GP2: Pierre Gasly sweeps three days of testing in Abu Dhabi

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Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up Pierre Gasly has finished off a superb weekend of GP2 testing in Abu Dhabi that saw him lead all three days of the session.

Gasly topped out at 1 minute, 48.231 seconds to lead the way on Saturday for DAMS, which recently won the GP2 title with driver Jolyon Palmer.

Gasly competed in the final three events of the 2014 GP2 season for the Status team (formerly Caterham), and his excellent showing in the desert this weekend could help him in attaining a full-time GP2 ride. He had been one of those considered for the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 seat that ultimately went to FR3.5 champ Carlos Sainz Jr.

This morning, Jordan King was second behind Gasly, while Esteban Ocon in a second DAMS car went P2 in the afternoon run.

Overall, Arthur Pic (brother of F1 reserve Charles) was third-fastest with a 1 minute, 49.091 second lap for Campos in the afternoon. King followed in fourth with his afternoon lap (1 minute, 49.129 seconds), followed by Sergey Sirotkin in fifth (afternoon; 1 minute, 49.200 seconds).

Raffaele Marciello, who recently tested an F1 machine for Ferrari, went back to Racing Engineering for the final day of testing after working with Status on Friday. The Italian went fifth and ninth in the morning and afternoon, respectively.

GP3 champ Alex Lynn also was one of multiple drivers that swapped teams after getting his first taste of GP2 with Carlin on Friday. Today, Lynn was with ART Grand Prix and went eighth and 10th, although he did cause the final red flag of 2014 after being forced to stop at Turn 19.

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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