Hamilton preps for Suzuka in unique way: Golfing with Stephen Curry

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Lewis Hamilton’s life outside of racing is fascinating and often a topic of conversation, and it’s interesting to see what things he comes up with when he’s not wheeling his latest Mercedes chassis.

A case in point is what Hamilton’s done today, a handful of days before the Japanese Grand Prix: go golfing.

Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be news. And even today, this barely is news.

Except for the fact Hamilton posted on his Instagram story that this was his first round of golf in three years, and he had an interesting player alongside with him: Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

Before arriving in Suzuka, Hamilton took a detour to the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, where Curry and the Warriors are set to play two exhibition games Thursday and Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

Curry, donning Hamilton’s helmet, saddled up to a tee for a shot… but didn’t exactly nail the follow-through.

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And here’s NBCSN’s tweet on it.

Kevin Costner as Roy McAvoy’s line from Tin Cup noting that golf is one of the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at it may apply here.

Hamilton and Curry, each who can lay claim to being the best at their actual disciplines, resume in competition this weekend – Hamilton in Suzuka and Curry in Shenzhen.

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.