Stewart Dominates High Point National
Roczen finished in the runner-up spot (2-3) and is the only rider in the class to finish on the podium at each round thus far, while Canard grabbed his third podium in four rounds (4-2). Dungey missed out on the top three for the first time this season in fourth (3-4) with Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX’s Josh Grant in fifth (6-6).
Roczen extended his lead over Dungey in the 450 Class standings, which now sits at 16 points. Stewart moved into third and is just six points behind Dungey for second.
“I didn’t get a start both motos and that makes it tougher, but I felt like I was riding good,” said Roczen. “It’s about keeping it consistent. I think I’m going to work on some starts and in a couple weeks we’ll bounce back. I just need to get a jump and get up front. I think it will make it that much easier.”
The 250 Class kicked off the afternoon with Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel racing to the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, only to be quickly passed by GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle. Behind this duo, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin, Baggett, and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin rounded out the top five.
As Bogle began to open a gap, Martin made his move on Pourcel and set his sights on the lead. After a couple laps of battling, a surging Baggett caught both Bogle and Martin off guard to assume the lead on lap five. One out front, Baggett controlled the moto from there on out while Martin and Bogle continued their battle for second. Baggett crossed the finish nearly 11 seconds ahead of Martin in second, while Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb made an impressive climb from eighth on the opening lap to pass Bogle late and finish third.
The final moto of the afternoon saw Pourcel sweep the Motosport.com Holeshot Awards, with the Frenchman able to maintain control of the race for the early stages over Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill rounding out the top three. Not far behind Baggett was Bogle making his push to the front in fourth, while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda’s Cole Seely rounded out the top five. After a strong opening moto, the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha tandem of Martin and Webb in eighth and 10th, respectively.
Baggett took over second from Anderson early and sat in pursuit of Pourcel for three laps before eventually moving into first and beginning his march to victory. With Baggett pulling away, Pourcel and Anderson engaged in an exciting battle for second with Anderson ultimately getting the upper hand on the veteran.
While the action settled up front, Martin and Webb fought their way forward, but were never a factor. Baggett wrapped up his dominant ride with a 16-second margin over Anderson in second, with Pourcel third. Bogle finished fourth and Hill fifth, while Martin and Webb worked their way into sixth and seventh.
Baggett’s 1-1 outing was his first since RedBud on July 7, 2012, the same year he won the 250 Class title.
“The starts don’t come easy out there and we’re still working on that,” said Baggett. “I feel that I should be up front. Those guys are riding great, but I’m going to do what I can to go after the championship.”
Martin’s resiliency helped him finish second overall (2-6) and he remains the only rider in the division to finish on the podium in each of the first four rounds. Anderson secured the best finish of his career in third (7-2), edging out Bogle (4-4) by virtue of the second moto tiebreaker. Pourcel rounded out the top five (6-3).
Martin maintains control of the 250 Class standings, holding a 29-point lead over Webb. Baggett closed in to within 36 points in third.