Payson, UT (Jan. 29, 2018) – The teams came to town as round four of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, took over the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, this past Saturday night. As fans enjoyed Bubba Burgers from the grill at the team tent, riders Blake Baggett rode through the field for a top ten ride, while Benny Bloss was on the gas as he made his return to racing.
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After a successful week of testing, Blake Baggett came into Glendale prepared and ready to fight for a podium. His day started off on the right foot as he figured out the fast line around the track to post the 5th fastest time of the day. Blake’s heat race didn’t fare as well, as he was caught up in a first-turn pileup. Blake put his head down, pulled a tear-off from his Scott Prospect goggles and from dead last slice through the field into the top ten. He finished in 8th and transfer to the main event.
The main event once again saw Blake having to ride from the back of the pack as he was pinched off at the start and rounded the first turn buried deep in the field. He never let off the gas, charging hard through the field to finish the night in 9th place. After four rounds, Blake holds down 8th place in championship points.
“I feel good about the weekend’s results,” said Baggett. “With the bad starts and coming from the back, the tracks have been very tough to pass in the main events. Track position early is key in the main and that’s one thing we are going to work on. We’ll regroup this week and come into Oakland ready.”
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Returning to the team tent was Benny Bloss, who was back in action since his crash at Anaheim 1. Benny looked comfortable on the technical Glendale track, posting the 19th fastest time in qualifying. He made the main event with a solid ride in the LCQ, where he showed his speed as he sliced his way through the field. He took over the lead, holding on to take the win to qualify for his first main event of the season.
After his solid LCQ ride, Benny’s main event didn’t go the same way. After a mid-pack start, he washed the front end while charging through the field and had to come into the mechanics’ area early in the race. He returned to the track a few laps down, finishing the night in 20th place.
“Overall, the night was just okay,” said Bloss. “I struggled a bit in the heat race but turned it around in the LCQ with the win. My main goal for the weekend was to have solid consistent laps. Unfortunately, I had a little issue in the main event. The main thing is we are healthy and ready for more next weekend in Oakland.”
After four rounds, Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS heads to Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA, for round five of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.
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