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Supercross/Motocross | 7/7/2014
Blake Baggett Leads Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at RedBud
Blake Baggett Leads Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at RedBud
Irvine, Calif. (July 7, 2014) – On the Fourth of July weekend in Buchanan, Michigan, fireworks were seen both on and off the track as Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hit RedBud Track and Trail on Saturday. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett ran down the leaders in the first 250 moto to finish second but a crash in the second moto left him with fourth overall. Dean Wilson had his best finish of the season in sixth overall while Justin Hill returned to action to round out the top-10. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe and fellow Australian and Kawasaki rider Chad Reed traded moto finishes with Reed coming out on top as they finished seventh and eighth overall.
Last Lap Assassin
Baggett’s reputation continued this past weekend as he made his assault for the lead late in the first moto. He closed up on the leader in the last three laps, but was unable to make an alternate line work and was forced to take second. In the second moto, Baggett did not get the start he wanted and had his work cut out for him. He battled forward, picking off riders one by one until a lapper cut down into his line and they collided. He lost crucial positions but with fourth overall was still able to make up points on second place.

“It’s frustrating,” said Baggett. “First moto I just couldn’t find a spot to pass but knew I could get him in the second moto. I didn’t get the start and had to move forward but when you’re back there you’re more likely to run into issues. We made up points on second place and will keep working at it. Chipping away.”
Finishing Strong
Coming back from injury, Wilson continues to build with each round. He got two great starts and was battling in the top-five in both motos. He got together in the first moto with another rider and lost a bunch of positions, finishing ninth, but knew he had more. Wilson nearly got the holeshot in the second moto before getting shuffled back in the first couple turns. He moved forward throughout the moto and looked his strongest in the closing laps to finish fifth. His 9-5 score gave him his best finish of the season thus far in sixth.

“I’m happy with the day,” said Wilson. “Lining up against these guys just takes some time to get back into it. I got good starts and know the pace. I felt strong throughout the moto, so now I just need to be there from the start.”
Small Gains
Reed had his best finish of the season at RedBud as he stayed consistent and put together two top-10 finishes on his KX™450F. He worked his way into the top 10 in the first moto and fought throughout the second moto to finish seventh overall.

“Today was the first round that I felt I rode strong throughout the full 30-minute motos,” said Reed. “We’ve been working hard and seeing small improvements each week, which can be frustrating but it is positive and we have to be patient. Now I just need to work on my starts and I think I may have something for those guys.”
Minimizing Mistakes
Still recovering from a back injury he sustained two weeks ago, Metcalfe felt the best he has in recent weeks at RedBud. He made some chassis adjustments throughout qualifying sessions and found a setting that worked well in the loamy, rutted RedBud soil. The Australian fought just outside the top five in the first moto and had fifth overall wrapped up in the second moto until he tipped over just before the two-lap board came out. Metty recovered to tie in points with Reed, finished eighth overall and remains fifth overall in the points standings.

“We should have had a better finish on paper today,” said Metcalfe. “I’m feeling good and a top-five was there for me to take. My bike is where I want it, so it’s on me to get it done.”
Speed and Fitness
Last weekend, Hill sprained his forearm without even crashing in the first moto in Tennessee and was unable to line up for the second moto. Following a week of rest, Hill return and showed speed early after getting a great start on his KX™250F. Hill ran as high as third place in the second moto, but the lack of strength in his injured arm forced him to back it down and finished a respectable 10th overall.
The Champ
RedBud fans had the pleasure of seeing reigning champion Ryan Villopoto on Saturday, not on the race track but cruising the pits taking in his first national of the summer. Fresh off of crutches, Villopoto was on-site to introduce the new 2015 Kawasaki KX450F that was on display on vendor row. He also jumped into the TV booth to help call the broadcast of the first 450 moto, and of course took time to sign autographs and take pictures with his hundreds of fans. Villopoto will continue his road to recovery after knee surgery and we hope to see him back on his KX450F soon.
East Coast Swing
With RedBud in the books, The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hits the halfway mark in the series as six of 12 rounds are complete. The field has shown their cards, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki team continues to improve. Baggett continues to chip away at the points gap in the 250 Class, while Metcalfe may have a comfortable hold on fifth place in the 450 Class, but he is capable of more. The series continues to Budds Creek, Maryland next Saturday outside of Washington, D.C, a track that is known for it’s hot and humid summer conditions. Budds Creek is one of the best tracks for spectating as the track winds up and down a valley, allowing the fans to follow all the racing action.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
RedBud National – Buchanan, Michigan
Saturday, July 5, 2014

450 Class Overall

1. Ken Roczen, KTM (1-1)
2. Eli Tomac, Honda (4-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, KTM (3-3)
4. Trey Canard, Honda (2-4)
5. Andrew Short, KTM (5-5)
6. Josh Grant, Yamaha (6-6)
7. Chad Reed, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki (8-7)
8. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki (7-8)

9. Justin Brayton, Yamaha (10-9)
10. Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha (13-13)

450 Class Points Standings

1. Ken Roczen, KTM – 280
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM – 254
3. Trey Canard, Honda – 226
4. James Stewart, Suzuki – 196
5. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki – 168
6. Josh Grant, Yamaha - 159
7. Andrew Short, KTM – 134
8. Chad Reed, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki – 132
9. Weston Peick, Suzuki – 131
10. Malcolm Stewart, Honda – 120

250 Class Overall
1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (1-2)
2. Marvin Musquin, KTM (4-3)
3. Jason Anderson, KTM (3-4)
4. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (2-7)
5. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (14-1)
6. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (9-5)
7. Cole Seely, Honda (8-6)
8. Alex Martin, Yamaha (6-9)
9. Justin Bogle, Honda (5-12)
10. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (10-8)

250 Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha – 250
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha – 227
3. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – 222
4. Justin Bogle, Honda – 191
5. Marvin Musquin, KTM – 181
6. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha – 176
7. Jason Anderson, KTM – 167
8. Cole Seely, Honda – 143
9. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki – 127
10. Jessy Nelson, Honda – 125
16. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 64
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