Summer Tradition Will Serve as Seventh Round of 2014 Season
Mere miles from the Wicomico River and in the shadow of our nation’s capitol of Washington D.C., Budds Creek sits nestled inside a natural-terrain amphitheater in the rolling hills of Southern Maryland. Since hosting its first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race in 1989, Budds Creek has been the site of some of the most memorable moments in the history of the sport, including the 2007 Motocross of Nations, affectionately called the Olympics of Motocross.
For over 40 years, the most talented riders across the globe have laid it all on the line for a shot at victory and a chance to claim the most coveted championship in the sport. This season, the series features its most talented field of competitors in over four decades of competition with three former champions and a long list of challengers set to wage war over the course of 12 weekends throughout the U.S.
While baseball players are typically considered to be the “boys of summer,” this collection of world class athletes will stake their claim to that title as they push their physical limits on some of the roughest tracks and toughest weather conditions this country has to offer, all while trying to defeat 39 other competitors with the same common goal – winning.
The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National will feature an action-packed day of racing across two classes of competition – the premier 450 Class and the rising stars of the 250 Class. In the premier division, German rookie Ken Roczen and his teammate Ryan Dungey, a two-time title holder, have taken control of the championship, but other challengers like James Stewart, Trey Canard, and Eli Tomac have proven they also have what it takes to win.
Budds Creek MX Park is a legendary, world-class motocross track. It is a favorite among riders and fans alike, as it offers both great racing lines for the riders and a layout that is ideal for spectators. The Budds Creek track sits in a valley, so viewing is outstanding from many locations around the facility. It always promises some of the best races of the season.
When not hosting top-level national and international events, Budds Creek also hosts numerous amateur motocross races throughout the year. It is by far the most popular track in AMA District 7, and it is also the Mid-Atlantic Motocross Association’s home track. Rarely a weekend goes by without racing at Budds Creek. Track Promoter, Jonathan Beasley, is a racer at heart.
“I was a racer in 1973 when a track near my family’s property in Maryland opened up,” Beasley says of his family’s start at motocross promotion more than 35 years ago. “It was in Hollywood, Maryland. It was run by a group of Navy officers. Sadly, the track closed down in late 1973 due to zoning issues. Shortly thereafter, my family got together with the same Navy officers and opened up a new facility on our land.”
That track is known today as Budds Creek.
“The Navy officers managed the track for three years and helped teach my family how to run it,” Beasley says. “Eventually, in 1979, the family business was handed over to me and I began running the facility.”
25th Annual GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National
Round 6: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
July 12, 2014 – Mechanicsville, Maryland
Race Day Schedule:
6:00 a.m. Gates Open
8:30 a.m. Practice & Qualifying
12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
1:00 p.m. First Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)
3:00 p.m. Second Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)
5:00 p.m. Post-Race Press Conference
General Admission: $40 Adults / $20 Kids (ages 6-11)
Super VIP Ticket: $200 Adults / $100 Kids (ages 6-11)
Fan Camping Spot: $40 (Saturday only)
Early Entry: $20 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / purchase on-site)
All-Day Access: $50 (purchase online or on-site)
Additional information about Budds Creek MX Park can be found at www.BuddsCreek.com. Also “Like” the Budds Creek Motocross Park Facebook page and “Follow” @BuddsCreekMX on Twitter.
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About Budds Creek Motocross Park
Budds Creek Motocross Park in Southern Maryland is located below our nation’s capitol near the Chesapeake Bay. The facility has been hosting motocross races since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1989 that track owner Jonathan Beasley realized his dream of bringing AMA Pro Motocross to his family’s circuit for the first time. Since then, Budds Creek has played host to some of the buggest motocross events in the entire sport, including the 2007 Motocross of Nations, several U.S. Grand Prix events, and its annual round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.