Thor’s Blake Baggett Maintains Points Lead in 250 Class

Thor’s Blake Baggett hasn’t always had good luck at the Freestone County Raceway, but on Saturday, he was able to walk out of Texas with the 250 class points lead. In both motos, Baggett had to come through the pack, leaving him little time to catch the leader. His 2-2 finish has stretched his lead to 14 points over second place. Teammate Ivan Tedesco had a tough run in Texas, but still finished 19th despite a hard first-turn crash in the second moto.

In the 450 class, Jake Weimer rode two come-from-behind motos, but Moto 2 was the most impressive as he climbed from 40th – after a first turn crash – to finish sixth. His 3-6 moto result was good enough for fourth overall and he currently sits fourth in the standings. Broc Tickle had a great run in the opening moto to finish seventh, but a mechanical in the second moto left him to finish 14th with a 7-40 result. Brett Metcalfe finished inside the top 10 in eighth with a 13-10 moto result.

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Thor’s Blake Baggett Repeats Impressive Hangtown Performance from 2011

Thor’s Blake Baggett once again took advantage of the rough terrain that Hangtown MX provides, winning the opening round Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the second year in a row. This year’s performance was even better than last year, earning a perfect 1-1 result in the 250 class. In the opening moto, Baggett started sixth and took his time making his way to the front. As the riders got the white flag, Baggett was in third and was able to pass both riders in front of him for the most impressive final lap seen in years. The second moto was a different story as Baggett took over the lead on the fifth lap and proceeded to gap the field, winning by nearly nine seconds.

Also in the 250 class, Ivan Tedesco made his return to the division for the first time since winning the 125 class title in 2005. He didn’t disappoint, ending the day just off the podium with a 6-5 moto result. Reigning champion Dean Wilson started out the first moto inside the top 10, but after his shoulder injury flared up again, he pulled in and made the difficult decision to get the necessary surgery needed to correct his injury.

In the 450 class, Thor riders all finished inside the top 10 with impressive rides during both motos. Brett Metcalfe proved he is a motocross specialist, earning a 4-5 moto result, which put him in a three-way tie for third, but after the details were sorted he ended the day fifth overall. Finishing just behind him in sixth overall during his 450 class debut, Broc Tickle proved he belongs with the big bikes with a 6-7 moto result. Possibly putting in the most impressive ride of the day, Jake Weimer came back in the first moto from 40th on the opening lap, to make it all the way to 10th. The second moto he got out to a better start, finishing sixth for eighth overall.

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