RedBud to host pair of nationals over Labor Day weekend

BUCHANAN — MX Pro Sports Racing announced the first nine rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing Tuesday.

Buchanan’s RedBud MX will be the site of two races over Labor Day weekend. RedBud National I will be Sept. 5, while National II will be Sept. 8.

The series is scheduled to kick off Aug. 15 in Tennessee at the Loretta Lynn’s National in Hurricane Mills. That will be followed up by the Washougal National in Washougal, Washington and the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

The RedBud doubleheader is the first in pro motocross history.

All events must adhere to social distancing guidelines and health management protocols. Each round will also be conducted in accordance to local and state ordinances. The paddock will be closed to the general public with access limited to properly credentialed parties only and facemasks will be required at all times.

Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer stands will be placed throughout the venues and personal hygiene education signage will be prominent.

“While we continue to navigate through these challenging and continuously evolving times of the coronavirus pandemic, we are confident that we’ve developed the framework for a high-caliber championship schedule that can be successfully implemented,” said Roy Janson, MX Sports Pro Racing competition director. “Although we respect the unpredictability of scheduling any live events during these uncertain times and are sensitive to the hardships many people are going through, we remain committed to making our best effort to host the world’s most prestigious motocross championship. Thanks to the tireless and cooperative efforts of our event organizers, competitors, sponsors and partners, not to mention the ongoing communication alongside local officials, we have an opportunity to prioritize the health and well-being of everyone. We will conduct these events in a safe environment by implementing several policies, all in an effort to control as many variables as possible.”

RedBud will be a closed event, which means there will be no ticket sales. Anyone who races dirt bikes may sign up for the amateur racing, which will allow them to watch the professional races Saturday and Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as warranted.

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