The final round of the 2012 Pro Motocross Championship was held at the Lake Elsinore National this past Saturday in Lake Elsinore, Calif. While the 450 championship had already been decided, the 250 championship was still up for grabs and it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett who would take home the championship in dramatic fashion. Baggett knew what he had to do to take the title. But “finishing 12th or better” is just not his style. Baggett put en exclamation point on his season by dominating both motos, going 1-2 and nailing down the overall win at Lake Elsinore and the 250 championship. Not only did he carry the 250 class red plate and points lead for 11 consecutive rounds, win the overall at Lake Elsinore, and take home his very first Pro Motocross 250 class championship, but his victory at Lake Elsinore would mark Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s 100th outdoor motocross win.
But Baggett’s wasn’t the only championship earned at Lake Elsinore by a Traxxas rider. Going into the weekend Traxxas’ WMX racer Ashley Fiolek trailed her rival Jessica Patterson by five points. That meant she had to finish in front of Patterson in both motos. When the gates dropped, Fiolek went to work and grabbed the hole-shot in each moto. She raced hard and ended up going 2-2 for the day. Fiolek’s speed and consistency, coupled with Patterson’s DNF in the second moto was all it took. Ashley Fiolek seized the 2012 WMX Motocross Championship, and will run the #1 plate again in 2013.
Baggett’s Traxxas/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Broc Tickle has had an impressive rookie 450 season and ended it on a high note by finishing 3-3 for third overall at Lake Elsinore. He completes his first 450 season fifth overall in the point standings.
Traxxas/Pro Circuit rider Tyla Rattray was slotted to run a KX250F this season but was sidelined early on with injuries. Once he’d healed up, Pro Circuit “loaned” Rattray to the Factory Monster Energy/Kawasaki team to replace the wounded Ryan Villopoto. Rattray, still riding in his Traxxas/Pro Circuit livery, adapted well to the 450 class and finished his abbreviated season 10th in points.
Congratulations to Ashley Fiolek and Blake Baggett on their championship-winning seasons. And a emphatic well done to Broc Tickle and Tyla Rattray on their successful 450 seasons.
Baggett and the rest of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki crew will now prepare for the upcoming 2012 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which will be held September 29 and 30 in Lommel, Belgium. Baggett will be one of three riders representing the United States in this Olympic-like event.