Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Suzuki’s Blake Baggett continued his comeback from shoulder injury on
Saturday night in front of 50,605 fans at Rogers Centre in Toronto,
Canada for the return of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross
for round 10.
Baggett survived a massive first-lap pile-up to
finish 11th - his best result in three finishes so far this season -
aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450.
While he continued to work
his way back into racing shape in Toronto after his extended lay-off,
his Yoshimura Suzuki team-mate James Stewart was sidelined, still
recovering from a crash at the previous round at Daytona International
Speedway that left him badly bruised. Stewart hopes to return to action
soon, perhaps as early as this coming round in Detroit.
return to the Rogers Centre, at the base of the famous 1,815-foot-tall
CN Tower in downtown Toronto, Baggett finished 13th in timed qualifying
with a time of 55.81 seconds.
“Qualifying went pretty good,” Baggett said. “I was just trying to ease back into it.”
He then qualified for the Main Event via a second-place finish in Semi 2.
20-lap Main Event started out chaotically, with front-running Justin
Bogle going down and setting-off a chain reaction that caught-up a big
group of riders including Baggett. Fortunately, he somehow kept his
Suzuki RM-Z450 on two wheels in the melee, but he was stuck waiting
while riders around him tried to untangle from the pile. But he
recovered to run a solid pace the rest of the way to finish 11th.
Baggett: “I was hoping to get a top-10 and I came up just short in
11th. It was near carnage in the first turn. I almost went down when I
got into the back-end of (Chad) Reed. Then I got into the back-end of
Bogle when he went down and got stuck. All in all, I’m just trying to
get better each weekend. We’re doing some good testing now and hopefully
we can keep improving and try to get into that top-five and maybe on
the podium before Supercross is over; and then head into the outdoors.”
his 11th in Toronto, his third finish of the year, Baggett moved up to
18th in the series standings. There are six rounds remaining in this
year’s AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship.
The series now moves to Detroit’s Ford Field next Saturday, March 19th.
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