Webber retires from F1 on a high with second place finish

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Mark Webber has retired from Formula One on a high after producing a fine display during today’s Brazilian Grand Prix to finish in second place and set the fastest lap of the race.

Webber had started the race in fourth place, but he made a characteristically-poor start to lose a position off the line. However, he slowly picked off Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso to move back up into second place where he remained for the rest of the race despite the tricky conditions and a mistake in the pits by the team.

“It was a very good finish to my career, a good fight with all the guys I’ve enjoyed fighting with for most of my career,” Webber said on the podium after the race. “Seb, Fernando, Lewis, Nico, all the guys which have been in the window for the last five or six years.”

Webber was quick to thank both his team and his supporters for backing him throughout his eleven year career that has seen him take part in 215 grands prix.

“I want to thank the team, I enjoyed the last few laps, it was a very nice way for me to finish. I want to thank everyone in Australia, I wouldn’t be here where I am without the support I had in the early days, and it’s been a thoroughly enjoyable career.

“A great journey, one which I’m proud of, and there’s been so many people who have played a special role in my career. They know who they all are. Enjoy watching Formula One next year with these guys, but I’m off to Porsche, looking forward to it.”

The Australian driver will move to Porsche’s newly-revived Le Mans programme in 2014, but his final race in Formula One was a memorable one after a fine performance despite the wet conditions. He will be replaced at Red Bull next season by compatriot Daniel Ricciardo.

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

Shimoda injured
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Bad news continues to come out of the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team as they announced Jo Shimoda injured his shoulder in a practice session and will not mount up when the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division opens in Houston, Texas on February 4. A timetable has not been given for Shimoda’s return, but a press release from the team references multiple weeks.

“I’m doing my best to focus forward on my return to racing,” said Shimoda in the release. “Our goal was to compete for the 250 Supercross Eastern Regional Championship and I know we had been doing the right work to make that happen. Unfortunately, this crash will cause me to miss the start of the season, but I still aim to be back on the track racing for wins before the end of Supercross.”

Shimoda is joined on the sidelines by teammates Seth Hammaker and Austin Forkner, who also suffered injuries in recent weeks.

The news of Hammaker’s sidelining came just two days ago. His wrist injury is sufficient to require surgery, so he too will miss multiple weeks. Hammaker was scheduled to compete in the 250 East division alongside Shimoda.

Forkner was involved in a Lap 1 crash in the 250 West season opener at Anaheim. Multiple injuries, including an ACL tear, will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He described the injury and its aftermath on Instagram.

Forkner will be relieved by Carson Mumford, but not before that rider’s wrist has healed sufficiently. He is scheduled to debut with Kawasaki in Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 Supercross race on February 18.

Shimoda finished fourth in the 2022 Supercross 250 West division and was second in 2021 points in 250 East. In 2021, Shimoda won his first Supercross race at Salt Lake City. Last year, he scored one podium and six top-fives in nine starts.

Shimoda finished second in last year’s outdoor Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season, where he added two more SuperMotocross wins including the Unadilla Nationals that kicked off a four-race streak of first- or second-place results.

Kawasaki is not the only team facing injury. Red Bull KTM initially reported Marvin Musquin would be out for the San Diego round with a wrist injury and “maybe more”. This week it was announced he will miss this week’s Triple Crown race in Anaheim and “at least the next several rounds.”