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Bogle Scores First Pro Victory, Charges Into Championship Hunt
Posted by: newsla on Mar 23, 2014 - 06:04 AM
Bogle Scores First Pro Victory, Charges Into Championship Hunt

GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle sure knows how to seize the moment.

On a day before he turned 21 years old and on a night when points leader Adam Cianciarulo dropped out early, Bogle scored the first victory of his young career in the Monster Energy Supercross Series 250cc East race on Saturday at Rogers Centre.


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Justin Bogle moved to within five points of first place with his victory in Toronto.

He did it in dominant style, securing his first Supercross holeshot and running away to a 10-second lead before taking the checkered flag. And as an added bonus, parents Ron and Stacy Bogle were on hand to celebrate.

"I'm definitely happy," Bogle said. "Both of my parents are here, my birthday is tomorrow, I got my first win, pulled a holeshot -- finally, first time in my professional career in Supercross. It feels good, definitely."

Cianciarulo suffered an apparent shoulder injury during practice, and though he started the 20-lap main event, he pulled off the track only four laps into the race. Bogle's victory propelled him to within five points of new leader Martin Davalos and one point behind Cianciarulo with three races remaining in the East Series season.

"I'm in the hunt for the championship, but I don't want to think about that," Bogle said. "What got me back in the hunt was trying to win races and going out and doing my thing. I'm going to keep doing that, and it'll play out how it plays out. Hopefully, it plays out in my favor."

The season has gone well for Bogle, who has finished fifth or better in all six races this season. A fifth-place finish at Daytona two weeks ago was a disappointment for him, but he has come on strong since, finishing second last week in Detroit and backing that up with his first win in Canada's largest city.

"I didn't have the best Daytona, but it has been going well since then," Bogle said. "It's just starts. I have to keep putting myself in a good position on the start and good things will come."

Bogle's dominance wasn't exactly evident in practice and his heat race, though he was near the top in each session. He finished second in his heat to advance to the main, but he learned some valuable lessons during that six-lap event.

"I had a decent heat race, not the best," Bogle said. "It was all right and I ended up with second, but I figured out some lines for the main, which was pretty key for me. I got myself a good gate pick for the main, which was key for the holeshot."

Now, all that's left for Bogle is to celebrate -- well, sort of.

"I'm going to sit on an airplane and fly back to California and get ready to get back to work on Monday," Bogle said. "I'm sure I'll hang out with some friends and enjoy my day. It's definitely not a traditional 21st, but I'll take this over that any day."

As memorable a night as Bogle's was, teammates Wil Hahn and Matt Bisceglia had races to forget. Hahn finished fourth in his 450 heat race to advance to the main, but early in that race he went down hard. He was able to battle back and claim 14th place.

"Someone kicked out a Tuff Block when I was in the air," Hahn said. "It was just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was completely out of my control at that point. I just had to try to ride it out, but I wasn't able to. I hit the ground pretty hard and had to make a quick pit stop in the mechanics' area.

"I just tried to come back as hard as I could. I didn't want to give up, so I tried to give it my all and tried to come back. We salvaged what we could. It's crappy because I felt pretty good in that heat race. We made a lot of bike adjustments today, and the team worked their butt off trying to get me comfortable and get me to where I felt good. Just one of those nights you'd rather forget."

Bisceglia made good starts in all three 250 races he was in Saturday, but he crashed early in his heat race and in the main event. He bounced back from his accident in the heat to win the last-chance qualifier, but after a good start in the main, he went down while chasing third-place Jimmy Decotis.

"I had a little bit of a tough night, I guess," Bisceglia said. "I'm pretty happy with the progress I made throughout the week. I was up there in practice, and I qualified in fourth. I didn't get the greatest start in the heat race and had a couple of crashes. I came back and won the LCQ and then ripped a start from the outside and was fourth on the first lap.

"I was going in the whoops on the right side to pass Decotis on the first lap into third, and I just caught a couple of edges. It spit me over pretty hard. I'm upset because that could've been a podium for me."

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