The scene was different as round five of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series, headed to the Northen California city of Oakland and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for the season’s race this past Saturday. After fans were treated to the SoCal SuperTrucks show truck in the team pit area, Blake Baggett rode solid on the treacherous track to his first podium finish of the season.
The start of the night would see Blake Baggett charging out of the gate and around turn one inside the top 5 in his heat race. Blake stayed on point and battled for position, to cross the checkered flag in 6th place, more than enough to put him straight through to the Main. As the gates dropped on the Main Event, Baggett rocketed off the line and made it to turn one just behind Cole Seely, who secured the holeshot. He would go on to lose a couple positions early in the race, but by the half-way point make his way back up to 3rd, and putting his attention toward overtaking Ken Roczen for 2nd. BB4 would stay on the gas especially through the whoop section, allowing him to close the gap between him and 2nd place. Blake never let up, but couldn’t make the pass. He would finish the race in 3rd place, his first podium finish of the season, moving him up to 7th place in the championship points standings. That puts Blake Baggett only 9 points away from 4th place.
When asked about the race Blake said, “Tonight was a good night, The track was tough and I struggled a bit in practice with the deep ruts and the rhythm lanes. We made a few adjustments to my WP Factory Services suspension before the night show that helped me feel comfortable with the conditions. My starts were awesome all night, which helped with track position. I rode consistent and hit my marks every lap. I’m excited to get a podium, and am looking forward to next weekend in San Diego ready to battle for the win.”
Benny Bloss came into Round 5 primed and ready to race! This was clear as he shot off the line starting his heat race inside the top ten. Benny would stay on the gas, picking up a few positions to finish 6th place, securing a transfer spot to the main. When it came time for the gates to drop on the Main Event, Bloss would not fair as well. He was able to work his way up to 12th place before having a serious get-off. Benny would have to take his #60 machine to the mechanics area for a repair, but was able to return to the track and finish the night in 20th place.
“It was an up-and-down night,” Bloss said. “It was one of the toughest Supercross tracks I have ridden, and I am happy to come out of here healthy. Unfortunately, I had a little issue in the main event that hindered my performance. We leave here on a positive note and ready for next weekend in San Diego.”
After missing last weekend’s round, Dakota Alix returned to racing with a solid start in his heat race. He would pilot his KTM 250SX-F around turn one inside the top five. For the remainder of the race, Alix rode consistently, hitting all his lines, to secure a transfer spot to the main with a 6th place finish, just as the rest of his team did in their respective heat races. Going into the Main Event, his confidence showed as he dashed out of the gate inside the top ten. Regrettably, his luck would run out, as an incident with another rider caused him to launch over a berm. Dakota was able to get up and remount his KTM and finished the race in 20th place.