Fourth and fifth frustrating, but still successful, for Williams in Austin

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AUSTIN – Like in Austria, Williams had a day in Austin where it didn’t necessarily maximize its potential results, but still managed to have a net positive overall.

The Austrian race saw Williams’ Felipe Massa start on pole and Valtteri Bottas end third, with Massa fourth.

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Today a second row lockout could have produced the team’s first podium in the United States in 24 years, but alas, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo beat Massa and Bottas to third place at race’s end.

“We were not aggressive enough,” Bottas told NBCSN’s Will Buxton post-race, ending fifth after starting third. “I think Red Bull did a better job today on the strategy.”

Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley added, “We are slightly disappointed to have lost places to where we started, but at the end of the day Ricciardo was quicker than us and drove a very good race. We need to analyse our strategy as our pitstop choice allowed Red Bull to jump us for the podium, so we will go away and assess what we could have done differently and rectify that for next time.”

Ricciardo felt a bit lucky to hold off Massa for the final podium position.

“Felipe was coming on strong at the end,” Ricciardo said in the post-race press conference. “At the beginning of the stint I pulled him, but he came back stronger than expected. I held on pretty comfortably at the end, but he kept me honest til the end.”

Williams was, however, able to consolidate its grip on third place in the Constructor’s Championship. Massa and Bottas ending fourth and fifth netted them 22 points total, while Fernando Alonso got only eight points for sixth. Williams now has 42 points on Ferrari for the position (238-196) with just two races remaining.

“We can definitely still take a positive from today,” Bottas said. “We managed to extend the lead to them. We’re pretty well established with two more races to go.”

The 22-point haul for the day represents Williams’ second-best this year, after bagging 27 at both Austria and Italy (third and fourth place results there).

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.”

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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.