Abiteboul: No need for Renault and Red Bull to split

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Renault Sport managing director Cyril Abiteboul does not think that there is any reason for the “marriage” between the French manufacturer and Red Bull to end despite suffering a difficult start to the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Renault’s power units have proven to be particularly unreliable in the first five races of the year, causing five retirements and a number of other issues for Red Bull and its sister team, Toro Rosso.

The difficulties faced by the teams have prompted Red Bull to issue multiple quit threats as speculation about a possible link-up with Audi continues to grow.

Speaking to the official Formula 1 website, Abiteboul explained how there is a lack of correlation between the off-track simulations and the on-track experience.

“On the dyno the engines are reliable, but when we come on track they are not,” the Frenchman explained.

“Obviously there is something wrong in our validation process, from dyno to track. There is something we need to investigate.

“It’s just like aerodynamics, when the wind tunnel is not telling the truth. It’s exactly the same in the engine world.

“Maybe we flattered ourselves on the back of very good results with Red Bull for years, to think that we are controlling everything, but maybe there was some form of beast in the shadows, hiding. And we need to hide that beast now.”

However, Abiteboul sees no reason for Renault and Red Bull to part company over the current difficulties, believing that it is simply a case of riding out the storm.

“We are living through a tough moment,” Abiteboul said. “This marriage has all the reason in the world to last. So we have to do a better job on-track, but we also have to a better job off-track.”

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.