ROME, GA – June 30, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The sixth round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is set to kick off this Saturday, July 2 in Buchanan, Michigan at Red Bud Motocross Park for the championships annual visit on Fourth of July weekend. The forecast calls for beautiful weather as riders prepare to overcome the challenging conditions that they will face. Michigan’s rich and loamy soil at the facility is perhaps the most popular on the schedule, allowing for Pirelli’s SCOPRION™ MX32™ tires to give riders the ultimate advantage when the gate drops.
In the 2015 Pro Motocross Championship, Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia caught fire at Red Bud by performing brilliantly en route to the 450MX Class overall victory via 2-1 moto scores. He is coming off of a top five in last weekends second moto and will be looking to add another win to his resume when he crosses the checkered flag this weekend.
Californian Weston Peick began his championship campaign battered and bruised due to early season crashes, but has steadily improved his health as he marches back towards the front-runners. Last weekend he charged to his season-best overall finish, along with a top five in Moto 1. The third member of the JGRMX squad, Phil Nicoletti, has shown impressive speed in the first five rounds of the season. Misfortune has struck several times while battling near the front, but “Philthy Phil” is on the verge of a breakout ride.
BTO Sports/WPS/KTM’s veteran duo of Justin Brayton and Andrew Short continue their progression in the running order of the 450MX Classes deeply talented field. This past weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway in Tennessee, Brayton found himself rounding the first corner near the front of the field and battling for a top five position for several laps. The No.10 has his sights set on taking the next step when he lines up this weekend at Red Bud. Short has had his fair share of success at Red Bud in the past, including two-career podium finishes throughout his storied career.
BTO Sports teammate Benny Bloss remains one of the most impressive riders of the 2016 season, consistently battling with the sports brightest stars as he competes in his first season on the professional circuit. Expect for the youngster to keep the momentum going as he learns the race craft of his more experienced competitors.
The opening motos from the Red Bud National kick off on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 1pm ET and can be viewed on MAV TV, while the second motos will air at 3:00pm ET on NBC Sports. Check local listings for channel information.
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2016 AMA Pro Motocross Schedule
Red Bud National – July 2
Southwick National – July 9
Spring Creek National – July 16
Washougal National – July 23
Unadilla National – August 13
Budds Creek National – August 20
Ironman National – August 27