The Moment: PalaTuesday, September 13, 2011 | 5:00 PM
Then it broke loose at Pala! Wilson scored the first-moto win, and Blake Baggett finished a close second. After the moto, Baggett had some words for Wilson, who Baggett claimed cross-jumped him while trying to hold onto the lead. Then Baggett unloaded his emotions for the FUEL TV cameras after the moto, saying that Wilson “was literally going to kill someone” if he kept cross jumping like that.
Wilson and Baggett engaged in a heated battle during the first moto at Pala.
Photo: Simon Cudby
But in the midst of finally seeing a ripple in the normally calm Pro Circuit waters, we also saw why the team is usually able to avoid such controversy. Team owner Mitch Payton ordered all three riders to hop on the team cart and go to the pits—together. Then he held a quick closed-door meeting with Baggett and Wilson. When they emerged, the controversy was over.
Ben Townley, who rode for Payton’s team in 2006 and 2007, was on hand and explained how he and Ryan Villopoto once dueled tooth-and-nail for the ’07 250 MX Crown, but never had a problem. “Because Mitch doesn’t put up with that crap,” explained Townley.
Indeed, there were no further troubles between Wilson and Baggett in the second moto, and when Baggett was asked about the first moto in the post-race press conference, he simply said, “No comment.”
Don’t expect to see any future problems between the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates!
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