19 Aug, 2014
Kiniry Podiums final round, Maffenbeier third in MX2 Championship
(Vaughan, ON – August 18, 2014) The final round of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Walton, ON this past Sunday saw Bobby Kiniry finish the season with a third overall in MX1 on the strength of 2-3 motos. As expected, Kiniry, who had more than his share of setbacks this season, ended the points chase with a No.7 ranking.
“Finishing up on the podium was a good way to end the season. And taking into account some of the DNFs I encountered along the way, leaving Walton with a single digit plate is some consolation,” Kiniry said. “At this time I would like to thank the entire team and sponsors for their support, encouragement, and belief in my abilities. Together we salvaged what we could to make 2014 a season we can still be proud of. ”
Although there were no podiums for Kiniry’s Rockstar Energy Drink OTSFF Yamaha teammates Kyle Chisholm in MX1 and Shawn Maffenbeier in MX2, both riders wrapped up the season on a positive note. Chisholm moved up another notch in the title hunt to claim a final No.4 ranking while Maffenbeier secured the No.3 ranking he had held down for most of the season on the points scoreboard.
18 Aug, 2014
GEICO Honda 250 riders duke it out with Mother Nature
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 16) — 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.
“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
11 Aug, 2014
Rockstar Energy Drink OTSFF Yamaha dominates at Ulverton
Vaughan, ON (August 11, 2014)
With five podium finishes and the overall in MX1 and MX2, it was a stellar weekend for Team Rockstar Energy Drink OTSFF Yamaha at Round 9 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Ulverton, QC this past Sunday.
Thanks to 3-1 motos, the team’s Shawn Maffenbeier recorded his first overall MX2 win of the season while Kyle Chisholm claimed the MX1 overall with 3-2 motos. Although a crash kept Bobby Kiniry off the podium in the first MX1 moto, which saw him finish eighth, he regrouped in the second moto with a third place finish, carding a noteworthy fifth overall on the day.
The start of the first MX1 moto put fast starter Kiniry into turn one neck and neck alongside Colton Facciotti at the head of the pack, with Facciotti grabbing the holeshot. In a bid to stick a pass on Facciotti, Kiniry washed out the front end of his YZ450F in a heavily watered turn moments later. A 15th place remount was the result on the ultra fast Ulverton track, with an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.
Meanwhile, Chisholm, who started just inside the top-10, systematically battled his way into the top-five by the halfway mark of the moto, where he then fought tooth-and-nail for third place with Nathan Bles and Teddy Maier. In the closing laps Chisholm first picked off Maier, then Bless and the final podium slot was his.
As in the first moto Kiniry again found himself up front with series points leader Facciotti at the start of moto two. And again it was Facciotti who squeezed first through the turn. This time Kiniry stayed in the top-five mix, banging handlebars with Facciotti, Tyler Medaglia, and Josh Hill.
Chisholm, who started around seventh place, quickly worked his way into the top-five, battling with the likes of Tim Tremblay, Mike Alessi, and eventually his teammate Kiniry. Tyler Medaglia, also in the top-five mix off the start, managed to stick a pass of Kiniry for second place on lap four, and on lap nine he inherited the lead from Facciotti, who stalled his bike, remounting in fifth, where he would finish the moto.
An unrelenting Chisholm stayed on the gas to displace Kiniry from second place on lap 11 and at that point the top-five were decided, with Medaglia, Chisholm, Kiniry, Alessi and Facciotti whipping across the finish line in that order.
For his efforts, Chisholm not only carded the overall win at Ulverton, he moved up in the points chase from sixth into fifth. Only 14 points down from fourth place Josh Hill, Chisholm is in a position to take over that position at the final round this Sunday in Walton.
“It’s been a long time coming, but better late than never. I felt super good on my YZ today. The bike performed like a rocket and I’m sure that if we hadn’t run out of time I could have challenged Tyler for the win. But I’m very excited with the overall win and to take over fifth place in the points,” Chisholm said.
Kiniry, who has had his share of setbacks this season, solidified his hold on seventh in the points, a position that he will end the season with, regardless of how he finishes at the final round.
In MX2 action, Maffenbeier, who had recorded the fastest qualifying time aboard his YZ250F, nailed a top-three start in the first moto. A slip and slide a few turns into the race, however, saw him rejoin the fray in sixth place. Another get-off on lap three put Maffenbeier into 10th place; by the halfway point of the moto he was back in the top-five.
