F1’s double points rule to be axed for 2015?

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Formula 1’s controversial double points rule could be axed for the 2015 season according to the sport’s supremo, Bernie Ecclestone.

In one of the most controversial rulings in the history of the sport, the FIA confirmed last December that the final round of the season would be worth double the points of the other rounds.

The thinking behind the plan was that this would keep TV figures and interest up towards the end of the season, as the championship would be kept alive for longer after a global viewership fall of 50m in 2013.

Despite facing a huge backlash from fans, drivers and teams, the FIA has not wavered to the pressure, and the race in Abu Dhabi in November will go ahead for double points as planned. Given the race for the title is likely to go down to the final round, double points may play a part in deciding the destination of the 2014 drivers’ championship.

Speaking in Singapore today, Ecclestone revealed that he does not foresee the double points round being carried over into 2015 due to the pressure from the F1 community, although he will wait until after the race in Abu Dhabi to make a decision.

“Probably not,” he said when asked if we would see it again in 2015. “We can’t see whether it has worked, so it depends.

“It just seemed to me the right way to keep the championship open. Otherwise for the last three or four races, people are running in non-championship races. I wanted it to be for the last three races and then people would believe it was still possible for somebody else to win.

“But they all say I’m mad, so we won’t do it.”

It remains to be seen just whether the decision to remove double points for 2015 will be ratified by the FIA and World Motor Sport Council when it meets in December to finalize the regulations for next season, but Ecclestone’s comments are certainly encouraging.

If there was even a shred of support for double points in the first place, the fact that the 2014 championship battle has been a very close and well-fought one has gone a long way to proving that, to quote John Surtees, this “gimmick” is needless.

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.