The Pro Motocross Championship series’ return to racing was a wet and wild one this past weekend at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, NY. As rain poured down on Team SoCal SuperTrucks backed RMATV/MC, they maneuvered their way through the trecherous muddy conditions. Blake Baggett put in a top 5 overall ride, Benny Bloss just behind in 6th, and Dakota Alix with 19th for the day.
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Blake Baggett launched off the gate in moto 1 merely missing the holeshot, reaching the first turn in second place. Despite a constant onslaught of rain pounding down on him, he remained on the gas, battling inside the top three early on in the race. As track conditions worsened, Blake was forced to make stop at the mechanics’ area mid-race for a fresh pair of goggles. He returned to the track, and was able to come back to finish in 5th place.
As the gates dropped for Moto 2, the #4 rider would come off the line inside the top ten. With the track seeming to tack up a bit, Blake was able to move forward, gaining position after position, ultimately finishing Moto 2 in 6th. With his combined 5-6 scores, he earned 5th overall. This keeps Blake in 5th place in points for the championship.
“I felt good out there,” said Baggett. “The track was tough both motos, but I kept the pace, and I’m happy to leave here healthy. I’m ready to finish off the last two races strong and on the podium.”
The #60 of Benny Bloss rocketed off the line in moto 1, making it around turn 1 inside the top ten. Despite the difficult track conditions, he still managed to break into the top five by the half-way point of the race. He went on to keep focused and overtake one last position to finish the moto in 4th.
Moto 2 would see another solid start from Benny, but a mistake on the first lap would cause him to go down in the mud. After being stuck under his bike for over a minute, Benny rejoined the race near the tail end of the pack. In spite of the tricky track conditions, Bloss charged all the way back to take 10th place by the time the checkered flag flew. This performance combined with his moto 1 finish earned him 6th for the day and 8th place in championship points.
“Today was a good day,” said Bloss. “My pace was there, and I was having fun out in the mud. I had a little issue in the second moto, but it felt good to come through the pack from so far back. I’m looking forward to Budds Creek and fighting for the podium.”
After a respectable performance in moto 1 with a 17th place finish, Dakota Alix took off out of the gate in moto 2 and rounded the first lap at the tail end of the top 20. He stayed consistent in the mud and took the checkered flag in 19th, earning him 19th overall.