Reigning 250 Class Champion Blake Baggett has not lined up on a starting gate since the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross in January. The time away from competition not only allowed Baggett to recover from a wrist injury, but also ensure he was at his best for the challenging summer season.
Baggett picked up the 2013 season where he left off in 2012 by cementing himself at the front of the field and challenging for the overall win. While he ultimately missed out on duplicating his victorious effort at Hangtown from a year ago, Baggett was still in the mix during each moto, posting 3-2 finishes to land second overall.
“Obviously I wanted to win and start this season off right, but it’s hard to complain about a podium finish with so many good riders out there,” said Baggett. “ We’ll learn from this weekend and come out event stronger next weekend.”
After a stellar debut season in the 450 Class last season, Mitch Payton added a
second bike to his stable for 2013 with Tyla Rattray and Dean
Rattray led the way for the effort at Hangtown with a consistent
day that resulted with a top-10 finish. The former world champion and veteran
rider knew coming into the season that consistency would be the key in the
highly talented 450 Class and he was just that at the opening round, posting a
pair of ninth-place moto results to finish ninth overall.
“There’s a lot
of guys who know how to get the job done out there, so I just wanted to find my
place and set a good tone for the season,” said Rattray. “I definitely want to
be up front with the big names, but it’s a long season and it was good to get a
solid foundation. We’ll just look to make improvements from here.”
This next weekend heads to Denver, Co Thunder Valley Motocross Park!