Buchanan, Michigan's RedBud is the centerpiece of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Located just above the Michigan-Indiana state line, RedBud is among the most highly regarded motocross tracks in the world, and Fourth of July weekend there is one the region's biggest events in general. Located in the beautiful rolling hills of southwestern Michigan - a state with an affinity for off-road recreational vehicle use - RedBud has bragging rights to claim the largest attendance of any U.S. motocross race, year after year. With just the right soil mix, plenty of room for passing, and the biggest jump on the circuit - the infamous LaRocco's Leap, named after local legend Mike LaRocco - RedBud is the top motocross destination in a region that loves its motorsports. And the loyal Michigan fans' chants of "Red Buuuuud!!!" are well-known throughout the motocross world.
One winter nearly forty years ago, Valparaiso, Indiana's Gene Ritchie took a trip to Buchanan for a snowmobile race. He rode around the property, imagining that a great motocross track could be carved into the hills and fields. When that property came up for sale in 1972, Ritchie pursued his dream of creating a national-caliber motocross track. He and his wife, Nancy, found some willing partners and purchased the property. The Ritchies, the Pattersons, and the Millers built their dream track and began holding races in 1973.
RedBud held its first AMA Motocross National in 1974, and it was won by another local motocross star, Hadley, Michigan's Mike Hartwig. The facility also hosted Trans-AMA races each fall, often featuring battles between the world's best rider at the time, Roger DeCoster, and America's best, Bob "Hurricane" Hannah.
Within a few years, the original partners moved on and the Ritchie family relocated to Michigan to become full-time motocross promoters. Gene opened a bike shop, Red Bud Cycle, selling Bultacos and Maicos near the track entrance. The shop mechanic, a local teenage MX racer, became the centerpiece of the Friday night MX intermission shows; that teen was the late "Wheelie King", Doug Domokos, who went on to set world records and wow fans around the globe with his wheelie shows and spectacular stunts.
Other stars emerged from the RedBud amateur races too, most notably the Bomber, Mark Barnett, from nearby Bridgeview, Illinois, Michigan's five-time Women's National Champ Lisa (Akin) Wagner (now on staff at RedBud!), six-time AMA MX and SX Champ Jeff Stanton and of course, "the Rock", Mike LaRocco.
- 2015 race tickets are now on sale here.
- RedBud MX
13638 N. Redbud Trail
Buchanan, MI 49017
- Grandstand Seating
- Covered VIP Viewing Areas with live PA feed, live timing and scoring, live race footage, private restrooms, and catering
- Open Air Festival Seating
- Infield Track Viewing via Three Track Tunnels
- Handicap viewing area
- Shaded Picnic Areas
- Onsite Free & VIP paid Parking
- Motorcycle Parking
- Handicap Parking
- Easy entry/Exit
- Large interactive Sponsor Village
- Event Simulcast on FM Radio
- Food and Soft Drink Concessions
- Air Conditioned Restroom facilities
- Flushing Restroom facilities
- Baby Changing Station
- Onsite Camping
- Potable water for tank Camper filling
- RV septic pump service
- Night-time motocross track
- No Pets National Weekend
- From Chicago (& West):
Take the I-94 East thru Indiana. Take exit 4 A in Michigan (US-12 East). Go about 18 miles to a stoplight, turn left on Red Bud Trail. Main track entrance (for spectators) is about 5 miles on the left hand side. Look for signs to the pro pit entrance about a ½ mile before the spectator entrance.
- From Ohio (& Southwest):
Toll road (80) to exit 72 in Indiana (South Bend West exit). Go North on US-31 to exit 3 in Michigan (US 12 West). Turn left and go approximately 2 miles to the first stoplight. Turn right on Red Bud Trail. Main track entrance (for spectators) is about 5 miles on the left hand side. Look for signs to the pro pit entrance about a ½ mile before the spectator entrance.
- From Detroit (& Northeast):
I-94 West to exit 30 (Benton Harbor). Turn left off exit ramp and go about 1 mile to US-31 South. Go to exit 13 (Snow Rd.) and turn right off exit ramp. Go to the first stop sign and turn left onto Red Bud Trail. Main track entrance (for spectators) is about 5 miles on the left hand side. Look for signs to the pro pit entrance about a ½ mile before the spectator entrance.
- From Indy (& South):
US-31 North Almost to South Bend. Take the US-31 bypass North just before getting into South Bend. Go to exit 3 in Michigan. Turn left and go approximately 2 miles to the first stoplight. Turn right on Red Bud Trail. Main track entrance (for spectators) is about 5 miles on the left hand side. Look for signs to the pro pit entrance about a ½ mile before the spectator entrance.
Where To Stay
South Bend, IN (12 miles southeast of track):
- Hampton Inn - 574-277-9373 *Ask for the RedBud Rate*
- Signature Inn - 574/277-3211 *Ask for the RedBud Rate*
- Comfort Suites - 574/272-150
- Days Inn - 574/277-0510
- Ramada Inn - 574/272-5220
- Holiday Inn - 574/272-6600
- Knights Inn - 574/277-2960
- Motel 6 - 574-272-7072
- Quality Inn - 574-288-3800 Lincolnway - west off US 31 bypass; across from South Bend Regional Airport
- Super 8 - 574-243-0200 Cleveland Rd. - exit off US 31 bypass; 2 miles from South Bend Regional Airport
- *The hotels on 933, formerly Bus. US 31/33 North, are all located near 80/90 (toll road) exit # 77
Stevensville, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, MI area (15 mi north of track):
- Baymont Inn & Suites - 269-428-9111; I-94, exit 23
- Hampton Inn - 269-429-2700; I-94, exit 23
- Comfort Suites - 269-428-4888; I-94, exit 23
- Park Inn - 269-429-3218; I-94, exit 23
- Candlewood Suites - 269-428-4400; I-94, exit 23
- Lake Breeze Inn - 269-925-3234; I-94 exit 28
- Days Inn - 269-925-7021; I-94 exit 28, M-139
- Ramada Inn - 269-927-1172; I-94 exit 28, M-139
- Comfort Inn - 269-925-1880; I-94 exit 29, Mall Drive
- Holiday Inn Express - 269-927-4599; I-94 exit 29
- Marriott Courtyard - 269-925-3000; I-94 exit 29, Mall Drive
- Motel 6 - 269-925-5100; I-94 exit 29, Pipestone Rd.