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23 Apr, 2015

Defending champ Justin Bogle leads GEICO Honda 250 crew into NYC

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 21) — For the first time in his young professional career, Supercross rider Justin Bogle of the high-profile GEICO Honda team will arrive at a race as the defending event champion. Bogle won Supercross’ inaugural stop at MetLife Stadium, a victory that helped vault him to the 250SX East championship. He also won in Toronto, but that venue wasn’t revisited this year.

“Winning the first SX race in New York was one of the highlights of my life,” Bogle said. “That city is just so cool. It has a different vibe from anywhere else in the world. I had a great day and I remember it very well. I hope I can repeat that this time through. That would be awesome.”

Bogle currently trails Marvin Musquin by 20 points for the championship lead. With just two races left, he knows it’s a large deficit to overcome, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented for things to change.

“It’s Supercross; anything can happen,” said Bogle, who has raced to the podium at every race this year except for one fourth-place result. “All I can do is stick to my plan and try to win these last two races. I’m not the kind of person to wish bad on anyone. I just stay within what I can do and that ‘s try to win. I’m ready.”

After scoring his first podium finish in Indianapolis a little more than a month ago, Bogle teammate R.J. Hampshire knows that top finishes at the last two races on the 250SX East schedule could yield the results he’s looking for in his first year as a professional.

“My goal is to finish off this season in the top five and right now I’m tied with two other guys (Anthony Rodriguez and Jimmy Decotis) in fifth place, so it will be pretty important to put in a good ride this weekend and in Las Vegas,” Hampshire said. “I need to keep doing what I’ve done all year: practice hard, get into the main event in my heat, and put together 15 solid laps.

“I’m pumped to ride in NYC. I went up there and watched last year, so to go back just a year later and be racing is really exciting. I also have some family and friends in that part of the country that are coming out to support me, so it will be cool to see them again. Hopefully, we can get back on the podium.”

The GEICO Honda team’s other rookie sensation, Jordon Smith, already has his eyes on the outdoors season, which starts May 16, but knows he has some work to do to close out the Supercross schedule in style. Smith isn’t chasing points after missing the first three races of the year due to injury.

“My health right now is the best it has been all year and that’s more exciting than anything,” said Smith, who was a season-best fourth in Indy. “I’m feeling really strong and confident coming into this weekend, plus I’m really excited to race in New York City. I’ve actually never been there, but I’m sure the fans will be awesome and the track should be good.

“Not being in the championship hunt in SX, I’ve definitely started to focus on outdoors more and more. It’ll be a fresh start for all of us and I’m excited about that. Most of the riding I’ve been doing during our break has been outdoors style. But this week I have switched my focus back to Supercross for these last two races so I can try and finish strong for the GEICO Honda team.”

This race will be shown live on FOX beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

15 Apr, 2015

Recent success has Team GEICO charging into Santa Clara

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (April 14) — After recording a podium and top-10 finish during the Monster Energy Supercross race in Houston last week, GEICO Honda 250SX riders Malcolm Stewart and Matt Bisceglia are ready to get to Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to build off their recent success.

“There will definitely be some time for recovery this week,” Stewart said. “I smashed my face pretty hard in P3, and I was still buzzing from that when the night program started. I had times where I rode really well, but then I also ended up on the ground, so it was kind of hit or miss for me. It was definitely the hardest I’ve ever worked for a third-place finish.

“I want another win. We only have two more West Series races, in Santa Clara and Vegas, so I want to get it rolling as soon as possible and win again. The last time we were in the Bay Area I got to the top step, so maybe that place will be my sweet spot.”

Despite wanting better results from last weekend, Bisceglia is still proud of the way he rode. Wanting to build off that momentum, he is anxious to get to Santa Clara and see what it has to offer.

“I’m not planning on changing anything,” Bisceglia said. “We didn’t finish where we wanted to in Houston, but I was really pleased with the way I rode and the pace I had. It was great to be back on the bike after two months off, and I was pumped to get the holeshot in the main. I just need a little touch of luck and I should be on the podium.

“This stadium looks super nice. I’ve only seen it on TV with the 49ers playing football, but from everything I hear the place is first-class. We’ll see if we can’t dirty it up a little bit.”

Live coverage of the event starts at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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12 Apr, 2015

Malcolm Stewart nabs podium finishes for GEICO Honda team

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HOUSTON (April 11) — Nothing came easy for the vaunted GEICO Honda race team during Saturday’s stop at NRG Stadium, but veteran rider Malcolm Stewart still managed to place his GEICO Honds on the podium at the 14th Monster Energy Supercross event of the season.

Teammate Matt Bisceglia also gained accolades for earning the holeshot in the 250SX West main event, while Stewart’s top crewman Derik Dwyer was named the MMI/Amsoil Top Tech of the Race.

