Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett in Detroit Supercross

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl @ The Hague 

Things were on track for Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Baggett in Detroit. In front of 46,259 fans inside Ford Field, Baggett got a good start on his powerful Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 in the main, was running well inside the top ten and seemed on his way to score his best result of the season when he was forced to make a pit stop to change a tire after a crash. Baggett got back on track after the stop, but by then he was three laps down and finished 19th.

It was a disappointing end to what otherwise might have been another strong step up the ladder in Baggett’s comeback from shoulder injury. Yet in spite of the difficulties he faced, Baggett left Detroit with the confidence that his comeback to full fitness is progressing – perhaps even ahead of schedule.

Baggett began the day in Detroit qualifying 13th. He then finished a solid second in his semi to make the main. Once the gate dropped for the main Baggett tapped into the muscle of his Yoshimura Suzuki and emerged near the front of the pack. “I had a solid main event going,” Baggett explained. “I got a really good start and drove it down into the first turn and came out pretty good. I didn’t get through the whoops as well as I wanted to on that first lap, so I got shuffled back pretty bad right there. I was working my way forward from there got into sixth place and then we had the mishap (the flat) and I had to come in to do a pit stop. That set us back for sure, but it’s just one of those things that happen in racing every once in a while and we’ll bounce back. I’m looking forward to getting back on the track in two weeks in Santa Clara.”

Baggett leaves Detroit 18th in the series standings with five rounds remaining.

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate James Stewart did not race in Detroit. He continues rehabbing from bruising suffered in his crash at Daytona and hopes to return at Santa Clara.

The series now takes a rare weekend off before heading cross country to Santa Clara, California, and Levi’s Stadium on April 2. Baggett will be in the area a day early to meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, April 1 at Fremont Suzuki, 41315 Albrae Street, Fremont, California

The race at Levi’s Stadium can be watched live starting at 10:00 pm Eastern on Fox Sports 1.

Check out Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Blake Baggett and the team at the 2016 AMA/FIM Supercross event in Detroit, Michigan

 

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