Eli Tomac wins, extends points lead at Supercross’ return in Salt Lake

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Eli Tomac took the lead from Blake Baggett just past the halfway mark and cruised to victory in the 450 main event Sunday in the return of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.

Tomac won by 3.771 seconds over Cooper Webb in the first of seven consecutive rounds to conclude the postponed 2020 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The races are being held without fans because of restrictions from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“That was huge for us,” Webb told NBC after his sixth victory this season. “It’s so cool to get to go back racing at Salt Lake City and get back to riding and racing and doing what we know. Overall, awesome day there.

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“The track got really slick at the end. Lots of dust flying, lots of hunting for traction. Was a little slow early on. Got to improve on that next time. Especially if these guys up their games. Overall, really good day for points.”

With six races remaining in the season Tomac increased his lead to eight points over Ken Roczen, who held on for third despite nearly wiping out on the tuff blocks entering the final lap. The Honda rider saved it and nursed it home without losing any more points to Tomac.

“I grabbed a good start, got bumped around and lost some spots there,” Roczen said. “I was sliding out there, obviously, the track is really blowing out. I almos had a big, big (crash) getting crossed over there, jumped into tuff blocks. Pretty much saw myself down, but I saved it.

“So after that, I just cruised the last lap, get in third, regroup and come back.”

Both Tomac and Webb had a scare early in the race when Adam Cianciarulo went down on the second lap in front of them. Tomac went over Cianciarulo’s bike, and Webb appeared to make contact with the rider.

A few minutes later, Tomac passed Roczen for fourth and set his sights on Baggett, who took the holeshot. He led for the first eight minutes and then yielded the lead for good to Tomac.

“(Tomac) got around Blake and really laid some good laps,” said Cooper, who remained third in the standings, 32 points behind Tomac. “During the middle, I lost speed a little bit and there at the end, I really was riding hard and missed the rhythm and that cost me.

“It was crazy. I hope AC’s OK. He went down really hard and didn’t have anywhere to go. It’s good to be back racing. It’s awesome to be able to do what we love.”

In the 250 East main event, Shane McElrath beat points leader Chase Sexton by 2.949 seconds. McElreath trails Sexon by seven points in the championship standings.

“This is what we worked to do,” McElrath told NBC. “We had a big learning curve the first four rounds. Our results don’t show the progress we made. Now I’ve got to spend another 85 days since our last race on this bike and working with the team and making changes. It’s been a growing time mentally, physically and spiritually.”

After 22 laps, only four of 22 riders finished on the lead lap, and Sexton said lapped traffic was a factor.

“I don’t think I was off the pace,” Sexton told NBC. “I caught him. But lappers are so bad. They make a 40-second track, and we’re (lapping) fifth-place guys. It was tough, I felt I was better but couldn’t make it happen.”

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NEXT: After Sunday’s opener, here are the details for the remaining six rounds:

  • Wednesday, June 3 (10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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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.