Agag delighted to bring Formula E full circle with London finale

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LONDON – When the checkered flag falls at the end of Sunday’s London ePrix in Battersea Park and the first season of FIA Formula E comes to an end, series CEO Alejandro Agag will have succeeded where many expected him to fail.

The prospect of an all-electric series certified by the FIA is one that created more questions than answers when it was conceived back in 2012.

However, it is one that has not only become a reality, but is also flourishing as it prepares for its season finale on Sunday.

“We are extremely happy to be here,” Agag said in a press conference on Friday. “Not only are we happy to be here racing in London, but we’re extremely happy to be here – now we can say that ‘we made it’. We made the first season of Formula E.

“I see our promoter from Long Beach there smiling – he didn’t think we would make it!” he continued, pointing at the back of the room and laughing. “But we did, and we’re very happy to be here.”

When asked by MotorSportsTalk what his outstanding moment of first season was, Agag was torn between two – one that has been and one that is to come.

“I think the best moment of the season for me was the start of the race in Beijing, when the lights went green and the cars went off,” Agag said.

“That was really for me the highest moment of the season, which will be followed by the end of the London race.

“What we wanted to achieve was the really put in motion this championship. Really the big challenge here was to get the ball rolling, to exist, to create Formula E, to do the whole season.

“Because that’s how we demonstrate that this can be done. This is a very good idea, and many companies and partners and people and supporters like the idea, but they wanted to see it there.”

With season one now in the books, Formula E will be looking to kick on and continue to flourish ahead of the start of the next campaign this fall.

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.”