2021 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS 2 PRE-RACE REPORT: TV SCHEDULE, TRACK MAP & MORE
The final round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season is upon us and there’s multiple riders in the 450 division who are still looking prove their skills with a win while the 250 East and West Coasts will duke it out against each other in the 250 East/West Showdown. Hopefully, this will be the last season finale we see before the world goes back to normal and the stadiums return to their full capacity. Covid regulations and restrictions have limited the fun at Supercross events and we can’t wait till we can go back to Angel Stadium with fans packing the place to it’s gills. Coming into round 17, Cooper Webb leads the 450 class by 22-points over Ken Roczen after the 94 had another disastrous mistake while leading at round 16. In the 250 classes, Star Yamaha’s Colt Nichols and Justin Cooper lead the charge on both coasts, both of them having massive points leads. Now, we get to see the two divisions go head-to-head to in the final battle. Scroll down below to see what you need to know heading into the last round of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season.
19TH OR BETTER
Ken Roczen dropped the ball in the 450 Main Event, losing the lead and eventually five positions in the race. Many of us were hoping to actually see him win so that the championship points gap may slightly close, leading to an even closer battle at the final round. Unfortunately for us fans, that’s not the case anymore. The championship point standings are led by Cooper Webb as he just needs to show up, qualify for the Main, and finish 19th or better to be titled the 2021 champ.
STAR YAMAHA HAS AN EAST/WEST STRONGHOLD
Both Colt Nichols and Justin Cooper are on top of their game heading into the final round of the 2021 season and we were hoping a third teammate, Christian Craig, would join the two. Similar to Cooper Webb’s story and how crashes and mistakes have plagued his opponents, both Colt and Justin face the same scenario. In their respective Championships, the two had their own rivals for the Championship, but now that they are out of the question, both Colt and Justin have an enormous lead over the rest of the field. If they both qualify for the Main Event, Colt only needs to finish 20th and Justin needs to finish 17th for us to see the Star Yamaha teammates be crowned as Champions.
A SEASON AFFECTED BY COVID REGULATIONS
We’re crossing our fingers that this is the last season we see the stadiums at limited capacity and the number of venues cut to a third. During the season, riders, teams, and media outlets would have to be tested for Covid. Fortunately for the fans, the stadiums opened up again and they wouldn’t have to be tested for Covid. However, the catch is that Supercross would adopt the bubble-style seating, limiting the capacity at which fans can attend. The Daytona Supercross felt the impact first hand of the limited seating as they had to stop selling tickets due to the limited capacity being reached. We’re grateful that we fans were allowed back for 2021, but I think we can all agree that we’re ready for normal racing again.
2021 SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS 2 TRACK MAP
The 17th round of the 2021 season features two sets of whoops which we definitely anticipate will play a large factor in the final race. Thankfully, the rhythm lane following the start straight features on-offs which we’re hoping will provide more line variants than the previous round. Round 16 was a one-line race where passing opportunities were limited and frustrating for many of the riders.
2021 SALT LAKE CITY 2: TV & STREAMING SCHEDULE
NBC SPORTS LIVE TV BROADCAST:
The racing will be shown LIVE on NBCSN at 7:00 PM Pacific Time, 10:00 PM Eastern Time.
PEACOCK PREMIUM LIVE STREAMING:
If you don’t have the NBC Sports Channel or you’d prefer to watch the races without any commercials, the weekend races will be aired LIVE on the Peacock Premium streaming service at 7:00 PM Pacific Time, 10:00 PM Eastern Time, the same time as it’s aired on TV. Qualifying practice will also be shown LIVE on Peacock Premium starting at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, 4:00 PM Eastern Time.
MORE ABOUT PEACOCK TV:
Beginning with the start of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season on Jan. 16, NBC Sports’ exclusive streaming coverage will move from NBC Sports Gold’s “Supercross and Pro Motocross Pass,” “Supercross Pass” and “Pro Motocross Pass” to Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 per month.
The Supercross and Pro Motocross packages included on Peacock Premium will serve as a one-stop shop for all Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship fans. Peacock Premium will offer comprehensive live coverage and on-demand replays of their respective 2021 seasons, including Supercross qualifiers and races, and Pro Motocross main practice sessions, qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s.
SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS 2: WEATHER REPORT
Unlike the previous round, the season finale will be sunny for the entire day with a low of 56-degrees and a high of 76. In the past, the hotter it gets at Salt Lake City, the more dust we see during the racing and qualifying. Thankfully, the weekend’s events are starting three hours later than round 16, so we will see proper night racing where the track will hopefully maintain its moisture.
450 SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 16 OF 17
250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 of 9
250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS AFTER ROUND 8 of 9