RedBud National

LocationRedBud MX - Buchanan, MI
TimeJuly 7, 2018

Est: 1974

Welcome to the beloved and legendary RedBud National in Buchanan, MI. This legendary race marks Round 7 of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

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Track Profile

Buchanan, Michigan's RedBud is the centerpiece of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Located just above the Michigan-Indiana state line, RedBud is among the most highly regarded motocross tracks in the world, and July Fourth weekend there is one the region's biggest events in general. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of southwestern Michigan - a state with an affinity for off-road recreational vehicle use - RedBud has bragging rights to claim the largest attendance of any U.S. motocross race, year after year. With just the right soil mix, plenty of room for passing, and the biggest jump on the circuit - the infamous LaRocco's Leap, named after local legend Mike LaRocco - RedBud is the top motocross destination in a region that loves its motorsports. And the loyal Michigan fans' chants of "Red Buuuuud!!!" are well-known throughout the motocross world.

One winter nearly forty years ago, Valparaiso, Indiana's Gene Ritchie took a trip to Buchanan for a snowmobile race. He rode around the property, imagining that a great motocross track could be carved into the hills and fields.ƒ‚ When that property came up for sale in 1972, Ritchie pursued his dream of creating a national-caliber motocross track. He and his wife, Nancy, found some willing partners and purchased the property.ƒ‚ The Ritchies, the Pattersons, and the Millersƒ‚ built their dream track and began holding races in 1973.

RedBud held its first AMA Motocross National in 1974, and it was won by another local motocross star, Hadley, Michigan's Mike Hartwig. The facility also hosted Trans-AMA races each fall, often featuring battles between the world's best rider at the time, Roger DeCoster, and America's best, Bob "Hurricane" Hannah.

Within a few years, the original partners moved on and the Ritchie family relocated to Michigan to become full-time motocross promoters.ƒ‚ Gene opened a bike shop, Red Bud Cycle, selling Bultacos and Maicos near the track entrance. The shop mechanic, a local teenage MX racer, became the centerpiece of the Friday night MX intermission shows; that teen was the late "Wheelie King", Doug Domokos, who went on to set world records and wow fans around the globe with his wheelie shows and spectacular stunts.

Other stars emerged from the RedBud amateur races, too, most notably the Bomber, Mark Barnett from nearby Bridgeview, Illinois, Michigan's five-time Women's National Champ Lisa (Akin) Wagner (now on staff at RedBud), six-time AMA MX and SX Champ Jeff Stanton and of course, "the Rock", Mike LaRocco.

Amenities

  • Free Motorcycle Parking and Gear/Helmet Check
  • Grandstand Seating
  • Covered VIP Viewing Areas with live PA feed, live timing and scoring, live race footage, private restrooms, and catering
  • Open Air Festival Seating
  • Infield Track Viewing via Track Tunnels (5 locations)
  • Handicap viewing area
  • Shaded Picnic Areas
  • Onsite Parking
  • Motorcycle Parking
  • Handicap Parking
  • Two Saturday Entrances
  • Large Interactive Sponsor Village
  • Event Simulcast on FM Radio
  • Food and Soft Drink Concessions
  • Air Conditioned Restroom facilities
  • Flushing Restroom facilities
  • Baby Changing Station
  • Onsite Camping
  • Water for Tank Camper filling
  • RV Septic Pump Service
  • Night-time Amateur Motocross Track

Additional Information

  • Cash only at ticket gate. ƒ‚ Visa and Mastercard accepted at amateur race registration.
  • Small, friendly pets are permitted in the family camping area in air conditioned RVs only.ƒ‚  Pets must stay in the RV and may not leave campsite.ƒ‚  No pets permitted in tent camping sites or in day parking lots.
  • Gates closed Midnight to 6am daily - please plan accordingly.
  • Water fill service available for RVs and barrels.
  • RV septic tank pump truck services the spectator and pit camping areas throughout the weekend.
  • Flush restroom trailers are available during the day and closed overnight.
  • Amateur Motocross Racing
  • Thursday practice on pro track
  • Friday racing on pro track
  • Friday night racing on night track
  • Saturday night racing on night track
  • Sunday racing on the full pro course
  • World Class Fireworks Show Friday and Saturday Nights

