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Vergne gives thumbs up to Pirelli’s 2017 tire developments

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BERLIN, Germany – Jean-Eric Vergne was impressed by Pirelli’s tire developments for the 2017 Formula 1 season after completing a test at Fiorano with Ferrari earlier this month.

Pirelli has been given new guidelines to meet with its compounds for next season, and received the green light to complete 25 days of testing to ensure that the demands are satisfied.

Vergne completed a test with a 2014-spec Ferrari car at Fiorano at the beginning of the month, but said that the pictures circulating on social media of him testing that showed the tires to be far wider than those currently used were fake.

“It was only the compound so the images you see were photoshopped,” Vergne confirmed to NBC Sports in Berlin, before sharing his thoughts on the first run with the prototype tires.

“We’re going to have more tests going on with Pirelli and Ferrari,” Vergne said.

“Definitely some good things. Pirelli are working well to give good tires.

“I’m confident things will be great for next season tire-wise.”

Vergne moved into the role of reserve driver at Ferrari for 2016 after Esteban Gutierrez’s move to Haas, and also races in Formula E with DS Virgin Racing.

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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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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