2021 BUDDS CREEK NATIONAL PRE-RACE REPORT: INJURY LIST HAS GROWN & SECOND MOTOS DELAYED
The 2021 Pro Motocross season has four more races left and round 9, the 2021 Budds Creek National, is set to go this Saturday, August 21st, in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Just thirty minutes away from Washington D.C., the Budds Creek track is known for it’s loamy soil and fun track layout. With the Covid-19 restricted schedule in 2020, the Budds Creek National was missed last year. In 2019, it was Eli Tomac who went 1-1 in the 450 class and Shane McElrath who went 1-1 in the 250 class back when he was riding for the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team. Coming into this Saturday’s race, it’s the Honda boys, Ken Roczen and Jett Lawrence who have the momentum coming in after their wins last Saturday at the Unadilla National.
2021 BUDDS CREEK NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE
The first motos from the 2021 Budds Creek National will be shown LIVE on MAVTV and on NBC’s online streaming service Peacock Premium. Sadly, the second motos will not be LIVE on NBC Sports as usual, they will be shown eight hours later on the NBCSN network. Then, the second 450 moto will have an encore showing on the premier NBC channel on Sunday, August 22nd, at 1:00 PM pacific time. If you’d like to watch both motos live, you’ll need the Peacock Premium subscription streaming service.
450 MOTO 1 – 11:00 AM Pacific, 2:00 PM Eastern – MAVTV & Peacock
250 MOTO 2 – 12:00 PM Pacific, 3:00 PM Eastern – Peacock ONLY450 MOTO 2 – 1:00 PM Pacific, 4:00 PM Eastern – Peacock ONLY
250 MOTO 2 – 8:00 PM Pacific, 11:00 PM Eastern – NBCSN
450 MOTO 2 – 9:00 PM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern – NBCSN
450 MOTO 2 NEXT DAY (AUG. 22) REPLAY on NBC: 1:00 PM Pacific, 4:00 PM Eastern
HONDA BOYS HAVE THE MOMENTUM
YAMAHA BOYS HAVE THE RED PLATES
JUSTIN BARCIA | CONCUSSION
Justin Barcia, Round 6 winner, crashed last week during a routine practice session. His doctor advised taking this week off before being re-assessed for future races. No word from GasGas on the extent of his injuries
ALEX MARTIN | WRIST
MICHAEL MOSIMAN | CONCUSSION
PIERCE BROWN | CONCUSSION/COLLARBONE
COLT NICHOLS | INJURED SHOULDER
ADAM CIANCIARULO | INJURED ARM
ZACH OSBORNE | INJURED BACK
JASON ANDERSON | BROKEN HAND
PHIL NICOLETTI | KNEE SURGERY
CAMERON MCADOO | FRACTURED TIBIA
450 POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 12
Ken Roczen was incredibly quick at Unadilla winning both motos while Dylan Ferrandis on the other hand finished in second and third. What is interesting though, is that Dylan wasn’t very close to the leaders in both motos at all, finishing half a minute behind Ken Roczen in the second moto. We expect the results would have been a little bit different had both Chase Sexton and Aaron Plessinger stayed on two wheels during the first moto.
250 POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 8 OF 12
Similar to Dylan Ferrandis, Justin Cooper had a healthy points lead heading into round 8, which meant that even though the two wouldn’t get the overall, an HRC Honda rider would slowly close the gap in the points chase. However, in the 250 class, Jett Lawrence had put on quite the performance finishing almost a full minute ahead of the points contender. Now, there are only four points separating the Honda and Yamaha 250 riders.