RedBud draws more than 28,000 fans on 4th of July weekend

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It's the biggest race in all of motocross and Saturday turned out to be a a picture perfect day for the annual event on the 4th of July weekend in Buchanan, MI.

"Always have to give a shoutout to our troops who have done all the work," says Trey Canard, who finished 4th. "It's a fun place. I've enjoyed it."

More than 28,000 fans were on hand for the 41st RedBud National.

"I got goosebumps about 20 seconds in," RedBud owner Amy Ritchie explains. "It's the announcers, the music, the crowd and the chants. It's really high energy and I love it."

The little town of Buchanan taking the national stage. Not only it RedBud air locally on WNDU, it was all broadcast nationwide on NBC.

"It's pretty cool," says 12-year-old motocross fan Ryan Murphy of South Bend. "Usually you don't see stuff like this so close to home and it's nice to have something close to my house that is really amazing. People travel from all around to come see this."

Adding to all that---two hometown teenagers made it big. 19-year-old Edwardsburg graduates Austin Wagner and Dillon Finley qualified for the main event races for the first time in their careers. Wagner in the 450 class. Finley in the 250 race.

Ken Roczen dominated the competition to win both Moto's in the 450 Class and claim the 2014 RedBud Championship.

"I like the track out here," Roczen said. "It's narly and it really makes a difference. Got off to a good start. Happy with my performance. So easy when you don't get tired. The racing was fun. The fans were awesome out here."

Eli Tomac finished 2nd followed by Ryan Dungey.


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