Despite a big gap between himself and third-running Vince Friese, Maffenbeier wasn’t ready to call it a moto. He poured on the gas and in the closing laps managed to snag the final podium position, finishing behind Jesse Wentland and winner of the moto, Kaven Benoit.
The start of second moto had Maffenbeier up front in a drag race to turn one with Friese, which the American managed to nail. The two rivals would swap first place a number of times on the first lap, with Friese taking control of the following three laps.
On lap five Friese, Maffenbeier, and Benoit were in a fierce battle for position, which would turn into Maffenbeier’s favour when series points leader Benoit and Friese connected and went down. Maffenbeier never looked back and took the win some 15 seconds ahead of Friese to claim a well earned overall. While Friese salvaged second place Benoit had to take satisfaction with fifth at the checkered.
“I think that with this win in MX2 and Kyle’s in MX1 the team was vindicated today. We’ve had our share of challenges this season, but it only motivated us to keep regrouping and it paid off,” Maffenbeier said.
Maffenbeier’s tour de force performance not only saw him snare the overall in Ulverton, he narrowed Friese’s points advantage for second place in the title hunt to a mere two, guaranteeing a battle for runner-up at the final round that should go down to the final moto.
Round 10 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals takes place this Sunday, August 17th at Walton Raceway in Walton, ON.
Points Standings after 9 of 10 Rounds
1. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 381
2. Mike Alessi (Suz) 337
3. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 303
4. Josh Hill (Kaw) 295
5. Kyle Chisholm (Yam) 281
6. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 277
7. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 234
8. Dylan Kaelin (Yam) 182
9. Morgan Burger (Yam) 151
10. Nathan Bles (KTM) 117
1. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 355
2. Vince Friese (Hon) 313
3. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 311
4. Jesse Wentland (Yam) 289
5. Topher Ingalls (KTM) 219
6. Seth Rarick (KTM) 195
7. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 164
8. Jeremy Medaglia (Kaw) 153
9. Sylvain Le Gad (Yam) 152
10. Dylan Wright (Yam 145
10 Aug, 2014
Bogle finds podium in second Unadilla moto
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (Aug. 9) — Reigning 250SX East champion Justin Bogle continues to impress on the outdoor circuit, finishing Saturday’s two motos at Unadilla MX Park in fifth and third place for an overall fourth-place result. Bogle’s effort led the five-man GEICO Honda team’s assault on the 250 class.
“The day was good,” Bogle said. “Any time you get to climb up on the stage you’re pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It’s not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen.
“It’s late in the season but I still feel like I’m making progress every time out, so that’s really good. I’m so close to being on the podium every moto. There are just a few little things I need to improve and it will happen.”
R.J. Hampshire’s professional debut was an eventful one as he survived a few get-offs to go 11-16 for an overall ranking of 13th place.
“The first moto started good but I got in there with some other riders and got bounced around a little,” said Hampshire, who swept two classes and six total motos at last weekend’s Amateur Nationals. “I went down a couple times and ended up 11th. Second moto was even better. I was up to fifth or sixth early, but I tucked the front end and dropped back to 15th. I raced back up to 11th or so and then had a pretty big crash and ended up back in 16th.
“It’s good to get the jitters out. The competition isn’t really a lot different as far as the talent level, but the track was gnarly this weekend and I wasn’t used to it. That was the main difference, but that’s nothing I can’t fix moving forward.”
Returning from an injury that sidelined him for weeks, Zach Osborne wrecked out of the first moto before logging a solid seventh-place finish in Moto 2 to end the day just behind Hampshire in 14th place overall.
“My practices went great and I was right up front, running the second- and third-quickest laps in the two sessions,” Osborne said. “My confidence was high. Unfortunately, I got cross-rutted in the first lap of Moto 1, went down hard, and wadded up the bike pretty good. I couldn’t ride it after that, so we just went back and got ready for Moto 2.
“I rode really strong the whole second race and got seventh. I pulled a pretty good start and then passed maybe seven or eight guys, so that was something to build on for sure. It’s hard to come back mid-season when everyone else is in moto shape. You can train all you want but nothing prepares you for a national besides running the race.”
Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall and seemed to ride by himself for most of both motos.
