The Thunder Valley MX outdoor national, the third round of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series, was held in Lakewood, CO, the this past weekend. Both Blake Bagget & Benny Bloss put in top five performances, as Baggett landed on the podium for the first time this season with a 3rd place finish, while Bloss made it known he is a top-five contender as he rode to his best finish this season with a 5th place finish.
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Blake Baggett has done well at Thunder Valley in the past, so coming into this race, he was both prepared and confident. He started the day of racing strong in qualifying, putting in the 6th fastest lap. Despite having to line up for the gate drop twice due to a red flag for a downed rider causing a restart, Blake was unperturbed, rocketing out of the gate, straight to the first turn ahead of the pack, securing the holeshot. He would end up sliding back to third, and toward the end of the race put in an admirable attempt to overcome 2nd, but to no avail. He would ultimately finish moto 1 in 3rd place.
Consistency was the name of the game for the #4 of Blake Bagget at Round 3, as Moto 2 went down with almost identical results as the first! He again launched out of the gate and into the lead, grabbing his second holeshot of the day. Then slid back to 2nd, and by the middle of the race lost one more position, where he would eventually cross the finish line with another 3rd place podium finish. His 3-3 score earned him 3rd overall, his first podium of the season.
“Today was good,” said Baggett. “My starts were on today and helped me race up at the front. It’s a step in the right direction and where I know I should be. We’ll keep plugging away and use this off weekend to regroup and come back strong at Mt. Morris.”
Benny Bloss let it be well known that he’s a top-five rider in the series, posing his best motos of the season this last race. Bloss got a good start in moto 1, putting him inside the top ten right away. He then would make steady progress moving up position after position before finishing in 6th place. Moto 2 saw Benny get another favorable start, and again placed him inside the top ten riders right off the gate. Next, he put his sights on gaining positions, and made it up to 5th before the checkered flag flew. With his 6-5 finishes, Benny Bloss would earn a 5th overall, his personal best of the season.
“My best race of the year,” said Bloss. “I had fun out there on the track and being up there and battling in the top five. We are working hard, and things are getting better on my end. I’m looking forward to another top five at Mt. Morris in a few weeks.”
Due to his heavy crash last weekend at Glen Helen, Dakota Alix did not line up his KTM 250 SX-F at Thunder Valley MX, instead taking time to heal and come back strong in two weeks at Mt. Morris.