Verstappen hoping to fight with Williams in qualifying

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MONTMELO – Max Verstappen has set his sights on qualifying in the top six for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday after an impressive display during the first two practice sessions of the weekend.

Verstappen finished sixth in both sessions for Toro Rosso on Friday despite the team not bringing any major updates to the race unlike a number of its rivals.

However, Verstappen believes that the nature of the circuit and the easier engine management has benefitted Toro Rosso so far this weekend.

“We kind of knew this track would suit our car,” Verstappen said. “Some medium-speed and high-speed corners, that’s where our car is performing, and I think this track is not so much engine related, not as much as Bahrain and China. It just helps us.

“You still have to wait and see what the Mercedes engine [teams] do in qualifying, but I think the margin we have so far compared to the other teams is quite good, so I’m quite confident for tomorrow.”

When asked to set a target for qualifying on Saturday, Verstappen said that reaching Q3 would be the main aim, but also said that he thought Toro Rosso could fight with Williams for grid position.

“For sure, Q3,” the Dutchman said. “Of course, normally Mercedes and Ferrari will be in front anyway.

“Williams, I think we can maybe challenge, so I’m looking forward to that. I would be really happy with that.”

Verstappen has reached Q3 just once so far this season, qualifying sixth for the Malaysian Grand Prix before scoring his first points in F1 in the race the following day.

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

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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.