Stewart had to overcome some obstacles of his own. He suffered a tough get-off in the third practice session that left roughed up his face and then made contact with the rear wheel of Zach Osborne in the first heat race and crashed once again. That relegated him to the Last Chance Qualifier, which he won with a last-turn pass on Shane McElrath.

“I had to fight for everything today,” Stewart said. “I mean nothing came easy at all. When I crashed in practice I was just mad at myself, and then Zach came across me in the heat race and I went down hard again. I was so mad after that I didn’t even go back to the pits. I just waited at the starting line for the LCQ. I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me.

“I had a bad gate pick for the main and got around the first turn in 11th place. All I could do was work it from there. I just raced hard and passed dudes when I could. I finally got up front and managed to get third. I have to be pretty happy with that after a day like this one.

“It was super cool to see Derik get the MMI/Amsoil Top Tech award. He definitely earned it today. I know no one worked harder with all the smashed up stuff I kept dragging back over there. He didn’t miss a beat. My bike was perfect every time.”

Bisceglia was left dreaming of what could have been after leading the first half of his heat race before settling for second and then racing as high as second in the main event before taking a spill during Lap 5 that dropped him back several spots. He eventually finished eighth.

“I was really happy with my riding all day,” Bisceglia said. “My pace was good and I felt as healthy as I have in a while. I just lost the front end after the triple (in the main event). It happened so fast I couldn’t even react. I just kind of slid out. I was able to get up and get right back into the race, but some guys got past me when I was down.

“I’m happy to be racing again after the (west) break and I’m already looking forward to next weekend.”

The tour heads to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for next Saturday’s event.

- This Press Release is edited from a GEICO Honda and Geiger Media Global supplied release -

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03 Apr, 2015

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29 Mar, 2015

Podium streak ends for GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle with fourth-place finish

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ST. LOUIS (March 28) — The podium streak of GEICO Honda 250CRF racer Justin Bogle came to an end at the Monster Energy Supercross race on Saturday night at Edward Jones Dome. But Bogle didn’t go down without a fight, as he rallied from a sluggish start to finish fourth.

“We’ll live to fight another day,” Bogle said. “That’s the name of this game. Unfortunately, you can’t be perfect every time. I’m having a really good season, and I rode really well tonight. I just had that one bad start that I haven’t had all year.”

Bogle had finished in the top three at all six 250cc East Series races in 2015, including a victory last weekend in Detroit, but after finishing second in his heat race in St. Louis to advance to the main, Bogle raced hard to get the holeshot but to no avail.

In the scramble to the first turn, Bogle was shuffled back to 12th place on the first of 15 laps. He didn’t give up, fighting his way to fourth before the halfway mark, but the top three were long gone.

“It’s all good,” Bogle said. “We’ll keep working. We’ve got a couple of weeks here to make some progress with the bike, do some testing. We’ll come back for New Jersey and try to get back up there and get us a win.

“It’s a bit of an off-week for me. I’ve been a little sick but no excuse. I was on the same gate as everybody else. It was a tough night but we’ll be back.”

The East Series doesn’t race again until April 25 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Bogle’s teammate, Jordon Smith, is certainly looking forward to that race.

The rookie Smith, racing in his fourth career main event, continues to learn at every race. In St. Louis he was third in his heat race and started the main in sixth place.

“I had a decent start, but I made some bad choices with where I was following people and where I wasn’t,” Smith said. “I didn’t get into pileups, but I was getting into where people were stopping. I ended up going down a few laps in and ended up in a pileup.”

Smith slipped back to 19th on Lap 5 but dug in and raced his way to a 13th-place finish.

“I came from way back,” Smith said. “I felt good tonight and I was riding well. This year has been a learning experience, and I’m trying not to make the same mistakes twice.”

The highlight of Smith’s night was a sprawling save of his GEICO Honda during the heat race. The bike nearly came out from under him, but Smith rode it like a bucking bronco before regaining control.

“That may be the best save of my life,” Smith said. “I think at one point I had no hands on the bars, so I got a little lucky there. I tried to regroup and finish out the heat race.”

Rookie R.J. Hampshire didn’t compete in the main event after an incident in practice.

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25 Mar, 2015

The Nest: Charboneau, Hampshire & Grondahl

24 Mar, 2015

Bogle breaks through with first 250cc win of the season

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DETROIT (March 21) — Finally.

After five consecutive podium finishes to start the 250cc East Series in Monster Energy Supercross competition, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle broke through with a victory on Saturday night at Ford Field.

Bogle’s win, coupled with teammate Eli Tomac’s victory in the 450 class, marked the first time since April 19, 2008, that the Factory Connection team swept both Supercross races. Trey Canard won in Supercross Lites while Kevin Windham won in 450cc in St. Louis that night.

This night, though, belonged to Bogle in the 250 class. He won his heat race and then got the holeshot in the main event and led all 15 laps.

