Mick Schumacher misses out on Italian F4 title at final round

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Mick Schumacher has missed out on his second Formula 4 title in the space of a month after seeing rival Marcos Siebert win the Italian series on Sunday at Monza.

The son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Schumacher Jr., 17, won the opening race of the weekend to cut the gap to Siebert in the championship to 18 points.

The pair went wheel-to-wheel on track during the second race of the weekend, only for Schumacher to sustain damage to his front wing that forced him to pit for repairs.

Schumacher ultimately crossed the line down in 27th place, while Siebert scored the points required in fifth place to move into an unassailable lead ahead of the final race of the season later on Sunday.

Schumacher’s title defeat comes less than a month after he missed out on the German F4 title to Australia’s Joey Mawson at the final round of the season, finishing the year in second in the standings with five wins.

Schumacher first made the step up to single-seaters in 2015, completing a year in the German series before taking on double duties with Prema Powerteam for 2016.

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.