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.

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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