Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
After missing a
round nursing a sore shoulder, Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Blake
Baggett made his return to Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross
competition on Saturday night in front of 40,528 fans at Petco Park in
San Diego, California.
Unfortunately, a slick track caught
Baggett out and he tumbled twice at inopportune times and as a result
failed to make the Main Event.
Baggett reported great
improvement of his recently surgically-repaired shoulder, which he
battered again in Oakland two weeks ago, but he admitted he was still
far from 100 per cent fit.
He slid out and fell while running
second in his Semi-Final and then again in the first turn of the Last
Chance Qualifier, ending Baggett’s final shot of making San Diego’s
“Blake knows trying to come back and work his way back
into race shape in the middle of the season is a tough thing to do,”
said Yoshimura Suzuki’s Team Manager Mike Webb. “But credit to him, he’s
willing to take his lumps and fight his way back up the ladder.
didn’t work the way we’d hoped in San Diego, but we’re happy to have
Blake out there competing and representing the team. He showed flashes
of what he’s capable of at times, but after being out so long, obviously
he’s going to have to get through these kinds of nights before it all
starts clicking for him. We admire his willingness to tough it out and
race his way back into shape and we’re confident Blake will get back to
his normal self as the season progresses.”
Suzuki team-mate James Stewart was on hand to meet fans and sign
autographs in San Diego. Stewart is slated to test this week and hopes
to be back ready to race, possibly as soon as this coming Saturday in
Dallas, or perhaps by Atlanta in two weeks.
The Yoshimura Suzuki
squad will be on hand as the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season
continues next weekend with the championship's annual visit to the home
of the Dallas Cowboys, Arlington, Texas, and AT&T Stadium on
Saturday, February 20th.
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