Carlin set to withdraw from GP2 Series for 2017 season

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Carlin is poised to end its program in the GP2 Series ahead of the 2017 season in order to focus on other racing commitments.

Carlin has raced in GP2 since 2011 as part of its extensive junior racing interests that also sees it field teams in FIA Formula 3 and Indy Lights, with a future move up to IndyCar also being mooted.

Team boss Trevor Carlin has helped to further the career of many young drivers, including IndyCar’s Max Chilton and Mikhail Aleshin, recent F1 racers Rio Haryanto and Felipe Nasr, plus up-and-comers Lando Norris and Devlin DeFrancesco.

However, Carlin’s GP2 operation will no longer continue into the 2017 season, with the team not appearing on the series’ website under the list of entered teams for the new campaign.

Autosport reported earlier this week that a source from within Carlin had said: “We’ve come to a point where we have fulfilled our contract with GP2 Series, a championship in which we have enjoyed great success including numerous podiums, race wins, and been championship contenders.

“The time has now come to move on to focus on other areas of our race programs.”

Carlin has already firmed up one of its seats in Indy Lights for 2017, with Garth Rickards joining the team.

Jo Shimoda joins Seth Hammaker, Austin Forkner on injured list; Musquin remains out

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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.”