WATCH LIVE: Ken Roczen goes for another Lucas Oil Pro Motocross win at RedBud

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Four hours of live motocross action from historic RedBud are about to get underway, as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship reaches the halfway point with a critical round of racing that will go a long way toward shaping the outcome of the championship races in both classes.

Although it may feel like Ken Roczen has dominated the 450 Class this year – statistically, he’s clearly at the head of the field – he is only leading his Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey by 16 points in the championship race. That means that one bad moto or one ill-timed DNF could easily swing the points lead and the momentum from Roczen to Dungey.

Having finished on the podium in all ten motos this season, Roczen’s consistency is incredible, but he started off strong last year as well when he was racing for the 250 Class championship. Roczen held the points lead for much of the season, but Eli Tomac hung close, and at the ninth round of the series, Roczen finally made one key mistake – he crashed in a moto, surrendered the points lead to Tomac and never got it back. Sometimes that’s all it takes, so as good as Roczen has looked thus far in 2014, he can’t back off the throttle now.

Jeremy Martin is currently learning that lesson the hard way in the 250 Class. Through the first two-and-a-half rounds, the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider looked unstoppable and left his competition with a daunting amount of points to make up in the championship race. In the five motos since then, he’s only recorded one top-five finish and has seen has lead dwindle down to eight points over teammate Cooper Webb and 17 points over Blake Baggett.

This will be an important race for Martin, Webb and Baggett. Webb and Baggett were the best riders a week ago at Muddy Creek and seem to be developing a competitive rivalry after Baggett stole the Moto 1 win from Webb with a last-second pass that nearly resulted in a photo finish. Martin needs to re-assert himself as a frontrunner today before he ends up ceding the points lead.

RedBud is also home to the most iconic feature on the circuit – LaRocco’s Leap. This giant jump will be a make-or-break obstacle, rewarding the riders brave enough to launch themselves over it with faster lap times.

First motos begin at 1 P.M. ET and can be seen live on MAVTV. NBC will televise the second 450 Class moto live at 3 P.M. ET, then NBCSN will wrap up the coverage with the second 250 Class moto live at 4 P.M. ET.

All four motos can also be seen live online on and NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here to access the Live Extra stream.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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