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Posted by: newsla on Aug 12, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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New Venue Brings New Possibilities For GEICO Honda 250 Team


After another podium finish for GEICO Honda 250cc rider Justin Bogle, the young Oklahoman now turns his attention to the final two events on the 2014 Pro Motocross schedule, beginning with this Saturday's Thor Indiana National at Iron Man MX Park.

 

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"It's a brand-new track for all of us this week and I'm really looking forward to that challenge," Bogle said. "Also, my family hasn't been able to come to many of these outdoor races and they are coming this weekend, so that's going to be really fun for us."

With momentum continuing to be on his side, the reigning 250SX East champion hopes to conquer his new surroundings early on and bring home his first 250 moto win.

"Having an event at a new track throws a curveball for everyone, and I'm really fired up for the 'unknown' factor we'll all be dealing with," he said. "It kind of levels the playing field for everyone. I've never even seen the place, so I plan to do a little research this week to find out what I can.

"I've been struggling in practice all season, but that needs to end right now because practice will be the only time we'll really get to figure this track out before we race. I've actually done pretty well in the past when I've gone to new places because you just kind of keep it simple and ride. Hopefully that continues here."

Making his pro debut last week, amateur star R.J. Hampshire was able to learn a lot in a short period of time. Now, with the jitters of Unadilla behind him, Hampshire is ready to make his next start on his GEICO Honda even better.

"The best thing about my debut was that even though I went down a few times I didn't get hurt," Hampshire said. "I had actually had a fairly big crash the week before Unadilla, so I was a little banged up going into that race. Now I'm coming into a race in better health and ready to go.

"I know exactly what to expect at this race. I can spend this week thinking about Unadilla and things I could have done differently. The biggest thing was the track itself. They make it as tough as possible at this level; amateur layouts are usually a little rolled off. I'll adapt and have a better race this weekend in Indiana."

Along with Hampshire, 250 veteran Zach Osborne was fighting issues throughout his return last week in Unadilla. While the GEICO rider rallied to a solid overall finish after an early crash, Osborne knows he has a little further to go on his recovery process compared to those on the podium.

"It's tough to come back midseason when everyone else has been riding and competing at the top level," Osborne said. "They're all moto fit and I'm not quite there. You can ride all you want at home but nothing compares to riding motos on Saturday against the best in the world. It's a whole different level of fitness. My fitness is as good as it can be for my situation. I worked really hard to make it that way."

Continuing his hard preparation for the Thor Indiana National, Osborne enjoys the thought of competing on a new track and the level of excitement it can bring for the riders and the fans.

"Indiana is going to be very interesting," Osborne said. "It's always fun to take a national series like this to a new place knowing no one has ever ridden it, as far as these guys go. I think it's going to be fun. I've heard reports that it's a solid layout and the dirt is really good, so I'm excited."

GEICO Honda teammate Zach Bell is looking forward to racing at Iron Man MX Park this weekend as well. The youngster from Georgia knows that as the end of the season draws near, he has just a few chances left to show his capabilities.

"I'm ready to go in there and have fun," Bell said. "I'm looking to have a great weekend. Nobody has raced on this track, so it's going to be tough for all of us. Even with the challenge of a new track, I think it's going to be a good race.

"Obviously, last weekend didn't go so well for me; I had a few falls in the motos. I'm ready to rebound from that and look forward to getting up front and racing with those other guys to show them what I can do. We only have two more races this year, so now it's time to show that I'm ready."

The GEICO Honda riders will hope to master the new course when the first 250 moto starts at 2 p.m. ET, with live coverage on MAVTV. Coverage of the second 250 moto will be live at 4 p.m. on ProMotocross.com with delayed coverage on NBCSN at 1 a.m.


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