News 12 Feb 2020
Training with reigning champion a boost for Baggett
California native earns first podium of the season in San Diego.
Blake Baggett has revealed training with reigning champion Cooper Webb (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in the lead up to San Diego played a role in landing his first podium of the season.
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM rider was highly-impressive at the sixth round of Monster Energy Supercross, claiming third in the second 450SX heat race before a brilliant performance in the 25-lap main saw him emerge in third position.
“I think the track was deteriorating fast [tonight], for sure – it was getting slicker every lap, and the holes in the whoops were getting worse,” Baggett commented. “I feel I had some spots where I was catching those guys a bit, and they were kind of playing cat and mouse, so that was allowing me to reel them in a bit.
“Then when I made a mistake, they’d gap back out. It was one of those nights where I left a little bit out there in some areas, but at the same time, I’ve been pretty far away from having a podium.
“I’m just happy to be up here, and a big thanks to KTM for letting me ride with them this week – I got to ride with Cooper and that’s helped a lot.”
Baggett has shifted to seventh in the standings ahead round seven of Supercross this weekend at Tampa in Florida.