another two years.

“We are delighted to announce that the Mercedes AMG Petronas formula 1 Team has signed a two-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg for the 2017 and 2018 Formula One seasons,” a statement from Mercedes read.

“Nico has been a core member of the Silver Arrows since the team returned to the sport in 2010 and has played a crucial role in the team’s success in that time.

“He has scored 19 grand prix wins and 25 pole positions so far with Mercedes-Benz and is currently leading the drivers’ world championship.”

Rosberg’s time with Mercedes has been notable for a fierce rivalry with teammate Lewis Hamilton, resulting in a handful of on-track clashes.

Wolff warned both drivers at the beginning of the year that if they could not behave on track, he would not hesitate to change the line-up.

However, continuity has been favored, meaning that both Hamilton and Rosberg are locked in until the end of 2018 when both their contracts will be up. Hamilton signed a new three-year deal last season.

Rosberg drafted in ex-F1 driver and team owner Gerhard Berger to aid him with negotiations, allowing him to focus on his on-track commitments.

Mercedes has promising junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon on its books, but both will have to cool their ambitions of driving for the Silver Arrows for the time being.

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.