"The last time I was there was in 2011 when I took the overall... It was also Father’s Day weekend and I got to hold... Tate on the podium."
Just below the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland sits Budds Creek Motocross Park, which will host round five of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series this Saturday. The first race to be held here was in 1989 and was won by Mike Kiedrowski on a Honda. Since then, Honda has captured seven victories in both the 450 and 250 classes, as well as sweeping all four years in the 500cc class. Budds Creek has had the opportunity to host some of the biggest motocross events in the entire sport, including the famous 2007 Motocross of Nations and several U.S. Grand Prix events.
Two weeks ago at High Point, two consecutive days of rain created an extra challenge for the riders on an already difficult track. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia and Trey Canard each rode well in both motos to finish fourth and sixth overall for the day, while Sayaka Kaneshiro finished second overall in the WMX competition to take over the championship points lead. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac had a trying day but was able to secure a podium spot with his 3-4 scores. After a one-week hiatus, all the Honda Red Riders are ready for battle this weekend at Budds Creek.
Although TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed has struggled so far this season due to illness, he is the last Honda rider to capture a win at Budds Creek in the 450 class.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Budds Creek is the heat and humidity,” said Reed. “I live in Florida and am pretty used to it, but it seems like every year we go there it is incredibly hot and the humidity index is way up, which makes it a really tough race. The dirt is a combination of hard and soft pack, and it has sweeping berms, big jumps and a lot of off camber turns. It is pretty technical, which I like. I always seem to do really well at this track. I have always shown up and had the speed, rode well and placed well. The last time I was there was in 2011 when I took the overall. It was a tough first moto so we made some adjustments then I came out and won the second race. That is a great memory because it was also Father’s Day weekend and I got to hold my son Tate on the podium.”