Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Blake Baggett has finished up at the Kawasaki practice track in Corona and is now leaving his Kawasaki KX250F at Pro Circuit Racing before moving on to his next destination. The most recent member of Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki dynasty, the 18-year-old from California, after an impressive rookie season in 2010, had rightfully earned a place on, arguably, the most powerful team in the sport for 2011. A consistent top-five finisher for Bill Keefe’s Rockstar Energy Suzuki satellite team in the 2010 AMA Supercross Lites East Region Series – he also won the Dallas round – Baggett ultimately wound up being one of the sensations of the year. An almost lifelong Kawasaki rider (hold this thought), Baggett had designs of riding for Pro Circuit his freshman year as a professional but lost the seat to AMA Horizon Award winner Dean Wilson. However, rather than running his mouth or burning a bridge, he let his riding do the talking, and despite breaking his left humerus at Budds Creek and being forced out of the remainder of the ’10 season, earned the respect of Payton with his results and determination and was rewarded with a place on his 2011 team roster. Before leaving Corona, Racer X sat down with the well-spoken racer and talked with him about the ups and downs of the season that was, as well as making the transition from yellow to green.
photo: Andrew Campo
You started your supercross season with an 11th-place finish at Indianapolis, but then went 5-4 at Atlanta and Daytona, respectively.
At that point, did you know where you would be in 2011 yet?