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Coming With A Vengeance, Geico Honda 250 Riders Prepare For Utah
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 06:54 AM
Coming With A Vengeance, Geico Honda 250 Riders Prepare For Utah

Still chasing that coveted first 250 moto win, GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle is determined more than ever to make it happen at the last race of the season, the Utah National at Miller Motorsports Park, Aug. 23, in Toole.


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"I'm really looking forward to heading to Utah this weekend," Bogle said. "I did well in last year's race there, so I hope that success carries over to this year. I just want to finish out my motocross season on a high note. The ultimate high note would be to get that first moto win, but nothing less than a podium finish is acceptable to me."

Facing different conditions this Saturday on the elevated course of Utah, Bogle isn't concerned that it may affect his results. Aside from past experience of riding in high altitude, he has already started to prepare for what he may encounter this weekend.

"Miller Motorsports Park is an elevated course and will be quite a switch from where we were just at," Bogle said. "As far as the altitude goes during the moto, I'm not concerned with it actually. While some riders may not be used to it, I've prepared for it accordingly and could adapt to it regardless."

Following teammate Bogle's lead, Zach Bell pulled out a solid effort at the Indiana National and wants to better that 17th-place finish this weekend. With the threat of rain looming once again, Bell hopes his previous experience with mud will pay off again.

"The way I look at it is we are making progress race after race," Bell said. "It's still not the finish I ultimately want but I can't complain. I'm just glad to still be healthy enough to finish out the 2014 season in Utah.

"It's going to be another tough track, especially if the call for rain is true. Hopefully, I can learn from last week's race in the mud and apply it to Utah if that is the case."

Not getting the finish he would have liked last weekend in the mud, GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne knows he has overcome situations much worse than that. After an injury early on took him out for the majority of the season, he is more focused on continuing to move forward and make progress.

"This weekend I'm just looking to end the season on a positive note for myself and the team," Osborne said. "I really want something for me to be able to hang my hat on for all the work I've done to get back on the bike this summer. And even though I've heard there's another chance of rain this weekend, I think we'll have a chance to get a good finish. It will be tough, rain or no rain, but I'm looking forward to it.

"Racing in the altitude makes everything a little bit tougher and a little bit more strenuous. I think it's going to come down to whoever can adapt the best to the environment. Last year I had some really good races at altitude, so I don't see that as being an issue for me this year."

Also coming off a disappointing finish in Indianapolis, R.J. Hampshire, the newest GEICO Honda 250 rider, has already put the past behind him and instead turned his focus to his first race in Utah.

"My expectations are still the same as they were for my first round in Unadilla," Hampshire said. "I just want to go out there, do the best I can, and have as much fun as possible. So far that approach has helped me to learn a lot. No matter the outcome in Utah, I am really looking forward to my future with the GEICO team."

Even though the young rider has never ridden on a course at the same elevation as Miller Motorsports Park, Hampshire isn't nervous about the effects it may have.

"I don't believe the altitude will affect me that much but who knows," Hampshire said. "I have never ridden in an altitude like this, so it will be a learning experience for sure. I'm just going to look at it like any other race, and hopefully I can learn to adapt as I go."

Looking for the ultimate comeback, the GEICO Honda 250 team will take to the track for the first 250 moto at 4 p.m. MDT and the second moto at 6 p.m., with live coverage on ProMotocross.com. Delayed coverage of the second 250 moto will begin at 1 a.m. on NBCSN.

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