Rosberg fastest in opening day of Barcelona in-season test

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After dominating the weekend in Barcelona, Nico Rosberg carried over that momentum – and pace – to lead the first day of Formula 1’s first in-season test.

Rosberg banked 146 laps on the first day at the Circuit de Catalunya, with his morning time of 1:24.374 fastest on a new, unmarked compound of Pirelli rubber in the Mercedes W06.

Marcus Ericsson was second, albeit a full two seconds back in his Sauber Ferrari.

A number of young drivers made appearances on the opening day of the test.

Raffaele Marciello returned to Ferrari for his first on-track running since an FP1 appearance for Sauber in Malaysia.

Nick Yelloly made his debut for Force India, deputizing for an unwell Pascal Wehrlein, while Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Oliver Turvey (McLaren) also were out. Each of these three made their first F1 on-track appearances this season.

Manor is sitting out this week’s test.

Tuesday times are below:

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.374, 146
2. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.624, 98
3. Raffaele Marciello Ferrari 1:26.648, 125
4. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:26.904, 101
5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:27.338, 60
6. Nick Yelloly Force India 1:27.396, 109
7. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:27.639, 131
8. Felipe Massa Williams 1:27.911, 54
9. Oliver Turvey McLaren 1:28.542, 68

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.