Pro Motocross Round 4 at RedBud: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info

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The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will race Saturday at RedBud MX Park for Round 4 of the 2021 schedule, and NBC Sports will have the action from Buchanan, Michigan.

Last year RedBud hosted two MX races, on September 4th and 7th. Zach Osborne swept the 450 class in the first race with moto finishes of 1-1. Race 2 went to Adam Cianciarulo with a 1-3. This weekend, the date returns to its traditional slot on the Fourth of July weekend.

“(The fans) have a big impact,” said NBC Sports analyst Grant Langston in this week’s preview of the race. “Just purely because of the fact that it is the largest crowd you come across in motocross. Riders feed of that, no matter what’s happening, regardless of whether they are the ones in the battle being passed – it helps motivate them to not lose that battle. On the flipside, when you’re catching someone, the crowd can really help you along.”

This 2021 race could easily feature a new winner as rookie Dylan Ferrandis and Ken Roczen, who missed last year’s outdoor season, bring an intense battle for the red plate to RedBud.

In the 250 class, Jett Lawrence will attempt to defend his 11-point lead over Justin Cooper. Lawrence won the opening round of the 2021 season at Fox Raceway and has finished runner-up in the last two events.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 3 of the 2021 Pro Motocross season Saturday in the High Point National:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of the second motos from Round 3 will be shown Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN on same-day delay. The MAVTV Motorsports Network will have the live broadcast of Moto 1s for 250 and 450 at 1 p.m. ET.

All the coverage, including exclusive qualifying, will be streamed live on Peacock Premium (the exclusive streaming coverage formerly on NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross and Pro Motocross Pass moved in 2021 to Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 per month).

Here’s this weekend’s Peacock Premium live schedule for Pro Motocross Round 3 at High Point Raceway:

–Qualifying: 10 a.m. ET
–Moto 1 (250/450): 1 p.m. ET
–Moto 2 (250/450): 3 p.m. ET

Jason Weigandt will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all race telecasts alongside analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston. Will Christien and Ashley Reynard will serve as pit reporters during the 2021 season.

SEASON SO FAR: Recaps of the 2021 season:

Round 1: Dylan Ferrandis (450) and Jett Lawrence (250) took overall wins at Fox Raceway

Round 2: A “perfect day” for Ken Roczen at Thunder Valley

Round 3: Dylan Ferrandis retakes the lead with High Point win

POINTS STANDINGS:

450 class

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 133
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 130
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 103
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 101
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 101
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 96
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 86
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 76
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 76
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 72

250 class

  1. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 132
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 121
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 90
  4. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 88
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 87
  6. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 85
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 77
  8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 72
  9. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 68
  10. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 67

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed their new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with US-based Ford Motors in a press event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Team Principle Christian Horner. They are the only Formula 1 team to launch in the United States, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen had already wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts will inevitably turn to establishing a dynasty – and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his principle rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.