Rosberg, Ricciardo bid to end champions’ dominance in Singapore

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Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo both enter Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix (live on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET) bidding to end the dominance of champions at Marina Bay.

Since joining the Formula 1 calendar as a world championship event in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has only been won by three men: Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

And all three only won in Singapore once they had already had at least one F1 drivers’ title to their name.

Alonso, champion in 2005 and 2006, won the first edition of the race in controversial fashion after teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed out deliberately in an incident that would later be known as ‘Crashgate’.

Lewis Hamilton won the 2009 race, one year after his maiden F1 title, before Alonso was victorious again in 2010 after edging out Vettel.

With a world title under his belt from 2010, Vettel won three straight editions of the Singapore Grand Prix from 2011 through 2013. Hamilton won in 2014, with Vettel taking his fourth victory last year.

So statistics dictate that to win in Singapore, you must be a world champion: something that neither pole-sitter Rosberg nor Ricciardo in P2 is heading into Sunday’s grand prix.

“It may be time to change that then. I’ll give it everything tomorrow,” Rosberg said when informed of that record.

“But I was surprised to hear that, actually, that only three people have ever won the Singapore Grand Prix in all these years.

“But anyways, I’m feeling good for tomorrow and, of course, I have a good chance.”

Ricciardo added: “Hopefully for our sake it’s a new winner. Obviously Seb had his problems today, so I think he was potentially a contender but I think he’s going to be out of the picture.

“So out of the front guys it’s probably Lewis that will be the closest world champion to threaten. Otherwise we’ll hopefully try to get it done.

“Well not ‘we’. ‘I’. We can’t both win. Sorry…”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.