Marcus Ericsson makes official Sauber debut in Abu Dhabi test

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Marcus Ericsson had his first day on the job with Sauber today in Abu Dhabi.

Ericsson turned in a solid day of testing in the C33, logging a total of 95 laps and setting a fast lap of 1 minute, 46.253 seconds. That time was good for eighth among the 10 drivers that tested at Yas Marina Circuit.

After running the first 16 races of the 2014 season with Caterham, Ericsson is now preparing for a full-time drive in 2015 with the Hinwil squad – which recently completed its first-ever season without World Championship points.

The Swede was especially pleased to get as much track time as he did. His new team reports some “minor issues” were had today but that Ericsson was able to finish with some short runs.

“It was a great day,” he said. “I did a lot of laps which was the main thing, to get used to the car and get to start to work with the team. I am really happy with that.

“It was a good first day. We focused mainly on aero work for 2015 and also on tire comparisons. I think everyone is satisfied, and I am also happy about my first laps in the C33.”

Said test engineer Paul Russell: “It was a good day, although in the afternoon we had some technical issues, and in general there were many red flags but it did not affect our program massively. It was good to start working with Marcus, and it was important for him to drive the C33, start the process of working together and also to learn the car.

“We got quite a lot of aero work done today, and collected a lot of valuable data. Besides that, we also had a first look into the tires for the 2015 season. Overall, it was quite a mixed program. It was an interesting day.”

Ericsson is one of four drivers that will run both days of the ongoing Abu Dhabi test.

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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