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Supercross/Motocross | 6/9/2014
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett Captures his First Win of the Season at Thunder Valley
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett Captures his First Win of the Season at Thunder Valley
Irvine, Calif. (June 9, 2014) – Sitting more than 6,000 feet above sea level, Thunder Valley Motocross Park hosted Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship outside Lakewood, Colorado and saw Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett claim his first victory of the season. Baggett fought through the field in the first moto, but ran away with the second moto to take his first moto win and overall victory of the season. Justin Hill qualified third fastest but could not translate his speed into a podium finish and ended the day 10th overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe moved forward in both motos to finish sixth overall while Jake Weimer suffered a crash in Moto 2 and finished 10th overall.
Back on Top
Baggett was fired up coming into Thunder Valley and ready for redemption. In the first moto, he did not get the start he was looking for on the uphill grade and rounded the first lap outside the top-10. He made some quick passes in the early laps to assure the lead pack would not gain a sizable gap and started his assault through the field. It was in the second half of the 30-minute plus two lap moto that the past champion really found his stride and crossed the finish line in fourth. In the second moto, Baggett made it easy on himself by starting in the top-five on his KX™250F. He made his way forward, wasting no time, and moved into the lead by Lap 6. From there Baggett maintained a healthy lead and took his first win of the season.

“We’re now getting into a groove,” said Baggett. “With my eye injury, we weren’t where we wanted to be coming into the season. It’s been a while since we’ve been on top and it’s hard to cope with when you’re not.”
Moving Forward
Metcalfe was excited to return to Colorado and used some extra track time for local press to dial in his KX™450F. In the first moto, the Australian had to work his way through the pack, finding alternate lines in order to make passes. He fought his way into the top-10 and crossed the finish line in ninth. Metty got off to a much better start in Moto 2 and was able to run with the top-10 for the full moto, picking off riders and finishing in fifth place. His 9-5 moto score awarded him sixth overall and fifth in the points standings.

“Today was alright, but could have been better,” said Metcalfe. “It was difficult to go fast in the pack because there were multiple spots where you had to follow the guy in front of you. I think I was fastest when I had a clear track. I’m really starting to jive with my KX™ and the team continues to back me 100 percent.”
Continuing Progress
Weimer continued to gain momentum by qualifying in sixth place, his best of the season. He looked confident and aggressive on the track that brought him his first national win in the 250 class. Rounding the first turn, Weimer was just outside the top-10 and focused on moving forward. He moved his way into eighth place by the halfway point and continued to close the gap on the leaders but ultimately finished eighth. Like his teammate, Weimer got a much better start in the second moto and was moving forward in fifth place until he lost the front end after the finish line. He crossed the line the next lap in 19th position and immediately went to work on passing as many riders as possible. By the checkered flag he had reached 12th place, which was enough to give him a top-10 overall finish.

“I was really feeling good that second moto,” said Weimer. “Despite my crash I felt like I regrouped well and was able to salvage some decent points. I know I’m a top-five guy and just need to limit the small mistakes in order to make it happen.”
The Lakewood soil was one of the more brutal so far this season as the dark, rich dirt transformed into roost from the competitors. Clumps of dirt and rock can reach more than 80 mph when they come flying from the rear Dunlop tire of a KX450F, resulting in a painful outcome for riders without roost protection. Even with protection, Weimer took a rock to his lip, busting it open halfway through the second moto, and Metcalfe was left covered in welts lining his arms and chest.
Threat of Rain
All weekend the clouds hung over the Thunder Valley, giving reason for why the track was given such a name. Although weather never became a factor in the racing, the track preparation was effected. Due to the scattered showers that the track received leading up to the weekend, the track crew did not dig the track as deep as in years past. On race day this translated into a much faster track with limited line choices compared to past years.
Long Season
It had been since Daytona Supercross in March that Baggett stood on top of the podium and one could tell by his enthusiasm on the podium that it had been far too long. Baggett sits fourth in the points standings, but with nine rounds and 18 more motos still to race, things are only getting started. Next Saturday, Round 4 brings Lucas Oil Pro Motocross to High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Thunder Valley – Lakewood, Colorado
Saturday, June 7, 2014

450 Class Overall

1. Ken Roczen, KTM (2-1)
2. James Stewart, Suzuki (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey, KTM (2-4)
4. Trey Canard, Honda (3-4)
5. Josh Grant, Yamaha (5-6)
6. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki (9-5)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Honda (7-8)
8. Andrew Short, KTM (6-9)
9. Weston Peick, Suzuki (10-7)
10. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki (8-12)

250 Class Overall

1. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (4-1)
2. Justin Bogle, Honda (3-2)
3. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (1-6)
4. Jesse Nelson, Honda (2-9)
5. Marvin Musquin, KTM (7-4)
6. Jason Anderson, KTM (5-5)
7. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha (11-3)
8. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (9-7)
9. Cole Seely, Honda (8-8)
10. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (10-10)

450 Class Points Standings

1. Ken Roczen, KTM - 141
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM - 129
3. James Stewart, Suzuki - 111
4. Trey Canard, Honda - 110
5. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 89
6. Malcolm Stewart, Honda - 78
7. Weston Peick, Suzuki - 77
8. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 74
9. Josh Grant, Yamaha - 74
10. Chad Reed, Kawasaki – 61

250 Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha - 140
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha - 114
3. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha - 93
4. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 91
5. Justin Bogle, Honda - 90
6. Jesse Nelson, Honda - 85
7. Marvin Musquin, KTM - 82
8. Jason Anderson, KTM - 81
9. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 65
10. Matt Bisceglia, Honda – 63
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