Things really heated up last weekend as Round eleven of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series headed south to Budds Creek MX in Mechanicsville, MD, as this race ended up being on one of the hottest days of the season! Blake Baggett put in another impressive performance, coming in 4th. Benny Bloss placed well within the top ten, and Dakota Alix battled out half the riders, coming in 20th for the day.
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During practice, Blake Baggett gave everyone a preview of things to come, putting in the 6th-fastest time of the morning. He rocketed out of the gate in moto 1 and made it to the first turn inside the top ten. He rode fast, picking up positions, and by mid-race found himself battling it out with Jason Anderson for 5th. Just as Blake was going in for the pass on Anderson, he made contact with the back tire of the 21 machine, causing Blake to go down. Luckily he only lost one spot by the time he jumped back on his KTM, and caught back up to make the pass, finishing in 4th place.
An even better start in moto 2 had Blake rounding the first turn inside the top five. He kept his focus up and energy high as he moved forward, eyes set on the leader. He would go on to put in one of the best rides of the season, charging through the top riders all the way to 2nd where he would ultimately finish the race. His 4-2 scores put him in 4th overall. With only one race left in the series, Blake holds onto 5th in the points standings.
“I felt good all day today,” said Baggett. “I knew I had the speed to run up front. I dug deep, and it felt good to get that 2nd-place finish in moto 2. We’ll come into the last round ready and looking to end the season with a win.”
Benny Bloss had a good start out of the gate in moto 1, starting the race inside the top ten. He didn’t let the fierce competition faze him and rode vehemently to cross the finish line in 9th place.
Another good launch out of the gate in moto 2 put Benny inside the top ten just after the first lap. He found his lines and combated the race leaders throughout the moto to finish in 8th place. With his moto 1 and moto 2 results combined, Bloss finished 8th on the day. He currently holds 8th place in championship points heading into the last round.
“I rode well today,” said Bloss. “My starts were there in both motos, and I just rode at my own pace out there. I’m looking forward to finishing off the season on the podium next week at Ironman.”
After a solid performance in moto 1 with a 19th place finish, Dakota Alix found himself on the ground during moto 2 in a first-turn pileup. He hastily got back on the bike and started to charge from deep in the pack. Alix rode aggressively and fought his way up to 19th by the time the checkered flag flew. Combined with his first moto results, his finish earned him 20th overall.