Colt Nichols, Jalek Swoll out of Supercross for immediate future with injury

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Colt Nichols and Jalek Swoll will not race in Monster Energy Supercross Round 2 in Oakland, Calif. as both riders heal from injuries sustained in the season opener.

Nichols and Swoll both crashed in their heat races and were unable to lineup for the Main.

Last year’s 250 East Supercross champion, Nichols sustained injuries to both arms when he crashed in one of two whoops sections.

Swoll was sent off course and landed hard when he made contact with another rider mid-air in a rhythm section. He sustained a concussion.

A timetable has not been given for either rider’s return, but it is unlikely Nichols will be back during the 2022 season.

“It’s been a tough week, but I wanted to share a quick update with everyone,” Nichols wrote on Instagram. “Unfortunately, my season was over before it started with my crash in the heat race last Saturday. I ended up breaking both arms and had surgery as well as a quick little skin graft to help with the burns on my back from when the bike landed on me. I should be heading home any day to begin the recovery process.

“Life doesn’t always make sense, but we must get back up and keep going. Just like my championship post said last May — To Hell And Back — because I’ve overcome far too much to stop now. Appreciate all the messages and support more than you can imagine.”

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Swoll’s incident initially appeared the more severe of the two, due to the amount of time it took to get him onto the medical cart for transport off the track.

Swoll did not suffer any broken bones and as a result, it is more likely that he will be able to return in 2022. He is not expected to ride at Oakland this weekend, however.

In his rookie season of 2020 in the 250 East division, Swoll finished seventh in points. Last year he improved to fifth in the West division and was expecting to keep that upward trajectory.

Carson Brown also suffered a hard crash in Anaheim 1 and was hit in the mouth by his bike’s handlebar. The injury required stitches and he reportedly lost teeth, but he will ride in Oakland.

Brown finished 18th in his heat at Anaheim, but was unable to mount up for the Main.

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

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

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.