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 ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here to access the Live Extra stream.

Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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