The gate dropped on the opening round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series at Northern California’s Hangtown MX outdoor national this past weekend. Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider Blake Baggett tackled the heat and rough track, putting in two solid motos to start the outdoor season off strong.
As one of the favorites in the series, Blake Baggett showed that he is ready to battle at the front all summer. He came out in morning practice on the gas, posting the 7th fastest time of the day. Blake launched out of the gate in moto one and put himself in prime position inside the top ten. He started a charge through the field by mid race, slicing his way up to 6th place by the end of the moto.
Moto two didn’t start easy for Blake, as he rounded the first turn outside the top twenty. As the temperature soared over 90 degrees, Engine Ice kept his KTM 450 SX-F from overheating as Blake charged his way through the field once again. He found himself fiercely battling for positions, working his way to 8th place at the finish. His 6-8 moto score earned him 6th place overall for the day.
“I felt good out there today,” said Blake. “I didn’t get the starts I needed today to battle up front, but my endurance is there. We will regroup and come back stronger next weekend at Glen Helen.”
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS now travels to the Southern California track of Glen Helen for round two of the 2017 Pro Motocross Outdoor Championship.