Ross Brawn: Formula 1 fixes will take time

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Recently-appointed sporting managing director of Formula 1 Ross Brawn says that the solutions to many of the series’ key issues will take time to come to fruition.

Ex-Benetton and Ferrari technical chief Brawn was announced as F1’s new sporting managing director following Liberty Media’s takeover of the sport last month, marking his return to motorsport three years after leaving Mercedes.

Brawn has been tasked with improving F1’s on-track product, but has stressed that the fixes will not be instant and will take some time to instigate.

“There are some straightforward issues, but the solutions are going to take some time,” Brawn told BBC 5 Live.

“We want to focus on making the show as good as it can be and the entertainment as good as it can be.

“Every decision that will be made in the future – technical decisions, sporting decisions, economic decisions – will have to tick some boxes. Does it make the sport better? Does it make it more entertaining? Does it make it more economic?

“Gradually we’ll steer the sport into a better direction, into a better place. You can’t change a sport as complex as Formula 1 overnight.

“But the message is that we are fighting to make the sport as entertaining and as viable as we can. I hope with the continued pressure we can apply, we can steer the sport into a better place.”

Brawn will work alongside new F1 CEO Chase Carey and commercial chief Sean Bratches under Liberty’s ownership, forming a new triumvirate to manage the sport.

Brawn wrote widely about his thoughts on the current issues surrounding F1 in his recently-released book, Total Competition, where his philosophy of basing of decisions on economic, technical and sporting grounds was explored widely.

Due to the existing contracts that are in place, many of the planned political and economic changes for F1 may not be workable until 2020 at the earliest, but sporting moves could be invoked sooner should Brawn see fit to do so.

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.