The Second to last race of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship ran in Salt Lake City, UT this past Saturday, where we saw the whole team finish within the top ten!
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Blake Baggett was on top of his game in SLC! He rocketed out of the gate in Heat 1, securing the holeshot and taking an early lead. He would then fall back one position after a back-and-forth battle for the lead with Marvin Musquin. “El Chupacabra” never gave up though, nipping at the heels of the Frenchmen till the end, and ultimately finishing the heat in 2nd place. It was deja vu all over again as the gate dropped for the main event and Baggett shot off the line and into the lead, obtaining his 2nd holeshot of the night! A few laps into the main, he would lose the front end, causing Blake to do a handstand over the bars! Luckily, he was able to save it, and continued on in 2nd place. With focus and determination, Baggett counted off the laps, and crossed the finish line in 3rd place, his fourth podium finish of the season! With only one race left, Blake goes into Las Vegas tied for 4th in the championship points!
“It was a good race,” said Baggett. “My starts were solid, and it felt good to grab that holeshot and to get back up on the podium. I’m ready for Vegas and to finish the season off strong with another podium.”
Salt Lake City proved to be one of Benny Bloss’ best overall rounds this season. He started off the day posting the 6th-fastest time in qualifying. He then brought that speed into the heat race securing a 4th-place finish and transfer straight to the main. In the main event, Benny came back from an 18th-place start to power his way through the field and into the top ten. Bloss put in a rock-solid ride and finished the night in 8th place.
“I rode well out there,” said Bloss. “Tonight was a big step in the right direction. My speed was there, and even though I had to work my way from the back of the field, I am excited about my ride. I am looking forward to Las Vegas and putting in another top-ten ride to end the season on a high note.”
Dakota Alix also had one of his best races this season. He ran a favorable heat race, battling to a 5th-place finish and a good gate pick for the main. Dakota kept the momentum going in the main event, starting inside the top ten after the gates dropped. He went on to charge and, finished the night in 7th place.