Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
overcame incredibly unusual and challenging conditions in the Monster
Energy AMA Supercross season finale at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on
A crowd of 36,714 fans braved a day and night filled
with heavy rains and witnessed Baggett race his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450
to a strong fifth-place. The finish matched his best result of the year
in the series and gave a boost to Baggett and the team as they prepare
for the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which kicks off
on May 21st in Sacramento, California, where Baggett is slated to be
re-joined at Hangtown on the track by team-mate James Stewart.
kicked-off the day 11th in qualifying, but conditions were about to
change dramatically: A couple of storms passed over the stadium, which
not only included heavy rains and flash flooding, but also hail.
Sam Boyd Stadium track turned to a mud bog, but Baggett didn’t let the
conditions hamper him as he used the broad powerband of his Suzuki
RM-Z450 to plough-through the deep mud and score victory in his semi to
put him into the Main Event.
In the Main, Baggett got slightly
hung-up in the gate at the start putting him well back in the pack. Yet,
in spite of having to deal with fighting through the field getting
mud-splattered the entire way, he made his way towards the front. He ran
a steady and sure pace through some of the most difficult conditions of
the season, which caused numerous riders to fall. In the end he crossed
the line in fifth, matching his best finish of the series.
was a mudder, not the normal Vegas,” said Baggett. “It started out
normal Vegas - dusty and hard-packed. Then the rain came down, stopped
and then came down again. I got a terrible start, I mean like fourth
from last to the first turn. Then I just dug deep and tried to keep it
on two wheels. I made a few mistakes when I got behind some lappers who
made some bad mistakes in the mud. I was able to get up to fourth place
before Reed got me. I made a last-ditch effort on the last lap and was
able to get back by him, but he just shoved it right in on me because he
doubled a triple and there was nowhere for me to go, so fifth it is.”
Yoshimura Suzuki squad now turns its attention to the Lucas Oil Pro
Motocross Championship, which begins with the historic Hangtown Classic
near Sacramento on Saturday, May 21 and continues with a total of 12
rounds during the summer, concluding with the Ironman National in
Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 27th.
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