The season came to a wet and muddy close as the twelfth, and final, round of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship visited Ironman MX in Crawfordsville, IN this past weekend. Despite the unfavorable conditions, Blake Baggett was able to fight back to 10th overall, while Benny Bloss earned 11th overall .
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Blake Baggett showed great speed right out of the gate, as he navigated the first turn inside the top five. Unfortunately, his moto came to a stop one lap later when the deep mud swallowed up his bike and forced him off. After getting his bike free and stopping in the mechanics area, Baggett re-entered the race at the very end of the field. Blake then put the charge on in the tricky conditions to work his way up to 16th by the time the checkered flag flew.
Blake again rocketed out of the gate and into the top five at the start of moto 2. He went on to maintain a consistent pace, finishing 5th. Along with his first moto finish, Blake’s moto-2 achievement earned him 10th overall, finishing the season 5th place in championship points.
“It was an okay day,” said Baggett. “My starts were good both motos, though being stuck in the mud did not help. Not where we wanted to finish today, but I am happy to end the season 5th in points.”
Benny Bloss’ confidence was high going into the last round, as he posted the 9th-fastest time in practice. His favorable gate pick allowed him to reach the first turn in moto 1within the top ten. After that, he briefly strayed off the track, which caused him to fall back to the middle of the pack. With conditions getting worse, Benny went down a couple of times in the deep mud. He got back on his bike, and proceded to make his way back up to 11th by the end of the moto.
Benny didn’t get the same upsurge out of the gate as he did in moto 1, and started the race deep into the pack of riders. He worked his way forward throughout the moto, and was able to finish in 11th place. With his first moto finish, Benny’s performance earned him 11th for the day and 7th place in championship points.
“It was a wild day,” said Bloss. “I couldn’t find a flow in the mud today, and it was unfortunate I had a few crashes. While I’m not happy with my finish, I am happy ending the season 7th in points.”
Dakota Alix didn’t line up for the final 250 round due to a shortened practice schedule caused by the wet conditions. He ended the season just outside of the top twenty in 21st.