Stevens unsurprised by Manor’s strong start to life in WEC

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SPA – Will Stevens says that he is not surprised by Manor’s strong start to life in the FIA World Endurance Championship after moving with former Formula 1 team bosses Graeme Lowdon and John Booth for its debut in the series this year.

Lowdon and Booth left the Manor Marussia F1 operation at the end of the 2015 season to set up their very own Manor team in the WEC’s LMP2 class.

Stevens joined Manor after losing his F1 seat, and has enjoyed a strong start to life in the championship as the team has immediately found itself on-pace and competitive.

Stevens said that he was not surprised by how quickly Manor has got to grips with life in the WEC, believing its teamwork to be a key strength.

“No, because the team has got a lot of experience,” Stevens told NBC Sports.

“Everything we’ve done previously to this in F1, it’s all about development. With the Oreca it’s a known car and we know the car works well. It’s just about doing a job with the engineers to find a good balance. We know that technically we can work well together, and I think you can always achieve a good car.

“We know that over one lap the car is good, but we just need to make sure that we get everything right for the race – strategy, pit stops, everything come into it to make the race work.

“The overall car is good. I’m happy with it. We just need to make sure we do a good job in every aspect.”

Stevens already appears to be looking towards a long-term future in the WEC, but he does not feel that there is less pressure in the series than in F1.

“Any pinnacle of motorsport, there’s pressure,” Stevens said.

“Personally I think pressure’s not really a word that I’d use for stuff. If it’s any job or any aspect of a working environment, you always need to achieve the most you can.

“Whenever I get in the car, I always do the best job that I possibly can. Here, I want to achieve still to be at the pinnacle of everything. I think from a personal point of view my attitude towards it doesn’t change.

“F1 is F1 and everyone looks at it more. But I think WEC is now getting more and more established. You can see if you get into LMP1 with a manufacturer, a lot of people are pushing to get to that.

“For me I need to do a good job this year and prove I can compete and be here in this environment, and we’ll see where we end up at the end of the year.”

The no. 45 Oreca car scored Manor’s first WEC podium at Spa over the weekend with Roberto Merhi, Matt Rao and Richard Bradley sharing drive duties en route to third place, while the no. 44 finished eighth in class after a brake issue.

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.