Bird completes New York Formula E sweep with second win

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RED HOOK, NY – Sam Bird completed a victory sweep of the New York Formula E race weekend by taking his second win in the space of 24 hours for DS Virgin Racing on Sunday afternoon.

Bird took his first victory of the season on Saturday, and followed this up by charging to pole position for Sunday’s race ahead of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist made a strong start from P2 on the grid to dive into the lead ahead of Bird at the first corner, but could not shake the British racer off at the front.

Bird was able to slide past and reclaim the lead at the same spot he had lost it on Lap 11, and was soon able to move clear and create a gap to Rosenqvist behind.

Mahindra pitted Rosenqvist and teammate Nick Heidfeld, running third, under a full course yellow just before half-distance, yet Bird stayed out, hoping it would be a lengthy caution period for teammate Alex Lynn’s stricken car.

Bird was able to pit and emerge still leading, with the race going back to green just seconds later, ensuring his advantage at the front remained intact.

Victory was Bird’s for the taking from that point on as he used his lap of extra energy to pull clear of Rosenqvist and Heidfeld, eventually crossing the line 11 seconds clear.

Rosenqvist moved up into second late on ahead of Heidfeld after two swaps of position, the Swede standing a slim chance of still winning the title at the season finale in Montreal.

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Pierre Gasly finished fourth ahead of title contender Lucas di Grassi, who will go to Montreal trailing New York absentee Sebastien Buemi by 10 points.

Nicolas Prost took sixth for Renault ahead of Tom Dillmann and Jean-Eric Vergne, while Robin Frijns and Jerome d’Ambrosio completed the points-paying positions.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.