WATCH LIVE: Eli Tomac goes for third straight Pro Motocross win at Thunder Valley (2 p.m. ET, Live Extra)


Today the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads into the mountains of Colorado with a visit to Thunder Valley Motocross Park for the third round of the season.

Live coverage from Thunder Valley gets underway with the pre-race show at 2 p.m. ET, streaming online exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra and All four motos will then stream live immediately after, starting with first motos at 3 p.m. ET and then second motos at 5 p.m. ET. Second motos will also air tonight on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET.

The bad news for the rest of the the field: four motos into the 2015 season, Eli Tomac remains undefeated in the 450 Class. The even worse news: today’s round is in Tomac’s home state.

The defining element of Thunder Valley is the high altitude present in the Colorado mountains. As a result, bikes lose horsepower – which is much-needed for the track’s uphill start – and riders can quickly feel drained if they aren’t used to the thin air.

Fortunately for Tomac, he’ll have a home-field advantage because he lives in Colorado and has experience dealing with the altitude. Even with the presence of former champions Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, Tomac looks like the favorite to win his third straight race, especially after being the fastest qualifier in practice today, but anything could happen.

In the 250 Class, Jeremy Martin is looking to bounce back from a troublesome day last week at Glen Helen. The defending 250MX champion had trouble getting his bike started in the first moto and then went down early in the second moto. Both times, he had to start the race from the back of the pack but did well to charge through the field for 6-5 moto finishes and salvage a lot of valuable points.

Marvin Musquin, who is in search of his first career 250MX championship, was able to take advantage of Martin’s misfortunes last week and sweep both motos. Yet to finish worse than second in any moto this year, Musquin enters today with a 19 point lead over Martin and will try to build on his early-season success.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change