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Bogle's Fourth-Place Finish In Utah Leads Resurgent GEICO Honda 250 Team
Posted by: newsla on Aug 24, 2014 - 04:10 PM
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Bogle's Fourth-Place Finish In Utah Leads Resurgent GEICO Honda 250 Team


The GEICO Honda 250cc motocross team bounced back from a difficult race in Indiana to post three top-10 finishes at the season-ending Utah National on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.

 

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Justin Bogle finished fourth overall, Zach Osborne was ninth, and first-year rider R.J. Hampshire 10th. Teammate Zach Bell battled through pain from a broken collarbone to finish 16th overall.

Bogle just missed the podium, finishing sixth and second in the two motos.

"It was good," Bogle said. "I actually felt like I rode really well both motos. I didn't get the best start in the first moto and actually made quite a few passes on quite a few people. I felt good but just didn't get the result I wanted."

A better start propelled Bogle to a podium finish in Moto 2.

"In the second moto I got a better start," Bogle said. "Still not anything incredible but enough to work with. I got up to second and (Jeremy) Martin was riding incredible. None of us really had much for him in that moto at all. I'm happy with it; it was one of my best motos of the season."

Bogle, the reigning 250 East Supercross champion, ended up fifth in the outdoor points standings.

"It's pretty funny," Bogle said. "Last year I kind of ended up in the same area as far as points, but this year was 10 times better than last year. I just had a couple DNFs, a couple bad races that really hindered me in points, but all in all it was a good year to build off of to come in next year and be a title contender."

Injuries limited Osborne to four motocross races in 2014, but Utah was his best performance of the season with seventh- and ninth-place moto finishes.

"The first moto I got a really good start," Osborne said. "I just struggled in the beginning trying to find a good rhythm. I had like a 10-spot lull, and then I started to come back in the second half of the moto and ended up seventh, which I was happy with since this is only the second moto that I have actually finished this season since being back.

"The second moto I had a really bad start and ended up mid-pack but worked my way up to the top 10. Then I had a little off-track excursion but got back up to ninth. It was OK; I'm glad to be leaving here safe. On to next year."

Next season looks bright for Hampshire, the youngster who burst onto the motocross scene with an outstanding performance in the Amateur National Motocross Championship earlier this month.

Making his third pro motocross start, Hampshire posted his best overall finish with a ninth and 11th in the two motos.

"The motos today were good," Hampshire said. "These motos were the best out of the three races I have done. Practice did not go so well for me today, but we made a lot of changes to the bike, which I think helped a lot. I think the bike performed well.

"This is my first time ever racing at a high altitude like this. This track is probably 3,000 feet above what I am used to racing at, so it hurt my body bad, but it's all a learning process and I'm glad I did these last three races to get my feet wet. I need to show these boys don't mess with me, and I'm ready to work."

Bell found out earlier in the week his collarbone was broken from a crash during the Indiana race, but he fought through with moto finishes of 16th and 15th.

"Today was a good day for me considering how I am," Bell said. "I was glad I was able to race and score some points. Last week I broke my collarbone in the first moto but did not even know I did until after I finished out the day, so I raced the first and second moto with that broken collarbone and not knowing. I found out last Monday it was broken.

"I'm glad I was able to race here this weekend or else I would have been one race short of finishing all rounds."


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