After a weekend off, it was back to racing as round eight of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series made it’s stop at Spring Creek MX in Millville, MN. SoCal SuperTrucks backed Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC rider Blake Baggett continued to put the rest of the field on notice with a 4th overall, Benny Bloss earned another top-ten finish, and Dakota Alix rounded out the day coming in 17th.
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Blake Baggett showed his speed yet again during morning practice, registering the 5th-fastest time of the day. As the gates dropped for moto 1, the #4 rider rocketed off the line to round the first turn inside the top 3. He would go on to slide back to 4th early in the race, but in true “El Chupacabra” fashion, he jumped right back into a podium position by the mid point of the race. He stayed on the gas, and finished in 3rd place.
Moto 2 saw Baggett again with a strong start, allowing him to grab hold of 4th place early on. He kept the power on, and by the middle of the race overtook 3rd where he ticked off the laps, until ultimately sliding back into 4th before the checkered flag came out. With his 3-4 finishes, Blake would earn 4th overall. WIth only four races left in the season, Blake Baggett continues to hold 5th in the championship points standings.
“It was a good day out there,” said Baggett. “We were in contention all day, we just came up a little short. We’re positive though since we are still moving in the right direction. We’ll regroup and come back ready to fight for the podium in Washougal.”
Benny Bloss came out swinging as the gates dropped for his first moto. He shot off the line and after the first turn settled into position just outside the top ten. As he was beginning to put the hard charge on, an early mistake caused a minor get-off, and resulted in the #60 rider falling back to 18th. With determination, the Baby Giraffe regrouped and focused as he started working his way through the field. Bloss would make it all the way back to 11th place, where he would finish the moto.
Luckily, a better start in moto 2 would allow Benny to break into the top ten early on in the race. His speed and consistency were key, as they allowed him to put in clean laps, culminating in an 8th place finish. These 11-8 finishes secured a 10th place overall for Bloss.
“Today was tough,” said Bloss. “I was feeling good out there until I went down in the first moto, which was unfortunate since I had the speed for a top-five finish. Overall, it was a good weekend. We made progress, and I’m looking forward to aiming for a top-five finish at Washougal.”
You could say Dakota Alix had his work cut out for him during moto1, as he fell victim to a massive first turn pile up. After untangling from the heap of bikes and riders, he remounted, and with extreme focus put his sights on the riders ahead. He was able to diligently work his way from nearly last place to 19th before the checkered flag flew.
Luckily, Alix would fare better in moto 2, starting inside the top 20. He kept the charge on and was able to overtake several positions, resulting in a 16th finish. His 19-16 finishes would earn Dakota a 17th over all for the day.