The seventeenth & final round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series, headed to Las Vegas, NV this past Saturday. Team RMATV/MC faired well in Sin City, with Blake Baggett finishing 3rd, and Benny Bloss 6th, his best finish of the season.
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Blake Baggett came into Las Vegas ready to put a strong close to the season. In his heat, he was able to get a good start and rode among the top five for the early part of the race. By riding fast and consistently, he went on to make a few passes, to finish 3rd. In the last main event of the year, Blake again timed the gate with precision and shot straight into 3rd place. He would ride an exceptional race, riding smooth and hitting clean lines, maintaining 3rd all the way to the end. This podium finish, Blakes fifth this year, placed him in 4th in the final championship points.
“It was a good race,” said Baggett. “I had good starts all night, and with the track being difficult, it helped being at the front. I’m happy with how I rode and to end the season on the podium.”
Round 17 proved to be Benny Bloss’ best night of the season. He launched out of the gate in his heat race, narrowly missing the holeshot. With confidence and determination, Benny took a charge for the lead through the difficult whoop section early on. He kept pace with the top riders, but ultimately full back a few spots to 5th by the end of the race. As the gates dropped for the main event, Bloss again got a great start, putting him inside the top ten right off the bat. The #60 rode fast, hitting clean lines, to make his way up a few spots to cross the checkered flag in 6th place. He ended the season on a high note as he was awarded the 450SX Rookie of the Year award.
“I had a great night,” said Bloss. “Tonight, I showed my speed and that I belong up at the front. It felt great to put in my best ride of the season here at the last round to end the supercross season on a positive.”
Unfortunately, Dakota Alix did not make the 250SX East/West Showdown, so Anthony Rodriguez was the sole time rider in the main event. A less than desirable start would put Rodriguez at the tail end of the pack early on in the race. Regrettably, Anthony would not make up much ground, as he finished the night in 19th. Despite the lackluster final round finish, Anthony Rodriguez racked up enough points to end the season in 9th place for the 250SX East points standings.