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Bogle Moves Into Second Place With Runner-Up Result In St Louis
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 05:08 AM
Bogle Moves Into Second Place With Runner-Up Result In St Louis; Hahn Hospitalized

GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle moved into second place in the 250SX East championship hunt with a strong runner-up result Saturday night at Edward Jones Dome. This marks the third straight race and the fifth time overall that the Cushing, Okla., rider has reached the podium. Bogle's last three races have yielded a victory and two runner-up finishes.


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"I'm right where I need to be with my riding," Bogle said. "A few races ago we were 25 points back and now we're only eight (behind Martin Davalos) with two races left, so it's going to be a battle 'til the end."

Bogle made a few slick passes early in the race and settled in behind Davalos in second place. He quickly closed the gap and was looking to make a pass in the whoops section but ended up falling back due to lapped traffic. He once again erased the gap and was on Davalos' rear wheel but ran out of laps.

"Another time around and it might have been a different story," Bogle said. "I messed up in the whoops the first time but just kept charging. I had another chance at the end but ran out of real estate. It was a great track but there weren't a lot of places to make passes. I have to be happy with the points we earned and just get ready for New York.

"Now that the race is over, my thoughts go immediately to my teammate Wil Hahn. He's my best friend out here and he had a tough night. I'm anxious to talk to him."

Hahn was running third in the first heat race of 450 action when he was bucked off his GEICO Honda as he navigated some jumps. He flew through the air and landed hard, knocking himself unconscious for about a minute. He eventually was removed from the track with the help of Asterisk Medical Team and immediately was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital. He was diagnosed with a broken right humorous as well as neck and shoulder contusions and is expected to miss several weeks.

Returning from his own set of injuries, Eli Tomac turned in a respectable sixth-place finish in the 450 main.

"It was an okay race, I'd say," said Tomac, who has missed seven of 13 races this year due to injuries. "All the dudes that finished in front of me are pretty gnarly and they've been riding all year, so I guess I'm pleased.

"I wanted more, to be honest, but we'll keep working at it. I had some really good laps and we're healthy, so we have something positive happening right now."

Rookie Matt Bisceglia had one of his better races of the season, finishing seventh overall in 250SX East action to jump up to 11th in the points. It could have been much better had he not had to do some fancy riding early in the main to avoid a pileup.

"I was expecting to be on the podium," Bisceglia said. "It was that kind of night. I had a great heat race (finishing third) and avoided the LCQ for once. I was able to rest and get ready for the main. The start was decent, I was up in the lead pack, and we settled in and started riding. I came out of the whoops on Lap 4 and there was a group of guys down. I planted my left leg to get around one of them and I just tweaked it really bad. It was all I could do to finish the race. At least I have a few weeks to recover."

The Supercross tour moves to Houston next Saturday, which signals a return to 250SX West action. That means Bogle and Bisceglia will have three weeks off until the penultimate 250SX East race of the year in New Jersey. Tomac, meanwhile, will be joined in Houston by Zach Osborne, who is currently sixth in the championship hunt.

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