Marquez seals pole for MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas at COTA

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Marc Marquez will start Sunday’s MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas from pole position after heading the field in qualifying on Saturday afternoon.

Marquez arrived in Austin on a high after claiming his first win of the season in Argentina last weekend, and looking to extend his perfect record at the Circuit of The Americas.

Since the track joined the MotoGP calendar in 2013, Marquez has started on pole for every race and been victorious, leaving him with a tough act to follow this weekend.

However, Marquez lived up to the hype in qualifying by taking his fourth straight pole position at COTA with a fast lap midway through the session.

Marquez posted a fastest time of 2:03.188 for Honda, with Yamaha rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi unable to match his lap throughout the session.

Marquez began his final lap just before the checkered flag fell, but a sloppy final sector meant he could not improve his time.

Nevertheless, it was enough to give him pole ahead of Lorenzo, who finished 0.069 seconds behind Marquez at the top.

COTA has traditionally been a track where Honda-powered bikes have excelled, making Lorenzo’s charge to second ahead of Yamaha teammate Rossi a significant achievement.

Ducati rider Andrea Iannone made good on his practice pace by qualifying fourth ahead of Maverick Vinales, who slotted into fifth place for Suzuki.

Cal Crutchlow finished sixth on the satellite LCR Honda bike ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the second Ducati, with Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa only finishing eighth.

Alex Espargaro qualified ninth after making it through Q1 as the second fastest rider behind Bradley Smith, who finished 11th in Q2. The duo were split by Scott Redding, while Loris Baz finished 12th.

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.