Adam Cianciarulo out for remainder of 2021 Motocross season to repair ulnar nerve

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Adam Cianciarulo will miss the remainder of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season to repair damage to his ulnar nerve, the rider announced Thursday on Instagram.

Cianciarulo has suffered through the ulnar nerve issue since 2019. The damage slowed him at the ends of races in 2020, but he attributed it to arm pump. As he has gradually lost ever more strength toward the ends of motos, it became apparent that something else was going on. Cianciarulo hoped to be able to push his surgery until the end of the 2021 MX season.

Cianciarulo finished the 2021 Supercross championship 16th in the standings.

“It continued to get worse this past off-season to the point where I couldn’t do more than a few laps at a time,” Cianciarulo said on Instagram. “After a lot of tests and scans, I had nerve decompression procedure right before SX ‘21. I’ve experienced minor relief from that, but not enough to be myself out there.

“I lose what feels like most of the strength in my right hand gradually as I’m riding. I’ve tried to be smart and do my best—but at this point the only logical decision is to get it fixed. It’s a relatively simple procedure, but it will put me out for the rest of this season. This has been difficult, mentally and physically. It’s driven me mad a few times if I’m honest. I’ve learned a lot about focusing on the things you can control and not getting lost worrying about the things you can’t.”

Last week Cianciarulo went down early in Moto 1 at Spring Creek. He was remounted, but was unable to complete that race. He did not ride in Moto 2 and as a result earned no points for the round. Cianciarulo dropped from seventh to ninth in the championship standings, 115 points out of the lead.

Cianciarulo earned two overall podiums early in the season at Thunder Valley and High Point Raceway in Rounds 2 and 3 respectively. He earned a moto win at High Point, but has not finished better than fifth in his last five motos.


NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.