Romain Grosjean’s miserable Singapore Grand Prix weekend came to an early end after a brake issue prevented the Frenchman from starting the race.
Grosjean was forced to sit out FP1 on Friday thanks an engine issue, leaving him to complete just 14 laps throughout the day.
Matters went from bad to worse on Saturday when Grosjean crashed out of qualifying, damaging his Haas car and requiring a gearbox change.
Haas was handed a penalty for making the change, dropping Grosjean from 15th to 20th on the grid, only for the team to move its driver to the pit lane for the start.
However, Grosjean did not even get that far as a brake-by-wire issue left his Haas car unmanned in the pit garage.
TV footage showed Grosjean taking off his helmet while being calmed down by team principal Guenther Steiner when it was confirmed he could not start the race.
The result extends Grosjean’s run without points, dating back to the Austrian Grand Prix at the beginning of July.
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.