Round seven of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series landed at RedBud MX in Buchannon, MIIt this Independence Day weekend. SoCal SuperTrucks backed Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider Blake Baggett stayed on the gas for 4th place overall, Benny Bloss earned his best moto finish so far this season, and Dakota Alix held on strong for 14th.
Blake Baggett started out the day ready to contend, posting the fastest qualifying time of the day. This provided him with a choice gate pick, helping him rocket out of the gate ahead of the rest of the field to secure the holeshot. He went on to lead almost the entire first lap, until a mistake caused him to go down hard. Fortunately, Blake was able to remount his KTM and after stopping by the mechanics area, was able to get back on the gas, coming from dead last all the way up to and breaking into the top 5, where he would cross the line, taking 5th place in moto 1.
Blake again got a great start for moto 2, putting him inside the top five right out of the gate. He looked fast and getting faster until he had a get off in one of the technical, deeply rutted sections of the track. Again, Blake hopped back on his bike, and again put a hard charge on cutting through the field all the way to another 5th place finish. Blakes 5-5 finishes earned him a 4th overall for the day, keeping him in 5th in the championship points standings.
“It was an up-and-down day,” said Baggett. “I had the pace all day, we just had a few mishaps that kept us off the podium. We are still in this championship, so we’ll take this break to regroup and go after it at Spring Creek.”
As the gates dropped for moto 1, Benny Bloss launched off the line, and rounded turn one inside the front of the pack. Early in the race he cut into the top 3 and continued that pace, finishing 3rd. This was the best moto finish of his career.
Unfortunately, moto 2 would not go as smoothly for the baby giraffe. This time Benny would start outside the top ten. He was able to catch up and break into 10th place, before going down hard in a heavily rutted corning right before LaRocco’s Leap. He jumped back on his bike and made his way up to 23rd before the checkered flag flew. His 3-23 finishes put him in 11th overall.
“I’m happy with my ride today,” said Bloss. “I rode well in the first moto, and it felt great to get my first podium moto-finish. It was unfortunate I went down in moto 2, as I feel we could have had a top-five day. We will take the week off to regroup and get ready for Spring Creek.”
Dakota had a solid day in the 250MX class as he battled inside the top 15 at the start of moto 1. Alix rode strong, hit his best lines, and finished 14th at the checkered flag. Dakota got another great start in moto 2, putting him in the top ten after only one lap. He only fell back a few positions late in the race, holding steadily on the gas to finish just outside the top ten in 12th place. His 14-12 score earned him 14th overall for the day.