After an exhilarating night of racing, Blake Baggett earned a spot on the podium with a 2nd place finish. Scoring some prized championship points, he is holding on to his impressive 5th place in the points standings.


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Tonight’s race really came together for Baggett. He had to regroup and refocus after his finishes of 9th, 9th, and 6th at Houston’s Triple Crown last week, but those efforts seemed to have paid off with his incredible finish tonight.


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Things started off slow and steady for Baggett in Nashville. Qualifying in 7th place put him in the second heat race. With his 4th gate pick, he was one of the first riders off the start. After the first lap, he was in 5th place, and he held onto the position for the duration of the race. This set Baggett up nicely for the main with the 9th gate pick and the confidence to podium.


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As the gates dropped on the main event, Baggett tore off the line at the front of the pack. As positions shuffled around the holeshot line, however, Baggett got pushed back and ended the first lap in 6th place. He wasn’t there for long though. He was maintaining top speed, giving him the perfect opportunity to move up to a podium position after Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, and Joey Savatgy all went down in crashes in front him. Baggett was then in 3rd place, but soon got passed by Eli Tomac. It didn’t faze Baggett though. As Tomac continued passing the other top riders, Baggett made his own move to reclaim a podium position. He had worked his way back into 3rd place, but he had his sights set higher. After a few laps of stalking Webb in 2nd place, Baggett made a clean pass on the points leader and held down 2nd place all the way to the checkered flag.


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The season may be winding down, but Baggett is only heating up. There are three rounds left to go, and we’re looking forward to more podium finishes for team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-WPS-KTM in all of them.

 

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