The Facebook post the Ritchie family posted up shortly after passing away on February 20, 2016: “Our dad passed away this morning. We’re so thankful that he left this earth just the way he wanted to: peacefully, at home with his dogs and family. RedBud was his vision, his dream. To everyone who ever threw a leg over their bike or set foot there, he was so very grateful. He often said, ‘If you get to do something you love for a living, you’re truly blessed.’ He was blessed. Godspeed, Geno. We love you.”
Not much else really needs to be written in this introduction here. This Sunday the gate will drop on the 71st annual Motocross of Nations at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. While moto patriarch Gene Ritchie will not be there to see it, his son Tim certainly will (likely from the seat of a bulldozer!). This afternoon Tim checked in with us from the battlefield that is – and will be – RedBud. Constantly interrupted with one question or request after another, Tim did a damn fine job of getting all of us up to speed on the world’s greatest motocross race.