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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.”

- This Press Release is supplied by GEICO Honda and Geiger Media Global -

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.”

12 Mar, 2015

GEICO Honda 250 team building momentum heading to Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 9) — GEICO Honda racer Justin Bogle has done everything but win this year during the Monster Energy Supercross 250cc East season. He’d like to change that when the 250 class heads back indoors this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The defending East Series champion has finished second twice, including last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, and third twice in the four East races so far. That’s great, of course, but Bogle wants more.

“We’d love to get a win this weekend,” Bogle said. “Going back into the stadiums is kind of more my thing. I like it a lot better, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Bogle had a podium finish at Indy in 2015, negotiating a difficult track.

“I did well there last year and the track was tough,” Bogle said. “Hopefully, it’s tough again this year. I’m going to go in there and try to get a win.”

His teammates are heading to Indy with some momentum, too. Rookie R.J. Hampshire is coming off his best career finish, fifth at Daytona, after winning a 250 heat race for the first time. He has gotten better each week, finishing ninth, seventh, and seventh before the Daytona breakthrough.

“It’s not even about momentum, it’s that I’m getting healthier,” Hampshire said. “I kinda killed my confidence going into Dallas, but I’m getting it back each and every moto. I had a great week before Daytona, and I have a great trainer in Timmy Ferry behind me who does a lot for me. We never lost sight with what we wanted.

“For a rookie, I’m definitely happy with a top-five. Let’s build from here, and hopefully I’ll find myself on the podium before the end of the season.”

Fellow rookie Jordon Smith is building, too, after making his first professional main event in Daytona. He ended up 12th in the race, learning on every lap.

“I’m ready to build on that,” Smith said. “I learned a lot in Daytona. I’m really excited to get to Indy and try to put the things I learned in Daytona and Atlanta into practice. I’d like to keep building and learning as the season goes along and keep progressing.

“It’s been a long time since I raced before this season. I just have to get in the swing of things again and feel smooth and confident out there. I think it’s coming back and should be a good weekend in Indy. I’m excited.”

Live coverage of the event starts at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

12 Mar, 2015

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10 Mar, 2015

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06 Mar, 2015

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03 Mar, 2015

GEICO Honda 250 riders ready to kick up some sand at Daytona

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DAYTONA, Fla. (March 3) — Moving forward to the next stop on the Monster Energy Supercross East Series, defending 250 champion Justin Bogle and GEICO Honda rookies R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith are confident their upcoming trip to Daytona International Speedway will be a successful one.

“Daytona is quite a bit different of a track than we had the past couple of races,” Bogle said. “I like that place though. I have had bad luck there and I’ve ridden well there, so it’ll be interesting to see how this trip goes.

“I want to go in there with a fresh slate. I do want to carry momentum from Atlanta to Daytona and be standing in the middle of the podium this time. I’m not going to complain about any podium finish. I love the podium, but I love being in the middle (in first place) most of all.”

GEICO Honda teammate Hampshire has more incentive to maintain his initial Supercross success. Returning to his home state, Hampshire thinks he may have a slight advantage over the competition.

“I’m super excited for this weekend’s race in Daytona,” Hampshire said. “It’s a hometown race for me, which doesn’t get much better. I definitely want to be able to have one of my best showings since I’ll be in front of a lot of familiar faces.

“I like riding in the sand a lot as well, so we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully, I can move up the leaderboard more than I have the past few weeks.”

After making his Supercross debut last weekend in Atlanta, Smith feels like he will be better prepared for the next time he gets on his GEICO Honda.

“I learned a lot from my first race in Atlanta that I hope to apply this weekend in Daytona,” Smith said. “The main thing is not to force the issue. I have to let the race come to me and not override. It’s going to be more about riding the track, finding its speed, and being smart. If I do all that, the results should back it up.”

Live coverage of the event starts at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

- This Press Release is supplied by GEICO Honda and Geiger Media Global -

03 Mar, 2015

Pit Invasion: Atlanta SX #2