Bia Figueiredo joins Katherine Legge, Christina Nielsen for 12 Hours of Sebring

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Bia Figueiredo has been reunited with Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Twelve Hours of Sebring this weekend. They climb behind the wheel of the No. 88 Richard Mille Porsche 911 GT3 R with Team Hardpoint.

This marks Figueiredo’s return to the series for the first time since 2019 when she competed in six of 12 IMSA events including the Twelve Hours of Sebring. This also reunites Figueiredo with Legge and Nielsen after the trio shared a ride in endurance races that season.

One of their races together came in the 12 Hours of Sebring, where they finished eighth in class and 26th overall. Their best IMSA finish that year was a fourth in class at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.

In 2008 and 2009, Figueiredo raced in the Indy Lights Series, where she won twice: at Nashville Superspeedway in 2008 and Iowa Speedway in 2009. From 2010 through 2013 she competed in 29 NTT IndyCar events, scoring a best finish of 11th at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

After spending several seasons racing stock cars in her native Brazil, Figueiredo made her return to the States with the 2019 IMSA stint.

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Bia Figueiredo joined forced in the No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing Acura in IMSA endurance events in 2019. IMSA

“I can’t express how excited I am to be back to race in IMSA with Katherine and Christina driving for Team Hardpoint EBM,” Figueiredo said in a release. “My birthday is March 18, so being back in IMSA is the best gift for me. My 2019 experience in the series were one of the best of my career. I really enjoyed it.

“Sebring is a challenging track with the bumps but is really fun to drive.”

Last year the COVID-19 pandemic forced IMSA to push the Twelve Hours of Sebring into November with Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Ryan Hunter-Reay behind the winning wheel of the Mazda Motorsports No. 55.

TEAM HARDPOINT ADDS SECOND TEAM: Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen behind the wheel

Figueiredo celebrates her 36th birthday at the track as activities began for the Twelve Hours of Sebring on Thursday, March 18 with three practice sessions including the always dramatic session under the lights.

The Twelve Hours of Sebring can be watched flag to flag on the NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold beginning at 10:05 a.m., Saturday, March 20.

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Anaheim 2

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The Triple Crown format shook up the results in the Monster Energy Supercross round at Anaheim 2 with no rider dominating, but in the end two wins and a fifth-place were enough to give Chase Sexton the overall victory. It was the second 450 Supercross win of his career coming a little more than a year after he won his first in San Diego.

This year San Diego was not nearly as kind. Sexton crashed on the first lap of his heat and his Honda was center punched by another rider. The damage sent him into the Last Chance Qualifier and a poor gate pick contributed to his fifth-place finish last week.

Sexton showed he was more than ready to put that behind him Saturday night in Angel Stadium by winning the first of three races in the Triple Crown format. Entering Race 3 as one of three drivers who could have secured the overall win, he chased down Jason Anderson on Lap 4 and led the final 10 laps.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here 250 Results

Ultimately Anderson dropped to third in the final Supercross moto of the season in Anaheim 2, but strong results in the first two races secured second overall. Anderson won the second race and his 5-1-3 fell two positions shy of the overall win.

All questions about whether Ken Roczen would need an adjustment period as he switched from Honda to Suzuki have been answered: He did not. Sweeping the top five in his two Supercross Main events and in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown, he amassed enough points with his results of 2-3-4 to score his first podium of the season.

Click here for 450 Triple Crown Race 1 | Race 2 | Race 3

Cooper Webb steadily improved his results during the Triple Crown, but a seventh-place finish in the first race proved to be too much to overcome. He finished fourth in Race 2 and charged to second in the final race to secure fourth overall.

Dylan Ferrandis showed a lot of consistency with results of 4-6-5 to round out the top five.

Eli Tomac was one of the three riders who might have secured the overall victory by winning Race 3, but he pressed too hard while trying to pass Webb for second. He jumped wide midway through the race and landed on a Tuff Blox. After getting violently pitched from his Yamaha, he found that it was slightly damaged when he remounted and could only salvage sixth-place points with finishes of 3-2-13.

It was enough for him to maintain the overall lead in the points’ standings by four over Sexton and Webb.

Click here for Round 1 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points


Levi Kitchen didn’t win a battle on Saturday night, but he won the war. He established in the top five in Race 1 with a fourth-place finish and then swept the runner-up spot in the final two motos. That first SuperMotocross victory of his career with a previous best of seventh in Supercross this year in Anaheim 1 and a third in Motocross last year at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado. It was a much-needed morale boost for Kitchen, who finished 21st last week in San Diego.

The night was disappointing by Jett Lawrence standards. He suffered falls in the first two races and stalled one another occasion, but was able to overcome those problems each time with results of third and sixth. That put him in a position where he had a shot at the overall if Kitchen stumbled just a little in the final moto. Lawrence won Race 3, but still does not have an overall Triple Crown win in the Supercross 250 division. With only one more Triple Crown on the schedule before he climbs on a 450 for the outdoor season, time is running out.

Click here for 250 Triple Crown Race 1 | Race 2 | Race 3 | Last Chance Qualifier

The Triple Crown always shakes up the Supercross results and Anaheim 2 was no exception.

Stilez Roberston capitalized on mistakes by Lawrence, RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo during Race 2 and won. That victory, coupled with a third in Race 3 and a sixth in the first main, was enough to give him the final position on the podium. In this format the results are added together and the lowest number wins. Robertson tied Lawrence with identical results of 10 accumulated points, but Lawrence’s win in the final race relegated Robertson to third.

With a total score of 15 (5-4-6), Mitchell Oldenburg was a relatively distant fifth. The 18 points he earned are enough to keep him fourth in the standings and with McAdoo and Hampshire experience trouble in the race, he was able to close the gap on second in the standings.

Click here for 250 West Overall results | 250 West rider points

After missing last week’s Main, Max Vohland finished with results of 7-8-4 in the Anaheim 2 Supercross race and rounds out the top five.

McAdoo and Hampshire both lost ground in the championship standings with difficult races.

McAdoo was able to salvage sixth-place points (17) and that allowed him to leapfrog Hampshire (12). Proving that even bad days are not that bad for last year’s 250 East champion, Lawrence left Anaheim 2 with a points’ lead of 16 over second-place.

2023 Results

Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 2: Ken Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s