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Baggett Charges to Podium Finish at Muddy Creek; Retains Red Plate | Race Report


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Payson, UT (June 26, 2017) – Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS had another podium weekend as round 5 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series visited Muddy Creek MX in Blountville, TN. Coming into the weekend with the red plate, Blake Baggett overcame adversity to finish on the podium, while Dakota Alix rode to his best overall finish thus far.

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Blake Baggett: 3rd Place Overall (450MX Class)

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Blake Baggett showed up at Muddy Creek ready to win, and with the red plate coving his R-Tech front number plate, he went out in morning practice and posted the sixth fastest qualifying time of the day.

Moto 1 started with Blake battling from the tail end of the top ten. He quickly started to move forward through the field, slicing his way through to the front.With seven laps remaining and the help of his Dunlop tires, Blake became the fastest rider on the track and was steadily closing on the leaders. It was looking like the fans were going to possibly get to see a last lap battle with the time Baggett was shaving down, until he snagged his footpeg in a rut, dropping his bike in the corner right before the finish line jump.  He would quickly get up, and put it on cruise control for the final 3 laps to bring home a 3rd place podium finish.

The second moto didn’t start off well for Blake, as he got tangled up in a first-turn pileup. He picked himself up and rejoined the race at the back of the pack. Pulling a tear-off from his Scott goggles, Blake used his superior line choices to put in an incredible charge through the field. After the halfway point, Blake had made his way through the field all the way into the top five. In the end, Blake worked his way to 3rd place at the checkered flag. His 3-3 ride earned him 3rd place overall, and he retains the red plate as the points leader heading into RedBud next weekend.

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“Another solid weekend,” said Blake. “The track was good today, and after getting caught up in the first turn in moto2, I just put my head down and worked my way to the front. We got a podium finish and still have the red plate heading into RedBud. We are still charging and ready to get back to the top spot on the podium next weekend.”

Dakota Alix: 13th Place Overall (450MX Class)

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Dakota Alix moto 1 started inside the top twenty. He started working his way forward, using the WP Factory Services suspension to find his rhythm mid-race on the Muddy Creek track. He continued to charge, finishing 14th place at the checkered flag.

Dakota’s moto 2 proved to be a battle just to finish, as he went down hard while battling with another rider for position. He remounted without a clutch due to the crash and put on a charge to finish again in 14th place, leading to his best overall finish in 13th.

“Overall, it was a good day,” Dakota said of his ride. “I rode solid out there, and even with not having a clutch after my crash, I battled back to finish 14th and my best overall of the season. I’m making progress, and I’m ready for RedBud next week.”

Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS will spend the weekend before the 4th of July at the famous RedBud MX in Buchanan, MI, for round 6 of the 2017 Pro Motocross Championship.

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Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC | KTM | WPS
Fly Racing, Palmetto Motorsports, FMF Racing, Bubba Burger, N-Fab, Loenbro Motosports, Engine Ice, Creative Sports Concepts, Alpinestars, ODI, Scott, Galfer, Attack Graphics, Seat Concepts, Talon, Dubya, Regina Chains, WP Factory Services, Hinson Racing, Truck Central, DT-1, Dunlop, Reflex-Streamline, R-Tech, Matrix Concepts, Motion Pro, Excel, SoCal SuperTrucks, Gear, Safety-Kleen, ETS Fuels, Mechanix Wear, San Diego Powder and Protective Coatings.

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