What do we have our eye on this weekend in action motorsport? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the major events on the board, and how to watch them:
Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 1
2020 Season Preview: Saturday, 9PM ET, NBCSN // Race: Saturday, 10PM ET, NBCSN
It’s finally time to drop the gate on the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross, as 17 weeks of racing across some of America’s biggest stadiums kick off in the traditional season-opening location, Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Most of the sport’s biggest names, from defending champion Cooper Webb and Monster Energy Cup winner Adam Cianciarulo to perennial front-runners Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen, will all be on the line in the headline 450 class as the championship kicks off. If you can’t get enough of Anaheim, never fear: as always, the series will be back here in two weeks’ time, following a brief excursion out to St. Louis.
2020 Dakar Rally
Stage 1: Monday, 5PM ET, NBCSN
The most famous rally raid in the world makes its debut in Saudi Arabia for 2020, and Americans look more keen than ever to take their first-ever win in the event with strong entries from Ricky Brabec (Bike) and Casey Currie (SSV). The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team also makes its Dakar debut with sophomore Blade Hildebrand and rookie Mitch Guthrie Jr., while defending Car champion Nasser Al-Attiyah looks to hold off Dakar legends Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, and Nani Roma, and Toby Price leads Red Bull KTM as they look to sweep the Bike class yet again. Other storylines to watch include Fernando Alonso’s first-ever Dakar as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing alongside Al-Attiyah.