The Time is Now for El Chupacabra to Win

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.

El Chupacabra at Supercross

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.

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“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.

Jeremy Martin Looks to Build off 2018 450SX Experience

The 25-year old from Millville, Minnesota comes into the 2019 season in the process of transitioning into the 450SX on a full-time basis. 2018 was a huge leap for Martin as he began the AMA Supercross season on the 450SX circuit instead of the 250SX. The former AMA Motocross 250cc class champion looks to continue his progression heading into 2019 riding for GEICO Honda.

Jeremy Martin at AMA Supercross

Martin began his professional career in 2012 competing in the AMA Motocross 250cc class and the AMA Supercross 250SX East Regional. He had a breakout season in 2014 when he took home the championship in the AMA Pro Motocross 250 championship in his third season competing in the class. He concluded the season with five wins, ten top-5 finishes, and never finished outside of the top-10. In addition, he had his best career finish in the AMA Supercross 250SX Eastern Regional by finishing the season in 10th place.

2015 would be another phenomenal year for Martin as he won a second consecutive AMA Pro Motocross 250 championship and finished 3rd in the AMA Supercross 250SX East. In the 250SX East races in which he started, Martin never finished outside of the top-5. A championship would elude Martin during the 2016 250SX East season as he finished 3rd for the second consecutive season. He secured victories at Daytona and St. Louis, but rocky finishes at Detroit and Indianapolis would hold him back from capturing his first career Supercross championship.

Martin made big transitions in 2017 as he prepared to elevate to the next level in the sport. He received a fantastic opportunity to make his AMA Supercross 450SX debut by being the fill-in rider for Ken Roczen. Martin surprised any naysayers there might have been with a 2nd place finish at Daytona. It would be his only appearance on the 450SX circuit during the 2017 season as he returned to the 250SX West. He would not compete again in Supercross for the 2017 season as he was held back by injuries.

Martin switched bikes in the 2017 season so he had to transition to a new team during the season. He previously rode a Yamaha over the duration of his career before switching over to a Honda that season. In 2018, Martin strived once again for an AMA Supercross 250SX East championship. His quest for a championship in the 250SX class would have to wait since an opportunity came that was too good to pass up. He had the opportunity to race in the 450SX class for the first three races of the season. Martin took full advantage of the opportunity and finished 11th, 10th, and 12th in the first three 450SX races of the season before returning to 250SX East. He concluded the 2018 season with two victories, eight top-5 finishes, and a 3rd place finish in the point standings.

Martin is not the only one in his family to be heavily involved in the world of motorcycle racing. His brother, Alex, also competes in the 250SX class alongside him. In addition, their parents are the owners of Spring Creek MX Park in Minnesota. The park hosts a stop on the AMA Pro Motocross circuit.

Jeremy Martin will aim to continue transitioning into full-time competition in the 450SX in 2019 after getting his feet wet with a handful of starts thus far in his career. It remains to be seen if he will focus more on establishing a foothold in the 450SX or attempt to capture a 250SX championship which he has narrowly missed on multiple occasions.

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Jason Anderson Aims to Repeat as 450SX Champ

Jason Anderson is coming off an electrifying 2018 campaign which saw him capture the Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship. Anderson gained control of the points standings in the 450SX division after the 2nd race of the season in Houston and never relinquished his lead throughout the season. A stellar season awaited “El Hombre” as he notched four wins, podiumed 11 races, and missed a top-four finish on only three occasions. The downhill stretch to the 2018 season became rocky after a wreck caused Anderson to finish 17th in Salt Lake City. His points lead was cut to 14 heading into the final showdown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anderson capped off his stellar season with a 5th place finish at Sam Boyd Stadium and held off Marvin Musquin to win the championship by nine points. Anderson looks to repeat as champion in 2019 to begin a new dynasty in the 450SX division.

Jason Anderson

The 2018 AMA Supercross Championship was a thrilling accomplishment for the already stellar career of Anderson. The native of Edgewood, New Mexico has now tallied seven career wins in the 450SX class since turning pro in 2011. Before making the move to the 450SX division, Anderson tallied five career wins in the 250SX division. His stretch competing in the 250SX division was highlighted by his 2014 250SX Western Regional championship. Anderson’s talent and hard work were recognized when he received the chance of a lifetime to represent his country at the 2016 Motocross of Nations. He helped guide Team USA to a 2nd place finish in the event. Had it not been for a horrific injury Anderson suffered at the event, Team USA likely would have taken first place. Anderson was struck in the head by a lapped rider as he celebrated his victory in the 2nd race of the event. At the time of the accident, Team USA was in the lead and Anderson was forced to sit out the remaining races. France would go on to capture the championship.

Supercross was instilled in Anderson at a young age as he began riding at the young age of seven. In 2010, Anderson won the prestigious AMA Horizon Award for Motocross being tabbed as one of the next big stars in the sport of motorcycle racing. He followed up his award with a phenomenal performance at the 2010 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. At the event, Anderson won four out of six motos in the 450A and 250A classes. Anderson took home the championship for the 450A class.

The talents of Anderson are undeniable, but he has had outstanding mentors along his journey to the top of the Supercross world. He has been under the tutelage of well-known motocross trainer Aldon Baker. One of his training partners was four-time Supercross 450SX champion, Ryan Dungey. Some of Anderson’s current training partners include Marvin Musquin and Zach Osborne. Anderson has spent his entire career with the same team, but he has experience racing a variety of motorcycle brands. His team’s name presently is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing with Husqvarna as the manufacturer for their motorcycles. Anderson has experience racing Suzuki and KTM motorcycles in addition to Husqvarna.

The 2018 AMA Supercross championship in the 450SX division solidified “El Hombre” as one of the premier riders in the sport of motorcycle racing at all levels. With the 2019 season quickly approaching, Anderson aims to follow up his historic 2018 campaign with an equally as impressive outing. Supercross fans will eagerly wait to find out if Anderson has what it takes to win back to back 450SX titles and earn legendary status.