Campos confirms GP3 line-up for 2016 season

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Campos Racing has confirmed its line-up for the forthcoming GP3 Series season.

Campos finished seventh in the final team standings in 2015, scoring 51 points all courtesy of Alex Palou.

The Spanish racer will return to Campos for a second season in GP3 in 2016 and hopes to build on a quietly impressive debut campaign.

“I’m happy to be back in the GP3 Series driving a Campos Racing’s car,” Palou said.

“I’m entirely convinced we will be able to build on the experience gained last year to be competitive from the scratch. I’m looking forward to driving the GP3 car again.”

Palou will be joined by Russia’s Konstantin Tereshchenko, who raced for Campos in the final three rounds of the 2015 season, and series newcomer Steijn Schothorst.

“I am very happy to be part of Campos Racing for my third consecutive year,” Tereshchenko said. “This is my first year in the GP3 Series, it’s very exciting to grow with the team. Can’t wait for the season to get started.”

“I’m extremely happy to be able to work together with Campos Racing this season,” added Schothorst. “I’m very motivated to give the best I can and I’m sure together with team we can get very strong results throughout the season!”

The first GP3 pre-season test takes place on March 22 at Estoril in Portugal.

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.”