As Formula 1 prepares to enter the twilight of the 2016 season, championship contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will battle under the dark of night this Sunday in the Singapore Grand Prix.
Back-to-back victories at Spa and Monza have drawn Rosberg to within two points of Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship, but he’ll need to tame one of F1’s modern wonders if he is to take the lead today.
Rosberg did all he could in qualifying, setting a searing pace to take his seventh pole position of the season for Mercedes.
Hamilton cited a lack of rhythm after the session as he faded to third place, the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo slotting between the championship protagonists.
Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen are set to start on the super-soft tire today, an alternate strategy threatening to ursurp Mercedes at the front of the pack.
Throw in a near-certain safety car (as in every Singapore GP to date) and perhaps even a smattering of rain, and you have the makings of a classic grand prix under the lights at Marina Bay.
You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 7am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.
Brian Till, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter James Allen on the ground in Singapore providing updates and interviews throughout the race.
Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.
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.