VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Motocross Returns To The Games via Budds Creek
Welcome to the world-renowned Budds Creek Motocross Park, in beautiful Southern Maryland. Budds Creek is the schedule venue for the return of Motocross to the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.
Nestled in the forest of Southern Maryland, Budds Creek Motocross 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. Its natural terrain and scenic beauty have provided a backdrop for legendary races throughout the years, including the 1999 250cc U.S. Grand Prix in which Kevin Windham beat all of the world championship riders, including ten-time champion Stefan Everts.
On the international stage, Budds Creek hosted the 2007 Motocross of Nations, where a U.S. team made up of Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, and Ryan Villopoto put in one of the most dominant performances in the history of the event, with Villopoto becoming the first rider in the history of the event to win both of his motos on a 125cc/250F machine.
Since 1989, Budds Creek has hosted a Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship event every year, whether it be a 125cc/500cc National, a 125cc/250cc National, or, in the current form, a 250cc/450cc National. 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's 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.
Budds Creek is located approximately 1½ hours from Baltimore, 1 hour from downtown Washington, D.C. and approximately 1½ hours from Richmond, VA directly off Maryland Highway 234 in scenic Southern Maryland. For amateur race dates, traffic has never been a problem and all routes are always clear. Pro-National Sunday events brings approximately 20,000 spectators and some minor traffic delays can be expected.
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