The 2014 Budds Creek MX marked the first time this year that competitors in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship were challenged by the heat of the summer, and it showed where one truly stands against the field of their biggest rivals. Some embraced the East Coast humidity that hung in the Maryland air, an element they face on a daily basis at their training compounds that dot the southern portion of the nation. Others, meanwhile, buckled under the pressure and spent the final laps of their motos praying for the checkered flag to fly.
With only five rounds remaining in the series, one must brace for anything to occur. We’ve seen riders mount late-season charges that bring them to the cusp of success, and other remain put on a strong front before coming unwound at the very last moment. One bad day could determine either championship for the 250 or 450 class, as the top contenders are currently separated by roughly a moto’s worth of points. Summer is almost over, but these fights are far from finished.