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Supercross: Justin Hill injury update

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Justin Hill missed Round 5 of the Supercross season as he was evaluated for a possible injury at San Diego. His return date is uncertain.

Hill went down hard when his front wheel dug into a hole that was obscured by puddling water in the whoops. His chest hit the handlebars and the rider needed to be evaluated for a rib injury in an area that indicated he might also have a spleen injury, according to RacerX.com. That kept him from riding in the heats or feature at San Diego.

San Diego was the first race he missed, but in four previous starts his best result was an 11th at Anaheim II in the Triple Crown event.

Doctors determined he did not have any injury to his spleen, but cartilage damage in his rib cage might keep him from riding this weekend in Minneapolis.

The team has not yet determined if he will return at Minneapolis or a later date.

Round 5 from Minneapolis can be seen live on NBCSN or NBC Sports, Gold at 8 p.m. ET. Qualification can be seen at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Gold.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.