Magnussen, Palmer unaware of time frame in Renault F1 2017 driver decision

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Renault Formula 1 drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer are both unaware of any time frame in the French marque’s decision on its line-up for the 2017 season.

Magnussen and Palmer joined Renault upon its return to F1 as a constructor at the beginning of 2016, but both have struggled for form with the R.S.16 car.

After taking over the financially-beleaguered Lotus operation, Renault identified 2016 as a year of rebuilding.

Magnussen scored the team’s solitary top-10 finish in Russia, crossing the line seventh, while Palmer is yet to pick up his first F1 points.

Both drivers remain in the mix for a seat at Renault next season, but the team is understood to be keen on signing current Manor driver Esteban Ocon into one of its seats.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Magnussen conceded that he had no idea how Renault’s deliberations were going, despite previously saying that he hoped to get his future sewn up sooner rather than later.

“I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes,” Magnussen said.

“I’ve read in the press that there’s been a delay and the decision could take a long time.

“I was hoping for a decision between these two races, but clearly it hasn’t come and things are taking longer than I hoped for.”

Palmer was asked about his future in Thursday’s FIA press conference, and he too was unable to give a firm

“I’ll know when I know,” Palmer said.

“I know I’m in the mix but we’ll just see how things pan out.

“Every race from now on is a chance to show what I can do.”

Renault is widely perceived to hold the keys to the 2017 driver market, with the promise of investment from a global manufacturer into a works operation likely to be attractive to some.

Sergio Perez had been linked with a move to Renault, but is expected to remain at Force India for 2017, the Mexican hoping for an announcement by the next race in Malaysia.

With Ocon seemingly bound for one of the Renault seats, it may boil down to a battle between Magnussen and Palmer for the second drive in 2017.

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.