Pro Motocross Round 8 at Unadilla: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info

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After two weekends off, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship surges back into action as they take on Unadilla MX Park in New Berlin, NY this Saturday, August 14 for Round 8 of the 2021 season.

All eyes will be on Dylan Ferrandis to see if he can maintain momentum as he looks to keep a perfect streak of overall podiums finishes alive and pad his 47-point lead over Ken Roczen.

Meanwhile Roczen needs to stop a slide that saw him finish outside the top five in back-to-back races while Eli Tomac earned second-place results and now has Roczen in sight.

Unadilla was one of several races that dropped off the schedule last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the last time the 450 riders challenged this track in 2019, Roczen had a perfect weekend with a sweep of both motos and the overall.

It won’t be easy to outride Ferrandis though. He finished second in Moto 1 and won the second race in the 250 class that year.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 8 of the 2021 Pro Motocross season Saturday in the Unadilla Nationals:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of the second 450 moto from Round 8 will be shown live Saturday, August 14 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. The MAVTV Motorsports Network will have the live broadcast of the first moto for the 250 and 450 class beginning at 12 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 8 at Unadilla:

— Qualifying: 9 a.m. ET
— Moto 1 (250/450): 12 p.m. ET
— Moto 2 (250/450): 2 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. Ashley Reynard will serve as pit reporter 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

Round 4: With third win, Dylan Ferrandis stretches lead over Ken Roczen

Round 5: In 450s, Dylan Ferrandis gets his fourth win; Hunter Lawrence earns his first in 250s

Round 6: Justin Barcia gives GasGas first 450 MX win

Round 7: Chase Sexton gets first 2021 win; Jeremy Martin doubles down in 250s

POINTS STANDINGS:

450 class

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 303
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 256
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 249
  4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 239
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 238
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 217
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 182
  8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 177
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 177
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 147

250 class

  1. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 281
  2. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 273
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 237
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 220
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 205
  6. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 178
  7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 172
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas – 154
  9. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 148
  10. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha – 141

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.