Alguersuari to miss upcoming Formula E season amid medical concerns

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Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed that he will take no part in the second FIA Formula E season as he awaits a diagnosis following a faint earlier this year.

Alguersuari pulled out of the final round of the inaugural Formula E season in London on medical grounds after fainting in the aftermath of the Moscow ePrix, resulting in the suspension of his race license.

The ex-F1 driver had competed in every race up to that point with Virgin Racing, recording four points finishes. He would ultimately end the season 13th in the final drivers’ standings.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Alguersuari confirmed that he was still awaiting a final diagnosis for his faint, and as this had not been resolved, he would not be taking any part in the second Formula E season.

“As you well know, last June I suffered a fainting episode after the Moscow ePrix,” Alguersuari said. “As a consequence of this faint, my license to race was temporarily suspended because the FIA commission wanted to delve into medical research.

“During the month of July, I underwent several tests for which there has not been a medical resolution and I am still waiting for the final diagnosis.

“For this reason I need to announce that, unfortunately, I will not be able to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2015/16 season with my team DS Virgin Racing.

“I want to wish good luck to the team in the new championship and thank everyone for their support.

“In September I will announce my future plans. Until then, happy summer to all!”

Alguersuari has become the second driver this week to confirm that he will not be returning to Formula E for season two. Karun Chandhok is turning his attention to sportscars after a difficult first season in the electric-powered series.

Virgin replaced Alguersuari with 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer in London, and the Swiss driver may be a possible option for the start of season two in Beijing this October.

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.”