Alonso expecting ‘the feeling of wow’ from 2017 F1 cars

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso expects “the feeling of wow” when racing next year’s cars upon the overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations.

In a bid to improve the on-track spectacle, F1 cars are set to become more radical in 2017 thanks to changes in the technical regulations that should see them gain multiple seconds per lap.

Alonso has made his aversion to the current specification of F1 clear in the past, stating that his future in the sport depends on how he finds next year’s cars.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Alonso talked about his expectations for F1 in 2017, which will be the third and final year of his current McLaren contract.

“Another championship is the ultimate target and we are working hard on that project,” Alonso said.

“And with the new regulations in place next year we will probably get the excitement back as the cars will be much more attractive – and much faster. That is still the target that Fernando wants to achieve!

“I expect the feeling of ‘wow’ again, as when I started in F1.”

Alonso won his championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, but has failed to add a third crown despite stints with McLaren and Ferrari in the meantime, losing the title at the final round on three occasions.

When asked if coming so close before falling short hurt, Alonso said: “Not really.

“I have been so lucky in my entire career to fight for championships – yes, there have been more good opportunities for me but for one reason or the other it did not happen.”

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.