Prost revels in overdue, popular, hard-fought Miami ePrix victory

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MIAMI – Considering both his own expertise and the capability level of his e.dams Renault team, it wasn’t so much a question of if Nicolas Prost would win in FIA Formula E, but when.

Five races in, at the Miami ePrix, is the later than expected answer.

Still, it was an overdue and popular win for the Frenchman, even as it occurred ahead of the lone American driver in the field in Scott Speed.

Prost started third and trailed the erstwhile dominant pairing of Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird in the first stint.

But after the pit stop, Prost was able to hound new leader Daniel Abt, ultimately getting by the German on the penultimate lap.

He held off Speed’s advances from there to secure the victory, one he’d been chasing since his controversial contact with Nick Heidfeld in the series opener in China.

“(I didn’t know until) when I got back into the pits, because they forgot to give me the checkered flag,” Prost said in the post-race press conference. “I was like, ‘Is it finished or not?’ I was pushing like crazy!”

In the first half of the race, Prost maintained his position in the first car before emerging in the lead battle in the second half in the second car.

Prost had to perform the tricky balance in the final stint of pushing Abt, while not pushing too much to drain his available battery, while also pushing hard enough to hold off the closing Speed, who conserved more energy and had a bit more available.

“We tried a different strategy at the beginning as I saw I was quite fast but could not overtake, so I thought I’d go a bit longer with the strategy,” said Prost, who like Speed, pitted on Lap 20 – a lap after the prior leaders had.

“It turned out to be quite difficult, as I was on the edge with energy. Daniel and I got out side by side. I knew he had to do one more lap. I had to save energy and by that point I knew I had a shot.”

Speed caught Prost by surprise.

“Everything looked really under control, but I was only focusing on him (Abt),” Prost said. “And suddenly I saw Scott coming back and I was like ‘Woah who’s that guy? He’s coming back really fast!’ Then Daniel was running out of energy, so I could overtake him. In the end it was OK.”

The son of the four-time Formula 1 World Champion adds this Miami ePrix win to a pair of back-to-back overall wins at Petit Le Mans with Rebellion Racing, in 2012 and 2013.

This gives him an overall, solo, victory as opposed to ones shared with Heidfeld, Neel Jani and Andrea Belicchi at Road Atlanta.

“It’s always nice to share it. But when you win it for you alone, it’s not bad either,” said Prost.

He unofficially moves into the points lead, by seven over Lucas di Grassi, who finished ninth.

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.