WATCH LIVE: Ken Roczen goes for third Motocross win in a row at High Point Raceway

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With the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship ready to drop the gate on Round 4 at High Point Raceway, it’s clear who the rider to beat in the 450 Class is.

Carrying a two-round winning streak into today’s race at High Point, Ken Roczen is looking to both extend that streak and add to his points lead. Yet to finish worse than second in any of the season’s six motos so far, he’s also the top qualifier for today’s race after turning the fastest lap in this morning’s practice sessions.

While Roczen enters as the favorite, there are three riders you can expect to see challenging him – Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Trey Canard. After winning his first moto of the season last week, Stewart looks to be hitting his stride. As for Dungey, he’s sitting second in the points but has only led one lap so far this season.

The UPMC Sports Medicine High Point National will also be a pivotal race for the riders in the 250 Class. Jeremy Martin finally saw his winning streak snapped a week ago but still looks like the favorite for today’s race. In order to become a champion, you have to overcome adversity at some point, so this could be a defining moment in Martin’s season.

Another win from Martin is exactly what the rest of the field can’t afford though. He’s built up a sizable points lead in just three rounds, and another dominant effort from him could cause a lot of riders to see their title hopes slipping away.

Among those riders is Blake Baggett. Although he took the overall win last week, he barely made a dent in Martin’s points lead and would really benefit from a repeat effort this week. Marvin Musquin could be back in the mix too. Admittedly not 100% recovered from ACL surgery earlier this season, Musquin – who won at High Point last season – keeps getting better and looks like he may be ready to contend for podiums and wins once again.

Four hours of live racing get underway at noon E.T. on ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra with the first motos in both classes. Coverage will go straight into second motos at 2PM E.T. Click here to access the Live Extra stream.

NBCSN will also provide live televised coverage of second motos in both classes at 2PM E.T.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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