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.
Rejuvenated from the week off from racing, Blake Baggett was riding fast and smooth early on in the day. So fast and smooth in fact, he secured the fastest 450MX qualifier spot! Unfortunately things would unravel for Blake early on in moto 1, tangling with a first turn pile up and going down right out of the gate. He was able to remount his bike, and get on the gas to put the charge on from dead last. Putting in fast laps he was able to cut through the field, working his way all the way into the top 5 before the checkered flag wove.
As the gates dropped for moto 2, Blake was able to get a great start, jumping into 4th place before the first turn. He maintained that position until the large set of rollers where he would tuck the front end in mud from water laid down right before the start. Just like in moto 1, he again would remount in dead last, this time charging up to 7th by the finish. His 5-7 score went on to earn him 7th overall, and 5th in the championship points, just one point shy of 4th.
“Today didn’t go as planned,” said Baggett. “I had the speed to run up front and felt like I had a chance at the overall today. We will regroup and come back strong next weekend at Muddy Creek.”
Unfortunately, Benny Bloss suffered the same fate as his teammate in moto 1, amid the first turn chaos. He also remounted his bike quickly and put the charge on, and within 4 laps broke into the top ten. He would go on to make a few more passes, ending up in 6th as he crossed the finishline.
Benny had better luck in moto 2, coming out of the gate and rounding turn 1 inside the top ten. He would go on to pick up two more positions before the race ended. This 6-8 score earned him an 8th overall for the weekend, and allowed him to remain in 7th place in the championship points.
“I’m happy with my ride today,” said Bloss. “While I went down in the first moto, I showed that I am a front-runner with my speed. I’m ready for another top-five finish at Tennessee next weekend.”
Dakota Alix did not suit up at High Point as both Dakota and the team opted to take an extra week for him to be 100 percent for his return at the Tennessee National.