Jolyon Palmer expecting more one-stop F1 races in 2017

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Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer is expecting more one-stop races in the 2017 season after sampling Pirelli’s more conservative and consistent tires in Barcelona earlier this week.

Pirelli has overhauled its F1 range for 2017 following a number of changes to the technical regulations that required the tires to increase in size by 25 per cent.

Pirelli has also worked to make its compounds more durable and predictable, with drivers complaining in recent years that they were forced to think too much about tire management from the start of the race.

Speaking to reporters in Barcelona earlier this week, Palmer said he found he was able to push his tires more and still have low levels of degradation, leading him to predict there would be more one-stop races in 2017.

“In terms of how the races are going to unfold, I’d say that’s a massive difference because there is much less deg,” Palmer said.

“The warm-up is pretty different as well, so I think qualifying in some places will be quite tricky, but the deg is none.

“For us it’s quite nice. You can really lean on the tires. In a race condition, I think there are going to be lots of one-stop races at the moment.

“But also I’ve not been able to run on the soft and the medium, but maybe the ultra-soft is going to be another step. We don’t know really. Could be.

“Some unknowns yet, but for now, no deg. Barely any.”

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.