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All Three Geico Honda MX Riders Leave Hangtown With Top-10 Finishes
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 01:53 PM
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All Three Geico Honda MX Riders Leave Hangtown With Top-10 Finishes


Lightning-quick motocross rider Zach Bell led the stalwart GEICO Honda contingent with an eighth-place overall finish Saturday at the Hangtown Motocross Classic.

 

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Bell finished strong in both motos, taking fifth and 12th under hot and dusty conditions, placing him just ahead of teammates Matt Bisceglia and Justin Bogle in the day's overall standings.

"I'm still really excited about my performance, especially in that first moto," Bell said. "Its been a long time coming for me with all of my injuries and setbacks. When you're beat up, it's kind of hard to be in top shape and to be up front in contention, but I'm working on it.

"I got a nice holeshot (in Moto 1) and was leading for a while. After a few laps, I fell back to second for a while and then I dropped back to third. I made a few mistakes allowing some guys to get by me, but I rode strong and finished in fifth. In the second moto I missed a shift, so I didn't get a good start. That made the entire race a lot harder because I was playing catch-up.

"We are going to do some good training this week and work on being more consistent. The first moto really wore me out but it was better than last week. The track today was really rutted out and a little guy like me gets tossed around in the deep ruts. No matter what, I'm glad this team is still sticking behind me because I love this group."

After getting shut out on the start of the first moto, Bisceglia steadily moved himself back up to a 13th-place finish. He recorded an eighth-place in the second moto, landing him ninth overall.

"In the first moto I got pinched off in the start," Bisceglia said. "I didn't do well in practice, so I got a horrible gate pick right on the inside. I think I was in 25th or 30th after the start but I was able to come back to 13th. I was happy to be able to get back up in the pack.

"In the second moto I got a better start and I rode in fourth for a while. I felt like my speed and my times were really good until about the halfway point. After halfway, I got pretty hot and faded back a little bit. I'm happy with how the first part of the race went, but I need to work on the second half of the race and improve my time. Once I get the second half of the race down, I think I will be in good shape to bring in top-five finishes every week.

"Overall I am happier with the second moto, but I want to keep improving and head into Denver healthy. The track today was gnarly just like it was last weekend. It was also pretty hot out there and the track was really choppy. It was good but I'm just going to build for next weekend and train hard."

After recording a podium finish in Moto 1, Bogle couldn't finish out his day following a crash partway through Moto 2. Even so, his 35th-place finish in Moto 2 combined with a third-place result from earlier in the day carried him to 10th overall.

"The first moto was good," Bogle said. "I got a great start and rode most of the race in second place behind Jeremy Martin. I ended up third with the first podium I have had in a couple of years in Motocross. I was pretty happy about that and I felt like I had great momentum.

"In the second moto I had a really good start and I was feeling good. I was running in the top five but then I had a gnarly crash down one of the hills. My bike was pretty tweaked up and I wasn't in the best area to get back up and get going. I tried to get back up and ride, but I pulled off the track and decided to call it.

"It wasn't the best day but I'll go to Colorado and try to get back on the box. The heat today wasn't too bad; it was warm but not horrible. The track today was pretty tough though. I struggle here every year but I turned it around in the first moto, which felt good."

Next stop for the GEICO Honda 250 MX riders is the Thunder Valley Nationals, next Saturday, in Lakewood, Colo.

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