Saturday’s Supercross Round 3 in Houston: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info

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The Monster Energy AMA Supercross season has claimed its first factory rider casualty heading into Round 3 at Houston.

Chase Sexton, a heralded 450 rookie after winning the past two 250 East championships, announced Thursday he would miss Saturday’s event after injuring his right shoulder in a crash Tuesday after leading six laps in Round 2. Sexton got crossed up in a tricky sand section of the track and went sailing head first over his Honda.

Describing the shoulder as “weak” and lacking range of motion, Sexton wrote on Instagram that he would be returning to Florida for an MRI to check on internal damage. The Honda rider hopes he can return for the Jan. 30 event in Indianapolis, kicking off a three-race stretch in the city.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH: Supercross storylines for the 2021 season

CONTROVERSIAL CALL: Ken Roczen wasn’t happy by how he was penalized in Round 2

Sexton’s crash was among the major developments in an eventful second race in Houston. Ken Roczen lost the points lead after a postrace penalty, and defending series champion Eli Tomac recovered from a mediocre showing in the season opener for his 35th career victory.

He moved to sixth in the standings, four points behind leader Justin Barcia, while Roczen dropped to fifth, three points out of first heading into the last of three consecutive rounds to open the season in Houston.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 3 of the 2021 Supercross season:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE:  TV coverage of Round 3 will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App.

Live coverage is available via the exclusive streaming coverage formerly on NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross and Pro Motocross Pass. That 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) are available without commercial interruption.

SEASON SO FAR: Recaps of the first two rounds of the 2021 season:

Round 1: Justin Barcia makes it three consecutive victories in the season opener

Round 2Eli Tomac improves his start, wins first Supercross event on a Tuesday

ENTRY LISTS: Click here for the 450 riders l click here for 250

EVENT SCHEDULE:

8:06 p.m: 250SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (Finishers 1 – 9 advance to Main)
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat #1 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat #2 – 6 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 20 riders (1 – 9 to Main)
9:11 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (Finishers 1 – 4 to Main)
9:22 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier – 5 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders (1 – 4 to Main)
9:48 p.m.: 250SX Main Event – 15 Minutes/Plus 1 lap – 22 riders
10:28 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.

STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings

TRACK LAYOUT: Saturday night’s event will be the last of three in Houston that open the 2021 season, and Supercross officials tweaked the course for each race. Here’s the track map for Houston 3.

HOW TO WATCH SUPERCROSS IN 2021Full NBC Sports schedule

COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM:

Eli Tomac overcomes “scary” deficit to re-establish bid for title

Christian Craig motivated by chip on shoulder

Ken Roczen ‘disappointed’ in penalty that costs him points lead

Roczen, Marvin Musquin knock off the rust

Malcolm Stewart hooks a big catch with Yahama ride

Adam Cianciarulo has unfinished business in Year 2

Sexton, Ferrandis, McElrath headline stellar rookie class

Cooper Webb feeling extra motivation for 2021

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.