With two stirring come-from-behind weekends to win races at Hangtown and High Point, Blake Baggett was building a similar reputation heading into the weekend’s race at Budds Creek. When the number 57 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki bike hovered around tenth at the halfway point of the first moto, fans along the fence line had to start wondering: “Is the kid going to do it again?”
It was about at that point when Baggett began his attack. He moved to ninth, but this time he charged too hard, overjumping an uphill triple, going off the track, and stalling. He lost time and dropped back to tenth, and only made it back to seventh by the end of the moto.
Baggett was ready to make amends in moto two. This time he got a good start and was sitting in third on the first lap. But after landing one of Budds big table tops, he hit a pile of soft dirt. His KX250F stuck the landing, and Baggett went launching over the bars. He got up in about last, and once again charged his way to seventh, with 7-7 scores landing him in seventh overall.
For Baggett, the speed was still there, but in each moto, he made a mistake at the exact moment he was ready to launch his attack--off the track in one moto over the bars in another. So the question heading to Colorado, again, will be, “Is the kid going to do it again?”