Pro Motocross Round 9 at Budds Creek: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info

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After a dominant run by Ken Roczen in the Unadilla Nationals, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads down the Eastern Seaboard to Mechanicsville, Md. Saturday, August 21 for Round 9 of the 2021 season with the Budds Creek Nationals.

By sweeping both motos in New York last week, Roczen infused renewed energy to his championship campaign and served notice to points’ leader Dylan Ferrandis that he is not ready to relinquish the title.

But third-place Eli Tomac hopes he can do this week what Roczen did last week. Roczen’s Unadilla 1-1 was preceded by an equally dominant run the last time the series visited that track in 2019. Budds Creek was also canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the last time the Pro Motocross riders were there in 2019, it was Tomac’s turn to sweep the weekend.

Roczen finished fourth overall with a 2-7.

The 250 class points’ leader Justin Cooper finished third on this track in 2019 with a 6-2, while Ferrandis was consistent with a 4-4 and fourth overall.

Meanwhile, Jett Lawrence hopes to capitalize on his momentum after cutting Cooper’s lead in half in Unadilla.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 9 of the 2021 Pro Motocross season Saturday in the Budds Creek Nationals:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of the second 250 moto from Round 9 will be shown tape delayed, August 21 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the second 450 moto on August 22 at 3 p.m. on NBC. The MAVTV Motorsports Network will have the live broadcast of the first moto for the 250 and 450 class beginning 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 9 at Budds Creek:

— 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. 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

Round 8: Ken Roczen stays alive in the points with Unadilla sweep; Jett Lawrence takes second 250 win

POINTS STANDINGS:

450 class

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 345
  2. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 306
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 283
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 270
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GasGas – 239
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 217
  7. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 213
  8. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 211
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 209
  10. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 160

250 class

  1. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 324
  2. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 320
  3. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 263
  4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 262
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 243
  6. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 192
  7. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 173
  8. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 172
  9. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GasGas – 154
  10. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 152

Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a delicate balance between winning races and favoring the fans

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ANAHEIM, California – Hunter and Jett Lawrence are two of the most popular riders on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, with fan bases that established and grew immediately when they came to America to ride for HRC Honda. Connecting with those fans came naturally for the charming Australian brothers, but it has not come without cost.

“It’s cool they’re there and it’s one of the things we try to do is give the fan that interaction,” Hunter told NBC Sports during Supercross Media Sessions ahead of the 2023 season. “It’s why we do ride days, meet-and-greets, press conferences  – all that stuff, because it’s exciting for them. We are trying to bridge the gap so they get personal interaction. Because that’s all they’re after. It’s all about getting that fan to think, ‘I know that guy. I didn’t meet him, but I get him. I get his humor.’ ”

There is no artifice in either brother. Their fan appeal is directly attributable to who they are at their core. And it’s that very genuineness that has throngs of fans standing outside their hauler, waiting for just a moment of their time.

“It’s about being yourself – talking to people,” Hunter said. “It’s not like I turn it on or turn it off; it’s just about being yourself. This is who we are, this is who you get and this is how it will be. You can’t portray something you’re not. If you keep saying you’re an orange, but apples keep popping out, it’s only a matter of time [until they figure it out].”

The key word is ‘throngs’, however. One person wanting just a few moments of time is incidental. Dozens are an entirely different matter.

“It’s tough in Supercross because it’s such a long day,” Hunter said. “The recovery side of it’s tough to do everything. We get stuck outside the grid; we can’t be there for like 10 minutes. We’re stuck there for like an hour. It gets overwhelming at times.

“You feel bad because you want to sign everything, but you’re still here for a job. Every race day is like that. We do the best we can, but there are so many people who wait out front. They’re screaming for you. Even when we’re coming off the sessions, they’re already yelling before you put your bike on the stands. You don’t even get time to take you helmet off.”

It can be a double-edged sword. Personality is only one part of the equation. A much bigger part of the brothers’ fan appeal comes because of their success. Hunter finished second in the last two Supercross 250 West title battles and third in the past two Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships.

Jett won the last three titles he competed for, including last year’s 250 East Supercross Championship and the last two Motocross contests.

“I think they expect me to have nothing else to do on a Saturday and that I have unlimited energy,” Jett said. “But, I’m trying to recover for the next race.”

It’s a matter of timing. Jett has gained a reputation last year for handing out hundreds of donuts before the races during Red Bull fan appreciation sessions. And after the race, once the business at hand has been settled, Jett is equally available to the fans.

“After the race it’s fine; I’ll stay behind.” Jett said. “My job is done on the racing side of things, but until that last moto is done, my main thing is dirt bikes. The fans come along with it. The fans are part of the job, but main job at hand is the racing side of things. After the race, I’ll stay there for an hour or so. It’s a lot calmer.”