Supercross’ E race debut highlights NBCSN’s virtual racing Saturday

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NBCSN will present a tripleheader of virtual racing Saturday afternoon, highlighted by Monster Energy Supercross’ first official E SX event.

The race at 4:30 p.m. ET will feature 14 riders competing at virtual Angel Stadium (on the layout from 2019 season opener) in the 450SX and 250SX classes in the “Monster Energy Supercross – Official Video Game 3.”

Points leader Eli Tomac and second-ranked Ken Roczen will provide commentary during the event, which will feature riders Adam Cianciarulo and Marvin Musquin, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, in 450 and Justin Cooper and RJ Hampshire in 250.

Veteran play-by-play commentator Leigh Diffey, five-time Supercross champion and seven-time Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael and host and former racer Daniel Blair will call the action for the 90-minute event.

Also on tap Saturday for NBCSN:

–The 2:30 p.m. ET debut of the Drone Racing League’s eight-race FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup with 12 pilots flying on drone racing simulators.

–At 3:30 p.m., there’ll be a replay of MotoGP’s Virtual Grand Prix of Spain. The virtual grand prix will be contested for the first time using the offiical MotoGP ’20 video game.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,