With rain starting to fall on Angel Stadium, Blake Baggett posted a lap of 54.346 seconds to sit atop the qualification board for Round 1 of the Supercross season. The session was shown live on NBC’s Sport Gold Supercross / Motocross season pass, which can be purchased at https://www.nbcsports.com/gold.
Race coverage will begin at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
As the clock was winding down, Baggett beat privateer Dean Wilson (54.384) for the top spot.
Malcolm Stewart (54.471), Justin Brayton (54.698) and Eli Tomac (54.795) rounded out the top five.
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Adam Cianciarulo set fast time among the 250s with a lap of 53.963
Dylan Ferrandis (54.801), James Decotis (55.312), Shane McElrath (55.493) and Colt Nichols rounded out the top five.
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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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