WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2a ET

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Following Sebastian Vettel’s shock victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are hoping to strike back in China this weekend and resume normal service.

The Silver Arrows went a long way to doing that in FP1 on Friday morning at the Shanghai International Circuit by finishing first and second, 1.1 seconds clear of Vettel in third place, and will be hoping to continue this form in the second practice session later today.

You can watch FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton’s memories of racing in China are bittersweet. Although he has won in Shanghai on three occasions, it was also the site of a retirement in 2007 that eventually cost him the world championship in his rookie year. However, he will be hoping to secure a fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday and extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

His biggest challenge is likely to come from within Mercedes in the shape of teammate Nico Rosberg. The German driver has won just once since the German Grand Prix last July, and appears to have little answer to Hamilton’s pace at the moment. A third defeat in the opening three races of 2015 would put yet another dent in Rosberg’s hopes of a championship.

The Chinese Grand Prix promises to be another entertaining and enthralling event, so be sure to join us for all of our live coverage across the course of the weekend.

You can watch FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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.”