Payson, UT (Feb.26, 2018) – After a 19-year hiatus, round eight of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series, made its return to Tampa, FL, and the Raymond James Stadium this past Saturday night. Blake Baggett kept his chances at a championship alive as he recovered from an early race crash to finish inside the top ten.
Baggett timed the drop of the gate perfectly and led the field to the first turn to grab the holeshot in his heat race. He pulled a gap early on until an uncharacteristic mistake in a tricky rhythm section made him jump off the track and into the catch net behind the first bowl turn. After regrouping, Blake came back through the field to finish 7th to transfer to the main event. Blake had his work cut out for him in the main as an early race incident in the treacherous sand section put him at the tail end of the field. He then put his head down and charged his way through the field into the top ten where he finished the night in 9th place. Blake continues to hold down 3rd place in the championship points standings.
“Tonight was tough,” said Baggett. “I felt I had the speed tonight. It was unfortunate about the incident early in the main, as I feel we could have been up front. We will regroup and look forward to getting back on the podium in Atlanta next weekend.”
Benny Bloss felt good coming into Tampa, and it showed in his heat race, where a good start allowed him to battle inside the top ten. He kept the charge and worked his way up to finish 5th and transfer to the main. Unfortunately, an early race incident in the main event ended Benny’s night early.
Anthony Rodriguez’s night started off solid as he launched out of the gate in his heat race rounding the first turn in 5th. He hit his marks and secured himself a spot in the main event with a 6th place finish. He took that momentum into the 250SX main event, just missing the first lap carnage and fighting for positions inside the top ten for most of the race. He rode well on the tricky track, only sliding back a few spots to finish the night in 11th place.
After eight rounds, Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS will travel north to Atlanta, GA, for round nine and the second triple crown of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series.
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