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Redbud Venue

Red Bud

Buchanan, MI

Named for the Red Bud trees surrounding the track, “America’s Motocross Track” is a staple of the Motocross circuit and hosts both an iconic track and a rowdy crowd each summer.

Fast Facts

Venues

Red Bud Track & Trail hosted its first pro national in 1974. The venue is famous for a loud crowd and a patriotic atmosphere, with the pro race occurring every year on 4th of July weekend. Along with the American Motocross series, Red Bud hosted the first ever Moto Combine for aspiring young racers and hosted multiple editions of the prestigious Motocross des Nations in recent years. The track’s most iconic feature is the uphill triple known as “LaRocco’s Leap”, named after Mike LaRocco, who became the first rider to clear the jump during his 125 class days.

Iconic Moments

A cornerstone of Motocross in America, Red Bud has hosted many defining moments, such as the final showdown between a pair of legendary rivals, and a long dry spell being broken.

2002: Defying Gravity

16-year-old phenom James Stewart quickly put the Motocross world on notice during his rookie year, and added to his growing fame by being the subject of one of the most iconic pictures in Motocross history. During the first moto, Stewart went down on the first corner and charged from last to second place, as rival and Yamaha of Troy’s Chad Reed took the win. In the second moto, the roles were reversed, with Reed going down early. However, the Aussie couldn’t mount a huge comeback and managed only 22nd while Stewart pulled away following a battle with Suzuki’s Branden Jesseman.

 

What happened in the 250 class that day? Some guy named Ricky Carmichael continued a win streak that would become the first ever perfect season.

2007: One Final Showdown

Red Bud’s 2007 race was the last time that James Stewart and Ricky Carmichael battled in their illustrious careers. The penultimate race for Carmichael, the two traded moto wins and capped off the legendary rivalry of two Floridians who would become all-time greats. Stewart took the win in the first moto by six seconds following a mid-race charge from Carmichael, but the G.O.A.T. would get the last laugh as Stewart fell while leading with three laps to go. Unfortunately, Stewart’s torn ACL at Washougal prevented him from racing the last half of the season, and left Carmichael to dominate at Millville.

MXDN Podium 2022
2022: Return To Glory

An uncharacteristic drought impacted Team USA throughout the 2010’s as the once dominant American squad slipped behind the likes of France and the Netherlands in Motocross des Nations competition. During the 2018 MXDN at Red Bud, the American team that looked to be poised for victory struggled as the French team won their fifth straight. However, redemption was on the cards as the MXDN returned to Red Bud in 2022. Eli Tomac, Justin Cooper and Chase Sexton were fast all weekend, with Tomac winning the first moto. Consistent showings by all three members of the team led to the Chamberlain Cup returning to American soil for the first time since 2011. The often boisterous Red Bud crowd voiced their approval, with horns blaring and flags waving in support of the trio who put the U.S. back on top of the Motocross world.

This interactive table details the all-time leaders at Red Bud. Who has the most starts, wins, podiums and points. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.

All-Time Leaders

This interactive table details the Red Bud winners history. Who won in what year and what round was this venue. Filter by class. On mobile, slide left to access more columns. To see all years of data, become a member of the We Went Fast Garage and help us continue (and expand) these unique views of the sport’s history.

Winner History