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August 25, 2014

Baggett's Podium and Career-Best for Alldredge Highlight Season-Ending Effort for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in Utah

CORONA, Calif., – The challenging AMA Pro Motocross Championship season came to an exciting conclusion last Saturday with the series’ second ever visit to Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park. The one-of-a-kind track featured a revamped layout that was met with favorable reviews from the riders and led to intense battles in each of the 250 Class motos. In the final outing for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki during the 2014 season, Blake Baggett, Chris Alldredge and Dean Wilson each capped the year off with top-10 efforts, led by Baggett’s sixth podium finish and clinching of the runner-up spot in the final championship standings.

Baggett Finishes Strong
Coming in to Utah, Baggett’s goals were simple – secure second in the final 250 Class standings. The former series champion knew how to succeed at Miller Motorsports Park, finishing second at the inaugural event the year prior, and showcased his trademark hard-charging style on Saturday.
After a solid top-10 qualifying effort in ever-changing track conditions, a result of heavy rains overnight, Baggett slotted himself in the top 10 in the opening moto. He made up huge ground early, passing multiple riders a lap, and surged into the top five by Lap 5. Just one lap later, Baggett moved into podium position and maintained it through the remainder of the moto, closing in on second place at the checkered flag. A better start in Moto 2 saw Baggett take a more patient approach in his climb to the front, breaking into the top five just prior to the halfway point. He methodically worked his way into third several laps later and once again was closing in on second before the checkered flag flew to lock in a pair of third-place results and secure second overall over back-to-back years in Utah.
“I just rode to he best of my abilities today and that’s why I got the results I did,” said Baggett. “Sometimes [this season] I haven’t been at my best, but I felt good on the Kawasaki KX250F all afternoon and the track was much improved from last year. I felt like I was really able to push and make up ground, and I nearly got up to second in both motos. We ultimately came here to wrap up second in the championship, which we were able to do, and overall I’m happy with how we performed this season. It was a good way to end the year.”
Baggett finished the 2014 season with three overall wins, six overall podiums and five moto wins.

Alldredge Shows His Potential
Coming into Utah, the early stages of Alldredge’s pro career featured solid results and tremendous promise. After spending time with his veteran teammates and learning what he could from them, the rookie showcased his true potential in Utah with a career-best outing that saw him finish just outside the top five in sixth.
Alldredge turned heads early by posting the third-fastest lap of practice, showing how comfortable he felt on the fast Miller Motorsports Park layout. In Moto 1, he slotted into the top 10 just ahead of Baggett and was soon able to follow his teammate to the front, learning the fast lines and making impressive passes. Before long, Alldredge was battling for a top-five spot, eventually moving into fifth on Lap 6. Once there, he logged consistent laps to maintain his hold on the position and post a career-best moto result. In the second moto, Alldredge had his work cut out for him after starting outside the top 10. He quickly vaulted his way forward and had moved into eighth place by Lap 3, behind Wilson. He once again took advantage of the chance to mirror the efforts of a veteran teammate and was in the hunt for another top five finish throughout the moto, ultimately finishing seventh to cap off a career-best day in sixth overall.
“I had a ton of fun out there today and this effort gives me a ton of confidence heading into the 2015 season,” said Alldredge. “It was cool to be able to run with both of my teammates and learn from them. Their skill in making the right line choices really helped me get the most out of my Kawasaki KX250F and it ultimately brought me to the best finish of my career. I had a lot of family and friends here today so it feels even better to do so well with them cheering me on.”
Alldredge’s performance left him just one point shy of 20th in the final 250 Class standings, but the Oregon native was impressive in his three starts, averaging a 10th place finish of in his first six motos and surpassing nearly 30 riders in the championship standings.

Wilson Brings 250 Career to a Close
The Utah finale served as Wilson’s farewell ride in the 250 Class. Following five seasons under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent, Wilson will make his permanent move into the premier class. The Scotsman achieved tremendous success for the team, earning the 2011 title, five career wins and 20 career podiums.
Wilson began the afternoon with a solid practice and put himself in a battle for the podium early in the opening moto before misfortune struck on Lap 2. He endured several heartbreaks in the moto but continued to charge, ultimately fighting his way to a well-earned 10th-place finish. In Moto 2, Wilson’s fortunes were much better and he was able to maintain a solid start to finish just outside the top five in sixth, which landed him eighth overall.
“The first moto wasn’t what I was hoping for at all, but we made up for it in Moto 2 and walked away with a top 10 finish,” said Wilson. “I really wanted to try and at least get back on the podium for the team in my final race, but we didn’t have any luck on our side in the first moto and that ended any hopes we had. Regardless, I wanted to give it my all in the final moto for everyone on the team and I’m happy to end my career there with a solid effort.”
Wilson’s determination gave him sole possession of 10th in the final 250 Class standings despite missing three rounds with an injury, highlighted by a season-best fourth-place result in the opening moto from Unadilla.

2014 Season at a Glance
Despite losing some of its riders to injury both prior to and during the season, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki put forth an impressive effort in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, thanks to great rides by Baggett, Wilson, Justin Hill and Alldredge. While Baggett remained a fixture in the title fight throughout the season, the remaining three riders showed why the team is one of the most successful in history, showcasing an unmatched resiliency to stay strong in the face of adversity. With Baggett leading the way, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki enjoyed an all-around solid 2014 season outdoors and carries considerable momentum into a promising 2015 season.


Round 12: 

Utah National –
250 Class Overall
 (Moto Results)

1. Jeremy Martin (1-1)
2. Blake Baggett (3-3)
3. Cooper Webb (2-4)

6. Chris Alldredge (5-8)
8. Dean Wilson (10-6)

DNS Justin Hill

250 Class 
(After Round 12 of 12)

1. Jeremy Martin – 500 
2. Blake Baggett – 421 
3. Cooper Webb – 419

10. Dean Wilson – 230 
14. Justin Hill – 150 
21. Chris Alldredge – 64


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