Dakar: Joan Barreda’s bid for victory is apparently over (PHOTOS)

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Despite losing a handlebar in a crash, Joan Barreda was able to maintain his overall lead yesterday in the motorcycle category of the 2015 Dakar Rally.

Today, however, “Bang Bang” has likely seen the end of his hopes to dethrone defending champion Marc Coma.

While he was able to secure a spare handlebar from fellow Honda rider Demian Guiral before the start of today’s Stage 8 for the bikes, an apparent mechanical failure is set to send him tumbling down the standings.

Barreda’s issue was severe enough to require a tow from Jeremias Israel, one of his teammates on Honda’s factory HRC team:

Additionally, poor weather conditions on the run from Uyuni, Bolivia to Iquique, Chile have caused today’s stage to be cut short at 378 kilometers.

Barreda is not the only rider to have suffered today. Multiple competitors including 2014 Dakar runner-up Jordi Viladoms, Yamaha riders Michael Metge and Alessandro Botturi, and Daniel Gouet have all been forced to bow out of the event with assorted problems. All four of them had been situated within the Top 20 of the overall standings.

We’ll have more on what’s turning out to be a big afternoon at the Dakar later today…

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
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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.