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Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 07:09 AM
Geico Honda 250 Motocross Riders Duke It Out With Mother Nature In Indiana

In a battle of the elements, GEICO Honda 250cc rider Justin Bogle lead the GEICO Honda front with an overall 11th-place finish at the Thor Indiana National after ending 12th in Moto 1 and ninth in Moto 2.


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"I think the track would be pretty cool if it wasn't so muddy," Bogle said. "Even though the conditions were difficult I can't complain because we all have to race the same thing whether this was a new track or one we go to every year."

While he struggled to keep his footing in the first 250 moto, Bogle was able to apply what he learned from the earlier moto to rally to a top-10 finish in the second.

"I didn't have the best first moto like I would have liked," Bogle said. "I went down four or five times throughout the race and had to pull in to get new goggles at one point. I ended up 12th in that moto, which isn't my best day, but these conditions make anything possible.

"The second moto went a little better for me. I was able to move my way into the top 10 at the end, and in this circumstance I'll take it. Obviously, I would have loved a podium, but today was more about fighting the course and not fighting the other riders on the track."

After running upfront with the leaders at the start of Moto 1, GEICO Honda teammate Zach Bell went down partway through the race, agitating a previous injury. He was scored 26th after being unable to finish the first moto but rallied to a 14th in Moto 2 to give him an overall 17th for the day.

"Today started off really well for me," Bell said. "I was able to improve in practice before the first moto. I got a great start in Moto 1 and was running up top with those guys like I've been trying for all season. Unfortunately, I just went down and hurt my collarbone.

"With my collarbone hurting from the first moto, it definitely affected my riding in the second moto. I tried my best though to keep the bike upright and digging through the mud. I was determined to redeem myself and finish the second moto. I finished 14th, which was a big improvement from my earlier DNF. Now I just hope to continue improving going into the last race of the year."

In only his second race back from injury, Zach Osborne was able to combat through the elements but ultimately had his day cut short. A 30th-place finish in Moto 1 and a 35th place in Moto 2 landed him with a 35th overall, but Osborne isn't defeated about his chances of success to come.

"The first moto was a rough one," Osborne said. "I got a bad start and got stuck down in the mud right off the bat. I was able to work my way up to ninth and really started to find the flow and felt good on the bike. Unfortunately, a little technical problem ended our day in Moto 1, which was a huge bummer.

"I was ready to put Moto 1 behind me when the second moto started. I was trying to keep my rhythm on the slick track but had technical difficulties again.

"It was tough out there but it was tough for everyone as well. I hate having a double DNF day, but we will keep our heads up and charge ahead to Utah."

Also battling issues throughout the day, standout rider R.J. Hampshire ended his day in Indiana with a 36th overall after a 32nd-place finish in the first moto and 36th-place finish in the second.

"The track looked awesome yesterday but the radar didn't look good for today," Hampshire said. "We got a lot of rain earlier in the day during practice. I was able to qualify fifth for the first moto and got a decent start. I was making passes, trying to move my way up, and I ended up going down. Even after getting back up, I went down again a few laps later.

"I had a terrible gate pick after how the first moto ended," Hampshire said. "I got a decent start again for the second moto and was running around the middle of the pack. I had worked my way up to 11th in about four laps but ended up going down, causing technical difficulties. It was a tough weekend for us but we're getting there."

The GEICO Honda 250 team will look to rebound from Indiana when they head to the season finale, the Utah National, Aug. 23, in Toole, Utah.

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