21 May, 2015
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle to miss time following crash in Hangtown
CORONA, Calif. (May 20) — GEICO Honda racer Justin Bogle is more determined than ever despite an injury that will force him to miss the Glen Helen National Pro Motocross race this weekend at Glen Helen Raceway.
Bogle was involved in a hard crash last weekend in the motocross opener in Sacramento, Calif. Tests determined he had a bruised lung and bruised kidney, as well as re-injuring his shoulder. But he remains upbeat, hoping to return to his Honda 250cc motorcycle as soon as possible.
“Unfortunately, life just goes that way sometimes,” Bogle said. “Things happen that are out of your control. You just have to keep pushing, keep on keeping on. Nothing else you can do.”
Bogle was racing Jessy Nelson in the second moto when Nelson lost control and slammed into Bogle, sending both riders off the track. Bogle did not finish the race.
Bogle, the 2014 Supercross champion in the 250 East Series, hopes to be back soon, though he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to return.
“Being cautious with that and trying to figure things out, I got an MRI and got everything checked out this week,” Bogle said. “It’s just really banged up, and with the shoulder it’s going to take a few weeks. I’m not exactly sure how long I’ll be out, but it’s definitely not a surgery thing or a season-ender, so that’s good.”
14 May, 2015
GEICO Honda to hit motocross opener with four-pronged attack
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 13) – The GEICO Honda 250cc team is making a four-pronged attack on the Hangtown MX Classic this weekend that kicks off the Pro Motocross season.
The team will field four 250 Hondas for the outdoor season, as Justin Bogle, Matt Bisceglia, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith will race motocross this year.
And all four riders are ready for the season to get going.
“I’m very excited for outdoors,” Bogle said. “We get a clean slate and get another shot at a championship. I’ve been working really hard. I know that sounds cliché, but I’ve been putting in a lot more time getting my bike ready and working with the whole team for this year.”
Bogle finished second in the 250 East Series points standings for the Supercross season that just ended, and he was fifth in motocross last year. But he hopes to step up his game.
“Things are starting to jell, and I feel good about it,” Bogle said. “I’ve had seasons in the past where I haven’t been super successful outdoors, and I made it a big point in my program to try to improve so I can be a contender for the championship. Ultimately, I want to win the thing.”
There may not be another racer more ready than Bisceglia, who is coming off a podium finish in the Supercross finale in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
“I’m super excited,” Bisceglia said. “We just wrapped up a couple days of good riding and testing with the team. The guys at Factory Connection have done an awesome job getting our bike working great. I have a lot of confidence in the bike, and it feels really good. I feel good on the bike as well, especially coming off that podium in Vegas, earning it the way I did.
“I have a lot of confidence, and I’m excited to get going for outdoors. I’m feeling good right now.”
Hampshire raced three motocross events last year, getting some valuable experience with the world’s best racers. Now, he’s ready to step up for the full season.
“My confidence is pretty high, but I know those 250 guys are good,” Hampshire said. “It’s going to take a lot to do well. It’s a long season, too, but I’m in it for the long haul, and I want to stay consistent all season long.
“I’m pumped. This is what we grew up racing, and we get to open the bikes back up now. Supercross is new, but we’re more used to motocross now. I’m excited. We had a weekend or two off, but I’m ready to get back at it.”
Smith, too, is ready to get going after skipping the Vegas race. He also missed the Supercross race in New Jersey after a fall in practice banged up his shoulder. But he’s healthy now and is “really pumped for the season coming up.”
“I’m really ready,” Smith said. “It’s the most healthy I’ve been all year, and I’m ready to get started, for sure. It makes me a lot more comfortable lining up, knowing I get to run the whole season and I’ll be there for round one. I’m really excited to do that and see what I can do with a whole season.”
02 May, 2015
Malcolm Stewart ready to battle the best in East/West Shootout
LAS VEGAS (April 29) — For GEICO Honda rider Malcolm Stewart, the 250cc East/West Shootout at the Monster Energy Cup Supercross Finals this weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium will be a lot like a race from his amateur days.
In this special event, the West Series rider will compete against the best 250 racers in Supercross, including GEICO Honda teammates R.J. Hampshire and Matt Bisceglia. But the East and West series have already completed their seasons in Supercross, so there are no points standings about which to worry.
“Everybody is going to have fun, the riders, the teams, the fans,” Stewart said. “This weekend is relaxing.”
Stewart finished seventh in the West Series standings, winning in Oakland, Calif., and scoring podium finishes in Phoenix and Houston. He’d love to win another Supercross race, but the goal is to have a good time in Las Vegas.
“A good weekend would be to go out with a win,” Stewart said. “The reality is this is going to be more like a fun weekend because there are no points. It’ll be fun to ride against the East guys, and Vegas is always one of those fun races where you just kick back and have fun.
“Everybody ends up riding better than what they are because there’s no pressure. That’s the cool part about this weekend.”
23 Apr, 2015
Defending champ Justin Bogle leads GEICO Honda 250 crew into NYC
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
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.
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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
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