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.