For the 23rd consecutive year, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is coming to Maryland, an ideal situation for both riders and fans.
The fourth race of the professional motocross league's season is set for Saturday at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville a town in St. Mary's County southeast of Washington. Budds Creek has been one of the most popular courses on the 12-stop tour since the first AMA Championship tour race there in 1989.
The course's hilly and difficult terrain, which is full of elevation changes and big jumps, gives fans good vantage points from nearly anywhere around the track and provides plenty of challenges for riders.
"The layout is great for fans," tour spokesman Brandon Short said. "There's a lot of good sight lines. The seating on top of the hill lets you see a lot of the track. You can sit anywhere. For the riders, it's very technical and it's diverse. This race really tests the riders' limits. Whenever a track forces a rider to work and look for lines, that's when they enjoy it."
Heading into Saturday's race, three riders are fighting for the top spot in the points standings for the 450 Class. Chad Reed (138 points), Ryan Villopoto (123) and Ryan Dungey (111), who won last year's race at Budds Creek, are all former champions and looking to take a decisive lead.
In the 250 Class, riders Tyla Rattray (127), Dean Wilson (125) and Blake Baggett (116) sit atop the points standings.
Saturday's races at Budds Creek begin at 1 p.m., with practice and qualifying heats starting at 8:30 a.m.
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