Kvyat chasing quick turnaround in fortunes at Malaysian GP

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Daniil Kvyat has set his sights on a trouble-free weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix after failing to start last Sunday’s F1 season-opener in Australia due to a gearbox problem.

The race in Melbourne was meant to mark Kvyat’s debut for Red Bull, having joined the team for his sophomore season as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

However, the Russian ground to a halt on his installation lap, forcing him to miss the race completely and record the first DNS of his F1 career.

“I think the first weekend was challenging, but we learnt many things,” Kvyat said. “Also for me adapting to a new team was crucial.

“Of course, the race wasn’t as I would’ve liked but it happened this way and now I’m just looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Kvyat is pleased that the Malaysian Grand Prix has come around so quickly, taking place next Sunday at the Sepang International Circuit.

“It’s good Malaysia is so soon,” Kvyat said. “After Australia, I wanted to leave the weekend behind me as soon as possible and start focusing on Malaysia. We have good potential which we will be looking to use and hope to extract.”

Red Bull’s Paul Monaghan has also confirmed the cause of Kvyat’s stoppage in Melbourne, and has pledged to work to ensure that there is no repeat of the problem.

“After investigating post-race, we found that the reason Daniil’s gearbox overheated and was unable to select a gear on the way to the grid was due to a lack of oil pressure,” Monaghan said.

“As a factory we have been working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Last year the progress we made from the third test to the first race was significant and one of our strengths is our development rate.

“We have the best team in place to repeat our success and we are working as hard as we can to improve as much as possible ahead of Malaysia.”

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.