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Bogle Leads Geico Honda 250 Squad Into Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Posted by: newsla on May 22, 2014 - 05:15 PM
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Bogle Leads Geico Honda 250 Squad Into Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship


Freshly-crowned Supercross champion Justin Bogle leads a talented and healthy squad of four top riders from the GEICO Honda camp into the 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which begins Saturday with the Red Bull Glen Helen National.

 

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Bogle charged to the 250SX East title on the strength of two wins and seven podium finishes in nine races, extending his GEICO team's streak of winning at least one championship to five straight seasons. His accomplishment also thrust him into a leadership role with fellow 250 teammates Zach Osborne, Matt Bisceglia, and Zach Bell, who are all ready to battle for outdoor glory.

"I'm still feeling the rush of the championship and I definitely feel ready to get back on the bike and continue where we left off," Bogle said. "I'm confident and fit and ready to get this outdoor season started.

"It's a very long and brutal series but I feel like I'm prepared for a full summer of tough races. As soon as I got home from (the SX finale in) Vegas it was back to work, so the training and riding never really stopped for me. I'm in top shape."

Despite missing a pair of 250SX West races, Osborne ended up eighth in the final standings after a campaign highlighted by a pair of third-place finishes. The veteran rider should be a contender for the MX title from the beginning of the season, although he knows racing outdoors is a unique challenge.

"I'm really looking forward to the start of the new series," Osborne said. "My Supercross season ended rough, so I'm definitely looking for some redemption now that we're shifting to Motocross. My speed and fitness are really good and I feel good about my chances leading into this weekend.

"The main difference (between SX and MX) is that everything is longer now. Fortunately, with the break in the 250SX West Series, we got a lot of time to put in some good base training. We're not so much in a crunch during the two weeks after Vegas like the 250SX East guys are, so I feel really healthy and rested."

Bisceglia seemed to get better and more comfortable on his mount as the SX season carried forward, climaxing in his first podium finish at the 250SX East final.

"I'm really excited to start outdoors," Bisceglia said. "I feel like I was just hitting my stride towards the end of SX, so I want to keep that going. At the same time, I'm looking forward to starting fresh in the MX points.

"The training really intensifies for outdoors because you have to deal with two long motos on race day and it's usually hot, so I have switched up my training a bit, mainly doing more long road-bike rides than I do for Supercross. You need even more endurance than SX and I feel like I'm there."

Perhaps no one on the GEICO Honda team is more anxious to resume racing than Bell, who was sidelined after just one SX race this year. The super-fast rider has rehabbed through five months of recovery and is thrilled to have a chance to ride again.

"It feels so great to be back on my bike," Bell said. "I'm feeling really good and comfortable riding on motocross tracks, and I've been able to train a bunch to get ready for this. Now it's time to go out there, maybe ride a little smarter, and put an entire season together. That's the goal."

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