“It feels good,” Bogle said. “That felt as good as my first win ever. Flawless race; my GEICO Honda was incredible. I got the holeshot and put in solid laps the whole time. I drilled all my lines. I felt good and rode my own race. I didn’t focus on anything else.”

The difference was simple: Bogle had fun aboard his GEICO Honda.

“I had fun tonight,” Bogle said. “That’s kind of what changed. I just started having fun and swagging out. That’s really all it was. My starts have been good and I’ve been riding good, but I just needed to go out there and have fun and remember I can do this. I have a No. 1 on my bike for a reason. It’s all good.”

The defending East Series champion had finished second in three of the first five races this season, including the last two, but he kept working, kept pushing, and broke through Saturday. A key part to his victory was a series of jumps that he hit most of the night.

“I had a good rhythm through the first section,” Bogle said. “I was going four, three, two through there, and that was pretty clutch.”

Teammates R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith had flashes of brilliance Saturday but poor luck and mistakes cost them top-10 finishes.

Rookie Hampshire, a third-place finisher last week in Indianapolis, won a heat race for the second time in his young career, but early in the 15-lap main, Hampshire was run off the track by another rider, forcing him back to 20th.

“Bad luck is going to come whenever it does,” Hampshire said. “You just have to make the best of a crappy night. It’s the best I’ve felt all season. Actually, on the nights I feel the worst I have good luck, but then I feel great and have a little bad luck.

“Another heat-race win. It’s still early in my career, six races. I wanted to get that top-10, and I was charging back hard, but I just didn’t get there. But I’m pumped on the night. It really wasn’t my fault, but I still put in 15 good laps.”

Smith battled Hampshire in their heat race, as the GEICO Hondas ran first and second for five of the six laps, but then it went badly for Smith.

“I got a good start in the heat race, right behind R.J. right there,” Smith said. “We came out 1-2 and we put some good laps together, he and I out front. On the last lap I went down, and I’m not really sure what happened. Next thing I knew I was just endoing.”

He recovered to finish ninth and advance to the main, but he didn’t have a good gate choice.

“I got a pretty good start for where I was,” Smith said. “Coming through the rhythm section, I caught a Tuff block with my rear brake pedal, and it ripped it all the way to the foot peg. I had to stop and get that straightened out.”

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18 Mar, 2015

The Nest: Steve Mages

15 Mar, 2015

Impressive Indy for GEICO Honda 250 team

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 14) — The GEICO Honda 250SX team had a spectacular night in the Monster Energy Supercross race Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium as all three riders finished in the top four.

Justin Bogle had his fifth consecutive podium finish in second place, rookie R.J. Hampshire scored his first career podium in third, and fellow rookie Jordon Smith had his best career finish in fourth.

Bogle, the defending 250 East Series champion in Supercross, finished second for the third time this season. He won his heat race and then ran another strong main event.

“The weekend was good and bad for me,” Bogle said. “I felt awesome all day long on the bike. In fact, qualifying was the best I have felt all year. The heat race was spot on. I got the holeshot and was able to check out.

“Then in the main event, I got another good start. I got shuffled back a bit in the first couple corners and then just started losing the wheel, which turned into me trying a little too hard. I made a few mistakes at that point. I jumped off the track and went down pretty hard in the rhythm section later in the main. After that I was kind of struggling and it turned into survival.

“I’m just still thankful I get to do what I love for a living and that I’m out here enjoying myself. Coming away second tonight after the way my main event went, I’ll take that.”

Hampshire continues to improve in his first season of Supercross. He won a heat race and finished fifth last week in Daytona, Fla., but was even better at Indy.

“I’m very excited and it was a great night for me,” Hampshire said. “I couldn’t be more excited to get my first podium tonight. I was feeling great after my fifth last weekend at my home race in Daytona. I got second in the heat race here and got a good start in the main and kept pushing to the front.

“I was mainly focused on getting in the top 10, so it was a huge bonus to make it to the podium.

“I went from being very hurt to fifth and now third. My goal every weekend is to be in the top 10 and put my best into every lap for my team.”

Smith continues to improve after making his professional debut three races ago. He didn’t qualify for the main event in the second Atlanta race, but he was 12th in Daytona in his first pro main. In Indy, he was eighth in his heat to advance to the main, where he charged back to the front after a mishap in the first turn.

“I got my career-best finish of fourth tonight, which is good,” Smith said. “I gained a lot of experience, which I’ve said in the past is all I’m really trying to do right now. During the week I’ve been trying to work on things that I’ve been struggling with. It paid off today. The track was really tough and a lot of people were going down. I just had to really be on point tonight, and I made it happen.

“Both main events that I have been in so far, I’ve been basically dead last coming out of the first turn. I need to work on getting a good start, get through the first lap clean, and then I can hopefully run up front.”