Budds Creek National

17 July

40 miles south of the most powerful city in the United states, Washington D.C, sits Legendary MX Track Budds Creek. The pits, vendor row, all the bikes, and the fans were ready for round 7 of pro motocross. This proved to be the first round that heat played a huge factor, with high temperatures and east coast humidity kicking in.

With the top professional motocross athletes in the world geared up, the day began with practice sessions for all the classes. After everyone got a practice session in they began timed practice, which determines the critical gate pick. The gate pick is even more important at Budds Creek because the start goes into a tight 180-degree turn. If you start on the outside you have almost no chance of pulling the hole shot. After timed practice they announced the fastest times and handed out the Oakley Bomb awards for the fastest lap and best gate pick in your class. The 450 award went to James Stewart and the 250 class fastest lap went to Christophe Pourcel.

With thousands of fans on the edge of their seats the race was ready to go. The track has a very unique layout with hilly natural terrain and lots of tight corners. Which leads to some great racing. Jason Anderson got out in front early in the 250 class moto 1 and Jeremy Martin fought his way to second but Anderson was able to hang on for the moto win.

These athletes were giving it there all and even got cold towels and water dumped on them to combat the heat after each moto. The 450 class moto 1 was won by the points leader Ken Roczen with number 2 in points Ryan Dungey coming in second. Trey Canard battled hard as he was able to secure third in the moto.

The heat really kicked in for the second moto’s and the racers really had to bear down and focus. The 250 moto 2 was won by Blake Baggett which was enough to give him the overall victory. Ryan Dungey got the hole shot and dominated 450 moto 2 on his way to the overall victory. This moto had some epic battles between Trey Canard and Eli Tomac that the fans in attendance wont soon forget.

Even with the unbearable heat, the fans were energetic and stayed for all the motos. This is one of the most unique stops on the circuit and had some of the best racing of the year.