WSR and DTM paddocks send their support to Jules Bianchi

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As the European racing season came to a close this weekend, two of the biggest paddocks took a moment to send their support to Jules Bianchi as the Frenchman continues to fight for his life in hospital in Japan.

Bianchi was left with severe head injuries following an accident towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago, and the motorsport world has since sent all of its thoughts and support to the Frenchman and his family.

As per the most recent update, Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition, with his Marussia team recently calling out false reports about the accident.

Earlier this week, the drivers racing in the World Series by Renault programme – Formula Renault 3.5, Eurocup 2.0 and Eurocup Clio – united for a picture with a giant poster reading “Forza Jules”. Bianchi finished second in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2012, narrowly losing out to eventual champion Robin Frijns. He would go on to graduate to F1 just a few months later.

Following the example set in the F1 paddock at last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, the drivers in the German touring car championship (DTM) formed a circle on the starting grid ahead of the final race of the season at Hockenheim today.

As the motorsport world continues to wait for good news from Japan, we can only continue to send our love and support to Bianchi and his family at this difficult time.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.