Gov. O'Malley Coming To Budds Creek Motocross This Saturday

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (September 18, 2007)—Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to visit the Red Bull Motocross of Nations International Motocross event this Saturday, September 22. The Governor will be joined by state and local elected officials and representatives of regional and state Tourism offices.

The Red Bull Motocross of Nations will take place at the Budds Creek Motocross facility in Budds Creek, St. Mary's County, Maryland on Saturday, September 22, and Sunday, September 23. There will also be pre-event amateur racing on Friday, September 21.

This is the first time this international event has been held in the United States within the last twenty years. Thirty-five teams have entered the event this year. Race officials say this is the only occasion for fans to see the best riders in the world compete together in teams.

Track officials estimate that attendance will exceed 35,000 people. Many of the international attendees will be visiting Maryland for the first time.

Motocross (often shortened to MX or MotoX) is a form of motorcycle sport or all-terrain vehicle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. Motocross is derived from the French, and traces its origins to British Scrambling competitions. The name "motocross" is a contraction derived from "Motorcycle" and "Cross Country."

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