Nurburgring confirms it won’t be hosting German GP


The Nurburgring circuit has confirmed that it cannot host this year’s German Grand Prix, making it likely that the race will not be held at all in 2015.

The race was thrown into uncertainty when F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that it would be remaining at Hockenheim in 2015, ending its alternation as host with the Nurburgring.

Both circuits had agreed to host the race every other season back in 2007 to avoid making a loss in consecutive years, such are the costs involved with hosting a grand prix.

Hockenheim has maintained for some time that it cannot host the race, and made a final statement earlier this week confirming that it was out of the running.

A spokesman from the Nurburgring explained to MotorSportsTalk that it too would not be able to host the race, and is now seeking another racing event to take place over the July 17-19 weekend.

“We submitted an offer to Mr. Ecclestone but have so far not been able to come to an agreement,” circuit spokesman Pietro Nuvoloni said. “Seeing as no decision has been taken in the past weeks and months, we have come to the conclusion that for reasons of time, organization and economy, it does not make sense to wait any longer.

“The time slot during which it would have been economically viable to host a Formula 1 race at the Nürburgring is now closed. We deeply regret this. We would have liked to welcome the pinnacle of motorsport at the Nürburgring.

“In the interest of planning certainty for all parties involved, however, we have decided to make the July date reserved for Formula 1 available to another organizer.”

The absence of the German Grand Prix is a mystery to some given the recent success of German drivers such as Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, and the domination of German marque Mercedes in 2014.

However, with attendance figures dwindling in recent years, few can have expected either Hockenheim or the Nurburgring to continue hosting the race if they were guaranteed to make a loss.

Ecclestone has already confirmed that if the race does not go ahead, a replacement will not be sought, meaning that the 2015 calendar is likely to fall back down to 19 races.

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.”