The tenth round of Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship is by far the most unique, given it’s outdoor-style track placed inside the tri-oval of Datona International Speedway in Daytona, FL. The difficult track challenged both Blake Baggett and Benny Bloss, finishing 9th and 11th respectively.
Blake Baggett let it be known early on Saturday that he would be one to contend with that night by setting the 7th fastest time in qualifying. He again further illustrated this notion with a 3rd place finish in his heat race, putting him straight through to the main.
Unfortunately the main event would not go as well as the prior heat race. As the gates dropped, Blake ended up with a start outside the top ten, and to make things worse, he also getting mixed up in first turn traffic, that would put him back to 18th early on. Despite all this, he was able to charge through the pack, making his way up to 8th place by the middle of the race. Even with a still sore wrist, Baggett only lost one position by the end of the race, resulting in an 9th place finish for the night.
“Tonight was tough,” said Blake. “My start wasn’t there in the main and fought through the field all night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the result we wanted. We’ll look forward, take the week to rest and come into St. Louis ready to get back up to the front.”
We have seen the #60 of Benny Bloss getting better and better each round, and Daytona proved to be his best race yet. He got a good start and rode fast in his heat race, resulting in securing a 7th place transfer spot straight to the main. With another great start in the main event (his best start all season) he rounded the first turn inside the top ten. As the race went on, he was able to move up to 8th place by the 10 minute mark before ultimately losing a few positions to finish the night in 11th place.
Regrettably, Anthony Rodriguez’ would not make it to the night show. His day was cut short due to hard get-off during afternoon practice. The fall re-aggravated a pre-season injury. Anthony, after discussions with the team, would decide to sit out the night to heal up and return ready for this weekend’s race in St. Louis.