D’Ambrosio takes maiden Formula E pole in Punta del Este

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Jerome d’Ambrosio will start the third round of the 2015-2016 FIA Formula E season in Punta del Este from pole position on Saturday after setting the pace in the final stage of qualifying.

D’Ambrosio recorded a fastest lap of 1:15.498 to head up an all-Dragon Racing front row in Uruguay after teammate Loic Duval finished second in the Superpole session.

The advantage heading into the final shootout for pole appeared to lie with Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi and ABT’s Lucas di Grassi after they finished first and second in the initial qualifying heats.

D’Ambrosio laid down a marker for both to follow, but mistakes from di Grassi at turn four and Buemi at turn nine cost them both a chance to take pole.

As a result, d’Ambrosio was able to revel in his first Formula E pole position ahead of the race in Punta del Este later on Saturday.

Sam Bird led DS Virgin Racing’s charge en route to third place ahead of di Grassi and Buemi, while Nicolas Prost narrowly missed out on a place in the shootout for pole by finishing sixth.

Daniel Abt ended qualifying in seventh place for his family-run team, while Antonio Felix da Costa was the leading driver using season one technology by finishing eighth ahead of Bruno Senna and Oliver Turvey.

Robin Frijns struggled to P11 after a battery change forced him to switch car ahead of qualifying, but he still managed to outqualify season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr. in P12. Stephane Sarrazin also had a session to forget, ending up 13th ahead of Nathanael Berthon.

Simona de Silvestro was caught out by a yellow flag during her heat caused by Jacques Villeneuve, limiting her to P15 ahead of debutant Oliver Rowland and Jean-Eric Vergne, who also hit trouble in the session. Villeneuve propped up the order in P18 after failing to set a time.

The Punta del Este ePrix takes place at 2pm ET on Saturday.

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.