The gate dropped on the opening round of the 2019 Pro Motocross Championship series at Northern California’s Hangtown MX outdoor national last weekend. It was a special race as Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC came together with 51Fifty Energy Drink and the Carlos Vieria Foundation to dedicate this round to Autism Awareness. With the bikes running special graphics from HBD MotoGrafx, Blake Baggett started the season with an 8th place finish, and teammate Justin Bogle secured a 10th place finish
As the gate dropped for moto one, Blake Baggett shot off the line to round the first turn just outside the top five. He then wasted no time making the move for 5th place. Blake kept the charge and as the rain started to come down, he would slide back one spot taking the checkered flag in 6th. The rain didn’t stop for moto two, but Blake stayed on the throttle at the start and finished lap one inside the front pack. After slipping back outside the top ten mid-race due to worsening track conditions, Blake navigated the muddy track fighting his way to 10th place at the checkered flag, earning 8th overall for the day.
“Not the ride I wanted to start the season with,” said Baggett. “I felt good out there, it’s just unfortunate the track conditions were treacherous. The important thing is we leave here healthy and I am looking forward to Pala next weekend.”
Justin Bogle started the day by rounding the first turn in moto one inside the top five. After slipping back outside of the top ten mid-race, Justin battled his way forward and took the checkered flag in 10th place. A solid start in moto 2 allowed him to battle inside the top ten. While working his way forward, Justin would go down in the mud mid-race while making a move for 7th place. He would recover to cross the finish line in 9th place, earning 10th overall for the day.
“It was a tough day,” said Bogle. “My starts were there, and I rode strong both motos to leave here with a top ten. We have a few things to work on and I’m looking forward to another good weekend at Pala.