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Professional motocross racers hit the dirt at Red Bull RedBud National

BUCHANAN, Mich. – Some of the world’s best motocross racers are in Michiana this weekend competing in the 2018 Red Bull RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan.

It’s the 45th year for the event. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend on Saturday, when professional motocross racers race in round seven of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Pros start practice at 8:15 a.m., then starting at 1:10 p.m., races begin. The 450 class hits the dirt first followed by the 250 class.

Pat Schuttee with RedBud says this course is usually a favorite among racers because of the design. He says amateurs like it too because they get to rid the professional course afterwards, which isn’t common at other venues.

“You get basically, grandfathers that raced here in the ‘70s, dads that raced here in the late ‘80s, ‘90s, now the kids are racing here in the 2000s, so you have three generations of racers that come out as families,” said Schuttee. “Beyond that, I personally think motocross is the reigning kind of all extreme sports.”

Attendees say it’s a great way to spend the weekend.

“In addition to the dirt bikes we have a manufacturers midway where people can check out bikes and vintage bikes and you name it, they’ve got it here,” said Schuttee. “They’ve got playgrounds, stuff for the kids to jump around on, inflatables. They’ve got all kinds of carny style food that people like to delve into this time of year and there’s never a dull moment.”

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