• 13638 Red Bud Trl North Buchanan, MI 49107
  • 269-695-6405

Track Rules

General Event Information

Water is available to fill your tanks:

  1. Just inside Gate 4, near the three big water tanks.  This area is also a bike wash.
  2. Throughout the pits inside the chain link fence.

Please don’t hook up to a water supply for the day/night.  Water is for everyone’s fill use; it’s not a personal supply for anyone.

PETS are welcome, as long as they’re friendly and on a leash.  (The only exception is bike national weekend – NO PETS that weekend.) We reserve the right to send unfriendly pets home, or have you park in a remote area away from other campers and racers.

We accept cash, GLMX dealer checks (from other GLMX tracks), Visa and MasterCard at registration. Cash only at the gate. No personal or business checks.

Race, Open Riding and Practice Day Rules

Information that applies only to Racing is in under the YELLOW heading below.

Information that applies only to Open Riding is listed at the bottom of the page under the BLUE heading.

Everything in WHITE applies to both race and open riding days.

Training wheels and 3-wheelers are prohibited (this includes pit vehicles).

RedBud does not provide health insurance coverage for riders. We strongly urge all riders to have health insurance before practicing or racing.

Only registered riders may enter the race course. Don’t get on the track until you have signed up. Ever! This applies to racing, practicing and open riding.

Riders under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian at the track with them at all times. Parents cannot drop off a minor, sign them up and then leave. If you’d like another adult to be responsible for your child at the track, you’ll need a NOTARIZED note assigning that person as your child’s legal guardian. You’ll want a second copy for the guardian to keep in case your child needs medical treatment.

Sample guardian assignment letter for minors whose parents cannot attend:

I assign and authorize Jim Smith to be my son Bobby Johnson’s legal guardian on May 5, 6 and 7, 2017 while he races and/or practices motocross at RedBud.  In addition, I authorize Jim Smith to complete all necessary registration forms and sign as Bobby’s legal guardian, and I authorize Jim Smith to give emergency medical consent for Bobby if necessary.

ATV-Specific Rules:

ATV rider and equipment requirements – these apply to all racing and practice events:

Tether kill switch and nerf bars are required for all ATVs.

You must meet the age & cc’s requirements.
Under age 16 cannot ride a 450. There are limits for cc’s for other age ranges; see class structures below.

Open Riding – no ATVs on the big track, except October 12, 2013 (grass race weekend).

Mini ATVs on the 50 track are included at all Open Riding events.

Open Riding-Specific Rules:

No memberships are required, however, you must bring proof of racing in order to ride the Expert group. Proof can be a current membership card, recent sign up receipt or print out of results from an event.

125cc & up bikes are separated into Novice and Expert groups.

A practice group schedule is located at the starting line (at both the pro track and the KTM Kids Track), and at registration.

No riding in fields.  Ride to and from the track only. Remember, you must be 16 or over to use a pit vehicle. They are for transportation to and from the track, not for joy riding!

The 50 track schedule is flexible. We may start out with all 50s together and split according to size and/or speed as more riders sign up. Please check with the 50 track official for details.

Remember, it’s just practice!  Watch for and obey yellow caution flags.  If one is waving, a rider is down ahead. Medics and track crew may be on the track. Pay attention! Slow down and don’t jump until you have passed the incident and all the yellow flags.  You can lose your riding privilege for the day for failure to obey yellow flags. 

Race Day Memberships and Rules:

All races are AMA sanctioned and follow the AMA Sports rulebook, available online at www.amadirectlink.com/rulebooks.  All racers must be AMA or ATVA members. Membership can be purchased at the track or online at www.ama-cycle.org. Membership fees vary from $29 – $49/year; a weekend membership is available for $20 and can be applied to a full membership within 120 days.

All regular races* pay GLMX points; rules and info are available at www.greatlakesmx.com. *ATV National and VetFest do not run GLMX classes, but points are applied to as many classes as possible. Loretta Lynns Regional Qualifier does not pay GLMX points. All riders must be GLMX members; this does not apply to the Area or Regional Qualifier or ATV Nationals. Membership can be purchased at the track. Full 12-month membership fee is $20; temporary membership fee is $5 and is good for one weekend of racing. Temporary members can earn points, too. You must upgrade to a full membership before the series ends in order to get an award if you’ve earned one.

In general, the following safety equipment is required: DOT approved helmet, goggles, long sleeved full shirt (not cut off), long pants, tall boots. Gloves are recommended but not required. We strongly recommend race gear (as opposed to jeans and a sweatshirt). Kids are always growing and many race parents have used gear for sale, so ask around in the pits. In addition, we recommend that riders take advantage of other available safety equipment such as gloves, chest protector, knee brace and neck brace. Tether kill switch and nerf bars are required for ALL quads, including minis.

For youth classes, your age on January 1 applies for the whole year.  For example, a 15-year-old who turns 16 on March 1 can still race a 12-15 age class for the entire season (because he was 15 on January 1). However, once you move up to the next age level class, you cannot move back down.

For Vet classes, your age on race day applies. You can ride a class as soon as you become eligible, but not before.

The following pit bike rules do NOT apply on pro national weekend. There are no pit bikes allowed on pro weekend!

Pit bikes (golf carts, scooters, etc.) are a privilege and not a right. The privilege will be taken away from anyone who abuses it. Pit bikes may be ridden to and from the track by adults only – you must be 16 or older to ride a pit bike. Pit bikes cannot go inside the pro track infield; they can be parked outside the finish line tunnels. Pit bikes are for competitors and pit crews only; not for spectator use. No riding in fields. 5 MPH limit at all times.

Pit bikes and race bikes cannot be ridden on Friday evenings.  Pit bike riding stops Saturday either at dusk or at the time announced.  We usually allow pit bike use until signup closes for the night.

No riding on the pro track before or after the event.  This includes bicycles.

After racing on the 50 track concludes, we will have open practice on the track, weather and conditions permitting. If you have a child who is learning to ride but not ready to race yet, bring them to registration and fill out release forms and you can let him or her practice after the races are over!

RACE DAY CURFEW:  Kids (under 18) must be at their campsite by 11pm nightly, unless they’re with a parent.

The Race Referee is Drex Akin. The KTM Kids Track Referee is Kirk Newman.  Both referees are usually located at the starting line at their respective tracks.  Please feel free to ask them questions!  If you need help choosing the right class, understanding the rules, figuring out what bike belongs in what class, anything!  That’s what they’re here for.  Make sure you have a clear understanding of the rules and equipment requirements before you enter the track.

We’re pleased to have Traxide Outreach Ministry, headed up by Rich Troyer, here on race weekends.  Rich typically holds a service on Saturday evening, along with family activities like movie night, slip-n-slide, scavenger hunts, etc.  If you have trouble locating Traxide in the pits, stop by registration and we’ll direct you.

For a regular 2-day race weekend, you will buy a wristband for both days at the front gate when you come in.  If you leave by 8pm Saturday, we’ll cut your wristband off and give you a refund for Sunday. Please note that you must be wearing your wristband.  We can’t refund a band that’s not attached to a person. Refunds are not available in the middle of an event that spans more than one day, like the Regional qualifier and ATV National.