It was a wild night for Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC as round 5 of the 2019 AMA Supercross season made it’s stop at Petco Park in San Diego, CA this past Saturday night. Justin Bogle used his good starts to get his best finish of the season, while Blake Baggett gained another top-ten finish.
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Due to the inclement weather in San Diego, there was only one practice session for riders. Still, Blake Baggett found a fast line through the mud to qualify with the 4th fastest lap time of the day.With perfect gate timing in his heat, Blake would lead the pack into turn one, securing the holeshot. He would then slide back a few positions, but continue to ride strong and stay in 5th to cross the finishline in 5th, Transfering straight to the Main. Another great start from the #4 saw him navigating the first turn inside the top three. Blake would run inside the top five for over half the race, until making a mistake in the deep mud, causing him to go down. He jumpped back on his KTM and ultimatly finished the night inside the top ten, taking 9th place. This moves Blake Bagget up to 5th in the championship points standings.
“It was a tough one tonight,” said Baggett. “My starts were on and was feeling good on the bike. It’s just unfortunate that the track conditions weren’t ideal all night. The important thing is I leave here healthy, gained valuable championship points and I am ready to move on to Minneapolis next weekend.”
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Justin Bogle started out the night show with a great start, placing him at the front of the field in his heat race. Before the end of lap one he would make the pass to lead the race. He looked to have the race in the bag with a nine-second lead until getting cross-rutted in the mud, sending him down late in the heat. He recovered quickly, finishing 5th and transferring to the main event. Another outstanding start by Justin in the main event had him rounding the first turn inside the top three and then he quickly moved into second place. The #19 kept the pace of the leader, and It looked like a podium night until with under 4 minutes left to go Justin stalled the bike. He would get moving quickly, only sliding back to 3rd place. With 2 laps to go, Bogle moved right up on to the rear fender of Roczen for what was about to be a white flag lap battle for the podium. Unfortunately, at that moment a lapped rider would tangle with Bogle not realizing the race circumstances, causing him to get hung up in the bails. He would get going again back in 4th place, finishing out the final lap in that position.
“Tonight was fun” said Bogle. “My starts were there tonight and they helped me ride up at the front. I am feeling more comfortable on the bike and my confidence is growing every week. The podium was so close tonight and unfortunately, I ran into a little issue there at the end, but I like to take the good from things and a 4th place is certainly a big step in the right direction. We will carry this momentum into Minneapolis this weekend, and look to get up on that box.”