Organizers of the FIA Formula E series finale in London have confirmed that city mayor Boris Johnson will try his hand at one of the cars in a show run at Battersea Park.
The inaugural season of the electric-powered championship will come to a close with a double-header round in London next weekend after a solid first season of activity.
As part of the action, Johnson, who has been Mayor of London since 2008 and was recently elected to UK parliament, will get behind the wheel of the Formula E show car.
“Keen cyclist Johnson will drive the 270bhp Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the purpose-built Battersea Park track ahead of the double-header season finale,” a statement from Formula E read.
“The Mayor has been an enthusiastic supporter of getting the all-electric racing series to race in London, the first major single-seater event in the British capital since 1972.”
Johnson won’t be the first politician to get behind the wheel of a single-seater, though. Russian president Vladimir Putin tried out a Renault F1 car five years ago in a promotional stunt for the grand prix in Sochi, which was first held in 2014.
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.