Payson, UT (Aug.28, 2018) – It was a wet and muddy end of the season as the twelfth, and final, round of the 2018 Pro Motocross Championship visited Ironman MX in Crawfordsville, IN. In less-than-ideal conditions, Blake Baggett fought back to 10th overall, while Benny Bloss earned 11th overall.
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Blake Baggett showed speed right off the gate, as he rounded the first turn inside the top five. However, his moto came to a halt one lap later when the deep mud swallowed up his bike and forced him off. After working his bike free and stopping in the mechanics area, Baggett re-entered the race at the tail end of the field. The Seat Concepts supported rider put on a charge in the treacherous conditions to work his way up to 16th at the checkered flag.
Blake started moto 2 by charging out of the gate in the top five. His WP Factory Services suspension allowed him to stay in control and maintain a consistent pace on his way to finishing in 5th place. Along with his first moto finish, Blake’s moto-2 performance earned 10th overall, and he finished the season with 5th place in championship points.
“It was an okay day,” said Baggett. “My starts were good both motos, though being stuck in the mud did not help. Not where we wanted to finish today, but I am happy to end the season 5th in points.”
Benny Bloss felt confident going into the last round, and he posted the 9th-fastest time in morning practice. His strong gate pick allowed him to round the first turn in moto 1 within the top ten. An off-track excursion shuffled him back to the middle of the pack. With conditions worsening, Benny went down a couple of times in the deep mud. He re-mounted his bike, and with clear vision from his Scott goggles, worked his way back up to 11th by the end of moto 1.
At the start of moto 2, Benny didn’t get the same jump out of the gate and was forced deep into the field of riders. He worked his way forward throughout the moto, finding enough rhythm to finish in 11th place. Along with his first moto finish, Benny’s performance earned him 11th for the day and 7th place in championship points.
“It was a wild day,” said Bloss. “I couldn’t find a flow in the mud today, and it was unfortunate I had a few crashes. While I’m not happy with my finish, I am happy ending the season 7th in points.”
Dakota Alix didn’t line up for the final 250 round due to a shortened practice schedule caused by the wet conditions. He ended the season just outside of the top twenty in 21st.
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS now takes a break from racing before they start preparing for the 2019 supercross season that starts with the Monster Energy Cup in October.
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