Rosberg under investigation for off-track excursion during Q3

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Nico Rosberg is under investigation after bringing out yellow flags during the final part of qualifying yesterday, inadvertently securing himself pole position by denying his rivals the chance to better his time.

After the first set of runs during Q3, he enjoyed a 0.059 second advantage over his teammate, giving Hamilton one more chance to secure his first pole position at Monaco. However, during his final flying lap, the German made a mistake at Mirabeau, and was forced to take evasive action down a slip road to avoid hitting the wall.

Although this did end Rosberg’s qualifying early, it also brought out yellow flags that meant none of the other drivers could post a lap time that was better than his, thus securing himself pole position.

In the post-qualifying press conference, Rosberg apologized to Hamilton for accidentally denying him the chance to go for pole. However, Hamilton just mumbled: “I was a couple of tenths up…” and said little more.

Then, speaking to the media after the race, Hamilton was asked whether he thought the move was deliberate.

“Who knows?” he said. When pressed further, he said: “I’m not saying anything.”

Rosberg is now under investigation by the stewards for going off during the final part of qualifying. The stewards are also looking at incidents of blocking involving Sergio Perez, Esteban Gutierrez, Pastor Maldonado and Daniil Kvyat.

The incident is reminiscent of Michael Schumacher’s act of cheating in 2006, when he deliberately stopped his car at La Rascasse to secure pole position for Ferrari. Here, he clearly had no intention of making the corner, and was duly excluded from qualifying by the stewards.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.