How to watch the 2023 Dakar Rally on NBC Sports and Peacock: Daily updates, interviews

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NBC Sports will present daily coverage of the 2023 Dakar Rally on Peacock starting Jan. 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The endurance race classic will be contested over 14 stages through Sunday, Jan. 15, and highlights, interviews and features will be available on Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.

There are more than 550 entrants in the 45th running of the event, which will be contested in the desert, canyons, dunes and mountains of Saudi Arabia for the fourth consecutive year.

There are several American contenders in the field. Austin Jones will return to defend his SSV title, and 2020 champion Ricky Brabec is among the favorites in bikes with Skyler Howes and Mason Klein. In the light prototype division, Seth Quintero, 20, returns after setting a record for stage wins last year.

CNBC will present three hour-long encore presentations throughout the event (Sat., Jan. 7 at noon ET, Sun., Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. ET, and Sun., Jan. 15 at noon ET) that will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Here’s the daily coverage schedule of the 2023 Dakar Rally on Peacock (all times are ET):

Date Coverage Platform Time (ET)
Sun., January 1 Stage 1 – Sea Camp Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Mon., January 2 Stage 2 – Sea Camp to Alula Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Tues., January 3 Stage 3 – Alula to Ha’il Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Wed., January 4 Stage 4 – Ha’il Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., January 5 Stage 5 – Ha’il Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Fri., January 6 Stage 6 – Ha’il to Al Duwadimi Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Sat., January 7 Stages 5 & 6 CNBC* Noon
Sat., January 7 Stage 7 – Al Duwadimi Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Sun., January 8 Stages 6 & 7 CNBC* 11 a.m.
Sun., January 8 Stage 8 – Al Duwadimi to Riyadh Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Mon., January 9 Rest Day Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Tues., January 10 Stage 9 – Riyadh to Haradh Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Wed., January 11 Stage 10 – Haradh to Shaybah Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Thurs., January 12 Stage 11 – Shaybah to Empty Quarter Marathon Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Fri., January 13 Stage 12 – Empty Quarter Marahton to Shaybah Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Sat., January 14 Stage 13 – Shaybah to Al-Hofuf Peacock 6:30 p.m.
Sun., January 15 Stages 12 & 13 CNBC* Noon
Sun., January 15 Stage 14 – Al-Hofuf to Dammam Peacock 6:30 p.m.

*   *Encore presentation

Dylan Ferrandis in concussion protocol after Houston Supercross accident, Tampa status undetermined

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After suffering a frightening accident at Houston in the Monster Energy Supercross race, Dylan Ferrandis reports he is okay, but will be on concussion protocol and his status for Tampa this week is not yet determined.

Two laps into last week’s Main, Ferrandis was engaged in a battle with Ken Roczen for eighth place. Ferrandis landed on the back Roczen’s bike and was thrown, landing headfirst on the track. Ferrandis momentarily lost consciousness and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to by the Alpinestars medical team.

“I’m okay after my crash in the main event. I hit my head first and got knock[ed] out for some minutes,” Ferrandis posted in an Instagram story. “Everything else is fine and I am okay now fortunately. Will follow the concussion protocol and will see when I can ride again.”

Ferrandis regained consciousness, the medical crew fitted Ferrandis with a neck brace and he was able to stand and walk to the cart under his own power. Ferrandis was sitting up when he left the track with a member of the crew stabilizing his neck.

“It was an awesome ride [for Eli] and a good way to come back from last weekend,” said Jeremy Coker, Team Manager for Star Racing Yamaha at RacerXOnline.com. “It was also the lowest of lows. Unfortunately, it’s part of the sport, but to see one of your guys crash the way Dylan did and to see him lying there was pretty tough. Fortunately, when I got to him, he was able to open his eyes and looked at me and said my name, and it was a huge relief to see him stand up and walk away.”

Ferrandis was off to a strong start in 2023 with a worst finish of sixth at San Diego in the first three races. He entered Houston sixth in the standings, one point behind Jason Anderson.

Ferrandis’ teammate Eli Tomac went on to win the race.

Also riding for Star Racing Yamaha and making his 450cc Supercross debut, Justin Cooper advanced from 13th at the end of Lap 1 to finish seventh.