Rosberg thought penalized Verstappen overtake was ‘a great move’

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Nico Rosberg was surprised to receive a time penalty during Sunday’s German Grand Prix for forcing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen off-track, believing it was “a great move”.

After a poor start that saw him fall from pole to fourth, Rosberg attempted an aggressive overtake on Verstappen at the hairpin, pushing the Red Bull driver wide and off the track before gaining the position.

Verstappen immediately complained to his team, prompting the stewards to look into the incident before handing Rosberg a five-second time penalty.

Rosberg served the penalty at his final pit stop before crossing the line in fourth, allowing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to extend his drivers’ championship lead to 19 points.

“[Losing] the win and a good result. That’s what I’m disappointed in,” Rosberg told NBCSN after the race.

“I lost the race at the start. It was a big moment. Massive wheelspin. I don’t understand it. It was nothing I foresaw.”

Rosberg was surprised by the penalty, believing the move to have been hard but fair.

“Just a great battle and a great move I thought. I was really happy about it,” Rosberg said.

“[I] didn’t expect the penalty at all. The penalty came through which was very surprising.

“According to them it was too much on the edge, but I don’t think so.”

Rosberg enters the summer break with just one win to his name since the Russian Grand Prix at the beginning of May, and admitted the defeat in Germany will take some time to recover from.

“At this moment Nico Rosberg’s mindset is very, very disappointed,” Rosberg said.

“It’s been a very, very tough day. It’s going to take some time to get over that. That’s it.”

Verstappen weighed in on Rosberg’s move during the post-race FIA press conference, saying he had to go off-track to prevent a crash.

“He didn’t turn in, he was just driving straight,” Verstappen said.

“I had to go off the track otherwise we would have crashed. That’s not very handy.

“Lewis knows,” Verstappen added, referring to Hamilton’s clash with Rosberg in Austria, prompting a smile from the three-time world champion.

Formula 1 returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

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.