BUENOS AIRES – Jean-Eric Vergne will now take part in Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix despite coming down with food poisoning overnight.
Vergne had been due to enter his first race of 2016 at the Puerto Madero street circuit on Saturday with DS Virgin Racing, and completed shakedown on Friday as usual.
However, the Frenchman came down with food poisoning overnight, prompting the team to rule him out of racing in the weekend.
DS virgin Racing told MotorSportsTalk that Vergne had not travelled to the track and was on a drip as a result of the food poisoning, but remained keen to race.
Team principal Alex Tai took the decision to stop Vergne from racing, believing that the extreme heat in Buenos Aires would only worsen his condition.
However, after Vergne rested during FP1 and FP2, and was declared fit by the FIA after a medical assessment, Tai was happy for him to race.
“He’s promised me he’ll take it easy,” Tai said. “Whether that’ll happen or not, I don’t know.”
“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.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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