Baggett Strikes Again | 2014 High Point MX

2014 High Point MX

Photos by Jeff Kardas

After Jeremy Martin’s win streak snapped at Thunder Valley, it was anyone’s day to shine at the 2014 High Point MX. The fourth round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brought the field to the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania, to one of the most iconic tracks on the schedule. Rains in the week leading up to the event made the track rutted and technical, a perfect reminder that motocross had returned to the East Coast.

Who claimed the top five in the 450 class? Find out here…

1. Blake Baggett | 1-1

 

2014 High Point MX

After a somewhat difficult year and a half, many wondered if Blake Baggett could find the same speed and results that earned him the 250 National championship in 2012. A stellar performance the week prior showed the field the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki still has what it takes to run at the front, and he reaffirmed the message by taking both motos in dominating fashion at High Point. A much needed top five start put Baggett at the front of the field early in the first go, and he tracked down Jeremy Martin, then followed the current points leader by Christophe Pourcel before stealing second place away from Martin. Within laps, he overtook Justin Bogle for the lead, sprinted away from the field, and built a 10 second gap over second place at the final flag.

Baggett copied the top five start for the second moto and quickly moved up to third place with a pass on his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Justin Hill. A mistake by Jason Anderson allowed Baggett the opening to slip into second place and this put Baggett within range of leader Christophe Pourcel. The French rider did his best to fend off the charging American, but Baggett claimed the position before the moto reached its halfway point. With this chain of events occurring much earlier in moto two, Baggett was able to stretch his lead to 16 seconds and rode to another overall victory. The string of three moto wins propels Baggett to third in the championship standings.

2. Jeremy Martin | 2-6

 

2014 High Point MX

Jeremy Martin’s performance through the first two rounds of the season have the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider far ahead in the championship standings, and this gives a slight amount of breathing room when a moto goes awry. A solid third place start in moto one put Martin in prime position to make a bid for the lead, but the young rider could not match the speed set by eventually winner Blake Baggett. Issues while trying to overtake Christophe Pourcel allowed the gap between the three to close, and Martin allowed Baggett the chance move ahead early in the moto. Martin maintained a wicked pace of his own, putting nine seconds between he and third place finisher Cooper Webb at the conclusion of the moto.

Unfortunately, Martin could not duplicate the start in the second moto and found himself shuffled back to eighth place. While this may not seem like a poor jump, it was just enough to let rivals up front pull ahead while he worked to make up the distance. Martin quietly worked through the order despite a crash, running just ahead of teammate Webb, to claim a sixth place finish. This, paired with his second in the first moto, was enough to bump Martin to second overall.

3. Jason Anderson | 7-2

 

2014 High Point MX

Jason Anderson’s work order was long from the drop of the gate in moto one. The Rockstar Energy Racing KTM rider was ranked outside the top ten in the early moments, but incredibly quick laps (2:06.058) helped him streak by the competition on his way to a seventh place result. The margin between Anderson and those ahead of him was close, with roughly 15 seconds separating his result from Cooper Webb in third place.

Anderson made up for his first moto by jumping out to second place on the next start, and pursued leader Pourcel through the opening laps. As Anderson chased the leader, he fell into Baggett’s sights and a slight mistake by Anderson dropped him temporarily to third place. Still, Anderson kept the pressure directed at Pourcel and retook second place with moments left in the race. This finish would be vital to his overall score, since he tied with Justin Bogle in points on the day, but the second place finish shifted the advantage to Anderson.

4. Justin Bogle | 4-4

 

2014 High Point MX

Justin Bogle was barely bested for the holeshot in moto one, but this didn’t stop the GEICO Honda rider from claiming the lead early in the race. He extended the lead over the pack while flicking his machine over the massive obstacles, a run aided by the battle for second place behind him. Eventually Baggett would close in and take the lead, with Martin and Webb following suit later in the race. Bogle kept in tow with the podium finishers, trailing Webb at the line by two and a half seconds.

Bogle’s second moto was much different, yet had the same outcome. His start put him in sixth place, but consistent laps allowed him to catch and pass both Justin Hill and Christophe Pourcel. Despite ongoing pressure from Martin for every position made, Bogle kept the point lead at bay and never allowed him to slip ahead.

5. Christophe Pourcel | 6-3

 

2014 High Point MX

Yamaha’s new machines have been a common sight at the head of the field off of the start this season, and Christophe Pourcel was the latest to put his blue bike up front. The Valli Motorsports Yamaha rider stole the holeshot away from Bogle and led much of the opening lap, but spent the moto sliding down the running order after relentless attacks from Baggett, Martin, Webb, and Marvin Musquin. The battle between the two Frenchmen was notably intense, with Musquin doing all he could to make the pass. Pourcel kept his countryman within range until the checkered flag, finishing two and a half seconds behind.

Pourcel nabbed another holeshot in the second moto and remained strong in the opening laps, but again fell victim to Baggett’s charge. Anderson mounted a charge of his own and wrestled second away from the former World Champion, but the two turned similar lap times that resulted in a three second margin at the end of the moto. The point tally between riders in third to sixth was close, with Pourcel’s 35 markers for the day ranking him fifth overall.

Overall Results
1. Blake Baggett 1-1
2. Jeremy Martin 2-6
3. Jason Anderson 7-2
4. Justin Bogle 4-4
5. Christophe Pourcel 6-3
6. Cooper Webb 3-7
7. Marvin Musquin 5-8
8. Justin Hill 9-5
9. Cole Seely 8-9
10. Alex Martin 10-10
11. Kyle Cunningham 12-11
12. Joey Savatgy 13-13
13. Zach Bell 15-12
14. Kyle Peters 11-16
15. Matt Lemoine 14-14
16. Dakota Alix 18-17
17. Jessy Nelson 38-15
18. Justin Starling 16-21
19. Zack Williams 20-18
20. Dakota Kessler 17-23
2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250 Class (After 8 of 24 motos)
1. Jeremy Martin 177pts (5 moto wins)
2. Cooper Webb 1488pts
3. Blake Baggett 141pts (3 moto wins)
4. Christophe Pourcel 128pts
5. Justin Bogle 126pts
6. Jason Anderson 117pts
7. Marvin Musquin 111pts
8. Justin Hill 93pts
9. Jessy Neslon 91pts
10. Cole Seely 87pts