Davalos has always shown spectacular speed in supercross and 2013 is no different. He posted the fifth fastest qualifying lap time and was cool and confidant going into the night show. When the gate dropped for his heat race, Davalos ripped a huge holeshot on his KX250F and rode away from the field. He clicked off effortless laps and won by more than two seconds. In the main event, he got another good start, but like Baggett, another rider’s bike came flipping across the first rhythm lane and took out Davalos. He got up unscratched, but his bike suffered too much damage to continue. Davalos proved he has the tools to win and will wait until next week.
“I really felt good all day and my bike was amazing,” said Davalos. “I was able to ride six solid laps in the heat race, which was a great way to start off the season. Unfortunately in the main event, I got taken out mid-air and went down hard, smashing radiator and headpipe. It’s disappointing, but I’m happy that I’m okay and we’ll look to back it up in Phoenix.”
Baggett was looking for redemption after being knocked out of competition at the Monster Energy Cup last year due to injury. He posted the fourth fastest qualifying time and finished fifth in his heat race, setting himself up nicely for the main event. Baggett nearly got the holeshot in the 250SX main event on his KX250F, but the tides quickly turned. As they entered the first rhythm lane, another rider crashed and his flipping bike clipped Baggett’s arm, nearly sending him to the ground. With no feeling in his right arm, he pushed through to attempt to finish the 15-lap main event. Despite the pain Baggett was suffering, once the leader lapped him, he began to run at the same pace and was not passed by any other rider. He would eventually finish 14th and salvage some valuable championship points.
“Tonight was definitely not what I wanted,” said Baggett. “The team and I have been working really hard, so it’s disappointing to end the night like that. It was everything I had to make it through the main event, the pain was excruciating. Hopefully the season will come down to the last round and every point will count.”
After a devastating injury last year which ended Rattray’s supercross season, he was not looking to rush anything at Round 1. Rattray quietly finished fifth in his heat race. In the main event, he rounded the first corner in 10th after nearly being collected in a pile up. He methodically climbed up to sixth place, but with two laps remaining a small mistake dropped him to eighth, where he finished. Rattray was a podium contender before his injury last year and is sure to return to the box now that the first-round jitters are out of the way.