Romain Grosjean praises halo and thanks fans in video message from hospital bed

Romain Grosjean injury update
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A smiling Romain Grosjean, maintaining his sense of humor despite heavily bandaged hands, sent an update from his hospital bed Sunday after escaping serious injury in a horrifying wreck.

The Haas F1 team said in a statement that Grosjean would be held overnight at the Bahrain Defence Force Hospital to be treated for burns on both hands after he was engulfed in flames for nearly 20 seconds after crashing on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

After initial concern about a broken rib, the team said all of Grosjean’s X-rays were clear of fractures.

Grosjean didn’t address his injuries in detail during an upbeat video post on Insagram, but he did praise the halo safety device that was credited by many drivers and Formula One officials with saving his life.

“Hello everyone, just wanted to say I’m OK,” Grosjean said in an Instagram video (see below), wriggling his hands. “But sort of OK. Thank you very much for all the messages.

“I wasn’t for the halo some years ago, but I think it’s the greatest thing that we’ve brought it to Formula One. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to speak to you today. Hopefully, I can write you quite soon some messages and tell you how it’s going.”

The race was restarted after a delay of more than an hour to repair an ARMCO barrier that Grosjean’s car completely penetrated during the fiery crash. There was another unsettling crash in which Lance Stroll’s car got upside down, but the Racing Point driver was uninjured.

Lewis Hamilton won from the pole position, but his thoughts remained on the Grosjean crash after his 11th victory of the season.

“What a crazy day,” said Hamilton, who also posted his thoughts during the red flag. “I’m so glad that both Romain and Lance were able to walk away from their accidents today.”

In a nice gesture from fans, F1 also announced that Grosjean was voted as the Driver of the Day for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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.