New bike, new attitude and possibly a new champion for AMA Monster Energy Supercross as the series enters Round 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis?
Ken Roczen has emerged as the top contender in the 450 class entering Saturday’s event (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN), taking over the points lead with consecutive victories in the first two of three races in Indianapolis.
The layout will change for Saturday, but Roczen, 26, again will be favored given how well he has adapted to his No. 94 Honda, which was overhauled in the offseason.
But it’s as much about the mental approach for Roczen, who skipped the Pro Outdoor Motocross season last year as he became a father for the first time. He has won consecutive events for the first time in four years while weathering a disappointment of having a win slip away in Round 3 because of a lapped rider.
The native of Germany said he’s “much more mature” in 2021.
“I’m mentally in a completely different spot,” said Roczen, who is trying to follow longtime rival and friend Eli Tomac as a first-time Supercross champion in his mid-20s for the second season in a row. “Back then I feel like I rode the highs a lot more than I do now. In general, I just quite a bit older, and a lot has happened between there and now.”
TV coverage of Round 6 will be shown at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The event will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App.
Live coverage is available via the exclusive streaming coverage formerly on NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross and Pro Motocross Pass. That has moved in 2021 to Peacock Premium, which is available for $4.99 per month.
The Supercross and Pro Motocross packages will have live coverage of all Supercross heats, qualifiers and races and Pro Motocross main practice, qualifiers and motos. On-demand replays (including the full 2020 season) are available without commercial interruption.
SEASON SO FAR: Recaps of the first five rounds of the 2021 season:
Round 1: Justin Barcia makes it three consecutive victories in the season opener
Round 2: Eli Tomac improves his start, wins first Supercross event on a Tuesday
Round 3: Cooper Webb makes a last-lap pass to beat Ken Roczen
Round 4: Ken Roczen rebounds for first victory of season
Round 5: Two consecutive in Indy for Ken Roczen