SoCal SuperTrucks Backed Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC traveled south as the second round of the 2019 Pro Motocross Championship series made it’s return to Southern California’s Pala Raceway since 2011 this past weekend.
Blake Baggett started out the morning by setting the 5th fastest lap in practice, then timed the gate perfectly in moto one, leading the field into the first turn to grab the holeshot. Early on in the race he would then find himself under attack from the rest of the riders, and shuffled back to 2nd. Then after a pass by Anderson he dropped down to 3rd. Blake fought back, passing Anderson for 2nd and then ran Roczen down quickly to battle for the lead as they headed into the third lap. Blake would run into something in the track headed into turn one that was so solid, it bent his front wheel, and more forcing him to stop for a front wheel change in the pits. Unfortunately, he jammed his throttle wrist in the impact as well. He would go out and race Moto 2, but the pain in his wrist from the first moto crash proved too much to stay with the lead pack. Blake would continue till the end to grab what will be critical championship points come the end of the season.
Though it was a rough day, Blake’s wrist checked out all clear after the race and he will be ready to go after the podium at round 3 in Lakewood, CO this weekend.
“Today didn’t go my way,” said Baggett. “I felt like I had the speed out there to battle at the front, just had a few issues that kept me from being up there. We have some work to do this week and I am looking forward to a better result at Thunder Valley, where I grabbed my first 450mx win.”
Justin Bogle started the first moto of the day rounding the first turn inside the top ten. He kept the charge to cross the checkered flag in 12th. Justin rocketed out of the gate in moto two, and lead the field into turn one to give the team it’s second holeshot of the day. He would then ride another strong moto, crossing the finish in 12th place, earning 12th place overall for the day.
“Not the result I expected,” said Bogle. “I had good starts both motos, I just didn’t feel comfortable on the track. We still have a few changes to make on the bike and we will be ready at Thunder Valley next week.”