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SIXTH IN SANTA CLARA FOR BAGGETT

Blake Baggett bounced back to earn his best finish in four rounds aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 Saturday night in front of 42,336 fans in the inaugural race inside Levi Stadium. His sixth-place result was Baggett’s best result since he scored a podium at Daytona in March. It also marked his 11th top-10 finish of the season and kept Baggett ranked sixth in the AMA/FIM Supercross Series with just two events left to go.

It was the first time the Supercross series visited the new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and Baggett was up to speed quickly on the challenging layout. He finished timed qualifying in seventh.

“It’s a real rocky hard base,” Baggett said of the racing surface of the new track. “It’s kind of gooey down in between where they tried to soak it, so it’s got some ruts at the bottom. All in all it’s a technical track, really hard to get everything precise with all the rocks. It’s hard to judge how much wheel-spin you’re going to get in some areas.”

O'NEAL's Blake Baggett at Supercross Santa Clara

Baggett had the track and his Yoshimura RM-Z450 dialed in enough to go directly into the Main by finishing a close fourth his Heat race.

In the Main Baggett began the race in 12th on the first lap, but on this night he was able to use the razor-sharp handling of his RM-Z450 to rapidly make his way through the field.

In one outstanding lap (lap two) Baggett passed five riders to get up to seventh. He wasn’t going to stop there. He moved as high as inside the top-five before a slip late in the race put him back to his ultimate finishing spot of sixth.

“I felt good in some sections tonight,” Baggett said after the race. “I just got tight in the Main. I came up on (Justin) Barcia and got behind him and couldn’t really find a good opening to get around him. Then I made a mistake in a rhythm lane and the guys behind me caught me. It was what it was; I’ll just have to go back and work on my racecraft and get ready to do battle next weekend. I’ll be doing some outdoor testing as well and see what we can do next week in New Jersey.”



There are just two races left in the 2015 AMA/FIM Supercross Series. Next Saturday, April 25, the bright lights of New York City will shine on the series as it flies cross-country to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Santa Clara 450 Supercross Results:

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Eli Tomac
3. Weston Peick
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Blake Baggett
7. Justin Brayton
8. Chad Reed
9. Andrew Short
10. Nick Wey

450 Supercross Standings after round 15:

2015 450 Supercross Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 343
2. Eli Tomac, 258
3. Cole Seely, 239
4. Chad Reed, 212
5. Trey Canard, 204
6. Blake Baggett, 190
7. Jason Anderson, 188
8. Broc Tickle, 168
9. Andrew Short, 164
10. Ken Roczen, 156