Hamilton re-affirms ‘100 percent faith’ in Mercedes after Malaysia retirement

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Lewis Hamilton says he has “100 per cent faith” in his Mercedes team after being forced to retire from Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix with an engine failure.

Hamilton arrived in Malaysia trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship by eight points, but looked poised to reclaim the lead when enjoying a 20-second buffer over the field at Sepang.

Hamilton’s hopes were ended when his engine failed at the beginning of lap 40, catching fire and forcing the Briton to retire.

After the race, Hamilton expressed his dismay at suffering yet another engine issue in 2016, having previously been affected in China and Russia.

“It definitely is tough to see all those points disappear when you’ve worked so hard to get them,” Hamilton told NBCSN.

“It’s a very odd feeling right now and be positive and say everything’s great. I’m the only one with Mercedes engines that have been failing this year out of all the engines, which doesn’t sit right with me.”

Hamilton later took to Facebook to post a message to his fans, expressing his support and faith in the Mercedes team.

“Today, the pain is indescribable, but I truly believe God never gives you more than you can handle,” Hamilton wrote.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the fans who stood on their feet in the blazing hot sun, or from their sofas at home, watching and supporting me this weekend. I’m so grateful.

“I have 100% faith in my team, they have worked so hard both at the track, and factory, and I want to say a HUGE thank you to them. I know we’ve had all these problems but it’s not how we fall, it’s how we get up.

“It’s not how we are in moments of comfort than define us, but how we are in the face of adversity. We are champions and that’s how we will move forward.

“I will, we will, NEVER give up!”

Hamilton heads to the next race in Japan trailing Rosberg by 23 points in the drivers’ championship.

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.