Saturday’s Supercross Round 1 in Houston: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross will begin its 2021 season Saturday night with Round 1 in Houston kicking off a 17-race schedule unlike any other in series history.

It’s the first time in 25 years that Supercross will open a season outside of California, which is among many curveballs that riders and teams will face in adapting to restrictions from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

After ending the 2020 season with seven consecutive events at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Supercross will carry over several of those concepts – such as midweek races and multiple consecutive rounds in one city — to the 2021 schedule, which will open Saturday with the first of three races in eight days at NRG Stadium.

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The short turnaround and unfamiliar starting local have prompted some trepidation among routine-driven riders who have been accustomed to opening the season at Anaheim annually since 1999. For the past two seasons, the proximity to many manufacturer and team hubs in Southern California and the once-weekly event schedule provided time for making adjustments and testing between races.

Houston won’t allow for that luxury, though riders still seem stoked about opening the season someplace new.

“I don’t think the location is going to play too much of a role,” Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo said. “I think it’s still the same type of nerves I’d feel lining up at Anaheim. Maybe a little less because the crowd won’t be at full capacity. I think it’s a little more of a chiller vibe.

“But when you get behind the gate and look to your left and right and see all these amazing athletes next to you, it’s still nerve-wracking, obviously. I really like the California races, so I hope we can get back to that pretty soon. At the same time, I enjoy Houston, and the dirt is really good. It’s my favorite football team as well, the Houston Texas, so I’m excited to channel some Deshaun Watson energy.”

Said 2019 series champion Cooper Webb: “I’ve always enjoyed Houston, I think they have some good dirt there. I raced it when super ready and when it’s hard-packed. I’m sure it’s maybe a little wet now.”

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 1 of the 2021 Supercross season:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE:  TV coverage of Round 1 will begin Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event also will be streamed on and the NBC Sports App.

Exclusive streaming coverage formerly on NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross and Pro Motocross Pass also has moved in 2021 to Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 per month. The Supercross and Pro Motocross packages will have live coverage of all Supercross heats, qualifiers and races and Pro Motocross main practice, qualifers and motos. On-demand replays (including the full 2020 season, which was added this week) are available without commercial interruption.

An encore presentation of the NBC Supercross season preview special will air this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

ENTRY LISTS: Click here for who is racing in the 450 and 250 divisions at Houston


6:11 p.m: 250SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (Finishers 1 – 9 advance to Main)
6:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
6:33 p.m.: 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
6:47 p.m.: 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
7:10 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (Finishers 1 – 4 to Main)
7:28 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
7:48 p.m.: 250SX Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
8:29 p.m.: 450SX Main Event – 20 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders

COVID-19 CROWD PROTOCOLS: Houston will have limited attendance of about 25 percent capacity and “pod”-style seating for the event with face coverings required and social distancing observed in the stadium.

Supercross will be reopening its FanFest pit and sponsor area to fans but will keep riders and teams in a paddock bubble separate from the general public.

TRACK LAYOUT: Saturday night’s event will be the first of three in Houston to open the 2021 season, and Supercross officials plan to tweak the course for each race. Here’s the track map for Houston 1.

HOW TO WATCH SUPERCROSS IN 2021Full NBC Sports schedule

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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Eli Tomac, Achilles tendon | It was just a freak deal
Justin Barcia,
collarbone and shoulder
Jason Anderson, vertebrae
Christian Craig, elbow
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee | Signs two-year extension
Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
concussion | returned at Pala

250 riders
Nate Thrasher, hip
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta
Jalek Swoll, arm | returned at Pala