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Pending Champion Bogle Leads GEICO Honda Team Into Season Finale
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2014 - 03:29 PM
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Pending Champion Bogle Leads GEICO Honda Team Into Season Finale


Just a few weeks before the start of the 2014 250SX East Supercross schedule, GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle wasn't even sure he could compete in the series this year as he rehabbed from an off-season training accident.

 

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Eight races later, the pride of Cushing, Okla., arrives at Sam Boyd Stadium for the season finale with the championship in his grasp.

"I got a lot of inspiration from (teammate) Wil Hahn," Bogle said. "Wil and I are really close friends and I saw first-hand what he went through from breaking his back a few years ago and then coming all the way back and winning the 250SX East championship last year. He showed me the way.

"When I got hurt, my trainer Ryan Federow put a program together to do everything we could to be ready for Dallas. It was a lot of hard work but really I feel like I was probably in better shape this year than ever before. I just stuck to the program, worked on my riding every week, and pushed as hard as I could."

Although Bogle's closets rivals in the title chase -- Adam Cianciarulo and Martin Davalos -- both suffered season-ending injuries during the campaign, there is no denying that Bogle has earned his place atop the rankings. In eight races so far, he has scored two victories, two runner-up results, two third-place finishes, and a pair of fifths.

"I feel good coming into Las Vegas this weekend," he said. "It would be great to have another strong race. I'm looking for good starts so I can be in a position to win."

Coming off the second runner-up result of his inaugural 450 season, Eli Tomac also hopes to finish strong in the sport's top category. Currently, Tomac is just seven points out of the top 10, despite the fact he has missed seven of 16 races due to injuries.

"We're still working on the bike and trying to find a way to get more comfortable," said Tomac, the reigning 250 motocross champion. "New York was a good race and getting second was decent. It's just been a bit frustrating this season with injuries and trying to find the perfect setup for the bike and how I like it to be. We'll get there."

Like Tomac, GEICO Honda rookie Matt Bisceglia is eyeing a top-10 finish in his class. He arrives in Las Vegas eight markers back in 11th place in the 250SX East standings. Bisceglia, whose season highlights include a pair of fourth-place finishes, knows getting on the podium at Sam Boyd Stadium will likely get the job done.

"I'm putting in another hard week of training, and I feel like I'll be ready to end the season with a bang," Bisceglia said. "I ran out front for three laps in the main event (in New York) and had some great lap times, so I know I can do it. I just need to have a complete race with no mistakes and it'll happen. It would be a great way to close out Supercross if I could get up there on the box."

Racing in the 250SX West division, Zach Osborne is hoping for his third podium finish of the year. Osborne started the season with back-to-back third-place results and is a solid eighth in the points despite missing a few races on the injured reserve list.

"Vegas is always a fun race," Osborne said. "The atmosphere is electric and the crowd gets you going. I'm really looking forward to this weekend after some positive weekends in Houston and Seattle (where he finished fifth and sixth, respectively).

"At the same time, I think we're all looking forward to outdoors. That season is just a few weeks away and I've already started training on motocross courses. I really want to step it up this summer."

FOX Sports 1 will carry all the action live beginning at 7 p.m. local time.


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