Not many AMA Supercross riders can say they own their own motocross training facility, but Grand Terrace, California native Blake Baggett is one of those few. The rider for Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM/WPS owns and operates the “Chupacabra Ranch” which is located in Florida and is known as one of the best training facilities in the country. The name of the facility is coined from Baggett’s nickname “El Chupacabra” which he earned for his knack to surge late in races to overpass opponents. The 26-year old turned pro in 2009 coming off a tremendous amateur career highlighted by four championships. “El Chupacabra” has not turned back since and continues to be a force on the track every race.
Baggett began his pro career with numerous top-5 finishes in Supercross and Motocross. He started his Supercross career with top-5 finishes in the 250SX Lites Eastern Regional in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He captured his first career win in the 250SX Lites with a victory at Arlington in 2010. In 2011, he would taste victory at Daytona and Las Vegas. He finished his run in the 250SX class with four career wins.
Baggett was equally as consistent in Motocross to begin his career competing in the 250cc class. Baggett had a remarkable four consecutive top-5 season finishes in the AMA Motocross 250cc class from 2011-2014. His most noteworthy season was in 2012 when he won his first career championship by winning the AMA Pro Motocross 250 class championship. Baggett could not be denied in AMA Motocross that season as he never finished outside of the top-5 the duration of the season. He capped off his 2012 Motocross campaign with five race wins.
Around this time, Baggett competed for his country in the Motocross of Nations alongside legends Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. He was a member of the last Team USA to win the Motocross of Nations championship in 2011.
After a lengthy, stellar run in the 250 classes in AMA Supercross and Motocross, Baggett took the next step in his career and transitioned into the 450 class. Baggett had stellar debut seasons in the Supercross 450SX and Motocross 450cc classes finishing in the top-5 overall point standings in each. His 2016 campaign would be derailed due to injuries and he could not find the consistency that propelled him to the previous fantastic debut seasons. He bounced back in 2017 with a 3rd place finish in the AMA Motocross 450cc class and a 6th place finish in the AMA Supercross 450SX class. His season-best finish in the 2017 Supercross season was a 3rd place finish at Atlanta.
In 2018, Baggett continued his climb up the rankings in the AMA Supercross 450SX class and had his best season since making the transition. He had an incredible year highlighted by five podiums and 16 top-10 finishes. He finished the season in 4th place and he looks to carry the momentum into an even stronger 2019 season.
“El Chupacabra” has continued to elevate his position among the sport’s best year after year since turning pro nearly a decade ago. He has proven he can produce top-5 finishes, podiums, and even lead laps competing against the best of the best. The time is now for Baggett to take that next step and secure his first victory in the 450SX class.