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SuperMotocross reaches midpoint as pro motocross begins this weekend

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The inaugural 31-event SuperMotocross World Championship series reaches the midpoint as attention now turns to the outdoor Pro Motocross championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The first round of the 11-round summer racing season (Round 18 of the SMX World Championship) kicks off this Saturday, May 27 in Pala, Calif., with Fox Raceway National.

The Supercross Indoor Stadium season recently came to an end in Salt Lake City with Chase Sexton capping off a spectacular season with six wins and the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, giving the Honda HRC team its first premier class 450 title in 20 years. Sexton enters the Pro Motocross season currently ranked number one in the SuperMotocross World Championship points standings with 372 points.

Chase Sexton celebrates with the Honda HRC team after winning his first Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Feld Motor Sports

Adding to the list of accolades for the Honda HRC team, Australian brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence both won their respective 250SX class championships, with Jett winning the Western Regional title and Hunter winning the Eastern Regional title. East. Despite his success in Supercross, Jett will start the summer at a significant disadvantage in the SMX World Championship standings as he moves up to the 450 class and will start with zero points. Following Jett’s graduation, Hunter becomes the highest-ranked 250cc racer in the SMX World Championship with 224 points and will continue in the 250 class for Pro Motocross, where he will be looking for his first AMA National Championship.

Jett and Hunter Lawrence speaking to the media at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Jett took the Western Regional 250SX class title and Hunter took the Eastern Regional 250SX class title. Photo credit: Feld Motor Sports

The 17-round Supercross season saw record attendance at all levels with more than 850K fans made their way through the turnstiles for races and more 343K arrived early for the pre-race FanFest in all 16 different markets. The season featured four sold-out races (Anaheim Opener, Anaheim 2, San Diego, Salt Lake City) and record attendance in five other markets, including Glendale, Arizona, Indianapolis, Indiana and Arlington, Texas. Overall, live event attendance was up 5% year-over-year, and combined with FanFest, it was up 15% year-over-year.

TV and streaming viewership also showed strong signs of growth on NBC, Peacock and USA Network. NBC Sports’ multi-year rights extension with Feld Motor Sports has laid the foundation for Peacock to host Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship this year and in years to come. Peacock has exclusively broadcast 12 Supercross races this season, with consumption up by nearly 100% vs 2022. The five series airing on NBC and USA Network reached more than 5 millions total spectators.

The SuperMotocross Video Pass enables international broadcast of every round of the SMX World Championship, including the Pro Motocross Championship for the first time. Over the past five years, the streaming service has grown by 30% globally and in 2023, a new partnership with Endeavor Streaming offers international fans premium access with extended service and service reliability even further. bigger. The full season pass is now available in all countries and territories outside of the United States, making SuperMotocross one of the most accessible sports on the planet.

The top 10 countries for international streaming include Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and Mexico, all of which have their best competing talents in the series leading to international intrigue, listening, and global audience interest.

As the SuperMotocross World Championship continues with the Pro Motocross Championship, fans around the world can continue to tune in through Peacock and the SuperMotocross Video Pass as the entire 11-round championship will be streamed live, with four hours and a half of live racing with uninterrupted coverage of all four 450 and 250 class motorcycles combined.

In addition to the most extensive streaming coverage yet for Pro Motocross, the network’s broadcast coverage will bring the action to millions of homes during select rounds of the season. NBC will broadcast live network showcases of the Crestview Construction Southwick National opening motos, July 8, and second motos of the Honda Unadilla National, Aug. 12, while USA Network will air reruns of the final motos of the FXR Spring Creek National on July 16 and Yamaha Racing Budds Creek National on August 20. Still presentations of the second motos of the 11 rounds will also air on CNBC every Monday after a National.

Bringing the action to the passionate Pro Motocross audience will be the host and main commentator Jason Weigandtthe longtime voice of American motocross, alongside the Hall of Fame tandem of multiple AMA champions Ricky Carmichael And James Stuart. These former on-track rivals have gone on to become two of motorsport’s most knowledgeable and savvy color analysts, each with a racing CV that has made them icons of the sport. Track info will once again feature the former racer Jason Thomas plus a long-time journalist Will Christian during NBC shows.

2023 Pro Motocross Broadcast and Stream Schedule:

Kicking off each National during the summer season will be the addition of Live Race Day, presented by MotoSport.com, the official pre-race show of Monster Energy AMA Supercross and now the Pro Motocross Championship. This hour-long preview will live stream the final timed qualifying sessions for the 450 and 250 classes, which will set the stage for the afternoon battle for victory each weekend.

Scenarios abound for the SuperMotocross World Championship as the series heads into the Pro Motocross season as Sexton, Lawrence and Adam Cianciarulo all look to keep the momentum going over the summer. Additionally, several key athletes will return from injuries during the season – Cooper Webb, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Dylan Ferrandis, Christian Craig, Malcolm Stewart, Michael Mosiman, Pierce Brown, Jalek Swoll and others.

For the first time in the sport’s more than 50-year history, athletes have an added incentive to keep racing by racking up SMX World Championship points. The top 20 athletes in combined Supercross and Pro Motocross points (both classes) will automatically be seeded into the SMX Qualifiers and World Championship Finals. As well as racing for the sport’s ultimate title, the world’s best athletes will also compete for the sport’s greatest prize – $5.5M spread over the last three races ($10M spread over the entire SMX series).

All roads lead to the SuperMotocross World Championship as Playoff 1 will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina and Playoff 2 is scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, followed by the SuperMotocross World Championship Final on Saturday, September 23 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

World SuperMotocross Championship qualifiers and final schedule:

  • Super Motocross Playoff 1 – zMAX Dragway – September 9, 2023
  • Super Motocross Playoff 2 – Chicagoland Speedway – September 16, 2023
  • SuperMotocross World Championship Final – LA Memorial Coliseum – September 23, 2023

Domestically, Peacock continues to be the exclusive streaming home for all SuperMotocross World Championship action, including 11 rounds of Pro Motocross, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, two SuperMotocross elimination races, and then the Championship finale. of the world of SuperMotocross.

Internationally, the SuperMotocross Video Pass (Supermotocross.tv) is the go-to platform for all 31 SMX World Championship events. As this is the midpoint of the series, fans can take advantage of a current price reduction.

There are only a few days left until the roar of the doors of 40 riders welcomes motorsports most enthusiastic fans to another memorable summer of the Pro Motocross Championship. The 11-round season will travel to 10 different states, with visits to the hallowed grounds of Fox Raceway, Hangtown, Thunder Valley Motocross Park, High Point Raceway, RedBud MX, The Wick 338, Spring Creek MX Park, Washougal MX Park, Unadilla MX, Budds Creek Motocross Park and Ironman Raceway.

For more information on the 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship Series, Pro Motocross Championship, tickets and streaming options, visit Peacock and supermotocross.com.

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