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.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.