Blake Baggett Supercross Interview

April 21, 2010
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

For this week’s Supercross interview we met up with Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Blake Baggett. The Lites class rookie won his first professional race in Dallas and grabbed another podium finish in Houston, finishing out the season in fifth place. We sat down with Blake to get his take on his first win, his Suzuki and his views on the outdoor season.

Rockstar Energys Blake Baggett banged bars with Dean Wilson for the second place position in the Lites Main Event.
In Houston Baggett banged bars with fellow rookie Dean Wilson. Baggett ended up in second place for the night.

Blake, the first win of your pro career was at one of the wildest races of the season in Dallas. What was it like to get that first win?

I kind of wasn’t even real. All I wanted to do was stay up and finish that night in one piece, because it didn’t start out good. I struggled all through practice, and in the heat race I ended up on the ground in the first turn. Then in the LCQ I barely snuck in there with a second, and then they red-flagged it with one lap to go. I just made it to the main and I just wanted to stay smooth and smart. When I was in second and finally passed Sipes with one lap to go, that lap felt like it was five minutes long. It was just like, “Oh my God, just please keep it up.” I kept it on two wheels and after I crossed the finish line I was like, “Wow. That did not just happen. I just won!”

You were pretty emotional after crossing the finish line. Did it just hit you that you had achieved what you had been working towards for so many years?

I think to do it in the rookie year, having never ridden a Suzuki before, and having a new team it was just I couldn’t believe I just won, especially on a night like that. After all the hard work I put into it and all the ups and downs, to come out with a win was unbelievable.

What was it like to switch over to the Suzuki?

I think it was a big change. Just because they handle like almost opposites. The Kawi didn’t turn that sharp and the Suzuki almost turns too sharp. It’s amazing how good it turns. Jumping and stuff like that it handles pretty good; we got the suspension dialed in the way I wanted it and got it set up pretty much how the Kawi was. The team is great, and everybody here gets along pretty good. We’re definitely looking to have everything more gathered so when we go outdoors we can contend for a championship.

Last weeks winner  Blake Baggett had a rough main event as he finished in 12th place.
Baggett finished out the 2010 East Coast Lites Championship in fifth place. Not to shabby for his rookie year.

Are you looking more towards the outdoor than racing Supercross?

I cannot wait! I think outdoors comes a lot easier for me. Just because I’ve been riding it pretty much my whole life. In amateurs all you rode was outdoors. I seem to get along with it better and like it more. I think I’m faster outdoors than indoors. I don’t know, indoors is cool, but I really don’t like it. Hopefully I can shine outdoors, and be up there in the championship battle in the end.

When do you start testing for your outdoor set up?

Well since outdoors comes easier to me, I’m probably going to wait until that Monday after the Vegas Supercross. I think if I get on an outdoors setup in that two-week break before there, I don’t know it if would mess me up or not, but I’m not going to take that chance. I’d rather go to the Vegas shootout and prove myself against the West Coast guys, and then just work hard for the next two weeks that we have before Hangtown. We’ll pretty much ride everyday and get the setup dialed and come out swinging.

Your parents have worked really hard to help you get where you are now. What is it like to be able to travel with your parents to the races and to have them there as a support.

My mom and I would travel to all of the amateur races and my dad would fly in. My mom is there at the practice track, and my dad has probably only been to the practice track maybe twice in the last eight months. He kind of reverts to how he runs his company, so sometimes he can be a little tough. But I think it helps in the long run.

Well, hopefully we will be talking to you on the podium in the Nationals in about a month.

Yeah, hopefully! Thanks.