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Formula E: Jean-Eric Vergne wins home race in native Paris

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Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne dominated the Paris ePrix, a home race for the Frenchman, to take his third victory of the 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E season and extend his points lead.

Vergne had captured the pole for Saturday’s ePrix, and controlled the race throughout after taking the lead off the initial start.

Behind Vergne, chaos reigned on the final lap between teammate Andre Lotterer, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi, and DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird.

The three had battled throughout the race for second, with Lotterer taking the spot from Bird, and di Grassi following suit in the second half of the race, relegating Bird back to fourth.

However, all of that changed on the final lap when Lotterer’s Spark-Renault ran out of energy. Di Grassi was able to cleanly get by for second, but Lotterer subsequently tried to block Bird from getting by as they approached the final corner. Bird tried to avoid him, but the two made heavy contact, which saw Lotterer lose the rear wing of his car while Bird had his right-front wheel ripped off.

Remarkably, Bird was still able to cross the line in third place to round out the podium behind Vergne and di Grassi. Lotterer was relegated to sixth behind Venturi Formula E Team’s Maro Engel and Renault E.Dams’ Sebastien Buemi.

Full race results can be found here. The win sees Vergne extend his championship lead over Bird to 31 points – 147 to 116. Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished eighth in Paris, sits third on 86 points.

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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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