RedBud National Winners

450 Class
Date  Winner Hometown  Machine
7/1/17 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO KAW
7/2/16 Ken Roczen Germany SUZ
7/4/15 Justin Barcia Monroe, NY YAM
7/5/14 Ken Roczen Germany KTM
7/6/13 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, WA KAW
7/7/12 Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, MN KTM
7/2/11 Chad Reed Australia HON
7/3/10 Ryan Dungey Belle Plaine, MN SUZ
7/4/09 Josh Grant Riverside, CA YAM
7/6/08 James Stewart Haines City, FL  KAW
7/1/07 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  SUZ
7/2/06 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  SUZ
7/3/05 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  SUZ
7/4/04 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  HON
7/6/03 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  HON
7/7/02 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  HON
7/1/01 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  KAW
7/2/00 Sebastien Tortelli France  HON
7/4/99 Kevin Windham Baton Rouge, LA  HON
7/5/98 Jeff Emig Kansas City, KS KAW
7/6/97 John Dowd Chicopee, MA  YAM
7/7/96 Jeff Emig Kansas City, KS KAW
7/2/95 Jeremy McGrath Menifee, CA  HON
7/3/94 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, CA  KAW
7/4/93 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, CA  KAW
7/5/92 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, CA  KAW
7/7/91 Damon Bradshaw Mooresville, NC  YAM
7/8/90 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, CA  KAW
7/2/89 Jeff Stanton Sherwood, MI  HON
7/7/85 Rick Johnson El Cajon, CA  HON
7/1/84 Rick Johnson El Cajon, CA  YAM
7/3/83 David Bailey Axton, VA  HON
6/1/80 Steve Wise Pharr, TX  HON
7/1/79 Marty Tripes Santee, TX  HON
7/2/78 Kent Howerton San Antonio, TX  SUZ
5/22/77 Tony DiStefano Morrisville, PA SUZ
4/28/74 Ken Zahrt Woodland Hills, CA  Bultaco

250 Class
Date  Winner Hometown  Machine
7/1/17 Zach Osborne Abingdon, VA HSQ
7/2/16 Cooper Webb Morehead City, NC YAM
7/4/15 Jeremy Martin Millville, MN YAM
7/5/14 Jeremy Martin Millville, MN YAM
7/6/13 Ken Roczen Germany KTM
7/7/12 Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA KAW
7/2/11 Blake Baggett Grand Terrace, CA KAW
7/3/10 Trey Canard Shawnee, OK HON
7/4/09 Jake Weimer Rupert, ID KAW
7/6/08 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, WA  KAW
7/1/07 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, WA  KAW
7/2/06 Ryan Villopoto Poulsbo, WA  KAW
7/3/05 Grant Langston South Africa  KAW
7/4/04 Michael Brown Johnson City, TN  YAM
7/6/03 James Stewart Haines City, FL  KAW
7/7/02 James Stewart Haines City, FL  KAW
7/1/01 Larry Ward Florence, SD  YAM
7/2/00 Stephane Roncada France  YAM
7/4/99 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  KAW
7/5/98 Ricky Carmichael Havana, FL  KAW
7/6/97 Kevin Windham Baton Rouge, LA  YAM
7/7/96 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, CA  HON
7/2/95 Steve Lamson Pollock Pines, CA  HON
7/3/94 Jeff Emig Kansas City, KS YAM
7/4/93 Jeff Emig Kansas City, KS YAM
7/5/92 Jeff Emig Kansas City, KS YAM
7/7/91 Mike Kiedrowski Canyon Country, CA  KAW
7/8/90 Guy Cooper Stillwater, OK  SUZ
7/2/89 George Holland Kerman, CA  HON
7/3/88 Guy Cooper Stillwater, OK  HON
7/5/87 Micky Dymond Yorba Linda, CA  HON
7/6/86 Micky Dymond Yorba Linda, CA  HON
7/7/85 Ron Lechien El Cajon, CA  HON
7/1/84 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, CA  KAW
7/3/83 Johnny O’Mara Simi Valley, CA  HON
7/4/82 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, IL  SUZ
7/5/81 Mark Barnett Bridgeview, IL  SUZ
5/23/76 Bob Hannah Whittier, CA  YAM

500cc Motocross
Date  Winner Hometown  Machine
7/3/88 Jeff Ward San Juan Capistrano, CA  KAW
7/5/87 Rick Johnson El Cajon, CA  HON
7/6/86 Rick Johnson El Cajon, CA  HON
7/7/85 Broc Glover El Cajon, CA  YAM
7/1/84 David Bailey Axton, VA  HON
7/3/83 Broc Glover El Cajon, CA  YAM
7/4/82 Danny Chandler Foresthill, CA  HON
7/5/81 Chuck Sun Sherwood, OR  HON
6/1/80 Denny Swartz Marietta, OH  Maico
7/1/79 Danny LaPorte Yucca Valley, CA  SUZ
7/2/78 Rick Burgett Sandy, OR  YAM
4/28/74 Mike Hartwig Hadley, MI  YAM