Mercedes revels in third straight F1 constructors’ championship success

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Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff paid tribute to the team members after securing its third straight constructors’ championship in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes entered the Suzuka race weekend with such a lead in the teams’ standings that Red Bull had to outscore it by 28 points to keep the title race alive for another round.

Nico Rosberg led Mercedes’ charge by taking his ninth victory of the season, and with teammate Lewis Hamilton finishing third, the German marque moved into an unassailable lead with four races to spare.

It marks Mercedes’ third constructors’ championship, all of which have come in the past three years, confirming its place among the most dominant F1 teams in the series’ history.

“It is a great honor today to represent the hundreds of people in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart who have made us triple world champions,” Wolff said.

“The story begins on the shop floor of our team and goes all the way to the board room of Mercedes-Benz. It is a tale of passion, commitment and incredible people working beyond their limits to win. And not just doing it once, but re-motivating themselves to surpass their achievements year after year.

“This is their moment – all those heroes in the background who are the core of what makes this team so special. It is a humbling experience to walk the corridors of our factories and to see their faces every day.”

“Congrats to everyone, all my colleagues in the team for clinching third consecutive world championship,” Rosberg added on the podium.

“It’s so unbelievably deserved. Let’s celebrate hard. You’ve all been special this weekend.”

Hamilton added: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone back at the factories and the whole of Mercedes-Benz. Everyone has done a fantastic job and to have this success three years in a row is incredible.

“It’s been an awesome effort from so many people over the last three years and that is the most important thing to take from today. We couldn’t have done it without all of their support and I’m very, very proud to be a part of it.

“I’m also proud to have been part of the Mercedes-Benz journey since 2007 and then since 2013 with this team.”

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.