Vergne hoping to break winless streak in London

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LONDON – Jean-Eric Vergne hopes to break his winless duck and claim his first victory of the FIA Formula E season at this weekend’s double-header round in London.

Vergne joined the Andretti Formula E Team in Punta del Este towards the end of 2014 after being released by Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula 1.

Since then, he has scored more pole positions than any other driver in Formula E, starting from the front of the grid for races in Punta del Este, Miami and Moscow.

However, Vergne has failed to convert any of the poles into a race win, scoring just one podium finish in the past seven races.

The Frenchman is now hoping to finally break his winless duck at Battersea Park this weekend, with the double-header race offering two opportunities for him to do so.

“Obviously it was a shame not to win,” Vergne told MotorSportsTalk. “I had many poles, all those great performances, but I always got some issues in the race that wouldn’t allow me to win the race.

“So it’s a bit of a shame but here there are two races so hopefully it will work out.”

Vergne is yet to confirm his plans for the second season of Formula E, which is set to start this fall, and remains open to any opportunities that may present themselves.

“I don’t know, we’ll see,” Vergne said when asked about a second season in Formula E. “We’ll consider the options that are out and then make the best choice and the best decision.”

Vergne has also been working with Ferrari as a simulator driver, and reported that it was going “very well, very well. I’m really happy there.”

Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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