The tenth round of Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship is by far the most unique, given it’s outdoor-style track placed inside the tri-oval of Datona International Speedway in Daytona, FL. The difficult track challenged both Blake Baggett and Benny Bloss, finishing 9th and 11th respectively.
Round 9 of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, not only took place in a new venue this year, but with a new format as well. It would be a Triple Crown style race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA Saturday night.
Blake Baggett’s day began on a high note, as he was able to post the 4th fastest time of the day in qualifying. He would go on to take that energy to the first main event. Blake’s timing was impeccable as the gates dropped, and he shot off the line leading the pack around the first corner to securing the holeshot! As the race went on, he would battle it out for position inside the top three, getting up to 2nd place then ultimately falling back to third before crossing the checkered flag. The second main event went well for the #4 KTM rider as well. He again had a great start, and was able to ride clean and consistently, despite severely deteriorating track conditions. Blake put in solid lap after solid lap, and crossed the finish line in a very respectable 4th place. Unfortunately, Baggett’s luck would run out in main event 3. Despite getting yet another holeshot, Blake would end up crashing, causing him to retire from the last main event of the night. Even with the DNF, his 3/4 finishes in the first two mains would get him an overall 7th for the night, keeping him in 3rd place in championship points standing!
Benny Bloss would get to the night show by way of a 2nd place finish in the LCQ. The first main event’s start saw Bloss burred deep in the pack, making it was clear he had some work to do, and work he did. He would charge through the pack, making his way forward to finish just outside the top ten. Main event two had a similar outcome for Benny, where he finished in 13th place. Thankfully, main event 3 went better for #60. With a much better start, inside the top ten, he was able to ride consistently lap after lap, to finish the final main event in 8th place. His 11-13-8 score would give him an overall 11th overall finish for the night.
Anthony Rodriguez’s night started off favorably in main event one. He rode strong and precise on the technical track, and worked his way to a top ten finish. The second main event would see Rodriguez finish in 13th place. As the final main event of the night gave way, Anthony would start strong, shooting off the line to lead the pack! He again rode fast & consistently early in the race, fighting for 1st place before a mistake caused him to go down. He would get back on his #56 machine to finish 21st, and round out his night with a 16th overall.
It’s been 19 years since Supercross fans have gathered at the Raymond James Stadium. But 2018, saw the return of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series to Tampa this past Saturday night. Blake Baggett kept his chances at a championship alive as he recovered from an early race crash to finish inside the top ten.
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Blake Baggett began his night on a high note, launching off the line as the gate dropped on his heat race ahead of the pack, rounding the first corner, to securing the holeshot. He would go on to extend a gap between he and the rest of the riders until a mistake in a complex rhythm section led him to jump off the track, into the catch net behind the first bowl turn. Blake quickly regrouped and made his way back up to 7th where he finished, transferring him straight to the main event. Blake would have to work a little harder in his main event, as an incident in the sand section caused him to fall back to the end of the field. This didn’t stop “El Chupacabra” from buckling down and charging his way through position after position to break into the top ten, and finished the race in 9th place. This finish keeps him in 3rd place in the championship points standings!
Round seven of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Series headed to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, this past Saturday night for yet another night of white knuckle, bar-to-bar racing! Blake Baggett found himself once again on the podium for the third race in a row, and Benny Bloss continued to improve while the team’s 250SX East rider, Anthony Rodriguez, started his season.
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Qualifying for Blake went well in Texas, as he was able to post the 5th fastest time of all the riders. As the gates dropped on his heat race, he rocketed off the line, barley missing the holeshot. Baggett went on to ride consistently around the demanding track, and was able to finish his laps in 5th place, sending him straight to the main event. The start of the main event proved similar to the heat, as the #4 nearly missed the holeshot again! As the race wore on, Blake would lose a couple positions, but put his head down and charged back up to 4th place as the clock hit the mid-way point. He would then go onto close the gap on third and overtake Anderson for his 3rd podium finish in a row! This impressive performance at Arlington propels Blake Baggett into 3rd place in the championship points standings, only four points away from second.
Round 6 of Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series was military appreciation night, and to show that appreciation, SoCal SuperTrucks supported Team RMATV/MC ran special military themed graphics & gear at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Despite the treacherous track layout, the team put in a solid night of racing, with the highlight being Blake Baggett’s 2nd podium finish in a row!
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