Abt loses win chance, but hangs on for first Formula E podium in Miami

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MIAMI – Daniel Abt’s day at the office in Miami was pretty close to perfect, except for the final two laps.

The driver of the No. 66 Audi Sport ABT entry was well positioned to win his first FIA Formula E Championship race, but the German was forced to back off and conserve enough energy for the finish despite leading Laps 23 to 37 in the 39-lap Miami ePrix.

If today was a case of losing the race but gaining the podium with third place, it was certainly a day where Abt capitalized on his yearlong pace and actually got the result to go with it.

“I’m extremely happy to be on the podium,” Abt said in the post-race press conference. “The first race I thought I had it and then it was pulled away. We’ve had many chances to get close to podium and never made it. Finally we put everything together.”

Abt started third in each of the first two races this year, but ended 10th in both.

The German sprung into the lead courtesy of a split strategy between he and teammate Lucas di Grassi during the race. Abt became net leader on the pit sequence halfway through the race, and took over the outright lead by Lap 23, after Nick Heidfeld pitted.

Abt had the lead but did not have enough energy life left to last the duration, and he also had a pack of challengers behind him threatening to pass. Eventual winner Nicolas Prost finally did on the second-to-last lap, with Scott Speed following shortly thereafter for second.

“It feels really bad, especially when you’re leading,” Abt admitted. “It was my first time leading and you know it’s going to get tougher, tougher. Every lap you see you’re not really on target, they had one lap less so they could go really fast.

“I tried to push and stay ahead, but I knew there was no way I’m gonna make it. Then it’s better to let them go ahead and make it safe instead of doing something crazy and that’s what I decided to do.”

The result could be a breakthrough run for the GP2 veteran, who also tested an IndyCar this offseason for Andretti Autosport. Abt will look to build on the result in Long Beach in three weeks time.

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.