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Supercross/Motocross | 8/18/2014
Monster Energy Kawasaki Looks to Clean Up Following Muddy Indiana National
Monster Energy Kawasaki Looks to Clean Up Following Muddy Indiana National
The penultimate round of the Lucas Oil MotocrossChampionships saw challenging conditions as a deluge of rain hit the track Saturdaymorning making for a muddy mess for both motos and both classes. MonsterEnergy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson went 8-6 for sixth overall while BlakeBaggett put in an impressive ride in the second moto, finishing just off thepodium with a 14-4 finish for tenth overall. In only his second professionalrace Chris Alldredge finished 16-12 for 14th overall.  In the450MX class Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe got a good start in thefirst moto and finished fifth and in the second moto he got another good startbut a late fall saw him finish 13th for 12th overall. Jake Weimerfound trouble in both motos and finished 37th overall. TwoTwoMotorsports Kawasaki rider Chad Reed had his best finish of the season withsixth overall. 
Racing to the Finish

In the first moto, Baggett was in position to make one ofhis patented moves through the field before the conditions took him down. Inthe second moto Baggett made his usual charge finishing strong and nearlygrabbing a podium finish.

 

“Today was difficult out on the track,” said Baggett. “Thetrack was really slick underneath the mud. So I was riding from spots withtraction while trying to stay up. I was riding hard and pushing to thecheckered flag. I wasn't sure what position I was in, I knew I wanted to passas many people as I could before the finish.”

Solid Day

With the challenging conditions, Wilson put in a solid dayof riding to finish sixth overall. In both motos, the Scotsman was able to geta mid-pack start and rode strong to get to the finish line. With all of the mudand slop on the tight track it was tough to set up a pass, but Wilson was ableto slowly move forward and salvage the top-10 finish.

 

“It was really difficult out there today,” said Wilson. “I wentout to the track on Friday to see it for the first time and it was mint. I wishwe could have raced without all of the mud, but it was the same track foreveryone. I have one more race to get back on the top of the podium and that iswhere I want to be at Utah.”

Learning Curve

Mother Nature threw her best at all of the riders,including Alldredge, and the rookie showed he was up forthe task. As a Pacific Northwest native, Alldredge knows a thing or two aboutmuddy conditions, but the heavy amount of rain in such a shortperiod on Saturday morning put even himbehind the eight ball. After good starts in both motos, Alldredgestarting working his way forward, but small mistakes turned into costlypenalties and he wasn’t able to get the finishes he was looking for.

 

“It is great to be a part of the Monster Energy/ProCircuit/Kawasaki team,” said Alldredge. “These guys work very hard to make surethe bike is perfect for me and I wish I could have gotten better results thisweekend. These weren’t the most difficult conditions I’ve ever raced in, butwhen you add in the depth of talent out here it was definitely very hard. I’mready to get to Utah next week and challenge for a podium.”

On the Cusp

In the 450MX class, Metcalfe was looking strong for a podiumfinish in both motos before late race problems saw him fall back. In the firstmoto, Metty was able to hold strong and get a top-five finish as the track wasat its most difficult. In the second moto, he was part of a pack of riders allbattling for position when he had a small bobble that sent him to the ground.He was able to get up and push forward but could only get to 14thplace.

 

“That may have been the gnarliest track I’ve ever raced on,”said Metcalfe. “I think if the conditions would have been better it could havebeen a pretty good race and a great track. It looked like there was a lot offlow, but with all of the mud we were just searching for traction anywhere wecould find it.”

Finale

Next Saturday, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship closesout its season at Miller Motorsports Park. After it’s debut last season, theUtah round is one the riders have been looking forward to since the start ofthe season.

 

8/25/2014
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett Finishes Runner-up in Championship at Utah National
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