WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Spanish GP on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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MONTMELO – First practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday morning offered very little encouragement to those who were anticipating a seismic change in the pecking order ahead of this weekend’s race.

The 2015 development battle has been kick-started in Spain, with a number of teams bringing sizeable upgrade packages to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in a bid to move up the order and cut the gap to Mercedes at the front of the field.

However, if FP1 is anything to go by, the German marque remains very much on top, having opened up a one second gap to Ferrari in the first session on Friday.

All eyes will be on Nico Rosberg in second practice to see whether he can repeat his fastest time from FP1 and beat Lewis Hamilton once again to top spot in the timesheets.

You can watch FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The first session saw a number of reserve drivers get a chance to impress behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, and it was Sauber’s Raffaele Marciello who came out on top in 12th place. Jolyon Palmer finished 13th for Lotus ahead of Susie Wolff in P14, but all three will be happy with their displays.

For second practice, Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams) will all return to their cars as the teams begin to focus more on their optimum qualifying pace with low-fuel runs.

You can watch FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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.