Giovinazzi victorious amid safety car confusion in GP2 Monza feature race

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Antonio Giovinazzi claimed a stunning home victory in Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Monza, fighting back from qualifying exclusion to claim his fourth win of the season.

Giovinazzi had qualified second on Friday, only for a technical irregularity to drop him to the back of the field.

Prema Racing teammate Pierre Gasly led the field away from pole, narrowly escaping damage at the first corner after minor contact with Artem Markelov.

Gasly managed to retain his lead before pitting at the end of lap 12, switching from soft tires to mediums that would see him to the end of the race.

The lead cycled around to the drivers running an alternate strategy, with the trio of Raffaele Marciello, Gustav Malja and Giovinazzi going deep into the race before making a stop.

All three became embroiled in the fight for victory when the safety car was deployed following a terrifying crash involving Arthur Pic and Sergio Canamasas, the latter’s car rolling in the air after contact at the second Lesmo. Thankfully, both drivers were able to walk away.

Marciello, Malja and Giovinazzi all dived into the pits to switch to soft tires, with the safety car emerging from the pit lane behind them before incorrectly picking up Gasly at the front of the train.

After a few laps of confusion that had seen the trio essentially gain a lap, Gasly and co. were waved past before the safety car picked up Marciello as the rightful race leader ahead of Malja and Giovinazzi.

The race returned to green with seven laps remaining, with Gasly running fourth. The Frenchman tried to pass Giovinazzi at the first chicane, only for the lapped Sean Gelael to get in the way. The Indonesian driver was black flagged on the last lap.

Giovinazzi found his feet and passed Malja for second place in the closing stages before diving past Marciello on the final lap, completing an epic comeback.

Giovinazzi led Marciello home to head up an Italian one-two at Monza, delighting the fans that had stuck around after Formula 1 qualifying.

Malja clung on to third place ahead of Gasly, who saw his series lead fall to just eight points on Saturday as a result of Giovinazzi’s victory.

Norman Nato was fifth for Racing Engineering ahead of Luca Ghiotto and Jordan King, while Mitch Evans will start from reverse grid pole on Sunday after finishing eighth.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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