Baggett Returns to the Podium in St. Louis

April 12, 2011 12:00pm
CORONA, Calif. - Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett broke a three-race hiatus from the podium with a third-place finish at the penultimate round of the AMA Supercross Lites, Eastern Region at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Teammate Dean Wilson worked through a seventh-place start to finish just behind Baggett in fourth.

Baggett’s night started with a come-from-behind heat race win, giving him a good gate pick for the 15-lap main event. He shot off the line and grabbed the holeshot, but difficult sections to follow put him in fourth. He worked his way up to third where he would eventually finish.

“The track was easy to make mistakes and lose time on,” said Baggett. “I wanted to make sure I didn’t do anything that would cost me. It’s nice to be back on the podium. I’ve been working hard, but it didn’t show in the results. Now we get to have a little bit of a break before Las Vegas.”

Wilson was able to overcome a tough start in the main to work his way up to fourth. He still sits second in the championship standings and now looks to Las Vegas to finish off the season on top.

“I know I was just off the podium, but not winning and losing a lot of points is not very fun,” said Wilson. “I am disappointed with myself because I’ve shown that I am able to win. For the last round in Las Vegas, I just want to go out there and show everyone that I can be the best. This season hasn’t gone how I was hoping, but I have a lot to be thankful for and I’ll keep my head up.”

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team heads back west to Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. for the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Lites, Western Region series. Riders Josh Hansen, Broc Tickle, and Tyla Rattray have had eight weeks off to think about the championship ahead with Hansen in the points lead with 128, while Tickle is right there with 125 points. Rattray sits seventh with 80 points after sitting out one round with injury.