The inclement weather didn’t stop racing fans as the first round of the 2019 Supercross season opener kicked off, taking over Angel Stadium of Anaheim CA this past Saturday night. It was a difficult night for SoCal SuperTrucks Supported riders Blake Baggett and Justin Bogle, as they started off the new season.
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Blake Baggett came into the 2019 season ready and showing he will be a serious force this year as he put in a lighting fast lap in the closing minutes of practice to earn himself the top qualifier spot. He continued the pace into his heat race, rounding the first turn with the holeshot. He kept the momentum and hit his lines finishing 3rd to transfer straight to the main event.
As it came time for the Main Event, it also came time for the rain to fall. Regardless, Blake rocketed out of the gate and round the first turn just outside the top ten. Unfortunately after that, he would have a hard time finding his groove on the wet, slippery track and would slide back a few places. Blake continued to charge in the tough conditions, fighting back to finish the evening in 12th place.
“Tonight was a struggle,” said Baggett. “I had the speed all day. It’s unfortunate I didn’t get the start I needed, and the conditions made the track very challenging. The most important thing is we leave A1 healthy and looking forward to Glendale next weekend.”
Photo: Holeshot Photos
Justin Bogle came in ready as he made his racing debut with the SoCal SuperTrucks backed Team RMATV/MC, filling in for the injured Benny Bloss. With only a few days on the bike before Anaheim, Justin looked comfortable on his new KTM and posted the 19th fastest time of the day. In his heat race, Justin would find himself running just behind his teammate, Blake Baggett. He would hold on to that position, crossing the checkered flag in 4th, transferring straight to the Main.
In the Main Event, Justin started in a good position and battled early in the race inside the top ten. He fell back a few spots by the middle of the race, and looked to be putting in a charge forward until going down in the muddy conditions. Justin would remount, finishing the night in 19th place.
“It was a tough night,” said Bogle. “I felt good all day. It was unfortunate with the track conditions. We’ll build off this race, go back and do some work this week and come out swinging at Glendale.”
With round 1 out of the way, Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS now travels to Glendale, AZ and State Farm Stadium for round two of the 2019 Supercross Series.