GP2: Gustav Malja’s in, Felix Rosenqvist won’t be in for 2016

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One Swede has firmed up his GP2 Series plans for 2016, while another Swede has confirmed he won’t be in the championship.

Gustav Malja was announced as Rapax’s second driver on Tuesday, alongside Arthur Pic. The 20-year-old ran a partial GP2 campaign with Trident and Rapax last year, with one point achieved in five starts. He also finished ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

“This is an incredible opportunity, and I’m just thrilled that my preferred option for 2016 has now become a reality. Racing in GP2 this season will be a massive challenge, but also a real pleasure and something I can’t wait to do,” Malja said.

Meanwhile Felix Rosenqvist, whose future for 2016 is a hot topic having tested in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and raced the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Starworks Motorsport, has ruled out GP2 for this season.

Rosenqvist said Wednesday while he won’t be in GP2, he should be announcing his plans soon.

He’s tested for the Belardi Auto Racing and Team Pelfrey teams this offseason.

The GP2 grid, meanwhile, has eight seats remaining: two apiece at Status Grand Prix, Carlin, Arden International and the 13th-placed TBA team.

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.