Button open to racing rallycross, Super GT during F1 sabbatical

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Jenson Button is open to racing in rallycross or the Japanese Super GT series in 2017 when he steps down from his Formula 1 seat at McLaren.

Button announced over the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza that he would not be racing in F1 next year, taking up a new ambassadorial and reserve driver role with McLaren.

McLaren has an option to bring Button back into an F1 race seat for 2018 should both the driver and the team be willing.

Button called the opportunity to take a year out of F1 a “dream”, and has now said that he would like to try some other forms of racing next season.

“I want to spend more time with friends, family and to do other things,” Button is quoted as saying by Reuters ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

“I love triathlons, and maybe I’ll race in something else, like rallycross or Super GT in Japan.

“There are so many options and that’s why it’s exciting, because I can sort of live my life the way I want to next year.

“I have a contract to race with the team in 2018 if the team wants me to race and if I feel that I want to race.”

Button may be able to make an appearance with one of Honda’s teams in Super GT, the Japanese manufacturer being McLaren’s power unit supplier in F1.

Rallycross has also been on Button’s radar for some time, with his father, John, enjoying success in the discipline during the 1970s.

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.