Round 12 of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series was held at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. The track proved to be one of the toughest so far this season and the riders would have their work cut out for them.
Blake Baggett #4 – RMATVMC KTM 450SX
Blake came into Ford Field off of a solid 4th Place finish in Indy and would have some confidence. After putting in a top 10 qualifying time in practice, Blake would get a great jump in his heat race and round the first turn in about 6th Place. He made 2 quick passes on lap 1 to move into 4th Place. Baggett put in a solid ride and finished 4th to put himself straight to the Main Event.
In the Main Event, Blake would get a mid pack start and find himself in about 10th place with his work cut out for him. Blake would immediately start his charge to make his way towards the front of the pack. Baggett was riding amazing and found himself in 6th Place by the halfway point. He continued this charge and would close a huge gap to catch up to Ryan Dungey and his teammate Davi Millsaps. Blake was on fire and would make the pass on Millsaps and catch Dungey to finish in 4th just behind him. He put in an awesome ride and is looking forward to next weekend in St. Louis.
Davi Millsaps #18 – RMATVMC KTM 450SX
Davi got a decent jump in the heat race finding himself right behind teammate Blake Baggett going into turn 1. Unfortunately, he would catch a tuff block with his foot peg and get hung up and round the first turn in about 15th Place and would have a lot of work to do. Millsaps would put in a hard charge and move all the way up to 6th Place by the end of the race, just 2 spots short of a transfer spot.
In the Semi race, Davi would come out of the first turn in 5th Place and would make a 2 rider pass in a corner to move into 3rd on the first lap. Davi would continue his charge towards the front and chase down both Josh Grant and Trey Canard. Canard would put up a fight to make a great battle, but Davi would make the pass stick to take the Win. This win would land him a spot in the Main Event.
In the Main Event, Millsaps shot out of the gate and rounded the first corner in 3rd Place! Consistent lap after lap would keep Millsaps in the podium position for almost the entire race. A small mistake in the sand section would allow Dungey to to close in right on the rear fender of MIllsaps. Millsaps would hang on to the 3rd spot until Dungey made a pass about a half a lap later to put Davi back to 4th with his teammate Blake Baggett charging hard in 5th. Millsaps said he got a little tired by the end of the race, and would end up finishing in a respectable 5th Place in the Main Event.
Broc Tickle #20 – Yoshimura RCH Suzuki
Broc Tickle would be riding in his hometown and would be looking to show his hometown fans a good night. He threw down the fastest time of the day in qualifying! In his Heat race, Broc didn’t get the start he had hoped for and would find himself about mid pack. He would fight to gain some positions but would fall short of a transfer spot and have to head to the semi race.
In the Semi, Broc would get a great jump and come out with the holeshot! Eli Tomac would be right behind him in second and would make an early pass to put Tickle back to 2nd. Tickle would ride a great race and finish 2nd to earn a transfer spot to the Main Event.
In the Main Event, Tickle would get a great jump and find himself in about 5th place. Tickle kept throwing down fast laps and rode a great race. He would eventually end up losing a couple spots to current points leader Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett and find himself in 7th Place. By the end of the race, Tickle would hold on to a 7th Place finish in his hometown.
Dakota Alix #70 – RMATVMC KTM 450SX
Dakota Alix would get off to a great start in his Heat race and come out with the holeshot! Cianciarulo would make an early pass on lap 1 to put Alix back to 2nd. Dakota put in a solid ride to the checkers and would come away with a 4th Place finish and earn a transfer spot to the Main Event.
In the Main Event, Alix would get caught in a first turn pileup and find himself on the ground along with the current points leader Zach Osborne. Unfortunately, this would end the night for Alix as he injured his foot. Alix and the team says they will be back swinging next weekend in St. Louis.