Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett has put a stranglehold on the 2012 AMA 250cc National Motocross Championship, starting on the last lap of the first moto of the season at Hangtown. Now three rounds in, he has won half of the motos and has extended his points lead to 16, although there is quite a distance yet to go.
MOTO: It seems like you can get through the pack in all these races better than just about anybody out there. What do you attribute that to? Besides attributing it to getting bad starts, of course…
Blake Baggett: I really don’t have that answer. I guess I’m good at passing. I don’t really know. I don’t think there’s a trick to it or something special about it. I guess I’m just pretty good at it.
Did you find a lot of lines getting through the pack here in Colorado like you did at Hangtown?
Yeah, exactly. Same stuff. You know where you can go, and you know other places where you have to tuck back. So, I guess it’s about just figuring out where you can go and where you have to tuck back and putting it all together. Like when [Eli] Tomac was behind me this last time, I knew he was there. So, you couldn’t tuck back much but you had to figure out when you were going to go and where you were going to go.
You know, you had the overall wrapped up until the last lap and Ken Roczen fell trying to hold of Justin Barcia…
Yeah, I know. What a joke!
But you’ve now won half of the motos run so far. How does that make you feel compared to last year?
I feel a little bit faster this year and I just feel like I got a little bit smarter on the other side, too. First moto, I was dead-last – literally dead-last. I hit neutral; we started in first gear and I hit neutral. So I made it five feet out of the gate and was a sitting duck.
You don’t start in first gear down on sea level, right?
No, this is the only track we do. It makes it hard though because you’ve got get past that neutral. I just messed up and put it in neutral on accident, jumped out of the gate and went to shift and accidentally dropped it in neutral and started in the back and worked my way to the front. I knew that I had some good lines and speed, but the second moto was pretty gnarly.
What were you thinking about when that whole wind/rain storm was rolling through?
Oh, I don’t care…
Well, you’re a California boy and most people don’t associate California boys with being able to ride in the mud…
Yeah. I like the mud; it’s fine. I’ll ride in either one, dusty or muddy. Doesn’t matter to me.
How’s your Great Dane puppy doing?
My puppy is probably the size of you.
How big is it?
On all fours just chilling, it’s 39 inches. He’s like eight months old or something.
So, where to from here? Obviously we’ll head into High Point. What do you think about it?
High Point, rain or shine, it doesn’t really matter. You never know with going to that place. But I like that place. We’ll just keep going and try to add points every weekend to our lead.