“I didn’t get the best starts and that just killed my chances for a top finish,” Bell said. “It’s pretty tough to pass people here except for certain spots, and it seemed like I never had the right timing to do a lot. I just kind of rode out both races.
“I want to finish strong for this GEICO Honda team. We’ll get to work this week and be ready for Indy.”
Matt Bisceglia was hit from behind and went down hard early in Moto 1. He was taken to the Asterisk medical trailer, where he was diagnosed with a broken knuckle on his right hand. The injury ended his day.
“In the first lap another rider hit me from behind in a corner and I high-sided over the bike,” Bisceglia said. “Next thing I know I was eating dirt. I’m not exactly sure how my hand got hurt. I must have stuck it out when I went down. A lot happened in just a few seconds there. I’ll get it looked at by my doctors at home and we’ll decide what to do based on that diagnosis.”
The tour now heads to Crawfordsville, Ind., for the Indiana National, Aug. 16, at Ironman MX Park.
08 Aug, 2014
Catching up with 7-11 National Champion Josh Varize
08 Aug, 2014
Catching up with Alex Higley
07 Aug, 2014
Downtime should prove beneficial for GEICO Honda 250 riders in Unadilla
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (Aug. 6) — Still on the hunt for his first 250 motocross win of the season, GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle has used an off weekend in the schedule to better-prepare himself for Saturday’s Unadilla National in New Berlin, N.Y.
“I’m feeling really good,” Bogle said. “I’ve been out in California working with my trainer and doing a lot of testing with my team to get me even more comfortable on the bike.”
With a lot of good history at Unadilla, Bogle, the reigning 250SX East champion, knows exactly what to expect during both of Saturday’s 250 motos.
“Unadilla is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit,” Bogle said. “I’m always happy to go back there, and this year is definitely not any different. It was the site of my first ever outdoor national, and I’ve always done well there even when I’ve had a so-so season going.
“It’s definitely a difficult track and the place is always tough, but I love it.”
Even with Unadilla being a challenging track for riders to conquer, Bogle is optimistic that his previous success there could land him that elusive win.
“We’re still grinding for that goal of that first 250 moto win,” Bogle said. “I’ve been close quite a few times this season; I just need a little bit extra and that’s what I’ve been working on this past off weekend. My GEICO Honda is incredibly fast. I just want to get a good start and hopefully get on the podium with a moto win.”
Teammate Matt Bisceglia, who made his pro debut at Unadilla one year ago, also has been using his off time to prepare for his return to central New York.
“I’m excited to go back to New York,” Bisceglia said. “Obviously, it was my first national last year after my big week at Loretta Lynn. It will be cool going to a track I have already been to.”
Looking to make progress not only from his first trip to New Berlin last year but from this season as well, Bisceglia has put the pressure on himself to make his mark in the last three events on the schedule.
“I want to make improvements on my finishes from this season and be in the top 10,” he said. “It’s all on me to pick up the pace a little bit more and improve on my speed this weekend.
“The motos are always long and last year the track was really gnarly and really rough. I don’t know what the weather is going to do this year, but I know last year it rained all day before the race, which made the track really crazy. The weather will determine how the motos will play out.”
GEICO Honda rider Zach Bell also is hoping to make some improvements this weekend in Unadilla. Spending his off time training as well, Bell hopes that all of his hard work reflects in his results this weekend.
“I’m hoping for a great weekend in New Berlin,” Bell said. “I really need to gain some confidence and I feel like this is a good place to start. I’ve had a good off week of training and preparing for a course I know will be demanding physically for sure.
“I’m excited heading into Unadilla, and I’m more than ready to show everyone what I can do.”
All of the GEICO Honda 250 riders will take to the track for the first 250 moto at 2 p.m. ET, with live coverage on MAVTV. Coverage of the second 250 moto will begin at 4 p.m. on NBCSN.
28 Jul, 2014
Bogle once again leads GEICO Honda 250 corps with podium finish in Washington
WASHOUGAL, Wash. (July 26) — Reigning 250SX East champion Justin Bogle continued his attack on the Motocross front-runners with an overall fifth-place finish at Saturday’s Washougal National, highlighted by a third-place result in Moto 2.
