It was a historic night for SoCal SuperTrucks backed Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC -KTM-WPS inside the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ as Blake Baggett took the 450SX win at round two of the 2019 Supercross season. This marks both Blake’s and the team’s first win in the premier 450SX class of Supercross.
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The technical Glendale track befit Blake Baggett’s style, and it was clear during his heat race. With a great start, he rounded the first turn in 4th place. Riding fast, and hitting his lines, he held onto that position the entire race, and crossed the finish to transfer straight to the main.
With the help of a good gate pick, Blake rocketed off the start in the main event and quickly found himself in a battle for second. He would fall back to 4th place before a red flag five minutes in stopped the race for a downed rider. Blake used the short break before the staggered start to regain focus. When the race resumed, he came out invigorated and with great speed. He found new lines and made his way into 2nd place. From there, the race was on, and Baggett’s speed and exceptional line choices allowed him to catch the leader and defending Supercross champion Jason Anderson from a 2.5-second deficit. In classic “El Chupacabra” style, Blake stalked Anderson for a few laps before pulling the trigger to take the lead with just a few minutes to go. With Anderson passed, Blake finished the race and pulled away from the field in dominating fashion, taking the checkered flag for his first career 450SX victory. This win moves Blake into 4th place in the championship points.
“I’m pumped on my first 450 supercross win,” said Baggett. “I pulled it together in the main event, found a few good lines and didn’t push too hard as the track was baked. I’m excited to get this win for the team and the goal is to be there for the championship. We’ll go back this week, do the work and come out at Anaheim 2 ready to repeat with another win.”
Photo: Kardy Photos
Justin Bogle is getting more and more comfortable on his KTM 450SX-F FE. In his heat race he started just outside the top ten but continued to charge forward and work his way into the top ten by the middle of the race. Bogle would move up a few more spots and cross the finish line in 7th place to transfer straight to the main event.
In the main, a bad jump off the gate had Justin rounding the first turn mid-pack. He started working his way forward until the red-flag stopped the race early on. When the race resumed, he worked his way up to 15th by the checkered flag.
“We are making progress,” said Bogle. “The track was good and I felt better out there this week, it was unfortunate I didn’t get the starts I needed. We are improving each week, so we will go back make some changes to the bike and be ready for Anaheim next weekend.”
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS will now travel back to Anaheim, CA for round three and the first triple crown event of the 2019 Supercross Series.