There is no track, nor will there ever be a track, that is more iconic to American motocross than Red Bud, so how fitting is it that every year the Red Bud AMA National takes place on Fourth of July weekend? Fans come from all over the country, braving the surprisingly aggressive Michigan summer heat to see the country's top racers on the country's favorite motocross track.
One of the main attractions at the Red Bud track is Larocco's Leap, a 120-foot, triple step-up with a take-off that looks like the Matterhorn. From the bottom of the take-off to the peak height of the flight, riders are traveling north of 100 feet in the air, and the fans love it -- because who wouldn't, right? Larocco's Leap is just one aspect of Red Bud that makes it nearly every rider's favorite track on the circuit.
The racing on Saturday was prime time, as it has been all season. The 450 rookie Ken Roczen proved that this is now his championship to lose. Ken dominated in both 450 motos, weathering the storms thrown at him by his Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey as well as his nemesis from the 250 class, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac.
In the 250 class, another Red Bull KTM at the control of Frenchman Marvin Musquin landed on the podium, taking second behind the series points leader, Yamaha's Jeremy Martin. Marvin has struggled to get back to his race pace after battling through injuries in the first half of the year, and it is a breath of fresh air to see him put the #25 on the podium. Look for more from Marvin as he continues to find his race speed in the second half of the season.
Ryan Dungey's third overall is good enough to keep him securely planted in second in the championship series, where Roczen now sits a huge 26 points clear. A forgettable off-day for James Stewart relegates him to fourth in points behind factory Honda's Trey Canard. The series is now halfway complete (or halfway to go, depending on how you look at life), and the chase is on for Roczen, poised to grab his first national championship ever in America. Stay tuned, folks.
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