Gastaldi expects German GP to return in 2016

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has expressed his dismay following the scrapping of the 2015 German Grand Prix, but feels confident that the race will return next season.

Due to financial issues being faced by both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, neither circuit was able to host the race in July, leading to its cancellation on Friday by the FIA.

Gastaldi feels disappointed that there will be no F1 event in Germany for the first time since 1960, but believes that the teams will still be kept busy with a 19-race schedule in 2015.

“It’s not looking promising for this year, but I’m sure we’ll be back in 2016,” Gastaldi said. “It’s of course a shame for everyone, especially all the German fans who wanted to come see Formula 1, but these things happen sometimes in the commercial world.

“For the team we know we have 19 races. 20 races makes for a long season so we still have a pretty full season even if one race is dropped.”

Lotus endured a tough start to the season in Australia last weekend after both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean retired from the race on the first lap.

Nevertheless, Gastaldi remains confident that his team can fight back at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix and score its first points of the season.

“Points – that’s what we’re here for,” he said. “We want to see progress from the start we made at Albert Park and it would be fantastic to have both cars greet the checkered flag with a good clutch of points stashed away.

“Of course, this is what every team is trying to do, but we’re battling hard at Enstone to make this happen.”

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.”