“I came in here pretty wounded from a hard get-off last weekend and I wasn’t able to ride at all during the week, so to climb the podium at the end of the day is actually a pretty good result for me,” Bogle said. “My back and side are still limiting what I can do, so I’m really happy we have a week off before the next race.”
Bogle got as high as sixth place in Moto 1 but a mid-race crash set him back a few positions before he rallied to finish in seventh place. He then led for nine laps in Moto 2 before another fall allowed two riders past him.
“Two motos, two get-offs, that can’t happen if I want to stay up front, especially when you’re already banged up,” said Bogle, of Cushing, Okla. “I’ll continue to work with my trainer and try to get back to 100 percent before Unadilla.”
Stablemates Zach Bell, who posted 10th- and 11th-place finishes for 11th overall, and Matt Bisceglia (13th and 12th for 13th overall) also represented the vaunted GEICO Honda team with respectable rides on a hotter-than-average day in the Great Northwest.
“This was a pretty solid day for me,” said Bell, who hails from Cairo, Ga. “I’m trying to improve every race, every moto. The main goal coming into Washougal was to put myself in the mix with the top-level guys and I was able to do that for five or six laps, so that was good. There’s still more I want to do.
“Staying on the bike and keeping my body as injury-free as possible remains a top priority for me. I need to be in these races to have a chance.”
Bisceglia, a native of nearby Tualatin, Ore., was hoping to have a breakout race at the track he competed at as a boy but things just didn’t go his way.
“I’m in a slump,” Bisceglia said. “There’s no way around it. I’m in a slump and I don’t know why. I’m riding a lot during the week, my fitness is there, but I just can’t get results. This happened to me before at the amateur level and I know it’ll end at some point. I also know the only thing you can do is keep after it.
“We have a weekend off before heading across the country to Unadilla. Maybe things will start to fall into place there. I know I need to be patient, but it’s hard because as a rider all you want to do is win.”
The Unadilla National takes place Aug. 9 in New Berlin, N.Y. Unadilla is the 10th of 12 races on the national schedule.
21 Jul, 2014
Spring Creek leaves GEICO Honda 250 riders wanting more
MILLVILLE, Minn. (July 19) — It was a difficult day in Minnesota for the GEICO Honda 250cc team, with Zach Bell leading the group with an 11th overall finish in Saturday’s Spring Creek National at Spring Creek Motocross Park.
In only his second full season on a 250 bike, Bell left Spring Creek with a pair of consistent finishes, a 10th in the first moto and 12th in the second.
“I had some issues with the suspension and couldn’t get it set up right,” Bell said. “I pushed through the day and it was a good finish for me.
“After all these setbacks in the past I just want to make it through every race and build on that. This weekend was better than how the last few weekends have gone, where I had some falls and it put me in the back early on.”
Also in his second full season in the 250 Pro Motocross Series, Matt Bisceglia felt he had an off day on the hilly course at Spring Creek Motorsports Park. Ending his day with an overall 14th finish following a 16th in the first moto and 11th in the second, Bisceglia showed signs of improvement after a recent elbow injury.
“The first moto especially, I fell back quite a ways and rode really bad,” Bisceglia said. “The second moto wasn’t great but was a little bit better for me. I felt like I was a little bit stronger toward the end and was able to make a couple of moves.”
Teammate Justin Bogle also wasn’t thrilled with his overall finish of 15th in the Spring Creek National. Great starts in both motos put him in contention for podium finishes, but Bogle came up just short after a sixth-place finish in Moto 1 and a late-race wreck in Moto 2 left him 32nd.
“The first moto I got up front and got a good start,” Bogle said. “My bike is incredible off the start and has been helping me get good starts all year, so I got up front and kind of got tight and went back to sixth.”
After jumping out to an early lead in the second moto, Bogle wasn’t able to hold the position, battling with Cooper Webb halfway through the race. While he still looked to be in podium contention, a wreck left Bogle unable to finish the race.
“The second moto I got a great start from the outside and got to the lead from fourth,” Bogle said. “Then I started making mistakes after a couple of laps and the bike got tight again. Unfortunately, I had a pretty good crash late in the moto and didn’t end up finishing.
“All in all I rode good in the second moto; I just need to work on some things.”
The GEICO Honda 250cc team will look to regroup and prepare for the next race on the 2014 Pro Motocross schedule, the Washougal National, July 26, in Washougal, Wash.
16 Jul, 2014