The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take another step towards crowning champions this Saturday, August 21, as the series makes its anticipated return to Southern Maryland and famed Budds Creek Motocross Park. This summer tradition has been taking place in the shadow of our nation’s capital of Washington D.C. for more than 30 years, and the proximity to the heartbeat of our nation always provides added energy and ambiance to the action on the track. After a year away from this classic American motocross venue, the fastest riders on the planet and the world’s most prestigious championship are eager to once again tackle Budds Creek’s uphills, downhills, and challenging off-camber corners.
Following arguably the most impressive performance of the 2021 season thus far, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen will carry the momentum of the 450 Class into Budds Creek. It’s become a two-rider battle for the Edison Dye Cup between the former champion and the breakout star of the summer, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis. These two international rivals continue to impress each and every time the gate drops, and they’ll continue their ongoing fight at the ninth round of the season.
In the 250 Class, things have once again tightened up atop the standings as Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence made his long-awaited return to the top step of the podium. As a result, a mere four points now separate the young Australian and Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper, who continues to lead the way thanks to podium finishes at every round this season. These two riders have traded momentum between one another from one moto to the next all summer long, so it’s anyone’s guess as to who will get the edge at Budds Creek.
In the United States, broadcast coverage from Budds Creek will feature a tape-delayed national network encore telecast of the second 450 Class moto on NBC on Sunday, August 22. Saturday’s live coverage will be anchored by a showcase of the first motos on MAVTV Motorsports Network, followed by tape-delayed coverage of the second motos on NBC Sports Network later that night. All the action, including exclusive coverage of qualifying, can also be streamed live on Peacock. Internationally, fans in more than 50 countries and territories can watch via NBC Sports Gold and through linear distribution partners.
U.S. NETWORK BROADCASTS
Domestic television coverage from Budds Creek will include a live broadcast of the opening motos of both the 250 Class and 450 Class on MAVTV Motorsports Network. The second set of motos will be broadcast via tape-delay on NBC Sports Network. Coverage will be rounded out with a next-day encore telecast of the second 450 Class moto on NBC.
Saturday, August 21
Moto 1’s | 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET | MAVTV Motorsports Network | LIVE
Moto 2’s | 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET | NBC Sports Network | Tape Delay
Sunday, August 22
450 Moto 2 | 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET | NBC | Tape Delay
In addition to network coverage, U.S. fans can stream all the action of the Budds Creek National online through their television or mobile device with Peacock, the official streaming platform of NBC. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers to “Peacock Premium” will receive live, commercial-free coverage of all four motos in addition to exclusive coverage of the morning qualifying sessions. Subscribers will also have on-demand access to watch every round of the 2021 season at their leisure.
Saturday, August 21
Qualifying | 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET | LIVE
Moto 1’s | 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET | LIVE
Moto 2’s | 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET | LIVE
Access to Peacock Premium presents unprecedented value, where subscriptions cost just $4.99 a month for access to all the on-track action of Pro Motocross and the platform’s entire library of television shows, movies and additional sports content. Customers of cable providers Xfinity and Cox may be eligible for full access to Peacock Premium at no additional cost.
Fans in 13 international countries and territories (Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) will be able to stream the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship live through NBC Sports Gold.
Additionally, fans across 51 countries and territories will be able to watch the championship live via Automoto la chaine (French speaking countries) and Viasat / Viaplay (Scandinavia and Eastern Europe).
Saturday, August 21
Moto 1’s | 17:00 – 19:00 GMT | LIVE
Moto 2’s | 19:00 – 21:00 GMT | LIVE
NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS & tvOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and NBCSportsGold.com, and also on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.
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