BLAKE BAGGETT MISSING FINAL PRO MOTOCROSS ROUND DUE TO HAND INJURY
Blake Baggett has proven that he’s got what it takes to challenge for wins this season, claiming multiple overall podium finishes and fast qualifying results throughout the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign. The Fly Racing backed rider picked up some momentum at RedBud II with a 2nd place overall finish, carrying it into the next round in Minnesota with an identical 2nd place overall at the end of the weekend. Considering his recent form and the fact that he’s always excelled at Thunder Valley, Baggett was expected to do well at the penultimate round of the series in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider was able to show his raw speed yet again in qualifying but he things didn’t pan out in the first moto as Baggett ended up 8th at the checkered flag. After electing not to go to the gate for moto two, it was apparent that something was up. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS team has since announced that Baggett is going to miss the season finale at Fox Raceway due to a Ganglion Cyst in his throttle hand, explaining his performance in the first moto at Thunder Valley.
At this point in the season, Baggett sits 7th in the overall points standings of the 450MX class after eight rounds of action. His personal best overall finishes of the season came at both RedBud II and Millville where he scored 2nd place although he did grab a moto win at RedBud as well.
Here’s what the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS team had to say:
Payson UT—Unfortunately team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – KTM – WPS rider Blake Baggett will miss this weekend's Pala National, final round of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Baggett has developed what is identified as a Ganglion Cyst in his right hand (throttle hand). The cyst is quite large, and has attached itself to a ligament that affects Blake’s ring finger area, and spreads pain throughout his entire throttle hand.
It’s an unfortunate end to what started to be such a good surge Baggett and his @teamrmatvmc team started to come into mid season at Red Bud. Though Blake went 2-2 the following weekend at Millville, it was around that time that he started to have a sharp pain in his fingers. The issue continued to be nagging over the next two weeks, but seemed race-able just as Baggett put himself atop the qualifying board at this past weekend's race in Lakewood, CO during practice session #1. He then backed it up with a 2nd in practice session #2 – lining up to race as the 2nd overall qualifier. Unfortunately things made a turn for the worse during the first moto, when Baggett caught a nasty square edge hole on lap two that sent an electrifying jolt through his hand.
Though Baggett toughed it out for an 8th place moto finish, it was decided best by Baggett’s team to sit out moto 2 and get his hand seen by a specialist to avoid further injury. A MRI and CT this week have confirmed the above mentioned Ganglion Cyst, and Baggett is currently consulting with his hand specialist on the next best steps to resolve the issue as soon as possible. We will keep all team sponsors and fans informed as soon as we have more news to report on Baggett’s condition, and thank everyone for their always ongoing support.