The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship returned after a week long hiatus, and jumped right back into action as round thirteen went down at Safeco Field in the Emerald City of Seattle, WA. Inclement weather transformed the track to make for one of the most demanding races so far this season. Blake Baggett endured the less than favorable track conditions to rack up an 8th place finish, Benny Bloss took 14th in the main, and Dakota Alix finished the night in 16th.
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Going into the night, Blake Baggett felt rejuvenated and primed for a favorable result Saturday night. And by the look of his heat race performance, all was going to plan! As the gates dropped, he found himself out front early on, and stayed there finishing in 4th place, securing a straight transfer to the Main. Fast forward to the start of the main event, and we once again saw Baggett get a great start, putting him up in the front of the pack early on. With determination and perseverance he made his way though muddy lap after muddy lap, and ultimately crossed the finish line in 8th place. Blake now sits 5th in the championship pints standings, with only four races left in the season.
“It was tough out there tonight,” said Baggett. “I had good starts all night. I just rode smart in the mud and kept it on two wheels. The main thing is we are leaving here healthy and looking forward to next week at Minneapolis.”
Benny Bloss would have to put in extra work in Seattle, as he was not able to finish his heat in a transfer position. Luckily, he would not only transfer out of the LCQ, but actually win it altogether. At the start of the main event, Bloss would end up getting hung up with another rider, causing both to go down. But this would not stop the #42! He remounted his KTM, now at the very back of the field, and pressed on. Showing persistence, he started picking up positions, but only enough to get him to 14th before the checkered flag waved.
“My night was ok,” said Bloss. “It felt good to get that LCQ win, but my main event didn’t go so well. I am looking forward to these last four races and finishing the season off strong.”
Dakota Alix fought through the deep mud in his 250SX heat race to a 6th place transfer spot. In the main event, he stayed on two wheels and on the gas, finishing round 13 in 16th place.