After last week’s bye, the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series arrived on the East Coast, specifically, High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, PA this past weekend. Blake Baggett put the charge on, finishing 7th, and Benny Bloss again showed his speed, finishing 8th overall.
The Thunder Valley MX outdoor national, the third round of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series, was held in Lakewood, CO, the this past weekend. Both Blake Bagget & Benny Bloss put in top five performances, as Baggett landed on the podium for the first time this season with a 3rd place finish, while Bloss made it known he is a top-five contender as he rode to his best finish this season with a 5th place finish.
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Blake Baggett has done well at Thunder Valley in the past, so coming into this race, he was both prepared and confident. He started the day of racing strong in qualifying, putting in the 6th fastest lap. Despite having to line up for the gate drop twice due to a red flag for a downed rider causing a restart, Blake was unperturbed, rocketing out of the gate, straight to the first turn ahead of the pack, securing the holeshot. He would end up sliding back to third, and toward the end of the race put in an admirable attempt to overcome 2nd, but to no avail. He would ultimately finish moto 1 in 3rd place.
Round three of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship series headed to the looming hills of the Glen Helen MX outdoor national this past weekend. SoCal SuperTrucks backed Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider Blake Baggett buckled down, riding without a grip in the second moto to score a 7th place overall finish, while teammate Benny Bloss held down an 11th place finish and Dakota Alix took 18th in the 250MX class.
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Blake Baggett started out the day of racing with the 4th fastest time of the day in qualifying, which would foreshadow his performance in the first moto. He got on the gas right away, and shot out of the gate finding himself among the top ten riders early on in the race. Blake then made his way from there up into the top 5, where he would hold position to finish 5th. Unfortunately, moto two would not go as smoothly for #4. Despite a great start, and nearly missing the holeshot, Blake would go down in the next corner with both him and his bike getting run over multiple times, tearing off his left grip. But in true “El Chupacabra” fashion, Baggett picked up his bike, sans left grip, hopped on and never looked back. He proceded to charge from dead last all the way up to 9th place by the end of the moto. His 5-9 score would earn him a 7th overall, putting him 5th in championship points.
“It was a tough day,” said Baggett. “I felt good all day and had a great start in the second moto until I went down. After getting up, I just dug deep and did what I had to do. I am looking forward to Colorado as it is one of my favorite tracks.”
Benny Bloss had a favorable weekend and looked quick racing inside the top ten both motos. He was able to get a great start in moto one, allowing him to run inside the top five early on. Benny kept the pace all moto, falling back only a few spots to 7th. While putting on a late-race charge for 6th place, he would go down on the last lap and finished 22nd subsequently. Fortunatly, moto two would go much better for 2018 supercross rookie of the year. Another solid start had him to battling it out at the front of the pack. Benny kept it wide open and finished 6th, earning him 11th overall on the day and – more importantly – 9th place in championship points heading into round three.
“It was an up-and-down day,” said Bloss. “I felt good, and my speed was there all day. I am happy with my riding, though It was unfortunate I went down at the end of the first moto. We leave Glen Helen healthy and look forward to Lakewood next week.”
Dakota Alix overcame being buried deep inside the top twenty in 250MX moto one, powering his way through the field to a 15th place finish. He again started inside the top twenty in the second moto, but he lost the front end and went down hard on lap three. Dakota got back up and finished the moto, earning him 18th overall on the day.
This past weekend marked the start of the Pro Motocross Outdoors Nationals Season at Hangtown MX! SoCal SuperTrucks Supported Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC rider Blake Baggett came out swingging in round one, securing a top 5 finish, while Benny Bloss locked in a solid 7th, and Dakota Alix finishing in 18th.
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By Blake Baggett’s performance at Hangtown, it’s no wonder he has been regarded as one of the favorites for the championship! He came out of the gate in the first moto on the gas, and rounded the first turn inside the top 10. He moved up several positions to finish in 7th place. As the gates dropped in the second moto, Blake again shot off the line, this time starting the race outside the top ten. Fear not, as in true “El Chupacabra” fashion, Blake put his head down and charged through position after position to break into the top 5, and ultimately finish the moto in 4th. His 7-4 score would earn him a 5th overall.
It was a good race,” said Baggett. “I felt good out there today and had two solid motos. We are going in the right direction and ready to put it on the podium next weekend at Glen Helen.”
The seventeenth & final round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series, headed to Las Vegas, NV this past Saturday. Team RMATV/MC faired well in Sin City, with Blake Baggett finishing 3rd, and Benny Bloss 6th, his best finish of the season.
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Blake Baggett came into Las Vegas ready to put a strong close to the season. In his heat, he was able to get a good start and rode among the top five for the early part of the race. By riding fast and consistently, he went on to make a few passes, to finish 3rd. In the last main event of the year, Blake again timed the gate with precision and shot straight into 3rd place. He would ride an exceptional race, riding smooth and hitting clean lines, maintaining 3rd all the way to the end. This podium finish, Blakes fifth this year, placed him in 4th in the final championship points.
“It was a good race,” said Baggett. “I had good starts all night, and with the track being difficult, it helped being at the front. I’m happy with how I rode and to end the season on the podium.”